Video: Wara From the NBHD ft. GrandeMarshall – “Raw”

The ATL via Brooklyn Rapper/Producer Commits Grand Theft Auto in the Bronx in His Latest Visual, Premiered By Complex


Critical Praise for Wara From the NBHD:

“Lyrically he comes across as both book and street smart and has the direct cadence of a great live performer.”XXL

“Wara… has nearly bled mind, body and emotions dry in writing and scoring his audible biopic.”Passion of the Weiss

“If the piano breakdowns and gloomy production are any indication of how soulful Wara gets with his music, we can’t wait to see more of him in time.”Complex

“One of Atlanta’s best kept secrets – though not for much longer.”PotholesInMyBlog

“Wara has been holding it down for musically explorative hip-hop.”HotNewHipHop

“One of Atlanta’s most promising acts of the new wave.”Ashley Outrageous

“The gloomy, minimalist production… is perfectly suited for a late-night ride through town.”  – The FADER

“His hook and verses are on-point.”MissInfo.TV

Keeping the mood as murky as possible, Wara makes his presence known over a spooky backing voice positioned against a secluded guitar and drums.”OnSMASH

“… the rawest shit you are going to hear for the rest of the year.” – Mass Appeal

“Wara’s a writer and a slick rapper, a talented producer who knows how to shape an album’s worth of songs into a world.” – Pitchfork

“Wara recalls the 1990s of Wu-Tang Clan and the early 2000s of Pharrell Williams’s Neptunes and N.E.R.D.” – The New York Times

The Video:

“Wara recalls the 1990s of Wu-Tang Clan and the early 2000s of Pharrell WilliamsNeptunes and N.E.R.D.,” said the New York Times, as they included rapper/producer Wara From the NBHD‘s debut album, Kidnapped, in a recent Sunday playlist. One of the album’s stand-out singles, “Raw,” saw a top 15 placement on Billboard’s Emerging Artists Chart. Featuring a guest verse from Fool’s Gold artist GrandeMarshall, the track rides out out like a late 90’s hustler anthem with its menacing, drum-heavy production. “The beat makes you feel like something sneaky is going on, some criminal activity,” Wara tells Complex in their premiere of the song’s accompanying video. Filmed in the North Bronx, it plays out like a scene from Grand Theft Auto, opening with Wara and friends breaking into a BMW before flaunting while hanging out the passenger window while cruising away. The storyboard is a lead-in a follow-up video, “Slangin.” As Wara explains it, “’Raw’ shows what happens the night before, while ‘Slangin’ will show what transpires the next day.”

Also this week, Pigeons & Planes shared an interview with Wara From the NBHD, in which he announced the title of and spoke about his next project, If Guns Could Speak. “I’m not here to make anyone comfortable or to please people,” says the Atlanta via Brooklyn artist. In a previous interview with XXL, Wara boldly claims, “My main goal in hip-hop is to bring back the art form; I’m going to be the biggest rapper/producer of my time.” Kidnapped is available on iTunes as well as an illustrated version of the project you can check out here.

Watch to “Raw”:

Check out the Complex premiere:

Read Wara From the NBHD’s interview with Pigeons & Planes:

Get the visual Kidnapped experience:

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Wara From the NBHD – Kidnapped tracklist:
01. “Get In”
02. “Piano Lessons”
03. “Slangin”
04. “Beige”
05. “Raw” (feat. GrandeMarshall)
06. “Hot Boy”
07. “Fuck You Mean / Composure”
08. “Scrilla”
09. “Annoyed”
10. “Squeal (Peel Off)”
11. “Gone Baby Gone” (feat. Rell & Light Skin Mac-11 of Two-9)


Please contact Michelle or Rory if interested in talking with Wara From the NBHD.

The Background:

Wara From the NBHD might be ATL’s next rising star. The Brooklyn born, Atlanta-based rapper serves as an embodiment of both of the areas he grew up in. An artist with a unique ability to blend both cultures seamlessly with striking lyricism and impressive production. This sentiment is highlighted with Wara’s latest release The Ill Street Blues a mix tape garnering critical praise from notable outlets such as The Fader, Complex and XXL. The project portrays a dichotomy of the good and bad Wara has experienced in his life, notably personified by his son sitting next to a gun on the mix tapes cover. His new release, Kidnapped, is a concept album produced entirely by himself.

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Kidnapped visual experience:

“You Must Die”:

“Case Closed”:






“98 Rocafella”:

“98 Rocafella”:

“Belly” (Video):

“Show You How To Hustle” (Freestyle):


The Ill Street Blues

Bio, photos, and streams available here: