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Brit­ish-Asi­an rap­per Hyphen, opens up about his men­tal health and turns pain into pos­it­iv­ity on his new EP ‘Smiles In A Storm’

Since leav­ing his cor­por­ate job to pur­sue a career in rap, Hyphen has pas­sion­ately used his voice to speak out about mat­ters close to his heart. Hav­ing lost two friends to sui­cide, as well as being sui­cid­al him­self, he uses his music to help those who are yet to find their reas­on for optim­ism. On ‘Be Proud’ he radi­ates pos­it­iv­ity, com­bin­ing a dance­floor-ready beat with vibrant flutes whilst croon­ing,  “We made it out, light shines through dark clouds, young us would be proud.” Although a heavy sub­ject mat­ter, the EP acts as a son­ic remind­er that there is always a light at the end of the tun­nel.

Hyphen explains, “To me, it’s a fact that so much of the world is incom­pre­hens­ibly ter­rible. But des­pite what’s happened in my life, I’m now genu­inely happy. There are pock­ets of optim­ism, in everything I try to do, wheth­er that’s with my music or the work I do in the men­tal health space.”

Hyphen’s her­it­age plays a huge role in his music. In 2020 he was tipped as ‘The Future Of Brit­ish Asi­an Hip Hop’ by BBC Asi­an Net­work and his social media free­style about his exper­i­ence of racism and the lack of rep­res­ent­a­tion in music, was cosigned by both Yun­gblud and Jay Sean. He has been fea­tured in The Even­ing Stand­ard, per­formed at Read­ing & Leeds and has secured sup­port from The Chillest Show on BBC Radio 1. Pre­vi­ous singles have also received edit­or­i­al sup­port from Spo­ti­fy includ­ing New Music Fri­day.

Away from music, the rap­per aims to pos­it­ively impact his com­munity by speak­ing at schools across the UK about his struggles, which have been covered by BBC News, and he is also a men­tal health rep­res­ent­at­ive for For­mula E.



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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.