ROGER DAVID | Bohemia (ਰਾਜਾ)
Many of you may not know the real name of Bohemia! Yes Roger David is the real name of Bohemia know as the King Punjabi Rapper aka Raja (ਰਾਜਾ)! He is a Pakistani – American Rapper, SongWriter, Poet, Record Producer. Who released his first album in 2002. He is interesting personality who faced every time in his life and goes through up and downs during his life. With hard work – Struggle and his Quality he reached the heights of Fame.
CHILDHOOD & EARLY LIFE
Legend born on 15 October 1979 in Karachi, Sindh in Ethnic Punjabi Family. His father was working in Pakistan International Airline. The family were transferred to Lahore, where he spent his childhood, Followed by Seven years in Peshawar(City in Pakistan). In his early teens bohemia arrived to San Francisco’s Mission District with his entire family to settle down in America.
From Peshawar he doesn’t bring much, but didn’t forgot his Piano. That is the only thing he carrying with him while travelling to America, this shows the love of Bohemia to Music from his Childhood.
FIRST LESSON OF CHANGE
Inside their first month in the new land, He saw a young fellow get killed more than five dollars. The executioner was the man’s brother-in-law. This would be his first lesson on confiding in others in the roads of Pardes (the remote land). Despite the fact that he had solid information and enthusiasm for composing music, he made it a moment need, and started holding tight the road corners to run drugs for neighbourhood hawkers.
The streets became a priority to Ra, but he would occasionally play keyboards at local Desi events. He packed his bags and left his family behind to become a full-time musician. Along with a crew of other musicians, he was now spending his days on the road, playing gigs throughout the US and Canada, sleeping in cars and on recording studio floors. It would be through this experience that he would learn about stage presence. As the youngest member of the musical family, he came to consider them his older brothers, but as certain members became entangled in hard drugs, the crew fell apart. It was at this point that he, still a teenager, decided to go his separate way. Again, he packed his bags, this time to join his cousin in Oakland. Oakland, CA. A city known for both its abundance of independent rap labels and it’s uncontrollable murder rate. Devastated by the loss of his friend and heavily influenced by his friends in Oakland, He began to loose focus on his music and indulge in heavy drugs, crime and women. He spent his days hanging in the streets and moving drugs across the 680 and 880 interstate.
Over the next few months, he wrote a library of lyrics. This would become arsenal for his debut album Vich Pardesan De (In The Foreign Land) – an autobiographical story of his life as a Desi youngster adopting to the streets of America. This album brought forth not only a voice for young Desis who were constantly balancing between Desi culture and American culture, but a new genre of music: Desi Rap.
His First Debut album reached to TOP 10 in BBC Radio UK in 2002, The following album, Pesa(Money) Nasha(Intoxification) Pyar(Love) became the first full-length punjabi rap album which is released by a major label. Followed by it Bohemia signed multi-record deal with music label Universal Music Group [2006-2009]. In 2006 Pesa Nasha Pyar was on the Top 10 Downloads of Maxim, and No.3 on Planet M chart India.
Da Rap Star, his third album, received four nominations at the UK Asian Music Awards and PTC Punjabi music awards It also remained at No. 1 on Planet M chart several weeks. Bohemia toured in 2009. performing in North America, Australia, Europe and Asia. He has appeared on several of Universal India’s compilations.
He performed the title track for Warner Bros film Chandni Chowk to China, appearing in the film with Akshay Kumar and Deepika Padukone. A few months later he did the title track for another Akshay Kumar film, 8 x 10 Tasveer. In 2011 he gave a song as a present to Akshay Kumar for his first Hollywood Production Breakaway.Bohemia also also featured in the track with Mika Singh on the film, Desi Boyz’s track subha hone na de.
In September 2012 he released his fourth album Thousand Thoughts. In 2013, it won Best Non-Resident Punjabi Album award at PTC Punjabi Music Awards. At the Coke Studio Sessions he was the first rap artist, appearing in their fifth season where he performed three songs. Bohemia has also recorded a collaboration with Sonu Kakkar and Jamaican American artist Sean Kingston.
In May 2012, Sony Music India signed Bohemia. As part of the association, Sony Music managed his music albums, launches and shows under its artist management program.
