Honey Singh and Badshah are considered as the kings of Rap. The millennials are a fan of both of the rappers because they brought a revolution in the music industry and ‘supposedly’ introducing rap in India. The Punjabi singers even took over Bollywood in last few years such that no party song is complete without their raps. They are known for their catchy lyrics.
However, we have been into a big illusion all this way considering that Honey Singh as the first rapper of India who not only made rap popular but also made way into Bollywood. Honey Singh was definitely not the first rapper of India. Do you remember a song titled ‘Meri Marzi’? The song is from the 1995 Hindi movie ‘The Gambler’ that starred Govinda, Shilpa Shetty, Aditya Pancholi, Ali Asgar, Gulshan Grover, and Johnny Lever. You must have had heard this song in your childhood. The song was sung by Devang Patel and the music was given by Anu Malik.
Devang Patel has created several parody songs in his long music career. And his song ‘Meri Marzi’ too was a parody of ‘It’s my life by Dr. Albun.
Another song named ‘Stop that’ from the same movie introduced us with the Hindi rap. It was also sung by Devang Patel and the music was given by Anu Malik.
Both the songs became a hit among the fans. However, at that time, people were more inclined to the rhyme to rhyme kinda songs.
Years later, Honey Singh filled the gap through his uninhibited embracing of the linguistic style that made him the voice of the new generation. This new ‘Youth Icon’ added some ‘new flavours’ to the Indian music. His first singles titled ‘Begaani Naar’ and ‘Lak 28 kudi da’ came out in 2006. By the year 2012, he was already the popular ‘youth icon’ of the millennials after his songs High Heels, Break Up Party, and This Party Gettin’ Hot. In the same year, he made his singing debut in Bollywood with ‘Shakal Pe Mat Jaa’.
Though Honey Singh and Baadshah are the kings of rap in India, we cannot deny the fact that they were not the ones who introduced rap to us.