Raftaar (rapper)

Dilin Nair, better known by his stage name Raftaar, is an Indian rapper, lyricist, dancer, etc. Raftaar started his career as a rapper. He began his career in 2008 with Lil Golu and Young Amli (now known as Ikka), recording songs and uploading them on social sites. He then started working with Yo Yo Honey Singh as a part of group Mafia Mundeer. Raftaar then split from the group. He was supported by his friend Ankit Khanna, who introduced him to the Punjabi music band RDB, who then signed him onto their label, Three Records. Soon after the split between the RDB members, Raftaar joined Manjeet Ral (now known as Manj Musik). He also started his solo career. He won the Best Urban Song Of The Year award for Swag Mera Desi at the Brit Asia Awards in 2014. In 2019, he started judging the reality show MTV Hustle, Dance India Dance and Roadies.

Raftaar
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Raftaar (left) with rapper Badshah
Born
Dilin Nair

1986/1987 (age 32–33)[1]
Occupation
  • songwriter
  • music composer
  • dancer
Years active2008–present
Musical career
Genres
Labels
Associated actsBadshah

Life and careerEdit

Nair was born to Delhi-based Malayali parents in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.[1] He began his rapping career in 2008 with Lil Golu and Young Amli (now known as Ikka), recording songs and uploading them on social sites. He then started working with Yo Yo Honey Singh as a part of group Mafia Mundeer. Raftaar then split from the group. Raftaar released his debut mixtape WTF - Witness The Future in 2013. He debuted in Bollywood in 2013 with song "Tamanche Pe Disco" starring Sonakshi Sinha and Saif Ali Khan which became a major hit song of that time.

Raftaar became known after releasing his song "Swag Mera Desi" in 2013. The line "Ab yeh karke dikhao"[clarification needed] from the song was a sneak diss to Yo Yo Honey Singh. "Ab yeh karke dikhao" was already used in Yo Yo Honey Singh's song "Party With The Bhoothnath" which led to a dispute between the two rappers in media.[2] Swag Mera Desi won Best Urban Song at the Britasia Music Awards in 2014.[3]

In 2017 Raftaar debuted in the Bengali music industry through the film One which featured singer Vishal Dadlani and Raftaar.[4] He also produced and rapped a song for the Chaamp soundtrack.[5] Raftaar has collaborated with Varun Dhawan for the second edition of Breezer Vivid Shuffle.[6]

Raftaar is a gang leader of reality show MTV Roadies. Also, he is one of the judges of MTV Hustle and Dance India Dance.

DiscographyEdit

AlbumsEdit

  • WTF Mixtape: Vol. 1 (2013)
  • Zero To Infinity (2018)[7]
  • "Mr. Nair" (2020) [8]


Singles and collaborationsEdit

Year Track Artist Music Notes
2012 Majnu Deep Money Ft. Raftaar The Titans
2013 You Don't Know Me[9] Raftaar Raftaar From - WTF Mixtape:Vol 1
Thappad[10] Send It Up (Kanye West) From - WTF Mixtape:Vol 1
2014 Swag Mera Desi[11] Raftaar, Manj Musik Manj Musik Panasonic Mobile MTV Spoken Word
Happy Single[12] B.I.G Dhillon and Raftaar Raftaar
Sniper[13] Sukhe and Raftaar Sukhe
FU - (For You)[14] Raftaar 8 Mile (Bootleg) From - WTF Mixtape:Vol 1
BBM Nindy Kaur and Raftaar Three Records
Gal Mitro
2015 All Black Sukhe and Raftaar Sukhe and Raftaar
Desi Hip Hop Manj Musik, Raxstar, Roach Killa, Humble The Poet, Badshah, BIG Dhillon, Sarb Smooth & Raftaar Manj Musik Panasonic Mobile MTV Spoken Word
Stand Up[15] Manj Musik, Big Dhillon & Raftaar Manj Musik, O2 & SRK
Mombatiye Zohaib Amjad, Raftaar & Manj Musik Manj Musik
Allah Veh Manj Musik, Raftaar & Jashan Singh Manj Musik & Sunny Brown
Billo Hai Sahara, Manj Musik & Raftaar Manj Musik
2016 Nazar Battu Anthem Nazar Battu, Abhi Payla & Raftaar D Chandu[16]
Chandigarh Rehn Waaliye Jenny Johal, Raftaar & Bunty Bains Desi Crew
TVF's CUTE Vol. 1 Raftaar Raftaar Vodafone Promotional
Lak Hilaade Manj Musik, Amy Jackson & Raftaar Manj Musik, O2 & SRK
Do Hazaar Solo Raftaar Raftaar Introductory for Zero To Infinity Album
Saroor Resham Singh Anmol and Raftaar Desi Crew
Instagram Love Raftaar and Kappie Raftaar Vodafone Promotional
2017 Mera Highway Star Tulsi Kumar and Raftaar Sanjay Rajee
Can't Stop The Party[17] Noopsta, Raftaar & Humble The Poet Manj Musik
Baby Marvake Maanegi Raftaar Blackout
Tere Wargi Nai Ae Raftaar
#SADAK Emiway ft. Raftaar Raftaar and Emiway Bantai PSYIK Last Good Thing Happen in Desi hip-hop
2018 Sheikh Chilli[18] Raftaar, Hassu Raftaar & Instine Diss Track on Emiway Bantai
AWEIN HAI Raftaar Frisk
Ready For My Vyah[19] Deep Kalsi, Akriti Kakar and Raftaar Deep Kalsi Shaadi Anthem
2019 Nachne Ka Shaunq Raftaar and Brodha V Raftaar and Brodha V
Main Wahi Hoon Raftaar and KARMA Raftaar
Dilli Waali Baatcheet Raftaar
2020 Aage Chal Saurabh Lokhande Journey on Raftaar Life
Me and My Pen Raftaar Ft. Shah Rule Raftaar and Shah Rule Intro of Mr. Nair
Damn Raftaar Ft.KR$NA Raftaar
Drama Raftaar
Move
Naiyyo[20] Akasa Singh and Raftaar Stego and Vinay Vyas

