“I can't save anyone, life is such a scuffle/Even the good ones gone, RIP Mac and Hussle"

Born Abhi Sridharan Vaidehi in India in the early ’90s, rapper Abhi the Nomad lives up to his moniker. The son of a diplomat, his family country-hopped throughout his childhood, eventually landing in California, where he studied music production in college before having to leave the country when his student visa expired. After living abroad, Abhi returned to the states, enrolling in a community college with a new visa in Austin. 

On Modern Trash, released earlier this month, Abhi the Nomad surveys the global damage all around, but rather than rallying around a call to action, he often throws his hands up and vows to merely make the most of life amid the carnage. “I can't save anyone, life is such a scuffle/Even the good ones gone, RIP Mac and Hussle,” he raps on “House of Clocks,” adding: “Plastic inside the ocean, absent when comes to voting/I don't have no devotion, baby.”

In the Nomad’s backpack-rap flow, none of that sounds quite as dire as it may appear. Abhi tends to keep the tone playful, as evidenced in this new video for “BTFL,” which finds the rapper portraying characters from “Batman,” “E.T.,” “The Matrix” and “Pulp Fiction” alongside track collaborator Foster Cazz in (profane) low-budget versions of scenes from those films. Check it out below, and catch Abhi the Nomad on “The Modern Trash Tour” tonight at the Basement.