Posted on January 3, 2013 at 8:54 am

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West Coast Rapper/Emcee Mandeep Sethi in NYC

When Desi parents are busy breeding doctors, lawyers and engineers, some of the youth are crossing boundaries of generality and stepping into certain scenes and careers that are extremely different and versatile. Such an urban Asian youth is Mandeep Sethi, an extremely talented and lyrically impressive performing artist from Los Angeles, California. Steering away from the generic raps of sex, drugs and violence, Sethi decides to talk more about human nature, activism, politics and subjects that actually matter and make a difference.

Emcee Mandeep Sethi, UrbanAsian host Monty Lokesh Kataria and percussionist/entrepreneur Hartej Singh Sawhney

With a bachelor’s degree in Radio and TV, this young MC has a very real and fresh sense of style. Sethi is credited to impressive collaborations all over the world. He has recently performed at the MTV Coke Studio – India sharing the stage with award-winning composer Karsh Kale. He talks to UrbanAsian about his upbringing, family and lifestyle on his recent tour in New York City where he performed at the South Asian Rising Star Film Awards presented by the South Asian International Film Festival & HBO and Dj Rekha’s infamous Basement Bhangra in downtown New York City alongside producer Panjabi MC.

Check out the exclusive video interview here: