Guwahati: With Bollywood director Zoya Akhtar’s latest film Gully Boy all set to hit the theatres on February 14, we look at a few of Northeast India’s own rap artistes who are making all the right noise through their poetic words and tunes.
Gully Boy is based on the life of a rapper born in Mumbai’s Dharavi slums and recounts his journey through music.
Northeast India, known for its rich music scene, is seeing a transition in the way artistes are letting out their creative expressions; and rap is one such genre. The genre of music developed and made popular by the African Americans is giving youngsters of the region a new medium to speak up for their themselves and their communities through signature grooves and poetic rhymes.
Here are a few rap artistes who have made it to the mainstream music scene from the gullies of Northeast India:
Borkung Hrangkhawl (BK)
Borkung Hrangkhawl or BK, as he is popularly known, came into the rap scene in 2010 after winning the nationwide talent hunt ‘Superstars’ from the Northeast zonal round. The release of his debut song, The Roots (Chini Haa), generated over 100,000 views on YouTube in less than three weeks.
He portrays the socio-political situation of the region with so much melody and rhyme in his music and also pays a lot of tribute to his people in his songs.
The young guns based in Shillong, Meghalaya, is a group of rappers who got together to bring about a change in the region through their music. Symphonic Movement came into being on December 14, 2014 and consists of Meailin Shanpru, Ibamelari Kharsohnoh, Adonihosea Kharbithai, George War and Iarilang Shanpru.
Listen to its popular song titled, Can’t break us:
The group has a massive fan following from across the world. Its song Can’t break us has over 2 lakh views on YouTube. ‘Pure, raw talent’ is a phrase that you would probably like to use for their passion and love for rap music.
Michael M Sailo
Although the artist is no longer among us, Michael M Sailo is still regarded as the ‘Golden Voice’ of Mizoram. He was one among the first and the finest in making the rap music scene bloom in the region.
His music still speaks to people and inspires them across the region. The pioneering rap artiste achieved a lot of success during his life span, winning several notable awards. The musician’s finest work, Little Angel, has over 2 lakh views on YouTube.
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