Fol­low­ing the release of his timely PBS “Street Level” Doc­u­ment­ary, renowned artist and all round cre­at­ive shares his new single release “Lingo” along­side rap­per and pro­du­cer, Jay Prince.

Lan­guage is an import­ant concept for Anik Khan. As an immig­rant kid who learned his moth­er tongue of Bangla before Eng­lish, he’s no stranger to switch­ing up his slang depend­ing on the situ­ation.  On “Lingo,” Khan takes a more play­ful approach, recruit­ing Jay Prince for a feel-good jam that sounds as Queens as it does East Lon­don.

Khan expertly flows on the Domi­n­ique Sanders pro­duced track while keep­ing it rel­ev­ant to the real­it­ies of his own life. “I’mma f*ck this Trump sh*t, I can’t fly through cus­toms but I still fly through cus­tom,” raps Khan as a remind­er about his fight for U.S. cit­izen­ship which was recently chron­icled in the PBS doc­u­ment­ary. “Lingo” is the first of a four part video series which show­cases the unseen faces, stor­ies and beauty of the glob­al dia­spora.

The Priya Min­has dir­ec­ted video explores the phe­nomen­on of South Asi­an chil­dren win­ning Spelling Bee tour­na­ments in the U.S. Accord­ing to the NYT, the last 25 of the last 31 win­ners have been of South Asi­an des­cent with much of it being attrib­uted to the mul­ti­lin­gual, edu­cated nature of immig­rant fam­il­ies. “Lingo” fol­lows the jour­ney of a young Bijoy Khan (played by Mohammed Arnob), as he nav­ig­ates an unex­pec­ted list of words chosen by Anik and his fel­low judges. Bijoy’s vic­tory is a nod to the chil­dren of immig­rants who mas­ter a lan­guage that isn’t always their first and then go on to cre­ate new dia­lects of their own.

Imme­di­ately catch­ing the atten­tion of key taste­m­akers to date with his word­play and cre­ativ­ity (THE FADER, FOR­BES, BILL­BOARD, VICE) and many stand out moments achieved in his career to date, (he was one of the faces of Spotify’s Asi­an Amer­ic­an & Pacific Islander Her­it­age Month cam­paign), all eyes are on the unique tal­ent as he con­tin­ues to write his own nar­rat­ive on what a legendary artist of today should be.

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Rishma Dhaliwal

Rishma Dhaliwal

Edit­or / PR Con­sult­ant at No Bounds
Rishma Dhali­w­al has extens­ive exper­i­ence study­ing and work­ing in the music and media industry. Hav­ing writ­ten a thes­is on how Hip Hop acts as a social move­ment, she has spent years research­ing and con­nect­ing with artists who use the art form as a tool for bring­ing a voice to the voice­less. Cur­rently work­ing in TV, Rishma brings her PR and media know­ledge to I am Hip Hop and oth­er pro­jects by No Bounds.

About Rishma Dhaliwal

Rishma Dhaliwal
Rishma Dhaliwal has extensive experience studying and working in the music and media industry. Having written a thesis on how Hip Hop acts as a social movement, she has spent years researching and connecting with artists who use the art form as a tool for bringing a voice to the voiceless. Currently working in TV, Rishma brings her PR and media knowledge to I am Hip Hop and other projects by No Bounds.