"Humbleness is the greatest virtue."
Seemingly out of nowhere, Brampton-based Punjabi singer and rapper Sidhu Moosewala has released a new EP, ‘No Name’.
The artist announced the project on April 24, 2022, and took to his Instagram Story saying the EP is “A Thank-You Gift for supporting me through everything.”
The five-track project boasts Sidhu Moosewala’s signature synthesis of bilingual bhangra and rap, with several features, including a couple from some acclaimed Punjabi-Canadian rappers.
Brampton’s Sunny Malton links up with Sidhu Moosewala again for the bouncy, high-octave opener ‘Never Fold’.
The EP also includes a long-awaited collab with Mississauga’s AR Paisley on ‘Love Sick.’
Elsewhere, Pakistani-American rapper Mr Capone-E hops on the vicious final track, ‘Bloodlust’.
With the EP, Sidhu Moosewala released a visualizer for ‘Bloodlust’ featuring black-and-white scenes of people counting money and loading guns with their faces obscured.
Considered one of the hottest names in Punjabi rap, Sidhu Moosewala recently ran for congress in his birthplace of Mansa, Punjab.
After losing to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), he released a single, ‘Scapegoat’ in which he calls the party’s supporters “gaddar (traitors).”
The lyric has been the subject of much controversy, with APP members demanding an apology from the rapper.
The song also refers to Simranjit Singh Mann and Deep Sidhu, saying that the Punjabi people forgot their contribution.
Interestingly, the song garnered over 2.2 million views within 24 hours of its release on YouTube.
Harjot Singh Bains, Punjab minister of tourism and culture, took to Twitter to lambast Sidhu Moosewala, saying the rapper “seems to have lost his mind in arrogance.”
He added: “Our Guru Sahib has taught that humbleness is the greatest virtue. Defeat should be taken as a lesson of introspection.
“People of Punjab have voted from their hearts, calling the voice of people Gaddar is shameful.”
Meanwhile, taking a jibe at the AAP leadership, former Punjab Education Minister and senior Akali Dal leader Dr Daljit Cheema slammed the AAP government for addressing a press conference over a song merely to defend themselves.
Dr Daljit Cheema said: “On one hand the state is being bartered away for a song.
“But on the other side, the state AAP unit is holding a press conference on Sidhu Moosewala’s song!”
“I think the former is a much more serious issue than the latter.”
Sidhu Moosewala has yet to respond to the AAP. For now, he seems content with letting the music do the talking for him.