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Rap is the latest Trend in Indian Music | India24
After remixes, every Bollywood movie these days has a rap or a hip hop number. Think the title track of Delhi-6 in Hindi rap and a folk song Genda Phool in the same movie, which has a groovy hip hop beat. The trend is even bigger down south.According to rap singer Baba Sehgal, the industry hasn’t understood the concept. “Setting some vague lyrics to a hip hop beat doesn’t make it a rap song,” says Baba, adding, “Many still believe that weaving words like ‘pump it up’ and ‘jump in the air’ into hip hop tunes will give a rap song. Other composers and singers who’ve worked on the genre agree that a successful rap song needs sensible lyrics. “True hip hop and rap are about messages and serious things can be said through rap,” says rapper BlaaZe, who has sung for Sivaji and the Delhi-6 title track. Composer Shankar Mahadevan says the industry fails to recognise this. “Now, hip hop and rap are being used as fillers when a composer can’t come up with lyrics or tunes,” says Shankar, who composed the Johnny Gaddaar song. Baba, though, says that the industry has some good rappers. “We use only 4-5 elements of rap, but we have good rappers like Hard Kaur and BlaaZe,” says Baba, who has done Sexy Mama in 13B. It’s hip hop “It was when AR Rahman started composing rap that hip hop and rap became serious sounds to hear,” says BlaaZe, adding, “In these genres, the scope to experiment is great. …