August 15th, 2012 | By NepHop
No one can hold Yama Buddha back. The rapper who was hardly known just little over a year ago, bust onto the scene with “Saathi” last year, has steadily risen up the ranks to become one of Nephop’s most prolific MCs. His debut album ‘Ekadesh,’ is now available, boasting collaborations with Mistah.K (of Nepsydaz), Aidray (of The Unity), Nattu, Mac (of Roots of ChronicZ) and more on top of production from the Seek4Beats team Imp (ChronicZ), Bluey (Blue Print) and Spadix (Jehova).
The Kathmandu native’s first solo album is loaded with undeniable quality tunes, making his new offering his most well-balanced piece of work to date. While not as electrifying as his self-titled mixtape, he still deals with familiar hip-hop tropes, including references to his ego “Think Smart”, love “Antya Ko Suruwat”, political and social issues “Khoi.”
Ekadesh is the first Nepali rap album that really feels like it was made especially for an artist and wasn’t just a collection of beats taken off the net from your favorite producer. “Yo Prasanga,” has been reworked from the ground up, keeping its heart wrenching theme while “Aama,” has been given a new set of drum pattern and guitar rift, to accompany its emotional lyrics. It’s clear that Buddha has changed the general audience’s perception of Nepali rappers by being known not just as a lyricist, but also a storyteller.
Favorite Tracks: “Pagalpan,” “Kohi,” “Think Smart”