You’ve bobbed your head to Desiigner’s “Panda” multiple times. Fact.
The dope beat got you trippin’ every time you heard it, for the first 20 repeats, and then you got bored. Fact.
You had no clue that “Panda” was produced by an unknown Desi producer – Adnan Khan – from the streets of Manchester. Fact.
Recently, Panda producer Adnan Khan aka Menace, was denied entry into the United States on a number of separate occasions while trying to apply for a visa. Menace had to give up his dream of appearing at the BET Hip Hop awards last year, and this year, it’s almost certain that he will miss the Grammys.
“It’s been the check-ups the people in charge of reviewing visas have had to do,” Menace explained, “I’ve got the booklet with me, which details everything about me, which proves that I am, in fact, who I say I am, and that I’m the producer called Menace. It’s about as thick as a dictionary.”
After missing the opportunity to be at the BET Hip Hip Awards, it seems almost insane to not allow this talented British-Muslim artist from entering the United States.
“I see it as an opportunity,” he says. “It’s the biggest award you can get, nothing’s bigger than a Grammy. I should have been there.”
When Desiigner’s Panda blew up, it literally blew up the whole hip hop world. It’s like radio stations got their next bit of crack they were looking for, and kept hitting it like the world’s about to end. The way these radio stations blasted that single on repeat was as close to ‘ear assault’ as it can get!
But, we all know why the track become a hit single – ‘cuz of the beat! The song barely had any proper lyrics, other than a dude whose speech was all muffled up thanks to an overdose of cough syrup in whatever raggedy ass studio he recorded it in Brooklyn.
That’s why this story is even more depressing. The real talent behind a hit single is currently getting barred from growing in his career, and there’s really nothing that he can do about it.
However, on the bright side, we can all take solace in knowing that some people are still fighting for our rights. Last week, a federal appeals panel unanimously rejected the administration’s bid to reinstate the ‘Muslim ban’ on travel into the United States.
Small victories. That’s what the next 4 years will be all about.