Cartel Madras

The idea of Cartel Madras came to sisters Priya »Contra« and Bhagya »Eboshi« Ramesh in the mosh pit at a Princess Nokia concert. And just like the New Yorker, they possess two qualities that make their project an exceptional phenomenon in the rap game: a double dose of humour and three times the determination not to leave the status quo unquestioned. With their mixtape »Project Goonda Part 1: Trapistan« and their debut EP for Sub Pop »Age of the Goonda,« they combined trap sounds with classic hip-hop grooves and something or other from Indian classical music. Above all, though, they displayed attitude, aggression and a sense of exalted absurdity, giving their lyrics – written from the perspective of two queer, Indian-Canadian women of colour – all the more punch. If their contribution to Pop-Kultur doesn’t lead to the formation of at least a dozen international rap crews, well, we’re not sure what else to do.

This project is part of the culture program related to Canada’s Guest of Honour presentation at the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2020/2021 and is supported by FACTOR Canada and the Government of Canada.


Cartel Madras

Cartel Madras

Cartel Madras

Song
Cartel Madras – WORKING
Producer
Jide
Mixer
Jide
Composers
Contra & Eboshi
Songwriters
Contra & Eboshi
Vocalists
Contra & Eboshi
Recording Engineer
Freeza Chin
Recording Assistant
Jide
Recording Location
Genesis Sound Studio
Mastering Engineer
Jide
 
 
Video

Music
Cartel Madras
Production
THOTNATION
Directors
Cartel Madras & Gabriela Oslo Vanden
Editor
Oliver Whitfield-Smith
Cinematographer
Gabriela Oslo Vanden
Film Location
Toronto, Canada