Desi hip hop
Desi hip hop is a term for music and culture which combines the influences of hip hop and the Indian subcontinent; the term desi referring to the South Asian diaspora. The term has also come to be used as an alternative for rap music and even pop music which involves rappers of South Asian origins. Creation of the term "desi hip hop" is credited to Bohemia.
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Following the launch of Bohemia (rapper) second album Pesa Nasha Pyar (2006), whose tracks such as "Kali Denali", "Kurti" and "Sahara" became big hits, there was a new-found interest in desi languages during the late 2000s. Even though there were several occasional hits during this period, the desi hip hop scene remained limited largely to the underground, with a very niche loyal audience. Hip-hop culture, including graffiti and b-boying started seeping into the club scene and street culture of big cities like Delhi and Mumbai.
Desi hip hop has crossed paths with Western hip hop multiple times, notably when musicians from both sides of the world collaborate. American rapper Snoop Dogg has worked with different artists such as rapper Bohemia (rapper), J.Hind and band RDB. Bohemia (rapper) also collaborated with hip-hop artists such as Kurupt,Sean Kingston,Iraj Weeraratne and Baby Bash.The group RDB also worked with different hip hop artists such as T-Pain and Ludacris. In 2016,famous Indian rapper Badshah worked with dancehall musician Sean Paul in a song called "Move Your Body" with DJ Shadow Dubai. Desi rappers born and/or raised in the West have also bridged the cultures within their music, incorporating desi influences into their music. Anik Khan has blended Queens culture with Bengali influences into his music, and similarly rappers Riz MC and Heems of the group Swet Shop Boys incorporate many South Asian influences in their music. In 2017, Pakistani rapper Ali Kaz collaborated with famous WWE music producer Jim Johnston for the theme song of WWE wrestler Jinder Mahal.In 2017, Badshah did another international collab with Major Lazer as a commercial promotion of Tuborg Brewery
When Bohemia (rapper) released his fifteenth single "Charso Bees" from the album Da Rap Star where he wrote "Loki bolde ve appa karke vakhaya". Later, on the single "Hummer" from Nishawn Bhullar's album The Folkstars, Honey Singh rapped the verse "Loki bolde ve appa karke vakhaya". This made Bohemia angry and he started dissing Honey Singh at his concerts.
Due to the exposure through Bollywood, rap became a household term and an increased production of rap music was observed, especially in the Punjabi music industry. There is an ongoing debate among the hip-hop community about the contribution of Honey Singh to the genre. While some artists including Badshah, Ikka, Deep Money and Manj Musik have acknowledged his contribution to the industry, others like Raftaar, Bohemia and Imran Khan have openly denied it. There is also a negative sentiment among some followers of hip-hop culture in India regarding the recent commercialization of the genre. Even though many fans are not happy with the recent commercialization of hip-hop in India, this commercialization has also led to expansion of the underground scene, with independent artists building a name in Indian hip-hop. Because of this, the future of desi hip-hop is generally perceived to be positive.
|Artist||Known for||Years active|
|Bohemia||Vich pardesa de||2001–present|
"Brand New Swag"
|Badshah||"DJ Waley Babu"
Kapoor & Sons soundtrack
|Yo Yo Honey Singh||International Villager
"Immigrants (We Get the Job Done)"
|Lazarus||"Open Heart Surgery"
|Raftaar||"Swag Mera Desi"
"Desi Hip Hop" "Baby Marwake Manegi"
|Fateh Doe||Bring It Home||2009–present|
|Divine||"Yeh Mera Bombay"
"Mere Gully Main" "Jungli Sher" "Farak"
|Ikka Singh||"This Singh is So Stylish"
"Sapne" "Half window down" "Shuruwaat"
|Brodha V||"Aathma Rama"
"Indian Flava" "Aigiri Nandini" "Let Em Talk"
|Raja Kumari||Change Your Life (Iggy Azalea song)
"Never Give Up" "Mute" "The Come Up(EP)"
|Krsna (Rapper)||"Kaisa Mera Desh"
"I'm Ready Ft. Raftaar"
|Artist||Known For||Years Active|
|Street Academics||"Chatha Kaakka"
"Native Bapa" "16 Adiyanthiram"
|Hiphop Tamizha||Hip Hop Tamizhan||2005–present|
|Machas With Attitude||Red + Green = Brown
"Making our Money" "Ready Steady Po"
|Swet Shop Boys||Cashmere
|Khatarnaak Hip Hop Collective||"Seedhe Slum Se"||2013–present|
|Kala Kurta Gang||The Punjabi Trap
"Mainstream(remix)" "Game Over"
|Seedhe Maut||2 Ka Pahada
"Seedhe Maut Anthem" "ClasssikhMaut"
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