It’s a bountiful year for the Desi Hip Hop scene as good music is taking over the mainstream industry. Moreover, it’s great to see two females leading the hip hop scene in India. Rapper Hard Kaur made waves internationally with her comeback mixtape “The Rising Vol. 1”. On the other hand, LA based Indian artist Raja Kumari embarks her new journey with Sony Music India. And now it’s time for both of them to rejoice! Raja Kumari and Hard Kaur have been nominated for MTV EMAs 2017 “Best Indian Act”.
Hard Kaur’s mixtape created lot of buzz on its release being backed by music videos, interviews, documentaries and much more. She has put her heart and soul into the making of this album. It’s certainly great news for her fans as she makes entry into the nomination list of this year’s MTV European Music Awards.
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Raja Kumari is leaving a mark on the Desi rap scene with her latest release “City Slums” featuring rapper Divine. A melodic mosaic of the streets aka gully of Mumbai, an artful production and hip hop grooves give the track the ability to be an instant ear-worm. The Grammy nominated artist was also the opening act for AR Rahman’s recent concert in Europe.
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Best part is, both the ladies are getting involved with the scene and are inspired by the hip hop revolution taking place in South Asia currently. After waiting for a long time and believing that hip hop will bloom in India, Hard Kaur picked some of the best South Asian underground rappers from all over the world to get on her mixtape. Tony Sebastian, Feyago, Shah Rule, Swami Baracus, Apeksha Dandekar, Balan Kashmir, Fura, Nasty Ninja and Illa Straight are some of the artists featured on the mixtape.
Raja Kumari stated her views on the budding hip hop scene, “The urban scene is growing and I believe now is the time to take risks and elevate real hip hop. We have an opportunity to create the culture and I take that very seriously. I’ve been inspired hearing young rappers use their regional language. I heard someone rap in Kannada, Telugu and Tamil. I think that’s the future.”
MTV EMAs 2017 will take place in London on November 12th. Voting line is open for a very brief window so vote for your favourite artist now! Click here to vote.