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Who says Eminem, Ri­hanna and Nicki Mi­naj don’t make good role mod­els for teenagers? Deane Se­queira mapped out an en­tire ca­reer path in rap mu­sic be­cause of them, and suc­cess­fully so. “When I wrote my first rap song, my fa­ther made me work hard on it. And on my birth­day, he told me he was tak­ing me shop­ping but in­stead, as a sur­prise, took me to a stu­dio to record it,” says the 17-year-old. That was her first sin­gle, Ran­dom, af­ter which she was ap­proached by sev­eral mu­sic pro­duc­ers from Bol­ly­wood to rap to their tunes. An arts stu­dent at St. An­drews Col­lege in Mum­bai, Se­queira plans to com­plete her ed­u­ca­tion and then take up mu­sic pro­fes­sion­ally. She also dreams of at­tend­ing the Berklee Col­lege of Mu­sic in Mas­sachusetts or Trin­ity Col­lege in Lon­don one day and is de­ter­mined to be­come a rap sen­sa­tion glob­ally. Lo­cally, she feels there is a stigma as­so­ci­ated with rap­pers and they are as­sumed to be “abu­sive”. “But I don’t abuse in my songs and I don’t think it should be prac­tised,” Se­queira, who lent her voice to the ti­tle track of Bol­ly­wood hit Dhoom 3, says. While pro­fan­ity in lyrics makes most women hes­i­tant about en­ter­ing the pro­fes­sion, she feels be­ing one of the few fe­male rap­pers in the coun­try has its ad­van­tages. The rap­per says the “huge de­mand and limited sup­ply” dy­namic works strongly in her favour. With hopes of re­leas­ing her own al­bum in the near fu­ture, the young and spunky Se­queira is pur­su­ing her pas­sion with great fer­vour and it isn’t go­ing to be a wrap for her any­time soon.

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