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.