For decades, Bollywood has portrayed an image of Hip-Hop as being limited to luxury rap. The music that was filled to the brim with images of money, luxury, alchohol and everything in between is now slowly but surely turning over a new leaf in India. With “Gully Boy” taking Bollywood to an alternative source of Hip-Hop, the doors have been pushed wide open to accept the other ways in which Hip-Hop pushes culture and political conversation forward.
Ayushmann Khurrana’s upcoming film Article 15 is based on the constitutional rights of every Indian to not be discriminated against on the basis of religion, race, caste, sex or place of birth. This movie is based on true incidents. The emcees chosen to promote this movie are some of the stellar voices in the Indian Rap community. And they do complete justice in their lyricism and styles of rap to the topic. These are stellar performances by the brilliant voices of Kaam Bhaari, Dee MC, Spitfire and SlowCheeta.
Break The System
Hip-Hop has always been a political genre among other things, and this side of Hip-Hop has been explored only few and far between the lines in the mass media. The song “Article 15” does this in the most magnificent way by putting 4 emcees from different backgrounds to talk about the injustices in society and the prevalent inequality.
All 4 of these emcees sync perfectly with the beat. Their messages are strong and the voices will never be forgotten. Watch “Shuru Kare Kya” by Kaam Bhaari, Spitfire, SlowCheeta (IncInk) and Dee MC down below. Spread the song and the message loud and open to everyone. Hip-Hop for a cause is what counts!
Seedhe Maut have been climbing the ladder to success in their territory as well as pan-India. It’s no surprise that their sounds have reached far and wide based on their extreme skillsets. These are pure bred emcees, they are fierce, technical and know the game way too well.
PNP (Pesa Nasha Pyaar) is a standout track from their album Bayaan that released the end of last year. It has been a fan favorite and a crowd favorite as well. The song deals with duality, addiction, love, hate and everything in between. The amount of craftsmanship that one would need to put in to a song like this is evident.
Seedhe Maut Nation
Canfuse and Seedhe Maut have been in collaborations since a few years now and in this video, Canfuse has really outdone themselves. The video shows us how Canfuse truly understands the use of small spaces and transforms the vision on a new level completely. They use these spaces to their advantage and PNP is a stellar example. There is meaning and depth in each shot and the music syncs perfectly. This is a classic music video for a classic duo.
Bayaan is successfully streaming across India and the message is loud and clear. Seedhe Maut are here to change the sounds in the game. Their unique methods have separated them from an otherwise escalating, monotonous rap world. This is their canvas and they are painting an exemplary portrait.
Watch PNP by Seedhe Maut down below and dont forget to share it with your friends and support this crew!
'PNP' | Seedhe Maut x Sez On The Beat | Azadi Records - YouTube
Shaikhspeare, co-founder of Mumbai’s Hip-Hop Collective Bombay Lokal is out with his much anticipated project – “Shaikh Them Part 1”. In this two part series, he has some guaranteed surprises coming live and direct. The first part speaks volumes about his level of artistry and songwriting techniques.
Hashish- Shaikhspeare ft. GRAVITY | Official Music Video 2019 | Shaikh Them (Part-1) Album - YouTube
“Shaikh Them” is by and large an album that collates Shaikh’s experiences as an emcee, his visions and ideas and his community as well. It is a peek into his lifestyle as an emcee. The common theme between all the tracks is the boombap flavor mixed with new school flows and collaborations with unique voices and producers in the scene.
KING-DON - Shaikhspeare ft. GRAVITY | Prod. by GHAURI | Official Music Video 2019 | Shaikh Them - YouTube
Shaikhspeare has proven to the people that he has what it takes to stand tall among the best in the league. Be it community work with his collective or riding solo – he has taken steps to leap forward. Shaikh Them exemplifies that and is a solid release. A few tracks stand out in the album namely the previously released Global Desi, King-Don, Hashish, and 30 Pe Car.
GLOBAL DESI - SHAIKHSPEARE | Prod. by Shinji | Official Music Video 2019 | Shaikh Them - YouTube
The album has definitive patterns throughout it. There are a few hooks that remain melodic and some that are direct rap repetitions. All in all, the album shines and stands out as a great release. The project is an introduction to Shaikh Them Part 2 and with this level of direction, we might already be witnessing a classic take shape.
Stream the full album on all major streaming platforms by Shaikhspeare – “Them Part 1” here -> https://elements.lnk.to/ShaikhThemPt1
In 2019, the global scope of Desi Hip-Hop in particular is vast, varied and spread across a wide range of areas around the world. There are a few events that really work towards uplifting these cultures and voices. DesiFest celebrates Hip-Hop and Desi Music in the most unique way without compromising on the essence and quality of these cultures.
