Meet Rizwan Ahmed or ‘Riz’ Ahmed, an English actor and rapper who has carved a niche for himself in the British and American film industries. With many box office hits to his credit, this charming and handsome man has had a tidal wave of fans admiring and appreciating his work. Independent films like The Road to Guantanamo and Una have been ventures that impelled his career to new heights and landed him a role in his career-best film, Nightcrawler. He has also been featured in mainstream films like Jason Bourne and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, increasing his fandom.
Also, Riz MC (as he is fondly known as a rapper) is a member of the Swet Shop Boys, an Indian-American/British-Pakistani combination of hip-hop group. He is well-known for the famous and well-accepted hip-hop albums Microscope and Cashmere and has also been featured in the chart-topping Hamilton Mixtape.
Actor, rapper and also a social activist, Riz Ahmed is the master of many trades. This immensely talented actor has been there and done that.
Here is a glimpse of his successful and most happening career so far.
Break in Films
Riz Ahmed embarked on the journey of acting with the award-winning film The Road to Guantanamo, followed by another biggie titled Shifty, where he played the role of a charming drug dealer. This movie got his name listed in the nominations for the Best Actor category in the British Independent Film Awards; later, he was nominated twice again for his work in critically acclaimed movies such as Four Lions and Ill Manors. As an accomplished actor, he also acted in Dan Gilroy’s directorial debut, Nightcrawler, which went on to win numerous awards and accolades. He was also loved in his role of ‘Bodhi Rook’ in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, where he helped recreate the Star Wars magic on screen.
Apart from films, Riz has also been a part of television series, the best one being the HBO miniseries, The Night of, that earned him nominations for the Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild awards.
Riz Ahmed is listed one among the top 500 actors in the IMDb. An actor with such potential and skill is rare to find.
Riz and His Rapping Career
Riz Ahmed made heads turn with his 2006 satirical rap track named “Post 9/11 Blues” and had also won several competitions most noted among them being the “Hit & Run” night at Oxford. He also gave his piece of mind on racism in the mixtape Englistan, where the title track saw him rapping “This is England ⋯ Women in hijabs, syringe pop stars ⋯ With broken dreams and herb”.
His debut album MICroscope released in 2012 was loved by the audience. In 2014 he joined Heems of Das Racist to be part of Swet Shop Boys and rolled out “Swet Shop EP”, which is believed to be partly inspired by Sufi poetry and Hindi language. He is also a member of a dance-rap collaboration Halflife and had released a leg-tapping number “Subtle”.
A Hand in Philanthropy
Apart from acting and rapping, he is also an active supporter of CrowdRise campaigns and has voiced his thoughts in support of refugees and against the anti-immigrant rhetoric that has put a lot of restrictions on travel for people from six predominantly Muslim countries.
All in all, Riz Ahmed is a bundle of talent you can never miss. From nail-biting roles in his movies and TV series, to groovy songs, to thought-provoking rap, this man has left no stone unturned in showcasing his skills and striking a chord with the audience.
Haven’t watched any of his films yet? No worries, take a look at the trailer of his latest movie City of Tiny Lights and decide on your own!
Now, here are the the links to the tracks of this famous rapper. Enjoy!