Hip-hop is one of the most vibrant and quickly growing music cultures. On August 11, 1973, in Bronx, New York, the United States of America, DJ Kool Herc presented the "Back To School Jam."
Since then, many rappers and DJs have earned a name for themselves in the Hip-Hop industry. Hip-Hop culture quickly expanded around the world, including in India. Hip-hop is currently immensely popular in India, and young people love it.
However, very few people know how rap started in India. This article will take you on a journey from how rap was introduced in India and its transformation over the years. Baba Sehgal, who is known as the first Indian rapper, started the trend with hit rap songs like “Thanda Thanda Paani” and “Dil Dhadke”.
In the early 2000s, Bohemia added some much-needed spice to the Indian Hip-Hop. "Vich Pardesan De" was the first release by Bohemia.
After his debut full-length Punjabi rap album, "Pesa Nasha Pyar," Bohemia became very famous, which became a smash hit in India. A lot of young people got influenced by seeing the success of Bohemia.
A group of five individuals known as "Mafia Mundeer," including Yo Yo Honey Singh, Lil Golu, Badshah, Raftaar, and Ikka, burst into the Punjabi rap scene. Throughout their career, all of them performed many hit rap songs. As the whole of India saw their performances, they started receiving offers from Bollywood.
Yo-Yo Honey Singh was paid Rs. 70 lakh for a single song at the height of his success. Hip-Hop is a well-known art style that originated in the Bronx, New York streets. It was transformed by artists such as Jay-Z and Nas. Naved Shaikh (Naezy), a young child from Mumbai, was inspired by these legends.
In January 2014, Naezy released his debut single, "Aafat!" with a raw music video on YouTube. The song became viral because of Naezy's variety, excellent talents, and constructive narrative. Indians experienced true hip-hop for the first time after Bohemia.
Finally, rappers like Yo Yo Honey Singh.
Yo-Yo Honey Singh released his studio album "Desi Kalakaar" (August of 2014). The album performed well, but it did not receive the same attention as his previous releases. Another young rapper from Mumbai's streets began to make his presence known with his incredible rapping abilities.
Popularly known as Divine, Vivian Fernandes gained fame with his hit tune "Yeh Mera Bombay," which he posted on his YouTube account in 2013. Divine's popularity grew to the point that he was signed as an artist by Sony Music Entertainment. Divine and Naezy collaborated on the song "Mere Gully Mein" in 2015.
The music video for the song, which stars Divine and Naezy, has been published on Sony Music Entertainment's YouTube channel. The era of asli Hip-Hop was beginning.
Finally, Rap came to the big screen!
Director Zoya Akhtar discovered Naezy's song "Aafat!" as well as Divine's song "Mere Gully Mein", featuring Naezy. She was blown away and wanted to show the story of both of these young rappers. She approached Naezy and Divine and suggested the idea of developing a Bollywood film based on their life.
On 14 February 2019, the film "Gully Boy," starring Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt, was released. The film was a box office success, earning an 8.4/10 on IMDb and a whopping 100 per cent on Rotten Tomatoes.
Everyone who watched it enjoyed it, and the cast also included other excellent underground rappers from Mumbai, such as Emiway Bantai (Sharukh Shaikh) and Kaambhari (Kunal Pandagale).
The popularity of "Gully Boy" benefited all of the new underground rappers with remarkable talent and talents, every one of whom is striving to become one of India's top rappers.
The underground rappers from Mumbai have gotten significant exposure since the publication of "Gully Boy," and they are optimistic about the expansion of the culture in India.
Hip-hop, in my opinion, will continue to expand in India as more young and skilled rappers gain exposure. For both artists and fans, the future of Indian Hip-Hop is as bright as the sun.
If you are passionate about rapping and want to learn and be guided.