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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
Years active 2008–Present
Associated acts Talal Qureshi, Shamoon Ismail, B-Real, Soul Assassins
Website Twitter Account

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

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 detective novelist for writing the book "Neeli Chathri" (blue umbrella).[2] He dropped out of 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. Relying on websites such as Myspace, Facebook, YouTube to promote his music, he eventually found himself gaining a fan base and catching the attention of B-Real of Cypress Hill in 2008 who invited him to record music in Los Angeles and helped launch his career.[6]

Debut album, 2011–2013[edit]

After years of recording music between travels, Omar chose to independently release his debut album The Mushroom Cloud Effect in 2013. Producers included Fredwreck, DJ Lethal, DJ Solo, Apathy, Talal Qureshi and others, with guests mostly including artists he'd been introduced to through B-Real and Soul Assassins, such as B-Real himself, Everlast, Kool G Rap, Xzibit, Sick Jacken and Greydon Square. The most notable single off the album was "Paki Rambo". [7][8][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]

Though the album 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 and others have addressed in interviews.[12][13]


Following the release of The Mushroom Cloud Effect and while on tour, Omar released various singles and appeared as a guest on other projects including writing and performing Burka Avenger's "Lady In Black" theme song.[14][15][16]

In early 2014, Omar joined 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. This was followed by "Exploding Heart" in 2014 as well as an EP with Talal Qureshi in 2015 titled Saturday Night Killing Machine which was released with Omar's directorial debut for "Nighat & Paras" and was followed by a showcase at SXSW.[17][18][19][20]

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. Omar also has tattoos by Mister Cartoon.[21][22][23]


Independent albums[edit]


  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 Magazine". 
  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. ^ http://www.mtviggy.com/videos/adil-omar-talal-qureshi-nighat-and-paras/
  21. ^ "Islamabad The Capital of Pakistan". 
  22. ^ http://text-teen.com/adil/page6.html
  23. ^ "elan - Rising Hip-Hop Star From Pakistan, Adil Omar - elan". 

External links[edit]

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184 news items

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 ...

The News on Sunday

The News on Sunday
Sat, 25 Jul 2015 14:00:00 -0700

The top three contenders in the category include last year's winner Yasir Jaswal, back with Farhan Saeed's 'Roiyaan', Adil Omar's 'Exploding Heart' and Josh's 'Dil Mein Chumke'. Jimmy Khan has also earned a nod in the Song of the Year category for his ...


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 ...

The Express Tribune

The Express Tribune
Thu, 16 Jul 2015 05:17:47 -0700

Shahbaz Shigri / Ayesha Akhtar for Exploding Heart by Adil Omar 4. Sohail Javed for Tharki Sala by Annie Khalid 5. Yasir Jaswal for Roiyaan by Farhan Saeed. Best Emerging Talent (Singer) 1. Masooma 2. Sara Haider 3. Shajie Hassan 4. Young Stunners 5.

The News on Sunday

The News on Sunday
Sat, 04 Jul 2015 14:22:13 -0700

From Islamabad, Adil Omar and Talal Qureshi released their collaborative EP – Saturday Night Killing Machine – this year and the boys are still going strong with it. Moving between dance, industrial, hip-hop with a slightly darker edge, the record is ...
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 ...
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 ...

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