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Adil Omar
Birth name Adil Omar
Born (1991-05-17) 17 May 1991 (age 24)
Origin Islamabad, Pakistan
Genres Hip-Hop, alternative hip hop, Experimental hip hop
Occupation(s) Rapper, singer-songwriter, producer
Instruments Vocals, lyrics, rapping, production
Years active 2008–Present
Associated acts Talal Qureshi, B-Real, Soul Assassins, Cypress Hill
Website Twitter Account

Adil Omar (born 17 May 1991), is a Pakistani rapper, singer-songwriter and producer from Islamabad.

Biography and early life[edit]

Omar was born on 17 May 1991 in London, England but spent his entire childhood growing up in Islamabad. 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 crime and detective novelist with his book "Neeli Chathri" (blue umbrella).[2] He dropped out of school at 17 to pursue a career in music.[3]

Music career[edit]

Career beginnings[edit]

Omar had started writing lyrics at the age of 9 and began recording by 14. In 2008, when Omar was 16, he found himself catching the attention of B-Real of Cypress Hill through Myspace who invited him to visit Los Angeles, helping launch his music career.[4]

Between 2010 - 2012, Omar put together The Mushroom Cloud Effect, a street album consisting of compiled tracks and demos. The most notable song was "Paki Rambo". [5][6][7] In 2012 he was nominated in Pakistan's Lux Style Awards for Best Emerging Talent as well as getting "Paki Rambo" directors Shahbaz Shigri and Aisha Linnea recognized for Best Music Video.[8][9][10]


In 2013, Omar was commissioned to write and perform Burka Avenger's "Lady In Black" theme song.[11][12][13]

In early 2014, Omar with creative partner and electronic musician Talal Qureshi joined Pakistani comedian and MC Ali Gul Pir for a guest spot on#KholoBC, inspired by an effort by Sabeen Mahmud's Pakistan For All NGO 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. This was followed by "Exploding Heart".[14][15][16]

In March 2015, Omar released an EP with Talal Qureshi titled Saturday Night Killing Machine which came out with Omar's directorial debut for "Nighat & Paras" and followed by his first showcase at SXSW.[17][18]

Personal life[edit]

Omar was born with sound-color synesthesia, a neurological condition in which the person afflicted "sees" colors when a tone is sounded. [19][20]



External links[edit]

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206 news items


Thu, 26 Nov 2015 01:22:30 -0800

Pakistani singers. Adil Omar has collaborated with some of the world's most renowned musicians including Xzibit. He should take some time off rapping and film a couple of movies. Our industry could use a fresh young face for some coming-of-age films!


Thu, 09 Apr 2015 07:38:07 -0700

If you have not seen this crazy video in recent times with people, props, and everything all over the place, you are probably missing out on this video! This rap song by Adil Omar is a perfect blend of creepiness, lyrical abuse, slang, anger and sexual ...

Noisey (blog)

Noisey (blog)
Mon, 24 Mar 2014 09:52:30 -0700

Adil Omar—who's collaborated with the likes of B-Real and Xzibit and is one of the region's most notable rappers—has joined forces with the rapper/comedian Ali Gul Pir, and created the track “#KholoBC,” meant to raise awareness for the ban both ...

Al Jazeera America (blog)

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

Adil Omar, Ali Gul Pir, and Talal Qureshi just released this song [Ed. note: This clip contains profane language] in which they take on the government of Pakistan and protest the ban of the video-sharing website in the country. Directed by Aisha Linnea ...

The Express Tribune

The Express Tribune
Tue, 09 Apr 2013 08:37:45 -0700

Late March saw the much-awaited launch of Pakistani rapper Adil Omar's debut album, The Mushroom Cloud Effect. With it, the 21-year-old former child prodigy hopes to go from underground sensation to mainstream success. Over the weekend, The Express ...

The Express Tribune

The Express Tribune
Tue, 30 Jun 2015 09:21:33 -0700

Fast forward to 2015, Talal Qureshi performed at the “SXSW” South by South West 2015 with Adil Omar, America's biggest festival, has had his song featured in a DKNY fashion show, gotten all the love from BBC Radio and is working on many local as well ...

Noisey (blog)

Noisey (blog)
Fri, 06 Sep 2013 10:54:00 -0700

Though you may not know him, the Pakistani rapper Adil Omar from Islamabad is a VICE fairytale. He was first featured in VICE's Fashion Week Pakistan coverage in 2010, making a lewd sex joke which put him in hot water with his perhaps, less ...

The Express Tribune

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

Adil Omar is one of them. Always a musician at heart, Adil began writing his own songs at the age of nine and had already recorded his first song by the time he became a teenager, which he promoted via social networking websites across Pakistan. This ...

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