Nadir Chen Siddiqui, popularly known as Chen K. is the first ever Urdu rapper from Asia. Born in Montreal, Canada to a Pakistani father and a Chinese mother, he was soon moved to Pakistan because of his parents’ divorce. Inspired by Eminem’s song “Guts over Fear” and Bohemia’s “Meri Bandook”, he made his first Urdu rap song, using it as a means to putting his pent-up emotions into music. He started as a YouTube-based artist, where his tracks like Wesa Beta, Badtameez and Ladki have got an amazing response, having 319k, 401k, and 147k views respectively.
From the stand alone number he has finally moved on to making album, and has released his solo album by the name ‘5:55’. In an interview, the rapper said he likes to keep somethings to himself and didn’t reveal the reason of naming the album ‘5:55’. The album doesn’t have any ‘featuring’ artist in it. Chen created it as solo album since he wished it be a means of the validation of his emotional journey on a personal level. He also prefers to work alone on the technical side, since he did everything, from writing lyrics and composing the music to mixing and marketing on his own, with no help from outside. He indeed has done an amazing job as is reflected from the response he has received so far. He released his album on YouTube few days ago and his track “Dargai Dunya” has already received around 10k views till now.
Although rap is a popular medium amongst the Pakistani music listeners, however, there is a lack of artists who have adopted this field of music. Hence, Chen is quite a breath of fresh air for rap fans, not only in Pakistan but also in India, as could be seen from the number of fans he has from both countries. Being a rapper in Urdu has also helped him in finding fame, for locals can easily understand his lyrics and can relate to not only his music but also the emotion presented in words. He continues to receive a lot of praise on his channel, where one fan went as far as to say, “Amazing you are the Best Rapper in the World (sic)”. He certainly seems to be the emerging face and the future king of Urdu rapping.