FilmsEdit

Year Film(s) Song(s) Composer(s) Lyrics(s) Co-singer(s) Notes
2013 Bullet Raja "Tamanchey Pe Disco" RDB, Manj Musik Raftaar Nindy Kaur, Manj Musik, RDB Hindi film
2014 Heropanti "Whistle Baja" Manj Musik, Laxmikant Pyarelal Manj Musik, Nindy Kaur
"The Puppy Song" Manj Musik Manj Musik
Fugly "Dhup Chik" Raftaar Badshah, Aastha Gill
Dr. Cabbie "Dal Makhni" Manj Musik Manj Musik, Raftaar Manj Musik
2015 Gabbar is Back "Warna Gabbar Aa Jayega" Manj Musik, Raftaar, Big Dhillon
Singh Is Bliing "Singh and Kaur" Manj Musik, Nindy Kaur, Raftaar, Big Dhillon Manj Musik, Nindy Kaur
2016 Baaghi "Let's Talk About Love" Raftaar, Shabbir Khan Neha Kakkar
A Flying Jatt "A Flying Jatt Title Track" Sachin-Jigar Vayu, Raftaar Mansheel Gujral, Tanishkaa
Dishoom "Toh Dishoom" Pritam Mayur Puri Shahid Mallya
Dangal "Dhaakad" Amitabh Bhattacharya
Beiimaan Love "Mar Gaye" Manj Musik Raftaar Manj Musik, Nindy Kaur
Tum Bin II "Ki Kariye Nachna Aaonda Nahin" Gourov-Roshin Kumaar Hardy Sandhu, Neha Kakkar
2017 One "One (Title Track)" Arindam Chatterjee Prosen Vishal Dadlani Bengali film
Chaamp "Dekho Dekho Chaamp" Raftaar Dev
Kaabil "Haseeno Ka Deewana" (Re-make) Gourov-Roshin, Rajesh Roshan Kumaar, Anjaan Payal Dev Hindi film
Commando 2 "Hare Krishna Hare Ram" (Remake) Gourov-Roshin, Pritam Kumaar Armaan Malik, Ritika
Jolly LLB 2 "Go Pagal" Manj Musik Manj Musik, Raftaar Nindy Kaur
Raabta "Sadda Move" Pritam Amitabh Bhattacharya, Irshad Kamil Diljit Dosanjh, Pradeep Singh Sran
Behen Hogi Teri "Jaanu" (Remake) Rishi Rich, R.D. Burman Anand Bakshi, Raftaar Juggy D, Shivi
A Gentleman "Bandook Meri Laila" Sachin-Jigar Vayu Ash King, Sachin-Jigar, Sidharth Malhotra
The Final Exit "Dum Maro Dum Maro" Amjad-Nadeem Amjad-Nadeem, Raftaar Neha Kakkar, Yasser Desai
Lucknow Central "Teen Kabootar" Arjunna Harjaie Kumaar, Raftaar Mohit Chauhan, Divya Kumar
Fukrey Returns "Mehbooba" (Remake) Prem-Hardeep Kumaar Neha Kakkar, Yasser Desai, Mohammed Rafi
"Tu Mera Bhai Nahi Hai" Sumeet-Bellary Satya Khare, Raftaar Gandharv Sachdev
Tiger Zinda Hai "Zinda Hai" Vishal-Shekhar, Julius Packiam Irshad Kamil Sukhwinder Singh
2018 Manto "Mantoiyat" Raftaar Raftaar, Saadat Hasan Manto Nawazuddin Siddiqui
Andhadhun "Andhadhun Title Track" Raftaar, Girish Nakod
Bhaiaji Superhit "Naam Hai Bhaiaji" Sanjeev-Darshan, Neerraj Pathak Sanjeev Chaturvedi, Neerraj Pathak Amit Mishra
"Om Namah Shivay" Raghav Sachar Shabbir Ahmed Sukhwinder Singh, Raghav Sachar, Akanksha Sharma
2020 Darbar "Thalaiva In Charge" Anirudh Ravichander Raftaar , Yogi B, Senthuzhan, Syan Yogi B
99 Songs TBA A. R. Rahman Raftaar TBA

