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Indian Rap and now, Su.1 Productions

30th March, 2011

Remember Baba Sehgal?

It was the good old ‘90s, when bald men with hairy chests and pretentious lyrics could pass off as Indian rappers. It was the same decade that had TV commercials of regular bathing soap launching the next Bollywood heroines.

So it goes.

Somehow I still remember the video for ‘Baba Ho Gaya Deewana’ by our own Baba Sehgal of course. The one where he’s stuck inside a TV and tries everything conceivable to ogle and gawk at a female in her room. It’s a different matter that the said female proceeds to bathe, change clothes and apply makeup during the course of the music video. In a very Rajnikanth-esque tradition, Baba Sehgal even manages to move the TV to the ‘correct’ position.

So it goes.

Don’t believe me? I present to you, your honour, file number fourty-six, article 12: a four-minute video –

 

Like Baba Sehgal would say, it’s garam and spicy. Tere gore gore gaal tere kaale kaale baal.

That Was Then, Now is Now

Overall, I would say that the production quality was sad. Those beats sound as if they were made from a quarter-size Casio keyboard. Baba Sehgal looks like he was dressed in all the reject garments of even B-grade movie actors. And the female? Oh don’t get me started on that female.

Let’s just let it be.

Forward to 2011. Indian rap still hasn’t taken off. There are multiple reasons, but barring the fact that Bollywood music has cannibalized the industry, there aren’t many. [Note: Rant complete.]

How about ‘Disconnect’ by Su.1 and Prozpekt and (no-hip-name-yet) Ashish D’souza:

It’s so dark, dingy and depressing. Yes, you got that right, that video’s shot with a backdrop of Mumbai. There’s some meaning in the lyrics there. A different level of sound production – far more layered than our Baba’s.

Sadly, I don’t see such music hitting our TV channels. Or your iPods.

If an Indian Comic Con can take off, then so can Indian rap!

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30 Comments leave one →
  1. 30th March, 2011 12:10 AM

    You’ve got a point.. I have a audio cassette of Baba Sehgal, and now I wonder why dad bought it back then.

    Have you forgotten Apache Indian? He belongs to us! India!
    As much as Sunita Williams does.

    Hence Proved. We have a rapper!

    • 30th March, 2011 12:28 AM


      This counts?

    • 30th March, 2011 10:38 AM

      APACHE INDIAN!! Oh yes .. how can I forget Boomshackalaka!

      Also, lady, WOOFFEERRR?? Really? Actually, no, that counts! But as you can see, the Indian rap industry is in the doldrums .. I just hope it changes!

      Also, we have a fight to fight. FIGHT!

  2. 30th March, 2011 12:22 AM

    We have a few Punjabi Rappers, if you like to call them rappers.
    Agree about the quality though…please not another ‘Thanda Thanda Paani’
    We could use Mamta Bannerjee though…she can speak 100 words per minute. Could try adding beats to one of her speeches in the parliament. No one is able understand her anyway.

    @Pzes: Yeah, they are as much Indians as the ones who played for UK and Canada in the current World Cup.

    • 30th March, 2011 11:34 AM

      Yo Mamta is in da houusseee!! *dhinchak* *dhinchak* Get the beats on yo Bengaaalll!

      Sorry, but that comment of yours was awesomer than awesome!

  3. delhizen permalink
    30th March, 2011 12:44 PM

    India’s first rap song dates back to 1968 in a Hindi film with Ashok Kumar as the rapper… rail gadi chuk chuk chuk bich wale station bole ruk ruk ruk

    and Hard Kaur? She is there too, till the time I hadn’t met her it was hard for me to believe that EK Gilassi was sung by a woman….

    It will sure be fun to tap feet on some rap music, Patty was telling on chat he shall soon release a collection of rap songs 😉

    • 11th April, 2011 4:27 PM

      HahahaaaA!!! Rail gaadi chuk chuk chuk was NOT a rap song! Puh-leese!

      Sorry for the late reply ji, I yapologize!

  4. 11th April, 2011 2:59 PM

    indian rap has turned into punjabi rap and there’s lots of it…good ones too…hasn’t spread cuz of the language barrier…hindi is actually not a suitable enough language for rap.

