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Five Best Indian Hip Hop Songs

Five Best Indian Hip Hop Songs

Most of us are already waiting for Eminem’s next single or playing 50 cent on loop, let us check out our list of Desi rappers below:


Most of us will recall the rap in ‘Be a Rebel’ in Rang de Basanti, or the ‘Gangsta’ Blues’ in Slumdog Millionaire. Yes, all of them were sung by Lakshmi Narasimha Vijaya Rajagopala Sheshadri Sharma Rajesh Raman, or BlaaZe. He is one of the most versatile rappers out there who has been on the scene for the last 11 years. He now collaborates with big shot players like AR Rahman, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, Anu Malik, the list is endless. He also won the MTV Youth Icon of the Year in 2008.

Hard Kaur

After commercial success with ‘Like this and Like that’ in the title track of Johnny Gaddar in 2008, Taran Kaur Dhillon, or more popularly known as Hard Kaur, can make anyone dance to her rap music. A celebrated rapper, Hard Kaur has been grooving the nation like never before, while also eradicating the stereotype about female rappers.

Brodha V

Born as Vighnesh Shivanand and bought up in Bangalore, Brodha V has set the trend of desi hip hop and Rap in India. He draws his inspirations from the big players in the business like 2Pac, AR Rahman, Timbaland and Snoop Dogg. Apart from being a performer, he is also a lyricist, sound engineer, script writer, and a filmmaker. Starting his rap career in 2007, he co-founded a rap trio, MWA (Machas With Attitude) consisting of his college friends- Big Nikk (Real name -Nikhil Padmanabh) and Smokey (Real name -Sumukh Mysore). MWA won national recognition through their efforts to promote hip hop in India. 

Baba Sehgal

This week’s playlist has one surprising entrant. Bringing back the 90s style, Baba Sehgal is a popular name. For those who are born in the 90s, they would have, at least, one Baba Sehgal song in their playlist. Here is a fun fact: His was the first music video to be aired by MTV Asia.


The Indian rapper, KRSNA, who raps in English, changed to his real name from his earlier stage name, Prozpekt. In his former avatar as Prozpekt, New Delhi-based rapper KRSNA caught our attention with his socio-political rapping in Hindi. But in 2014, he took a radical step — changing his rap alias to Krsna and bringing out an album in English. The result is ‘Sellout.’ Sellout is all about influences of underground rap and commercial hip hop. It is also one of the best songs by KRSNA; it perfectly sums up the dilemma of an artist wanting to do his work without selling out.