The music industry in India is booming. From playback singers to pop artists, Indian singers are among the most talented singers around the world. While rapping may be a phenomenon started in the western countries, Indian rappers have also been creating quite a stir in the international music scene. Their talent and improvisation is definitely top class when it comes to performing live or making up impromptu songs. Choosing the India’s best rapper is a tough task.
Here is the list of the most popular rappers that have made a name for themselves in India and the world:
Raftaar, born Dilin Nair, is slowly establishing himself as one of the fastest rappers in India. He was part of Honey Singh’s music group named ‘Mafia Mundeer’. He later split from the group and went solo. His rivalry with Honey Singh created headlines all over India. Raftaar rose to limelight with popular songs such as ‘Whistle Baja’, ‘Dhup Chik’ and the latest ‘Toh Dishoom’.
9. Hard Kaur
While most rappers in the industry are male, Hard Kaur managed to make her mark and her presence felt in a strong way. Her debut in Bollywood was with the song ‘Move Your Body’ in the movie Johnny Gaddar. This was the first time an Indian female rapper was seen in Bollywood movies and she was highly appreciated. Born Taran Kaur Dhillon, Hard Kaur is one of the most popular rappers in the industry who is also no stranger to controversies considering her rather loud approach and language.
8. Dr Zeus
Baljit Singh Padam is more popularly known as Dr. Zeus. He is a Punjabi rapper and a music producer as well. He rose to fame with the song ‘Kangna’ which was awarded the best song by the BBC Asian Network in 2003. He has released five solo albums and has lent his voice to various Bollywood movies as well. His most famous songs being ‘Desi Look’ from Ek Paheli Leela and ‘Kamlee’ from Happy New Year.
7. Apache Indian
Perhaps one of the first ever rappers to introduce rap music in India, Apache Indian is an Indian British rapper who was very popular during the 90’s. Apart from India, Apache Indian has also made his presence felt overseas. He is best known for his “Boomshakalak” track that was so popular it featured in 8 Hollywood movies. He recently rapped for “Pretty Baby” with Stereo Nation and Bally Sagoo. For all those who are still wondering if Apache Indian is his real name – It’s Steven Kapur.
6. J Star
If you thought that we wouldn’t have any rappers after Yo Yo Honey Singh, meet Jagdeep Singh a.k.a J-Star. A disc jockey in his initial days, J-star is that man who sang Gabru alongside Honey Singh. He is very talented and has managed to impress people with his rapping so far.
5. Jazzy B