  5. 14th April, 2011 11:10 AM

    Hi i was recommended your blog by a friend who knew that i too was trying a facebook de-addiction project 😛 loved reading about your experiences. even i was not able to successfuly de-addict. it is very hard. i tried it for a week, just like you and i am so glad that that week is over!

    • 14th April, 2011 12:23 PM

      Off Ya! What a cool name – awesome stuff!

      Now, to what is wrong with this world. If a friend recommended this blog to you, you know that that is just wrong. WRONG! Anyways, now that you’ve made it so far, congrats! Thanks for dropping by!

      Facebook is like any other psychotropic substance – highly addictive with painful withdrawal symptoms. There’s just no way of quitting. So don’t feel bad if it was very hard – that’s just normal. Be happy that it’s over!

  6. 15th April, 2011 12:41 PM

    oof ya! not off ya! wondering why you would say it is wrong if a friend recommended this blog to me!!!! i kinda enjoyed reading some of your posts but haven’t read all of them yet. i keep getting distracted by your very colourful sidebar 😛

    • 15th April, 2011 1:52 PM

      Okay – now I’m curious enough to ask: who is this creature that you call a common friend?

      Sorry about the Oof ya / Off ya confusion. Nothing was intended!

      Colourful sidebar? Yea .. it’s time to tone things down 🙂

  7. 16th April, 2011 9:51 PM

    it is your friend pallavi’s manipalian flatmate… don’t tone down the sidebar, its great!

  8. 17th April, 2011 8:46 PM

    Ha ha!!! This one brought a smile to my face. Its been ages since I heard a so-called-rapper!!! Except this video I saw on FB… have you seen it? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2-9ZYE8CWM

  9. 17th April, 2011 8:47 PM

    Sorry, wouldn’t actually call the fellow (er, I mean singer) a rapper. But it was funny to watch!

    • 18th April, 2011 12:47 AM

      Mr. Kamal Heer is a prime example of what is wrong with the music industry! Hehe! Just hearing that squeaky voice and a rather scary looking creature hugging a pillow croaking something about Facebook. AAAHHHH!!

  10. 3rd May, 2011 7:23 PM

    I always Listen to Baba Sehgal
    he sings really good, as i got his all collection
    his new album coming soon…hope in June 2011
    will wait for it 🙂

    • 3rd May, 2011 8:41 PM

      Really? Will keep a watch out!

      Thanks for dropping by, Sandeep!

  11. 21st May, 2011 11:42 AM

    yes hope …. in that album, there is a song called SNOOP BABA
    waiting for that album

  12. Diya permalink
    21st July, 2011 12:33 PM

    Hi,
    I am a filmmaker based in New Delhi. Working on a film about Indian rap… wanted to know more… came across your blog. And I still want to know more. Is there a way we can talk?
    Cheers,
    Diya

  13. Giggity giggity permalink
    6th August, 2011 10:55 PM

    Kartikay,

    Nice post. Are you talking about Indian rappers rapping in English or Hindi? Rapping in Hindi or any other Indian language would sound funny, if you ask me (I bet Noam Chomsky would also agree). As for Indian rappers rapping in English, our accent will take out the charm of the genre. We can probably hope for some good death metal bands 🙂
    We anyways have Goa Trance; what more do you want?!

    Anyhow, it was a good read mate. Keep ’em coming. Until next time,

    Adios

    • 7th August, 2011 9:49 AM

      Ahem. Don’t get me started on Noam Chomsky! Like you said nicely, at least we have our Goa trance! (Though I’m sure most people won’t figure out that Goa is in India!)

      Anyways, thanks for dropping by!

  14. 9th September, 2011 1:42 AM

    well, hindi rap scene has been changed a lot. There are some good rapper i know them personally. They ain’t famous but i assume they will be. Here’s the link of the best hindi rap song. Check it out you can’t hate it
    youtube.com/watch?v=R-AKQFIJrOI

    P.S. I’m also a hindi rapper. I haven’t recorded yet anything but soon i will. Till then you can read my hindi rhymes here
    http://www.facebook.com/SATYAATRI

    • 28th November, 2011 11:24 PM

      Best of luck man – paint the town red!

  15. 28th November, 2011 4:42 AM

    Hey Checkout the Hustle Hard Squad doin it Big for India. First Time Ever ‘ Rap Battle Championship ‘ to be held in 2012. Support the movement and join the facebook group today.

    http://www.facebook.com/groups/hustlehardsquad/

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