Raja Kumari Biography – an American Rapper, Songwriter and Singer

Svetha Yallapragada Rao, professionally known as Raja Kumari, is an American rapper, songwriter and singer from Claremont, California. Kumari is best known for her collaboration with notable artists including Gwen Stefani, Iggy Azalea, Fifth Harmony, Sidhu Moosewala, Knife Party, Fall Out Boy.

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Real Name: Svetha Yallapragada Rao
Profession: American rapper
Birthplace: Claremont, California, United States
Labels: Godmother Records
Age: 37

Svetha Yallapragada Rao (born January 11, 1986), professionally known as Raja Kumari, is an American rapper, songwriter, and singer from Claremont, California. Kumari is best known for her collaboration with notable artists including Gwen Stefani, Iggy Azalea, Fifth Harmony, Sidhu Moosewala, Knife Party, and Fall Out Boy. She is also notable for receiving as a songwriter, the BMI Pop Awards in 2016, and featuring on the BBC Asian Network program Bobby Friction on July 5, 2016.

Raja Kumari Biography
Raja Kumari Biography
Raja Kumari Biography
Background information
Birth name Svetha Yallapragada Rao
Born January 11, 1986 (age 37)
Claremont, California, United States
  • Hip hop
  • Pop
Occupation(s) Rapper, singer, songwriter
Instruments Vocals, keyboards, guitar
Years active 2012–present
Labels Godmother Records Previously: Epic Records, Mass Appeal Records

Life (Raja Kumari Biography)

Raja Kumari is born as Svetha Yallapragada Rao in Claremont, California to Telugu parents from Andhra Pradesh, India. Kumari holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in religious studies, with an emphasis on South Asian religions.

Her parents played an important role in developing her Indian character and trained her to become an Indian classical dancer who started performing at the age of 5. In an interview with Rolling Stones, Raja Kumari said that she found it tough and lonely as a South Indian girl growing up in Los Angeles.

While in fifth grade, Kumari discovered hip hop through the Fugees’ album The Score. By the age of 14, she was a noticed freestyle MC known as “Indian Princess” (IP) or “Raja Kumari”. She is a trained dancer in Kuchipudi, Kathak, and Bharatanatyam and had given many live performances in Ravindra Bharathi in Hyderabad.

During her artistic career, she has contributed to several philanthropic activities through her performances including the creation of a hospital in Bangalore and a meditation hall in Hyderabad for the Vegesna Foundation, a school for children with physical disabilities. As a result, Kumari has been recognized as a benefactor by the Foundation for Indic Philosophy and Culture (Indic Foundation) and has been honored with the Kohinoor Award for Excellence in the Classical Arts by the Governor of Tamil Nadu.

Career (Raja Kumari Biography)

Kumari co-wrote, featured in, or performed background vocals in a number of notable songs including Fall Out Boy’s double-platinum single “Centuries“, and “Change Your Life” feat. T.I., Vicetone’s “Don’t You Run”, Brave Enough by Lindsey Stirling, and “Set Me Free” for Baz Luhrmann’s original Netflix series The Get Down about the birth of Hip Hop. She has also contributed to songs in albums by Gwen Stefani, Fifth Harmony (Reflection), Twin Shadow, and Dirty South. Recently she released her debut solo single “Mute” featuring Elvis Brown and produced by Jules Wolfson at Epic Records. which premiered on Paper Magazine‘s website. In May 2016, Kumari was honored at the 2016 BMI Pop Awards for co-writing the song “Centuries” with Fall Out Boy. In addition, she has a recording contract with Epic Records through L.A. Reid and collaborated with several players in the music industry, including artists Polow Da Don, J.R. Rotem, Timbaland, Rodney Jerkins, Soulshock and Karlin, Tricky Stewart, and The-Dream, Justin Tranter and Fernando Garibay. She has also been inspired in her music style by the Indian composer and producer A. R. Rahman. In 2018, she co-wrote and performed the song titled ‘Roots‘ and ‘City Slums in collaboration with Divine. She has starred in Gully Boy as a judge, which was a cameo appearance. In 2019, she finally made her debut in her mother tongue Telugu by featuring in ‘Attention Everybody’, a single produced by SouthBay (a subsidiary of Ramanaidu Studios), Music composed by Kone Kone, and the Telugu lyrics penned by Pranav Chaganty, which was a tribute to Telugu actor Venkatesh Daggubati released on his birthday.

Raja_Kumari with her Mother
Raja Kumari with her Mother

She has been nominated for an MTV European Music Awards three times for Best India Act. She hosted the American Music Awards Pre-Show telecast, alongside Lauren Jaregui. Kumari has also been announced as the face of MAC Cosmetics’ holiday campaign: #MACStarringYou, in which she appears in adverts and marketing materials around the globe. She was a judge on season one of MTV Hustle, a rap battle competition show.

In 2022, she started her own independent label, Godmother Records.

Filmography (Raja Kumari Biography)

Film music

Year Song Film Composer Co-Singer(s) Writer(s) Ref.
2017 Jugni Kaatru Veliyidai A. R. Rahman
  • Tejinder Singh
  • Shikara
Freaking Life Mom
  • Rianjali
  • Suzanne D’Mello
  • Irshad Kamil
  • Rianjali
Never Give Up Vivegam Anirudh Ravichandar Raja Kumari
2018 Allah Duhai Hai Race 3 JAM8
  • Amit Mishra
  • Jonita Gandhi
  • Sreeram
  • Shabbir Ahmed
  • Sholke Lal

Rap Lyrics: Raja Kumari

Husn Parcham Zero Ajay–Atul
  • Irshad Kamil
2019 The Wakhra Song Judgemental Hai Kya Tanishk Bagchi Navv Inder & Lisa Mishra Tanishk Bagchi
Rap Lyrics: Raja Kumari
2020 Afreeda Dil Bechara A.R. Rahman Sana Musa Amitabh Bhattacharya
2021 Phire Faqeera Pagglait Arijit Singh Amrita Singh, Arijit Singh Neelesh Misra
Pagal Amrita Singh

Discography (Raja Kumari Biography)

EPs and mixtapes

Year EP / Mixtape Track Artist(s)
2016 Curry Sauce Vol. 1 New Level Raja Kumari
MF Bawse
2018 The Come Up Tribe Raja Kumari
The Come Up
Believe in You
The City
2019 BLOODLINE SHOOK Raja Kumari
BORN HUSTLA Raja Kumari ft. Janine The Machine
2022 HBIC MANIFEST Raja Kumari
ON Raja Kumari ft. KR$NA
THE DON Raja Kumari ft. Shah Rule
Raja Kumari Biography
Raja Kumari Biography

Singles and collaborations (Raja Kumari Biography)

Year Track Artist(s) Note(s)
2016 Don’t You Run Vicetone ft. Raja Kumari From the “Aurora EP” by Vicetone
Mirage Lindsey Stirling ft. Raja Kumari From the album “Brave Enough” by Lindsey Stirling
Medicine Ferras ft. Raja Kumari
2017 Drips Gold Eden xo ft. Raja Kumari
City Slums Raja Kumari ft. DIVINE
2018 Vamos Badal ft. Dr Zeus & Raja Kumari From the EP “Puro Puro” by Badal
I Did It Raja Kumari
Roots DIVINE ft. Raja Kumari
2019 Kaun Hai Tu? Shah Rule & Raja Kumari
Sab Theek Ae Deep Jandu ft. Raja Kumari From the album “Down to Earth” by Deep Jandu
2020 Bindis and Bangles Raja Kumari
I Am A Rebel Raja Kumari Promotional track for boAt
N.R.I. Raja Kumari
Goddess Krewella, NERVO ft. Raja Kumari
PEACE Raja Kumari
One Love (in support of UNICEF) The Amplified Project, Bob Marley & Skip Marleyft. Various Artists Cover of Bob Marley’s song One LoveIn support of UNICEF’s COVID-19 response
SHANTI (PEACE – Hindi Version) Raja Kumari
2021 Hello World Rita Wilson, Claudia Leitte & Raja Kumari
US Sidhu Moose Wala ft. Raja Kumari From the album “Moosetape” by Sidhu Moose Wala
Rani Cypher Raja Kumari ft. Dee MC, SIRI & Meba Ofilia
Firestarter Raja Kumari
Get It In Raja Kumari
2022 Cleopatra THEMXXNLIGHT ft. Raja Kumari From the album “SKYPEARL” by THEMXXNLIGHT
Sahi Ja Nahi? (Good Or Not?) F1rstman ft. Raja Kumari From the album “The Blend” by F1rstman
Out of Love Raashi Sood & Raja Kumari
Life King Sunny, Raja Kumari & Deep Jandu

Songwriting credits (Raja Kumari Biography)

Year Track Artist(s) Album / EP
2013 Change Your Life Iggy Azalea Single
2014 Freefallin’ Dirty South With You
Boss Mode Knife Party Abandon Ship
Centuries Fall Out Boy Single
2015 Like Mariah Fifth Harmony ft. Tyga Reflection
Sadness Selah Sue Reason
Eclipse Twin Shadow Eclipse
Spark Ghost Town Single
Runnin’ Empire (season 2) Empire: Season 2, Vol. 1 (Original Soundtrack)
Broken Hearted Kalin and Myles Single
Changed My Life Kalin and Myles Kalin and Myles
2016 Red Flag Gwen Stefani This Is What the Truth Feels Like
War Paint
Mirage Lindsey Stirling Brave Enough
2017 Never Give Up Anirudh Ravichander Vivegam
2018 Bright Avril Lavigne Unreleased from “Head Above Water”
2019 Attention Everybody Kone Kone and Pranav Chaganty Single (Telugu Debut)

Television / Web series (Raja Kumari Biography)

Year Show Channel Role Note(s)
2018 Lockdown On ZEE5 Originals Recreating a Hindi Song Web Reality Show
2019 MTV Hustle MTV Judge

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