Riz Ahmed, best known for playing a college student named Nasir Khan in the The Night Of and Jake Gyllenhaal’s tragic peon in Nightcrawler, has rapped for over a decade under the name Riz MC. Did you know that? Neither did our staff.
Here’s a rap entitled “Sour Times” wherein Riz MC (who is from the U.K.) discusses his faith and how it’s become mistakenly equated with violence.
Here’s “Hundreds+Thousands,” which is most notable for its goofy-ass video.
More recently he teamed up with rapper Heems, formerly of Das Racist, to form a group called Swet Shop Boys. The title and opening sample from their song “Benny Lava” come from this classic slice of mid-2000s viral content.
What are your thoughts? Don’t quit your Night jobs, Riz.