Tracing the rise of India’s hip-hop scene: Baba Sehgal, Bohemia to Raftaar, Divine, Raja Kumari, Karma, Shah Rule, D'Evil
From the big labels to streaming giants and brands, they are all saying the same thing: hip-hop is the hottest independent music genre in India in 2022, and it is only going to get bigger.
Multilingualism and the indie musician: Is singing in Hindi or a regional language essential to turn an artist into a brand?
Over the last few years, there’s been an exponential increase in the number of acts who started their careers performing in English, subsequently began releasing material in Hindi and now seamlessly switch between the two.
The White Tiger: All you need to know about Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Rajkummar Rao, Adarsh Gaurav's Netflix film
The White Tiger, written and directed by Ramin Bahrani, will release on Netflix on 22 January.
Fully in the driver’s seat with Punya Paap, the rapper never thinks about creative blocks. “We came from a place and genre was never there,” DIVINE says. “It was do or die for us.”
Gully Gang releases lockdown-themed album, Shutdown; Divine says 'it will keep listeners motivated and positive'
Gully Gang's hip hop and rap compilation album titled 'Shutdown' is inspired by the stay-at-home circumstances amidst the rise of an unprecedented pandemic.
Raja Kumari on documenting Indian culture through her music: If we don't keep passing it down, it will be a travesty
Raja Kumari talks her new track 'Bindis and Bangles,' the influence of Indian culture and classical dance, and expressing her identity through music.
Best Indian Films 2019: Poetry and courage across languages, from Assamese to Hindi, Khasi, Malayalam and more
2019 was a year in which small films in the Assamese and Khasi languages drew eyeballs, and the Kerala-based film industry aka Mollywood outdid itself.
Looking back at a decade of Indian indie music: Hip-hop replaces rock as the biggest genre, Hindi acts rise to the top
Among the most significant developments in the Indian indie music scene over the last decade have been the growth of legit music festivals, and the democratisation of music distribution and marketing through digital platforms and social media. The artists riding the current wave are electronic music producers Nucleya and Ritviz, singer-songwriter Prateek Kuhad and Hindi rock band The Local Train.
The future of the Indian music album: Pop industry increasingly abandons format, though indie artists continue to prefer it
The answer to the question 'Is the album becoming irrelevant?', especially in the context of the Indian music industry, is ‘It depends on what kind of artist you’re talking about’
By the end of the 50-odd minute documentary, the parts that resonate most are those pertaining to DIVINE’s personal life
Despite the snafus – occasionally clueless hosts and sloppy stage management – Music Inc was worth the while where it mattered the most: the presentations and the panel discussions.
Parekh & Singh on their long-awaited album ‘Science City’, adopting an 'audience first' approach at gigs
In the works for nearly five years, Science City comes after the duo’s 2016 international breakout album Ocean. Even for those who loved the saccharine nature of Ocean and its occasionally psychedelic, quirky detours (‘Hill’), there’s varied moods on Science City.
The hype Gully Boy generated has also turned hip-hop into brands’ new favourite genre, something that was perhaps expected after the film’s producers tied up with the makers of everything from clothes to cough syrup.
Charting Gully Boy's impact on Mumbai's hip-hop scene — from new record labels to bringing the genre into the limelight
It’s been almost two months since the release, and success, of Gully Boy so I thought it would be a good time to write about just how much of an impact the film has had on the hip-hop scene in Mumbai, from which it was inspired.
With over 15 million first-time voters in 2019 Lok Sabha elections, millennials' votes could play decisive role
Soon after the Election Commission's press conference on Sunday, Narendra Modi took to Twitter to "particularly call upon first-time voters to vote in record numbers".
Gully Boy box office collection: Zoya Akhtar directorial earns Rs 125.20 cr, becomes Alia Bhatt's highest grossing film
Trade analysts had said that Gully Boy's lifetime earnings would depend on how the film would fare after the release of Sonchiriya and Luka Chuppi.
Gully Boy box office collection: Ranveer Singh, Alia Bhatt's musical drama crosses Rs 200 cr mark worldwide
According to trade analysts, Gully Boy is expected to cross Rs 125 crore in domestic box office earnings.
Gully Boy box office collection: Ranveer Singh, Alia Bhatt's rap drama rakes in Rs 120.80 cr in 12 days
Gully Boy is expected to cross the Rs 125 crore mark by the end of this week.
Gully Boy box office collection: Ranveer Singh, Alia Bhatt's film makes Rs 72.45 cr on opening weekend
Gully Boy. directed by Zoya Akhtar, is loosely based on the life of rappers Divine and Naezy.
Gully Boy: Ranveer Singh, Alia Bhatt's 'apolitical' views and edited Azadi song betray the film's authenticity
Gully Boy is not entirely a reflection of the difficulties most artists in the community face, opting to cherry-pick instances in order to move the plot forward. These, however, are small issues in front of a much larger one that made the whole experience of watching what was otherwise a solid movie.