Music has been a revolutionary concept that keeps changing with time. It has so many classifications that it becomes difficult to keep a track of all of them in its genre and area of expertise. However, in current times, the form of rapping has been discovered as a very under-appreciated gem. The culture of rapping and practitioners of same had by then already emerged as the upcoming change in the long-listed genre of music. Hollywood introduced us to rappers that blew our mind with independent charts and unique method of storytelling.
Soon after, the Indian charts were filled with songs that were dominated with inbuilt raps. The idea behind the same is to convey a story in the medium of words that may or may not be rhymed. It does however is quite similar to dance-offs. Soon there were many shows that focused on the skill of rapping. After the hit that Gully Boy bought, it was established as one of the most underrated forms of independent music.
However, it is not possible to go forward with your birth name and create an identity for yourself if you are looking forward to being a rapper. The first thing to go after is a cool stage name. Today, we are going to take a look at 10 Indian rappers and their real-life names that appears in their birth certificate before they made it big on the platform with the stage name that creates hype.
J Star- Jagdeep Singh
Most of the rappers that are making it big in the industry hail from Punjab. Jagdeep Singh, who incurred the stage and performing name as J-star started his career in Amritsar. Soon due to his hard work and a constant knack for pushing himself, Jagdeep came up with songs that became chart-toppers in limited time. He soon got the opportunity to work with Yo Yo Honey Singh for the song Gabru that became a major hit with the audience. J-star started his journey as a DJ and soon discovered his knack for rapping. Few of his noticeable works are Chammak Chalo, Na Na Na, Hulara and Dream Girl.
Brodha V- Vighnesh Shivanand
Vighnesh started his journey to make a place in the world of rappers quite early. He started following his passion at the age of 18 via the help of then-popular social media site called Orkut. The strong-willed performer was born in Tamil Nadu, Kanchipuram. Soon after he shifted to Bangalore and started his journey by participating on Rapp-offs or rap battles that started over social media. One of the most talented and self-dependent artists on Indian hip-hop segment currently. Brodha V has bagged the opportunity to work with Raghu Dixit, Benny Dayal, Vishal Dadlani and many more. His strong booming voice was first noticed when he released his mixtape called Deathpunch. Brodha V is generally the lyricist, hip-hopper and rapper who also produces his own music.
Raftaar- Dilin Nair
Dilin Nair who is popularly known through his stage alias Raftaar is another hidden gem in the industry, The 32-year-old rapper from Thiruvanthapuram, started his career in the year 2008 where he took the help of social media with two of his rapping buddies to post music videos and perform. Soon he became viral to his skills for creating the lyrics, style, attitude, dancing and composing abilities. However, the main sensational outbreak was when he logged heads in a rap battle with Emiway Bantai. Some of his well-acclaimed works are Baby Marwage Maregi, Dhaakad, Haseeno Ka Dewaana and many more.
Emiway Bantai – Bilal Shaikh
Another independent rock musical artist who made it big in the industry after his first release was none other than Bilal Shaikh. Popularly known as Emiway Bantai, got his fame after hid first independent music release over youtube in 2014. The track Aur Bantai was an unmistakable hit with the crowd. Pretty soon all of Bantai’s release was gaining momentum and making people dance their brains out and freely channel their inner rappers on the dance floor. He, later on, took the stage as well to battle out the already established household name Raftaar and won the hearts of all the viewers. He also made a prominent appearance in 2014 all hit starrer Gully Boy, which followed the story of a rapper. His last hit First Machayenge was an extreme hit.
Jazzy B- Jaswinder Singh Bains
Jazzy B, is the only Indian-Canadian rapper from South Asia to have his name in the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame Star-Walk that was held in Vancouver. The man created history with his fascination and love for Punjabi/ Bhangra rap. His famous works that rocked the charts continuously for long are Tera Roop, Oh Kedi, Dil Aah Gey Ya Tere Te, Husna di Sarkar and many more He also placed himself on Bollywood and bagged songs from movies like Kesari, Jawaani Jaaneman and many more.
Badshah – Aditya Prateek Singh Sisodia
One of the current favourites that Bollywood is going gaga over is no one other than the household brand that Badshah has created himself. The 35-year-old man hailing from New Delhi is known for his edgy rapping skills and lyrics that are taking the viewers by a storm. The language medium depends and moves around Hindi, Hariyanvi and Punjabi mainly. He started his career with Yo Yo Honey Singh in the collaboration Abhi Toh Party Shuru Hui Hai which was one of the biggest hits of 2014. Since then, the ‘king’ has not looked back and has continuously belted out peppy hits that do not allow to sit straight. Few of his hits that have rocked charts are Garmi, She Moves It Like, Ankh Ladd Jaave, Merci, Chandigarh mein and many more.
Sukh E – Sukhdeep Singh
Sukhdeep Singh, who hails from Garhshankar, Punjab became a hit in no time after he released his single in collaboration with Raftaar in 2015. The title of the song was Sniper and was an instant hit with the crowd. His next single Jaguar was also quite upbeat and mixed seamlessly with the crowd.
Hard Kaur – Taran Kaur Dhillon
In the male-dominated society of rap culture, Hard Kaur was the first and the only successful female rap star and playback singer to make it big in the music industry. The woman with nerves of steel fought her way to establish herself different from all the others. Hard Kaur, hustled like no one else to make her mark and the Kanpur born achieved her goal shortly. She soon became the top Punjabi rapper and rockstar. Few of her works that we all at a point of time rocked to are Move Your Body, Lung Da Lashkaraa, Chaar Baj Gaye and Lucky Boy.
Bohemia – Roger David
Roger David who is a Pakistani- American music producer and independent artist with mad skills for rapping debuted with his album in 2002 and stayed permanently in our hearts. Few of his peppy and out of notice popular hits are Car Nachdi, Same Beef, Ek Tera Pyaar and many more.
Yo-Yo Honey Singh – Hirdesh Singh
Yo-Yo Honey Singh who hails from Hoshiarpur is one of the highest-paid rap artists and singer in Bollywood. He claimed and was paid an amount of 7 million for the song of Cocktail. It is till date the highest amount paid ever for a song to be recorded. Honey Singh started as an independent artist belting out singles like Blue Eyes, Love Dose, Bown Rang. Soon after he shifted to the Bollywood playback singing industry and has since then sung numerous songs. A few of them are Party All Night, Party With The Bhootnath, Lungi Dance, Aao Raja, Manali Trance and many more.