8 of the Best Indie Rap Songs We've Heard, EVER!
For once, we're not going to talk about the endless mainstream successes of Yo Yo Honey Singh. Instead, we're here to tell you of eight singles by Indian rap artists that are as good as Eminem or Tupac Shakur with well syncopated lyrics and phenomenal production value.
1. "Aathma Rama" - Brodha V
Bangalore's rapper Brodha V is a rapper to reckon with. His single "Aathma Rama" created ripples in the music industry when it released for its unique concoction of a devotional tune flipped into a modern hip hop single. Watch the video HERE.
2. "Sellout" - Krsna
Krsna is a Delhi-based English rapper whose latest single "Sellout" is so catchy that it perfectly sums up the dilemma of an artist wanting to do his own work without selling out. Watch the video HERE.
3. "Aigiri Nandini"- Brodha V
Brodha V's latest release "Aigiri Nandini", which talks about women empowerment, is one of the finer music videos to come out in the history of Indian rap videos. Watch the video HERE.
4. "Feathers" - Microphon3
"Feathers" by Tanmay Bahulekar aka Microphon3 is one gritty single that we can't get our ears off. So much win for Hindi rap! Watch the video HERE.
5. "Not Fading Away" - Blaaze
Blaaze, one of India's pioneering rap artists, has created singles like "Not Fading Away" that talks about the pride he takes in his identity of being Indian.
6. "Muck Fodi" - A-List
A-List (Ashwini Mishra) is a Mumbai-based rapper who speaks his heart on matters pertaining to social and political evils. Listen to the hard-hitting song HERE.
7. "R4W" - Enkore
With so much style in his rap tone, Ankur 'Enkore' Johar's single "R4W", which he performs as a freestyle rap, captures the impromptu flow of the song so effortlessly.
8. "Making Our Money" - Machas With Attitude
The day this single hit the market in 2012 was when we decided Machas With Attitude is a rap trio that has very little competition when it comes to making rap music as a collective. Watch the video HERE.
Catch Brodha V and Bombay Rap Cypher (with Enkore and others) at our monthly gig series #Ribbit at blueFROG Pune and Mumbai on November 12 and 13 respectively.