A BRADFORD music artist is hoping to gain more high-profile collaborations after he teamed up with a world-famous American rapper for his latest single.

Jind Mahi, of Clayton Heights, recently released 'Desi Drip' which features multi-Grammy nominated Rick Ross.

Ross, 48, has five US number-one albums to his name and has worked with some of the biggest names in the hip-hop genre including Drake, Jay Z, and Nicki Minaj.

Jind, who specialises in Asian Urban music, has been "overwhelmed" by the success of the single.

"I managed to get in touch with his management team via Instagram," he told the Telegraph & Argus.

"They seemed to like this song and it went from there. It has been a bit overwhelming.

"I have been targetting the British market but, with the Rick Ross collaboration, my music is being heard in America and all around the world."

He added: "That collaboration has opened quite a few doors for me with other artists. A lot of other rappers have become interested.

"I did not want an all-out Punjab song, I wanted something that would cross over to different audiences.

"I have never really made a song like this before."

Growing up in Queensbury, Jind began learning the piano at the age of 13 and developed an understanding of the music production fundamentals.

He was taught to sing by his father, Binder Pasl, who enjoyed an illustrious career in Punjabi music.

Jind developed his knowledge of traditional Bhangra music working mainly on percussion and experimenting with instruments such as dhol & dholki; along with melodies using guitars and the traditional tumbi.

"I have been making music for over 10 years," he said.

"I released a few songs five years ago then took a break until when it was Covid. I started focussing on it again.

"My family and friends encouraged me and thought it would be a shame if my music did not get released.

"Last year, I set up my own label and released two singles."

Those two songs (Jind Mahi and Ghosted), along with many covers on his social media channels have amassed over three million views.

He plans to release an album later this year and wants to continue collaborating with more high-profile mainstream artists.

Jind added: "It has been amazing hearing people listen to the Punjab and enjoy it.

"I am excited to do more of it."