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MC Kabir / Press

“Kabir Sen, like his economist dad Amartya, wants to improve the world. Only he would do it through hip-hop. He is a complete antithesis of the guns-n-gangsta image that goes with rappers. Instead, Kabir Sen - the hip-hop artiste son of Nobel laureate Amartya Sen - is a globally-conscious wordsmith who likes to sing about self-discovery, inner peace and channelising negative energy...."”

"What's intriguing about Kabir is his ability to take familiar hip hop themes and approach them with a fresh mind-set..."

Boston Globe

"Clean, clear and crisp are Kabir's rhymes, delivered with intensity and intelligence."


"The world definitely needs more MCs like Kabir...solid production, fresh perspectives and lots of heart."

URB Next 100

"An intelligent, dense debut from an MC who has much to say, and who says it well." (pg. 10)


“Well thought out and impressive....Kabir tells real-life tales in a compelling way."”


"Kabir is one of the most innovative and stunningly original lyricists and musicians in underground hip hop"

Weekly Dig

"Kabir lays down his dissertation on Indian-American Bboy identity politics with skill, style and tabla loops that roll like the Ganges..." (pg. 42)

"On an independent quest for artistic integrity and creative experimentation"

“The hip-hop class for seventh and eighth graders at Shady Hill, a private school in Cambridge, Massachusetts, takes place just after lunch on Tuesdays and Fridays. The class, a practicum in the basics of rapping, is taught by a Cambridge rapper, MC Kabir, known in civilian life as Kabir Sen, in non-hip-hop circles as the son of Amartya Sen, who won the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1998, and as Mr. Sen to the third graders he teaches earlier in the day...That week was an especially busy one for Kabir, because his third album, “Peaceful Solutions,” had just been released. NPR had called, and MTV Desi wanted him to host its top-ten countdown. When his first album, “Cultural Confusion,” came out, in 2002, it was featured on the cover of Billboard, but he told the magazine that he thought his music would never be particularly popular, and that was fine with him. Kabir likes to rap about emotions and world peace, and that places him firmly outside the hip-hop mainstream.... (click lin”

“Many people — and, more important, many well-endowed corporations and institutions — agree that hip-hop is the bee’s knees, and they want to be in the Kabir business. This year alone, in addition to his full-time gig teaching music at the Shady Hill School in Cambridge, he performed for the UN Human Rights Council, penned an urban anthem for Masterpiece Theatre (getting permission to sample all the show’s stuff), composed a youth rap disc for IBM investors, and was hired by Brandeis and the University of Chicago (among others) to teach seminars. Kabir also gives 20 private music lessons every week in interests ranging from rhyming and production to classical piano, and he has a waiting list of 80 kids who want to be down.”

“CAMBRIDGE -- It's been a busy season for MC Kabir. The local hip-hop stalwart has just released his third album, "Peaceful Solutions." He earned an item in last week's New Yorker, and MTV's South Asian channel has asked him to guest VJ. He's about to get married. And, of no less importance to this committed educator, his students at the uber-Cambridge Shady Hill School are honing their raps for their final concert presentation . (read more on-line)”