Girish Khatiwada

Girish Khatiwada (born August 30, 1979) is a Nepalese rapper, radio, television personality, and vlogger.[1][2] He is consistently cited as one of the first and the most influential rappers of Nepal and was labeled the "godfather of Nephop" by The Diplomat Magazine.[3][4] Khatiwada started his career at the age of 15 with his first track "Meaningless Rap" in 1994 and became mainstream with his counterpart Pranil Timalsena with other tracks like Timi Jaha Pani Jaanchhau, Malai Bhot Deu, Hami Dherai Sana Chhu.[5][6][7] Today, besides his career in the Nepalese rap music scene, Khatiwada is also one of the most influential vloggers from Nepal.[8][9]

Girish Khatiwada
Girish Khatiwada Rapper.jpg
Born (1979-09-30) September 30, 1979 (age 41)
Biratnagar, Nepal
NationalityNepal
Other namesGorkhali G
Occupation
  • Rapper
  • Radio artist
  • Television personality
  • Vlogger
Years active1993–present

Life and careerEdit

Girish Khatiwada was born on August 30, 1979 in Biratnagar, Nepal. In an interview with The Kathmandu Post, Girish said that he was introduced to hip hop music of the west in early 1990s when he was involved in break dancing in Dharan. His first introduction of hip-hop came from a cousin whose parents worked in the Nepali embassy in Washington.[7]

In 1994, at the age of 15, Girish wrote and recorded the first hip-hop song, Meaningless Rap.[10] According to Girish, the song was named so because he initially struggled to understand the obscure slang in English hip hop which he presumed were written and sang only to rhyme and didn't have any meaning.[7] After a moderate success, he was approached by a local record label to produce a full album. This resulted in a team of Girish and Pranil, who were later known by their moniker GP.[11]

During the late 90s, GP took inspiration for their music from the instrumental parts of American hip-hop who would then incorporate traditional Nepali folk song with the help of Nepali audio engineers.[7] This led to the formation of a new Nepali music genre "Nep hop" in the late 90s, which he later named "Lok Hop."[12][13]

Khatiwada took a break from Nepali hip hop to continue his higher studies in United States in 2008. He came back to Nepal in 2013 to continue his career in music, radio, television and YouTube.[14]

Personal lifeEdit

Khatiwada is currently married to his longtime girlfriend Jyoti Ranabhat.

SongsEdit

  • Meaningless Rap
  • Ma Yesto Chu Ma Testo Chu feat. DA69
  • Gharo Bho (Feat. Nabin K Bhattarai)
  • Timi Jaha Pani Janchau
  • Malai Vote Deu
  • Seto Ghoda
  • Come Back into My Life
  • Back Again
  • Paisa Ko Saukheen
  • Miss Kollywood
  • Be What You Wanna Be
  • Oi Hoi
  • Prithivi Narayan Shah
  • Best in Me
  • Timilai Napai Chaddina
  • Number 1 Girl
  • Imma Live My Life
  • Sadak Ko Army
  • Sakina Maile
  • Jitney Ko Itihaas
  • Kehi Lagdaina
  • Kathmandu Ma Trapped
  • Ganja Man
  • Baluwatar Singhadurwar
  • Euta Banda Kotha
  • Haami Dherai Saana Chhau
  • Jati Maya
  • Lok Hop
  • Prithvi Narayan Shah

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "कलाकारको जिन्दगी". MusicKhabar.com: Nepal's No. 1 Musical online media. April 25, 2017. Retrieved September 29, 2019.
  2. ^ "'राजनीतिक रिस' जगाइदिने र्‍याप". December 26, 2018. Retrieved September 29, 2019.
  3. ^ Goldsmith, Melissa Ursula Dawn; Fonseca, Anthony J. (December 1, 2018). Hip Hop around the World: An Encyclopedia [2 volumes]. ABC-CLIO. ISBN 9780313357596.
  4. ^ StoriesAsia. "Beats in the Himalayas: The Rise of Nepali Hip Hop". thediplomat.com. Retrieved September 29, 2019.
  5. ^ Adkin, Ross. "Rap battling is taking Nepali hip-hop to new heights". The Caravan. Retrieved September 29, 2019.
  6. ^ "र्‍यापका प्रणेता". ekantipur.com (in Nepali). Retrieved September 29, 2019.
  7. ^ a b c d "Nepal's road to rap". kathmandupost.com. Retrieved September 29, 2019.
  8. ^ "Voice of a generation". kathmandupost.com. Retrieved September 29, 2019.
  9. ^ Kathmandu Tribune (December 26, 2017). "10 Nepali Vlogs You Should Follow Today". News, sport and opinion from the Kathmandu Tribune's global edition. Retrieved September 29, 2019.
  10. ^ "On That KTM Grime: The Rise of Nep-Hop". Border Movement. September 28, 2016. Retrieved September 29, 2019.
  11. ^ "The story of modern-day Kathmandu, in 11 songs". Roads & Kingdoms. July 19, 2018. Retrieved September 29, 2019.
  12. ^ "Girish Khatiwada Releases Video For LOK HOP". halla!. August 17, 2018. Retrieved September 29, 2019.
  13. ^ "Girish Khatiwada x Trap Nepal Drop 'Lok Hop'". NeoStuffs. September 8, 2017. Retrieved September 29, 2019.
  14. ^ Oshin unveils Girish's rap game, retrieved September 29, 2019