Haji Springer has been one of the most influential personas in Desi Hip-Hop. He has been a heavy contributor to the global Desi Rap community. He has uplifted not only himself, but a whole lot of personas along the way to his freedom as an artiste. This time with his solo album “Dava” he promises that he will be a force to be reckoned with. The album and its songs speak for itself!
Dava = Medicine = The Cure
We at DHH were honored to have a small chat with him regarding his upcoming album and the plans he has regarding himself as an artiste in this genre. He has been the one to collaborate with a lot of different artists like Bohemia. Raxstar, Guru Randhawa, Sab Bhanot and many more!
- DesiHipHop: Being an active member of the global Desi Hip-Hop community from a long time, your music has impacted, inspired and influenced your fanbase in more ways than one. What to you was the most important factor during this whole process?
- Haji: To me the most important factor was staying true my beliefs and the art. Even when some people told me this won’t work and change this and that, I stuck to my plan and didn’t change shit. Stand up for what you believe in.
- DesiHipHop: For someone as musically consistent in the industry as you, what do you think keeps that fire in you burning? How do you go that extra mile every single day and keep pushing through?
- Haji: I been through a lot of hardships, ups n downs, from being on mainstream radio in the USA to redifining myself as an artist. One thing i learned about this music game is that you have to stay hungry and humble and keep pushing your dream till it becomes reality. I made so much music without making any money for so many years now all thats finally changing (Thank God) and my fans. Also a huge shout out to my big homie Bohemia for putting me on in the Desi rap scene, for that Im forever thankful. Mad Respect and love!
“I been through a lot of hardships, ups n downs, from being on mainstream radio in the USA to redefining myself as an artist.” – Haji Springer
- DesiHipHop: The first single off your album – “Keede” has recieved wide appeal from fans and listeners worldwide. Does the song set the tone for the album? Can we expect a new range of sounds throughout the tracklist
- Haji: Yeah, Keede is most definitely not your average rap song. And yes it does set the tone for the album quite a bit. But watch out cause I have some deep songs on it as well. Some examples are gonna be: “My letter to hip hop”, “Zindagi” and “Dava” as well. I think it’s some of the best shit I’ve ever recorded.
“Watch out cause I have some deep songs on it as well”
- DesiHipHop: The word “Dava” means “Promise”, what was the idea behind this title?
- Haji: No it’s Dava as in promise, it’s Dava as in medicine. Medicine for all my fans and listeners. Dava as in to cure. Cure to the plague of this disease that people think they could all rap the same way as many others in this industry and make it. I am the cure to this bridge between real hip-hop music presented in a “desi” way. And the imitators feeling like they could tap in to this art-form whenever they want to.
“I am the cure to this bridge between real hip-hop music presented in a “desi” way.”
- DesiHipHop: Lastly, what direction do you feel the Desi Hip-Hop Culture around the world, is moving in currently?
Haji: I think the DHH scene is moving in a good direction right now. You have more artist now then ever and though every single rapper isn’t gonna be number 1. I still respect the art and love to see people coming together in the name of hip hop. B-boys, battle rap, speaking your mind. Thats what is hip hop is. DHH is growing and not gonna die down ever. Im also gonna produce some of the hottest new DHH in the world. So grab ya popcorn, samosas or whatever you may like and keep it locked on the Underground Pyramid.