‘I don’t think rap has ar­rived in Bol­ly­wood’

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Rap songs seem to have found favour in Bol­ly­wood, but singer Baba Se­h­gal (be­low), who is cred­ited as one of In­dia’s first rap­pers, says the genre has still not ar­rived in the In­dian mu­sic scene.

“I don’t see any rap hap­pen­ing in Bol­ly­wood ... the only thing I see is four to five lines of ‘dharr dharr’ (loud mu­sic). That’s it. I am not say­ing so be­cause I only rap ... but these guys, who­ever you’re nam­ing in Bol­ly­wood, they sing four to five lines and ba­si­cally say ‘Oh daaru! Oh daaru!’,” Se­h­gal says.

The singer who was a rage in the 90s and has given hits like Thanda Thanda Paani, a re­make of Ice Ice Baby by in­ter­na­tional rap­per Vanilla Ice, says re­peat­ing some lines with loud mu­sic, is not rap.

The rap­per, who has crooned a num­ber for an In­dian an­i­mated com­edy TV se­ries for chil­dren, says that “it will take some time for ac­tual rap songs to come” in to the in­dus­try. Se­h­gal also feels that rap songs don’t get their due un­til they are part of films. “Only when a rap­per does a num­ber for a movie, they get the sup­port of ac­tors, pro­duc­ers and ban­ners... that’s how those songs are pro­moted,” he says.

I don’t see any rap hap­pen­ing in Bol­ly­wood ... the only thing I see is four to five lines of loud mu­sic Baba Se­h­gal, rap­per

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