Toronto is home to a whole array of Desi musicians. Desi Fest has pushed itself further over the years to open its doors to global talent outside of their hometown. And in 2019, DesiFest was a super success. Its biggest one yet, the festival was home to artists, performers, and audiences from different walks of life and different countries around the world. Headlined by Jaz Dhami and Raja Kumari this year, the festival invited stellar emcees like Dee MC straight outta Mumbai, and NAVZ47 to perform!
DesiFest is a celebration of the hard work that Desi artists put in year in year out to grow the culture regardless of where they may be in the world. The festival now in its 13th edition has matured to become a showcase of exemplary talent and has become an ideal destination for audiences who want to explore and educate themselves about Desi Hip Hop.
A plethora of artists, a grand stage, a free festival, a unique experience – Desifest 2019 was a power packed event with nothing but the best artists delivering their message to an open crowd. These are the events that need to keep happening the world over as they also contribute to the artists by being a platform that they can trust.
Watch some of the explosive moments from Desi Fest 2019! Here’s to more success to the festival.
For years, MTV has dominated the sounds of Indian independent/commercial music on television. MTV is a name that resonates well with Hip-Hop globally due to its contributions to Hip-Hop on a massive scale. And right now, they are back on the map with their latest rap reality show – “Hustle”.
Judged by Indian rap megastars Raftaar & Raja Kumari, along with Indian super-producer Nucleya – MTV Hustle is all set to hunt for the country’s next big voice! All three of these judges know what it takes to be at the top of their game. The TV show aims to pick only the best talents for their chance to shine.
Not much about the show has been announced but a lot of emcees around India have been contacted to appear on the show. We await further details on the same. We do know that the 3 judges will be looking forward to mentoring and developing the artists in the show. In Raftaar’s own words – “Nothing makes me happier than music so I am superbly thrilled to be a part of MTV Hustle. Rap has forayed into the mainstream music scene and is not confined to streets anymore. A show like Hustle will further open the floodgates for untapped talents in the country who are waiting to be heard.”
Nucleya who has been involved with emcees like Divine and more in the Hip-Hop world says, “Rap has enabled artists to push boundaries in music and express themselves to the best of their creative finesse. This is one reality show India truly needs. It’s also my debut on national television which heightens the excitement further. I hope to be of value to the contestants as a mentor and musician and inspire them to perform better.”
Watch the title track of the show performed by none other than Raftaar! Stay tuned for more updates on MTV HUSTLE!
The critics, naysayers and backstabbers will always downplay an artists moves or their journey. This is a given in each artists come-up. Love it or hate it, 7 Bantaiz are creating a cult following and music that defines itself as a big part of Dharavi sounds. Their methods are as unique as their style and sound.
Team work makes the dream work, and mostly everything that the 7 Bantaiz do are team-based decisions. The squad rushes in on each song going bar for bar with each other and this is their way forward. As shown in the video, their live performances live up to the hype, there is a connection between what they do behind the booth and on the stage.
“Bachan” – the latest song from 7 Bantaiz – is a tight slap to the critics and the people trying to trap artists in the vicious cycles in their journey. The song exposes the fake promises, the misleading voices and the greed of the people who look at Hip-Hop as a source of monetary exploitation.
Through the years, 7 Bantaiz have levelled up and completed huge projects, their claim to fame speaks for itself. This is a group that potentially could reach the upper echelon of Indian Rap and stay there for years – a name to be reckoned, while others just talk the talk – they walk the walk! Watch “Bachan” by 7 Bantaiz down below and share the video to support the movement!
Virat Kohli and Divine assemble for one of the biggest Cricket campaigns in the country right now. Puma has once again taken initiative and provided a banging anthem to the country’s favorite sport. Produced by Karan Kanchan, the song contains heavy, gritty notes and hard-hitting bars to deliver the emotion underlying it.
And the emotion is one of unity, strength in numbers and passion. The song symbolizes the emotions of millions of Indians who love the game. The biggest ambassador of Indian cricket today – Virat Kohli – is joined by gold medal athlete Mary Kom & Indian cricketer Sushma Verma. Suresh Mukund of Kings United has choreographed the entire dance moves in the video.
This is a mega-collaboration which brings together the passions of India in unison with the sport they have loved and excelled at for years. Puma is a brand that has always endorsed great Desi Hip Hop talent and pushed the boundaries further with commercial collaborations. The video is a colorful and strong message that keeps the viewers hooked in.
