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