If you’re quarantined at home and are looking to spruce up your week with a dose of Desi hip hop, look no further! Every single week on Tuesdays you can tune into the show specially curated by Dee MC herself. From emcees to bboys, graffiti writers to beatboxers and even DJs have been invited as guest artists on this show called as The Fifth Element which is all about knowledge. This week’s episode featured someone who put his hometown of Ludhiana on the maps.
The winner of MTV’s rap competition Hustle had a lot to share with our host on the live session. Known as M-Zee Bella, this rapper began his hip hop journey through dance back in 2012. Bella further spoke about where his writing skills comes from. Apparently his own mother is a poet who writes shayaris, so it wasn’t a least bit surprising when her son followed her footsteps. Hailing from Ludhiana, Bella reveals his earlier days when finding a scene to be a part of was difficult.
In the years that passed by the emcee moved around a lot and finally settled on Dehradun as his base. Speaking to Dee MC about his hip hop journey, the emcee further spoke of what inspired him to join MTV Hustle. In fact even before asking, Bella made it clear that he was determined to win the show if he got selected. However, being the first winner of this reality rap show did not make a huge difference according to Bella.
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Very humbly, the rapper stated that money and work did not change his life altogether. However, the experience he gained by observing the other artists on the show, as well as the competitive spirit that drove him to the finale were the key highlights of his stint in the show. Bella further emphasised on the importance of keeping ones head down and putting in the work to be successful. Furthermore, it was time to discuss the main topic for the night i.e. his first ever mixtape.
Bella who released around 7 singles in 2020 released his first official mixtape titled ‘One Hit Wonder’. The four track mixtape has tracks like ‘Baarishein’ – a soulful joint featuring Nepali rapper Sarkaar, perfect to vibe to on a rainy day. ‘Chokas’ is another track that features Sarkaar again, which is a fiery banger. ‘Laapata’ is a soulful joint where Bella has inked his heart out in the verses. Narco featuring Byg Smyle is a bossy joint where both the emcees went shoulder to shoulder. All in all, ‘One Hit Wonder’ is full of repeat value, mixing melodies and bars effortlessly. We’re definitely waiting to hear more from this young star on the rise from Ludhiana.
Stream ‘One Hit Wonder’ mixtape by Bella here –
Watch the full interview to know more. As for us, we bring to you the hottest drops of Desi Hip Hop every week, while Dee MC drops knowledge bombs in the episodes of ‘The Fifth Element’. Tune in with her every Tuesday at 9pm IST and don’t forget to let us know your views. We’re quarantined, but hip-hop don’t stop!