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Adil Omar
Birth name Adil Omar
Born (1991-05-17) 17 May 1991 (age 23)
Origin Islamabad, Pakistan
Genres Hip-Hop, Rock, Hardcore Rap, Rap rock
Occupation(s) Rapper, singer-songwriter, producer
Instruments Vocals,lyrics, rapping
Years active 2008–Present
Associated acts B-Real, Cypress Hill, DJ Solo, Soul Assassins, Talal Qureshi, Everlast, Fredwreck
Website Official Website

Adil Omar (born 17 May 1991) is a rapper and singer-songwriter from Islamabad, Pakistan. Having been active in the Pakistan's underground music scene, Omar also gained popularity by being one of the very few hip-hop artists in the region, being featured in the news press and collaborating with mainstream acts such as Cypress Hill, Xzibit, Everlast and Kool G Rap among others. He released his independent debut, The Mushroom Cloud Effect on 22 March 2013 and has continued releasing singles, collaborations as well as songwriting for other artists.

Biography and early life[edit]

Omar was born on 17 May 1991 in London, England but spent his entire childhood growing up in Islamabad. His mother is a writer and part-time television host and his father was a businessman. He lost his father at 10 to alcoholism and his mother suffered from amnesia, leaving her with epilepsy the same year.[1] His great grandfather, Zafar Omar is credited to be the first Urdu detective novelist for writing the book "Neeli Chathri" (blue umbrella).[2] He left school at 17 to pursue a career in music.[3][4][5]

Music career[edit]

Career beginnings[edit]

Omar had started writing lyrics at the age of 9 but recorded his first song at 14. Heavily relying on websites such as Soundclick, Myspace, Facebook, YouTube to promote his music, he eventually found himself gaining a fan-base by releasing songs as free mp3 downloads.

In 2008, Omar was invited by B-Real of Cypress Hill to record a collaboration in Los Angeles. Producer Fredwreck was also present during the recording session but was not a part of the song. Fredwreck has done production work for his debut album.[6]

Debut album, 2011–2013[edit]

Omar announced his debut album, The Mushroom Cloud Effect, through his website for a 2012 or 2013 release. Producers included Fredwreck, DJ Lethal, DJ Solo, Apathy, Talal Qureshi and others, with guests mostly including artists he'd been introduced to through the Cypress Hill and Soul Assassins network, such as B-Real, Everlast, Kool G Rap, Xzibit, Sick Jacken and Greydon Square. The first single, produced by Fredwreck and featuring Xzibit, was titled "Off The Handle" and was released on 24 May 2011 with a music video by Matt Alonzo.[7][8]

A second single, produced by DJ Solo, titled "Paki Rambo" was released on 2 October 2011 with a video directed by Shahbaz Shigri and Aisha Linnea. "Paki Rambo" is also the original soundtrack for Shigri and Linnea's feature film 'Gol Chakkar'. "Paki Rambo" was inspired by and borrowed dialogue from the Chris Morris film Four Lions, and was also endorsed by Four Lions actor Riz Ahmed. Though it received positive reviews, it also generated controversy in Pakistan for objectionable content in its lyrics and music video, as well as its use of the word "Paki".[9][10] In 2012 he was nominated in the Lux Style Awards for Best Emerging Talent as a solo artist, as well as Shahbaz Shigri and Aisha Linnea in Best Music Video Director for "Paki Rambo".[11]

The Mushroom Cloud Effect was released on 22 March 2013 and other videos included "Star Power" as well as its intro and title track. Though it gained Omar an international tour in the independent circuit, the promotion of the album, as well as many other independent releases at the time, was hugely affected by Pakistan's YouTube ban, an issue Omar has addressed in various interviews.[12][13]


Following the release of The Mushroom Cloud Effect and while on tour, Omar announced on a BRealTV interview that he was asked to make a guest appearance on an upcoming single which also featured ex-Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash. Omar debuted an avant-garde single on Noisey titled "Saza" which featured Pakistani singer Jarar and was also commissioned to write and perform the theme song for the Burka Avenger TV series alongside Pakistani pop star Haroon.[14][15][16]

