In Hip-Hop, a Rapper is an artist and performer who usually creates and performs vocals for his/her own original material. India is honored with numerous skilled artists. Prior to this, it was just melodies, however, now there is a rap in each new tune. This has had an immense effect on our music industry and hour by hour new rappers are popping from various parts of the nation.
Here is the rundown of 6 Indian commercially successful rappers whose tunes are a part of everyone’s playlists.
“Lakshmi Narasimha Vijaya Rajagopala Sheshadri Sharma Rajesh Raman” aka Blaaze was born on 15 October 1975 in Chennai, India. A rap artist and a popular playback singer in Indian films. An Indian by birth, born in Chennai, he grew up in Zambia and later did his education in England and in the US.
Famous For: Rap War, Jagao Mere Des Ko, Ban The Crooked Police
5. HARD KAUR
Taran Kaur Dhillon (born 29 July 1979), known by her stage name Hard Kaur, is a British Indian rapper and hip hop singer; as well as playback singer and actress in plenty of Bollywood songs. In a male ruling field, this British Indian rapper has undoubtedly made her mark.
Famous For: Chaar Baj Gaye, Move Your Body Now, Supawoman
4. YO YO HONEY SINGH
Hirdesh Singh (born 15 March 1983), better known by his stage name Yo Yo Honey Singh or Honey Singh, is an Indian music producer, Pop singer, film actor. He started as a session and recording artist and became a Bhangra music producer. He also began to produce music for Bollywood films and became one of the highest-paid music producers in Bollywood.
Famous For: Brown Rang, Angreji Beat, Chaar Botal Vodka
Dilin Nair is a rapper better known by his stage name Raftaar. He was formerly a member of the urban music group Mafia Mundeer, formed by Yo Yo Honey Singh. He came into the spotlight when he split from the group and was signed to Three Records by the Punjabi band RDB. After the split of RDB, he frequently works with Manj Musik and Manj’s wife Nindy Kaur. He has also started singing, rapping, writing lyrics and producing music for Bollywood film soundtracks.
Famous For: Swag Mera Desi, Baby Marvake Maanegi, Dhaakad
Aditya Prateek Singh Sisodia, better known by his stage name Badshah, is an Indian rapper known for his Hindi, Haryanvi, and Punjabi songs. He started his career in 2006 alongside Yo Yo Honey Singh in his group Mafia Mundeer and gained spontaneous popularity among youth. He split from Honey in 2012 and gained fame with his independent Haryanvi song Kar Gayi Chull, which was later adopted into Bollywood movie. His music has been featured in many Bollywood songs.
He has also collaborated with artists such as Gippy Grewal, Diljit Dosanjh, Raftaar, Navv Inder and Aastha Gill among others. His debut single, “DJ Waley Babu” featuring Aastha Gill, was ranked number one on Indian iTunes charts within 24 hours after the release. The song also crossed a million views on Youtube within 30 hours. In 2016, he collaborated with Navv Inder on Wakhra Swag which won the 2016 Punjabi Music Awards for Best Duo/Group and Most Popular song of the year award. He is currently signed with Sony Music India. In 2017, his first single from his debut album ONE, “Mercy” ranked third in the world as most streamed song on Youtube within 24 Hours.
Famous For: Dj Waley Babu, Kar Gayi Chull, Wakhra Swag
Roger David (born October 15, 1979), better known by his stage name Bohemia, is a Pakistani American rapper and Record Producer regarded as the first ever Punjabi rapper, releasing the first Punjabi rap album in 2002. He is also known as the inventor and pioneer of Desi hip hop.
Famous For: Charso Bees, Ek Tera Pyar, Chandni Chowk To China