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Nepalese hip hop

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Nepalese hip hop, is the Nepali form of hip hop. Its elements include MCing, DJing, breakdancing, and graffiti writing. Rap culture was introduced in Nepal through the electronic DJs mixing the classical Nepalese songs with the Western urban style. Later, it took the form of artists releasing songs with the commercial beats.

History

Popularity growth (early 2000s)

First Nepali Rap song is by Ratan Subedi(Comedian), "Batti Balera", released in 1993.

In the 2000, Girish-Pranil started the rap culture. In 2000 Rappaz Union (Sammy Samrat and Nirnaya Da' NSK) created the first Nepalese rap album in English.[citation needed] In 2002, GP (Girish Khatiwada and Pranil L Timalsena) released the album Back Again. The song "Ma Yesto Chhu Ma Usto Chhu" featuring DA69[1] was the first rap song to attract broad Nepalese audiences to rap music. Another song on the album is "Timi Jaha Pani Jaanchhau".[2]

In 2003, Nurbu Sherpa released his debut album Nurbu Sherpa Representin' K.T.M.C. ("K.T.M.C." meaning Kathmandu Metropolitan City). This was the first Nepalese hip hop album recorded in the United States, for which he was nominated for the Best Music Video Award.[citation needed] In 2004, The Unity {Aidray and DA69(Sudin Pokhrel)} brought out their first album Girish & The Unity presents X with Girish Khatiwada (Gorkhali G.) It included "She's the Bomb", the music video for which became a major success in the local charts.[3] Other songs on this album were "Malai Vote Deu", a satire to politics, "Da Drug Song", and "Anything" feat. Abhaya Subba and the Steam Injuns.

NEPHOP: Rise of the underground (2003 - 2008)

In 2003, underground rapper Aroz, based in New York City, and DJ AJ, based in Toronto, spearheaded the first Nepalese underground hip hop movement through their now-defunct website nephop.org and thus gave birth to a new Nepalese music genre called Nephop. The movement soon gained worldwide popularity and "Nephop" accepted as a portmanteau of "Nepalese hip hop". The online portal gave a platform to showcase the talents for all the budding rappers spread all across the world among the Nepalese diaspora.

In 2004, Aroz released his first underground single, "Chudaina", produced by DJ AJ. In 2005, Nepsydaz, a rap group, had commercial success with their version of the same song. Aroz gained massive notoriety for his next single "Katti Khep". WAVE magazine declared him "the most controversial"[4] rapper to experiment with dirty rap, a paradigm shift from the traditional conservative cultural norms[5]. This single had great success in the underground circuit because of its extremely explicit content. Aroz quickly capitalize on his success by releasing his next single "Killin' Terraces",[6] which the New Urban Music Blog[7] considered one of the best Nepalese political rap songs.

Aroz received some mainstream exposure after being featured on Nurbu Sherpa's single "Baby Gurl", from Nurbu's second album, Save Nepal. "Baby Gurl"[8] was voted one of the top ten songs of 2008 in Nepal by Fursad.com. Nurbu also featured Aroz and other underground rappers in his next single, "When I'm Around",[9] from his third album.

Ashish Rana aka "Laure"[10][better source needed] and Utsaha joshi aka Uniq poet aka U.n.i.Q are budding talents in the nephop scene in Nepal.

See also

References

  1. ^ "Nepali Rap Ma Yesto Chu - Girish Pranil feat DA 69" – via youtube.com. 
  2. ^ "Nepali Rap Timi Jaha Pani Janchau - Girish Pranil" – via youtube.com. 
  3. ^ "YouTube". www.youtube.com. 
  4. ^ nation (Cover Story — WAVE magazine) (cached)
  5. ^ "Blogsome". merosansar.blogsome.com. 
  6. ^ Aroz (8 October 2007). "Killing Terraces" – via YouTube. 
  7. ^ "New Urban Music Blog - Artikel mit Tag aroz". www.numblog.de. 
  8. ^ "Baby Gurl, by Nurbu Sherpa". fursad.com. 
  9. ^ "Nurbu Sherpa". YouTube. 
  10. ^ Laure (Nepalese rapper)

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