Or, something else altogether?…It is a gratuitous and simplistic binary, but we could not help notice that the same week that amateur terrorist Nafis’ photo was plastered on a shrill and scaremongering media (with the words “Bangladeshi” attached to an escalating fear narrative), the other face of Bangladeshi youth in New York is The Cosmics’ brand new video.
It was a strange week of bizarro contrasts here in New York. On October 17th, a 21-year old patsy named Nafis was arrested for attempting to bomb the Federal Reserve building. Led into the plot by an FBI informant, sold a “bomb” by an FBI agent– Smells Like Teen Entrapment. While the bumbling Bangladesh Embassy (morons!) were still trying to claim he was a Rohingya, his father was giving interviews in Jatrabari (which is not in Burma) and saying how Nafis was a “good student” of NSU. But NSU quickly responded that he was on probation for bad grades. Hmm, NSU, the school known as “party central” and rumored to be the center for yabba drug craze a few years back. Should have stayed there Nafis!
So that was October 17th. The next day, October 18th, and utterly by coincidence, The Cosmics’ new video “Feelin’ so High” went live on YouTube. An infectious, trippy, spiraling, heady concoction. “I am feeling wonderful/ I may not be tomorrow/ so let’s go on and shoot the shit/we’ll kick it till we both broke”
The Cosmics are two Bangladeshi New Yorkers Ahad “Rupee G” Ali and Foysol “MIB” Rahman. MIB for “Made in Bangladesh.” The song features Rated PG, who is Philip Gomes. He’s the one smoking the blunt.
Who speaks for Bangladeshi New York? If we were forced to live in a world of crude binaries, we would take The Cosmics any day.
“All you suckas who don’t know me/I am made in Bangladesh/And I am nothing like those other dudes/my swag is filthy fresh
“Smoke some shit and get high/dance dance dance all night”
Cosmics used to rap in Bangla, but now their songs are entirely in English. We hope they will bring back the Bangla as well.
Here’s an older song:“Bap re bap”