The Recipe- “Place to Rest”. Passion without borders… Home is where the mic is.

I was born in Lhokseumawe, Aceh, in 1983. I moved to Jakarta in 1991 and started rapping when I was 15 years old. Wether or not I’m considered an “Indo Rapper”, I will always rep Indonesia because all my successes began there. This song is really important to me because this is the result of all the sacrifices I’ve made over the years. Not just because it features a Hip Hop legend but also because of the honesty of the lyrics. As a descendant of a Swiss father and an Indonesian mother, for as long as I’ve lived, I have always been treated as an outsider and alienated. My Indonesian family think of me as Swiss. Similarly, my Swiss family consider me as an Indonesian. Wherever else I went, I was treated as an outsider because I wasn’t really from there. The successes of a “true person from this place” were always cheered louder and held in a higher place than mine. But, because I was raised with two cultures under one roof, in a country where the citizens were also a mix of various cultures and religions, I can see and understand the similarities within us all. That without these lines in the sand, these booklets full of stamps, currencies and material possesions dictating social heriarchy, we are all the same. We may have different cuisines but we all feel hungry. We may have different wedding ceremonies but we all love. We may have different holy practices but we all seek peace. Some may call it a ghetto, others favelas or slums or a trap or a home, a drive by or a stick up but we all know struggle and fear. Some jokes may only make sense in a specific language but we all laugh and smile. So what does ” home” mean? For me, “I am at home where the differences make us common”. This song represents that. People from different corners of the globe coming together to create music while expressing their similar experiences.

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