The Star Of HBO’s ‘The Night Of’ Is Also A Rapper Who Goes By Riz MC

The Star Of HBO's 'The Night Of' Is Also A Rapper Who Goes By Riz MC

There are a lot of things you can say about HBO’s The Night Of. Here, allow me to say a few – they’re showing way too much of that one lawyer’s gross feet, the plot is moving much too slow, and I have absolutely no idea how they’re going to wrap up this case with only three episodes left. Love it or hate it, you’re probably somewhere in between.

But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the fire jams that Riz Ahmed, more commonly known as Nasir Khan or Nas, has been putting out. Yeah, it also surprised me when I found out that Riz was 1) British and 2) an aspiring rapper. Seriously, just check out his music video for his most recent single “ENGLISTAN” off his mixtape.

Okay, okay, so yeah, maybe dubbing it a “fire jam” jumped the gun a little, but it was at least better than Brendan Dassey’s half-brother from Making A Murderer‘s attempt at a rap career.

His music career actually didn’t even begin with “ENGLISTAN,” though. He’s been rapping since 2006 when he released a song called “Post 9/11 Blues” that was banned in the UK for its lyrics, and he’s performed at major festivals Glastonbury and BBC Electric Proms. He released a full album, MICroscrope, in 2011 as well.

With his acting career ramping up with The Night Of‘s success, you have to think his rap career may take a backseat. But, I don’t think he’ll be getting Emmy nods considering most of his work in The Night Of has just been him looking like the wide-eyed Emoji and getting physically abused by Rykers inmates.

You can find this track on Spotify, as well, and it’s entirely possible it will be the Thug Plug Of The Week on the next episode of Touching Base (but probably not).

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Will deFries (Twitter / Instagram) is a Senior Editor at Grandex and the world's foremost authority on Sunday Scaries (Twitter / Instagram).

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