The various genres like mumble rap, rap metal, lyrical rap, desi hip-hop are gaining popularity.
Rap music has helped to bridge the gap between poetry, emotion, and instrumentation. One-of-a-kind music, it involves the rapper bringing out his struggles, emotions, current events, the past-everything relatable. Some of the best rappers in India have brought these emotions together beautifully.
They not only rap, they write the poetry too, along with making music videos and producing the whole video for the audience. Infact, while there are some labels working in India, there are a number of independent best rappers who do all this on their own.
While it’s true that people listen to it for how fast they sing, it is also true that it requires a skill of a different order to be able to share thoughts with a musical flow, and also call out the issues plaguing the society. And this quality differentiates the best rappers from the rest.
In the current times, when the number of rappers who are nailing it in the scene have increased exponentially, it becomes important to talk about and appreciate their talent. Let’s look at the top rappers in India, who are making it big with lyrical gems!
His parents used to listen to Michael Jackson when he was a child, which started his hustle journey. To sell MP3s in school at Rs. 15, he used to download a lot of songs, including Linkin Park and Eminem. After this, he started teaching students how to dance! Yes, this rapper started with dancing rather than rapping.
It was during his initial research days on Youtube, that he started to merge a number of songs to make a medley. This is how his musical and rap journey started. He started writing punjabi songs as Dilin, but eventually became the Raftaar we all know – the one who writes about life stories.
The difference between the two? In his own words, while Dilin was a dreamer, Raftaar is the dream. He is currently signed under Sony Music and the co-owner of Kalamkaar.
Emiway, an Antop hill resident as evident from many of his songs rhythmically portraying his pincode “Mumbai 47”, this rapper is named Bilal Shaikh in real life.
Emiway Bantai is actually an amalgamation of “Eminem” and “Lil Wayne”, as he confessed in one of his videos. As far as his videos are concerned, you must be knowing it already (Maaloom hai na?)
He left studies after completing his 12th, and struggled through his days with mumble rap, with videos like “Maal waali Aunty”, which was deleted from his youtube channel. According to rap enthusiasts, it was only after his diss song meant for Raftaar, that his popularity grew manifold.
However, it was his original “Machayenge” which not only garnered a lot of views among the audience, but put him up in the rankings of commercial “independent” artists, as he claims to be.
The Gully boy fame, Divine, is not an unknown face to the rap enthusiast. Starting off at a young age, his story is no different than the rappers of today, except for the fact that his genre of music resonates with what the color rappers from the west do, i.e to write songs on their own past.
The “Voice of the Street”, Divine was a child to his mother who was working abroad and a drunkard father. In one of his songs, he says how he always wanted to bring back his mother from abroad and didn’t want her to work more, because he always wanted to be with her and spend time with her. His past has been associated with selling drugs at one point, which he openly accepts as being one of the darkest phases in his life.
He gained recognition with the chartbuster “Mere gully mein”, where he writes about the daily chores in the chawls/slums of Mumbai. He has his unique flow, which fits both in commercial Kaam 25, and poetic medleys like Junoon.
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Many know him because of Gully Boy and the famous “Mere gully mein” with Divine, but little do people know that while his hustle in Khalsa College, Mumbai, he used to record and upload videos from an iPhone that one of his friends owned.
His song “Aafat” explains what comprises the city of dreams, Mumbai, which can also be heard in one of his other songs “Asal Hustle”.
He recently dropped one of his albums, letting people know that Aafat is Wapas. (He has returned!)
Akshay Nawanshahriya started his career with his First Rap, ” Aj Kal Di Dunia ” , Which was written by Akshay Nawanshahriya. When his First Rap was getting success on his Official Youtube Channel , he understood that it is his Real Talent. Actually Akshay was interested in Singing from his childhood, but he can’t write something in his childhood. He start the writing from 29, july, 2013. He learn writing from his Loneliness. When he did alone in the house in the vocations, he was getting much bore. He had no friend or any Brother/Sister. So, when he lived alone in the home, he start the writing , as a poet, He write some lines on his own life. Actually, Akshay was cheated by many peoples. So ! he write his first own lyrics , which was :-
” Ajj Kal Di Dunia Ch Yaar Main Anokhe Dekhe, Pal Pal Te Mere Naal Ho Rahe Dhokhe Dekhe ”
It was the First line of his writing career. He write it as a poem. but , He feel that, it can be a “Rap” . So ! he do this poem as a ” Rap ” . After, the success of his First Rap ” Aj Kal di Dunia ” .. He started write more lyrics. His 2nd rap was on the Girls, which name is :- ” Girls Killing Rap” . Actually, ” Girls Killing Rap ” was written by Akshay on the Emotionally Cases. In this Rap was a Massage that ” Save Girls ” . In Every Rap or song of Akshay, have a massage always, different is this only that, Some people understand that, or some not.
It is astonishing how the “Alien ki shakal wale”, as was called by Emiway Bantai when he dissed this Pune Rapper MC Stan, has made it in Music. His real name is Altaf Raja and many people didn’t even understand the genre this rapper was into, until they listened to his “Wata”, which has gotten a whooping 15 million views on Youtube.
His youtube channel has just 6 videos which has gained him 53,840,351 views at the time of writing this, only growing at an incredible rate.
His most popular video is Astaghfirullah, where he apologizes to his mother for all his bad deeds in his life.