In early 2014, Omar was joined by Pakistani comedian and MC Ali Gul Pir for a single and video titled #KholoBC, inspired by an effort to get the Pakistani authorities to lift the country's ban on YouTube. Upon its release, #KholoBC went viral in Pakistan and gained international coverage from BBC, CNN and Al-Jazeera[17][18][19]

Personal life[edit]

Omar was born with sound-color synesthesia, a neurological condition in which the person afflicted "sees" colours when a tone is sounded.[20][21][22]

Omar also has tattoos by Mister Cartoon, one which was inspired by Nine Inch Nails' "Just Like You Imagined".[23]


Independent albums[edit]


  • 2011: Off the Handle (with Xzibit)
  • 2011: Paki Rambo
  • 2012: Star Power
  • 2013: The Mushroom Cloud Effect
  • 2013: Saza (with Jarar)
  • 2013: Lady in Black (with Haroon)
  • 2014: #KholoBC (with Ali Gul Pir)
  • 2014: Exploding Heart



  1. ^ "Rapper breaks new ground in conservative Pakistan". Yahoo News Philippines. 1 November 2011. 
  2. ^ "Full Text Of "A Cultural History of India"". Archive.org. Retrieved 18 October 2009. 
  3. ^ "Islamabad The Capital of Pakistan". 
  4. ^ http://text-teen.com/adil/page8.html
  5. ^ "elan - Rising Hip-Hop Star From Pakistan, Adil Omar - elan". 
  6. ^ "B-Real Presents: The Harvest. 20 New MC’s To Check For « The Audio Hustlaz". Theaudiohustlaz.com. 25 July 2009. Retrieved 18 October 2009. 
  7. ^ "Islamabad The Capital of Pakistan". 
  8. ^ "INSTEP Magzine". 
  9. ^ "Adil Omar: Paki Rambo, uncut". 
  10. ^ "In conversation with Adil Omar, hip-hop’s ‘Paki Rambo’". 
  11. ^ http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012\05\12\story_12-5-2012_pg9_8
  12. ^ "Talking Mushroom Clouds with Adil Omar". 
  13. ^ Jinjoo Lee, CNN (6 August 2013). "Pakistani artists challenging YouTube ban". CNN. 
  14. ^ "Pakistan's new hero Burka Avenger". Yahoo News. 24 July 2013. 
  15. ^ "Burka Avenger: Pakistan's cartoon superhero battling for girls' education". the Guardian. 
  16. ^ "Here's the Pakistani Rapper Adil Omar's Video for "Saza"". NOISEY. 
  17. ^ "‘We want to be global citizens’: Pakistani rapper Adil Omar on YouTube ban". 
  18. ^ "Viral video reignites fight to end Pakistan's YouTube ban". Viral video reignites fight to end Pakistan's YouTube ban. 
  19. ^ CNN. "CNN Video - Breaking News Videos from CNN.com". CNN Video. 
  20. ^ "Islamabad The Capital of Pakistan". 
  21. ^ http://text-teen.com/adil/page6.html
  22. ^ "elan - Rising Hip-Hop Star From Pakistan, Adil Omar - elan". 
  23. ^ http://text-teen.com/adil/page7.html

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Global Voices Online
Tue, 17 Mar 2015 07:24:12 -0700

Six wildly different performances will show a glimpse of the country's rich and diverse but underexposed music scene. Besides the showcase, Pakistani rapper Adil Omar will also perform at SXSW on March 19. Pakistan's music industry is underdeveloped.
The News International
Wed, 18 Mar 2015 15:18:45 -0700

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Thu, 12 Mar 2015 13:18:47 -0700

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Mon, 24 Mar 2014 09:52:30 -0700

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Thu, 26 Feb 2015 05:30:00 -0800

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Al Jazeera America (blog)

Al Jazeera America (blog)
Thu, 27 Feb 2014 18:13:20 -0800

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The Express Tribune

The Express Tribune
Tue, 15 Oct 2013 05:09:17 -0700

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Tue, 09 Apr 2013 08:37:45 -0700

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