TelevisionEdit

Year Shows Channel Role Notes
2011 DID doubles Zee TV Contestant 9th Place
2015 Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa Colors TV
2018 Lockdown ZEE5 Recreating a Hindi Song Web Reality Show [21][22]
Roadies Xtreme MTV Gang Leader Reality Show
Bhabiji Ghar Par Hain! & TV Singer Cameo Appearance
2019 Roadies: Real Heroes MTV Gang Leader Reality Show
Dance India Dance Battle Of The Champions Zee TV Judge Dance Show
MTV Hustle MTV Rap Show

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "Yo Yo caught in a fresh controversy with Punjabi rapper Raftaar". intoday.in. 8 May 2014. Retrieved 15 July 2018.
  3. ^ "Raftaar to headline Bollyboom". radioandmusic.com. Retrieved 15 July 2018.
  4. ^ "Vishal Dadlani and Raftaar sing title track of Bengali film 'One'". The Times of India. Retrieved 15 July 2018.
  5. ^ "Dev, Rukmini and Raftaar go clubbing with t2". The Telegraph. Retrieved 15 July 2018.
  6. ^ "Varun and Raftaar Announce Winners of Breezer Vivid Shuffle S2". The Quint. 15 October 2018. Retrieved 11 July 2019.
  7. ^ "Rapper Raftaar dedicates Zero to Infinity' world tour to his fans'". The Times of India. IANS. 1 June 2018. Retrieved 15 July 2018.
  8. ^ "Raftaar pays homage to his roots with new album Mr. Nair". OutlookIndia. 13 April 2020. Retrieved 13 April 2020.
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  10. ^ Raftaar (10 November 2013), Thappad | Full Video | Raftaar | WTF Mixtape | Vol 1, retrieved 22 November 2018
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  12. ^ Speed Records (8 August 2014), Happy Single | B.I.G Dhillon Feat.Raftaar | Latest Punjabi Songs, retrieved 22 November 2018
  13. ^ Speed Records (15 November 2014), Sniper | Muzical Doctorz Sukhe Feat Raftaar | Latest Punjabi Song 2014 | Speed Records, retrieved 22 November 2018
  14. ^ Raftaar (16 December 2014), FU - (For You) | Full Lyrical Video | Raftaar | WTF MixTape | Vol 1, retrieved 22 November 2018
  15. ^ MUZIK ONE RECORDS (16 April 2015), Stand Up | Panasonic Mobile MTV Spoken Word | Manj Musik | Raftaar | BIG Dhillon & O2&SRK, retrieved 22 November 2018
  16. ^ Ankit Pal. "Iss Faadu Song Ko As Ringtone Lagaoge Toh Kisi Ki Nazar Nahi Lagegi". Smile Karo. Archived from the original on 13 October 2016. Retrieved 12 October 2016.
  17. ^ "11-Year-Old Noopsta Is A New Star In The Making!". desihiphop.com. 2 August 2017. Retrieved 15 July 2018.
  18. ^ Raftaar (26 October 2018), SHEIKH CHILLI | RAFTAAR (YEH DISS GAANA NAHI HAI), retrieved 22 November 2018
  19. ^ Raftaar (1 December 2018), Ready For My Vyah (Shaadi Anthem) | Raftaar | Deep Kalsi | Akriti Kakar | Ft. Sonia Mann, retrieved 1 December 2018
  20. ^ "Raftaar And AKASA 'NAIYYO' Official Music Video Out Now". Siachen Studios. Retrieved 24 June 2020.
  21. ^ "ZEE5 launches Lockdown with Badshah, Kailash Kher, Raftaar, Jonita Gandhi and many more". Zee News. 17 August 2018. Retrieved 21 December 2018.
  22. ^ India-West, R. M. VIJAYAKAR, Special to. "ZEE5's Maiden Offering in the Music Space, 'Lockdown,' Premieres: Watch Trailer". India West. Retrieved 21 December 2018.