In 2015 Bohemia decided to launch his own music label Kali Denali Music. Bohemia appeared in XXL magazine in New York. In 2016 Bohemia was signed with India’s largest music company, T series. His 5th album Skull and bones was released on February 13 by T series and Kali Denali Music.
|2002||Vich Pardesan De||Bohemia||Bohemia|
|2006||Pesa Nasha Pyar||Bohemia||Bohemia|
|2009||Da Rap Star||Bohemia||Bohemia|
|2016||KDM Mixtape Volume 1||Various||Various|
|2017||Skull & Bones (The Final Chapter) – In Progress||Bohemia||Bohemia|
|Chandni Chowk to China||Chandni Chowk to China||2009|
|8 x 10 Tasveer||I Got the Picture||2009|
|Desi boyz||Subha hone na de||2011|
SINGLE TRACKS (BOHEMIA – SOLO RIDER! RAJA!! )
|What Have I Learned||Bohemia ft Jennifer||Check it out||Check it out|
|Keep It G||Bohemia ft Kurupt||Check it out||Check it out|
|Evury day||Bohemia||Check it out||Check it out|
|Maar Charappa||Bohemia, Richi Rich||Check it out||Check it out|
|My Shoes||MiddleMan ft. Mr. Kay & Bohemia||Check it out||Check it out|
|Bandookaan||Bohemia & Desi Beam||Check it out||Check it out|
|Kala Doriya”||Bohemia ft DJ Chintu||Check it out||Check it out|
|Talli||Bohemia ft Gita Bains & Tigerstyle||Check it out||Check it out|
|Diwana||Bohemia||Check it out||Check it out|
|Charso Bees||Bohemia||Check it Out||Check it out|
|Rooh (the Soul)||Bohemia||Check it out||Check it out|
|Yaad Anah||Bohemia||Check it out||Check it out|
|Brand New Swag||Bohemia ft Haji Springer & Panda Vution||Check it out||Check it out|
|Meri Bandook||Bohemia ft Haji Springer||Check it out||Check it out|
|Wake_N_Bake||Bohemia ft Avenue OB||Check it out||Check it out|
|Jaguar||Bohemia ft Sukh-E||Check it out||Check it out|
|Yaraan De Siraa Te||Bohemia ft Nishawan Bhullar||Check it out||Check it out|
|Patola||Bohemia ft Guru Randhawa||Check it out||Check it out|
|Akhiyan||Bohemia ft Neha Kakkar & Tony Kakkar||Check it out||Check it out|
|Bhul Ja||Bohemia||Check it out||Check it out|
|Stolen||Bohemia ft Sahyba||Check it out||Check it out|
|Muqabla||Bohemia ft KS Makhan||Check it out||Check it out|
|Clup Pub||Bohemia ft Ali Quli Mirza, Sukhe||Check it out||Check it out|
|Saheli||Bohemia ft Gurdeep Mehndi||Check it out||Check it out|
|Zaalima||Bohemia ft Waqar Ex||Check it out||Check it out|
|Weapon||Bohemia ft Gita Bains||Check it out||Check it out|
|U n Me||Iraj & Sean Kingston Ft. Sonu Kakkar
Janani & Bohemia, Nitin
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|Tension Stress||Bohemia ft Master D||Check it out||Check it out|
|Preet||Bohemia ft Pree Mayall Haji Springer||Check it out||Check it out|
|My Ride Remix||Bohemia ft Various||Check it out||Check it out|
|Holi Holi Nach||Taz Stereo Nation ft Bohemia||Check it out||Check it out|
|Fire||Bohemia ft Geeta Bains||Check it out||Check it out|
|Challa||Bohemia ft Geeta Bains||Check it out||Check it out|
|Akha Mumbai||MUN-E FAME ft BOHEMIA||Check it out||Check it out|
|Mere Baree||Bohemia||Check it out||Check it out|
|Gaddi Meri||Bohemia ft Pardhaan||Check it out||Check it out|
|Hathyar 2||Bohemia ft Gita Bains||Check it out||Check it out|
|TERI KAMAR PE||Bohemia ft Tony Kakkar||Check it out||Check it out|
|Tamasha||Bohemia ft Sajjad Ali||Check it out||Check it out|
|Weed Da Saroor||Bohemia J Lucky & Deep Jandu||Check it out||Check it out|
|Mere Baree||Bohemia||Check it out||Check it out|
|No Make Up||Bohemia & Bilal Saeed||Check it out||Check it out|
|Zamana Jali||Bohemia||Check it out||Check it out|
|Meri Jeet||Bohemia||Check it out||Check it out|