Updated: Nov 15, 2019
'Desi Hip Hop', the term, I am not sure you already heard of or not but one thing I am quite sure that you have listened to songs of this genre from various sources. 'Desi Hip Hop' is the genre of music which got introduced to Indian audience by the legendary Punjabi rapper Bohemia.'Desi Hip Hop' is a blend of western hip hop with an Indian subcontinent touch. Bohemia is called the pioneer of 'Desi Hip Hop'. Following his legacy ,countless rappers are now working in this genre creating a separate scene in the Indian music industry. Here, at FlyingPaper, we have listed out 10 Desi Hip Hop artists which you must listen to, if you are interested in listening to quality music. Check this out here.
Bohemia is the pioneer of 'Desi Hip Hop'. He is the guy who single handedly created this genre.This Karachi born US based rapper has a huge fan following across the globe.Speciality in his music is the deep poetic lyrics with the pure western hip hop beats which after blending turns out to be of a different genre. He has five albums under his name today and one album is in the waiting.Some of his most loved albums are 'Pesa Nasha Pyar', 'Da Rap Star', 'Thousands Thoughts', 'Skull And Bones: The Final Chaptar','Skull And Bones: Volume 2' is about to release in 2019. Some of his most famous tracks are ' Kali Denali', 'Charso Bees','Ek Tera Pyar' and the list goes on. Here we have attached one of his songs below, check this out.
'Raftaar', the name itself indicates the speed in the flow, is a rapper from Kerela who basically works with Punjabi and Hindi lyrics is a household name today. He was formerly the member of the group 'Mafia Mundeer', formed by Yo Yo Honey Singh. After leaving the group, he started working with RDB.After splitting of RDB, he started working with Manj Musik of RDB and gradually started his solo career.The speciality in his music is deep lyrics with a super fast flow.Some of his famous tracks are 'Swag Mera Desi'; 'Happy Single' and 'All Black'. You can check out one of his track 'Swag Mera Desi' here.
Brodha V is an independent hip hop artist from Bangalore,India.He is considered as one of the top Indian rappers by many leading websites.Rolling Stone India considered him as part of 'The Hip Hop Elite'. His most famous song is 'Aigiri Nandini' which is a Goddess Durga anthem with the catchy hip hop beats this is a must listen for you.He raps in English but because of the music and the Indian feel, we have listed him here.
4. Yo Yo Honey Singh
Though critics do not consider him as a rapper of this genre but he is the guy who commercialised the 'Desi Hip Hop' genre which was earlier mostly underground.we are not going to write much about him because everyone knows who he his and all are familiar with his music.He was the guy behind the famous hip hop crew 'Mafia Mundeer' which consisted of many other talented artists of which most of them today has their independent identities.We have attached here one of the songs from his underground scene.Check this out.
Badshah is a Punjabi rapper, music producer who became very famous after his Bollywood debut.He is currently the most viewed commercial rapper of the country.He has a very successful underground career too before his Bollywood debut.Speciality in his music is the freestyle flow with a storytelling kind of lyrics which comes with the dope beats which has a very huge fan following across the country. Here we have attached one of his song where he collaborated with the British Asian rapper Raxstar.
Ikea is a Delhi based Punjabi rapper who gained popularity after his Bollywood Debut. He was earlier member of the hip hop crew 'Mafia Mundeer' formed by Yo Yo Honey Singh. After leaving the group, he started working solo and collaborate with other independent artists. His music has a lightness in the lyrics which comes with the hard rythmic beats. We have attached one of his songs here.
Pardhaan is a Hariyanbi rapper who gained popularity for his song 'Haryana Roadways'.He is the first Haryanbi rapper, a big fan of Bohemia has collaborated with many independent artists of this genre is a must listen for you. Here we have attached one of his songs where he collaborated with the legendary Bohemia.
8.Humble The Poet
Kanwer Singh mostly known by his stage name 'Humble The Poet' is a music producer, rapper and youtuber based in Canada. One of his songs we have attached here.
9. Fateh Doe
Fateh Singh better known by his stage name Fateh Doe is a Toronto based rapper, songwriter who mostly worked with Dr Jeus. He has massive presence in various music videos with many independent artists. Speciality of his music is the freestyle rapping with a storytelling kind of lyrics. You can watch one of his tracks here.
Raxstar is a British Asian rapper who mostly raps in Punjabi and English.He has colaborated with many independent rappers of this genre.The speciality in his music is the deep lyrics with a super fast storytelling kind of flow which comes with catchy beats.We have attached one of his tracks here.