Virat Kohli’s signature #SockThem style has now officially taken over the streets! Hip-Hop can fuse different aspects of life amazingly well and Divine is an artist who does that extremely efficiently. As the promo says, this year, we let the bat do the talking! As India gears up for the forthcoming cricket world cup, the emotions are high and the journey is at its beginning.
India comes together with the music and knows that when they set aside their differences and play together, that’s when real victory happens. Watch “Chakravyuh Mein #SockThem” by Divine & Karan Kanchan down below!
MC Kaur is a self-trained veteran of Indian Hip-Hop. She has written some of the best lyrically complex verses that the scene has heard in recent years. There is no doubt that, as a musician, MC Kaur is reaching for the upper echelon of artistic creativity. Her recent albums have defined this factor and set herself as far apart from mainstream/modern sounds as possible.
MC Kaur that we hear in her latest offering – “Locality” – is an artiste reborn. The style is tight, the flow is beautiful and the lyrics are fresh. This is an exemplary track that has a unique and abstract meaning. “Locality” speaks to a human beings inner and outer environment. The mind manifests the locality. And MC Kaur paints a picture of her locality – Oxel Village, Goa.
The song depicts a picture of dichotomy between the local ambiance. The people are peaceful but there are differences even between them. Ruled over by the wrong people, MC Kaur reflects a mirror to society. The song speaks of dreams, ambitions, consumerism, politics, and the overall human condition of the people in her vicinity. This is a song of many words and much more substance. There are a few emcees that paint a picture like this.
The music video is perfectly shot and edited by Secret Stuff. They have depicted the world we live in from the point of view of both MC Kaur and the villagers efficiently. These stunning visuals make you wanna rewind and replay the song to get its actual depth. Watch MC Kaur – “Locality” down below and give the beautiful video a like and a share!
MC Manmeet Kaur - Locality (Official Clip) - YouTube
3 months after the release and huge success of his last music video “Raazi”, Fateh Doe releases his latest track “Late Nights”. This is a side of Fateh that proves why he is currently at the pinnacle of his career. A diverse emcee, a great public figure and flag holder of Desi Hip-Hop globally, Fateh is surely on his way to a cult following.
Fateh is doubling down on what he does best. The video for “Late Nights was shot right after the shoot of “Raazi”. And true to its vibe, it is a more relaxed, effortless and beautiful track. The melodic flows ride the beat efficiently and a few flows in, we witness the diverse Fateh dive deep into his musicality.
To Whom It May Concern
Yet another video from a track off of his commercially successful album “To Whom It May Concern”, Late Nights is an ode to the teams hardwork and gratitude towards the people. The success story that Fateh personifies is one of strong cultural identity, hard work and dedication to his craft.
Watch the video for “Late Nights” by Fateh Doe below and let us know your thoughts! Desi Hip Hop on top!
Fateh - Late Nights (Official Music Video) - YouTube
Lyricism has been overlooked, misunderstood and sometimes straight up neglected by the listeners/hip hop junta throughout the country. The music scene has had limited resources to fully make people understand the power and meaning behind their most formidable weapons – their words. The songs that emcees make nowadays have real, deep rooted messages behind each verse and each line for that matter too.
The art of lyricism is to push messages between the words that they choose, and Mumbai emcee Siege is on a mission to spread these messages in a creative manner. “Between The Lines” is a show which he along with a small team has created that run along the lines of the show “Verified” by Rap Genius. Montage India is the core group that deals with the ideating, creating, producing and execution of the show and various other ventures. Here’s a quick trailer below!
Between The Lines | Trailer - YouTube
Montage India have already set up their first season of “Between The Lines” featuring emcees like D’evil, Trap Poju, Dee MC, Enkore, and MC Altaf. They also got done organizing their first ever rap open mic gig – “Bars Only”. The first episode of Between The Lines features Mumbai emcee D’Evil explaining the verses from his hit single “Kadki”!
There is a whole new wave and generation of listeners that are tuning in to Indian Hip-Hop on the daily, this initiative makes it clear that lyrics matter and knowledge is key. In an ocean of commercialized rap and hip-hop, it is good to know that there is a haven and a safe spot for lyrics to not only be recognized, but broken down into the meanings and concepts behind them. This separates the talented from the watered down emcees and keeps the quality rush going.
Watch D’evil break down “Kadki” below and subscribe to the channel to support this awesome movement!
Between The Lines | S01E01 | Kadki- D'evil - YouTube