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India’s leading rapper, Divine just released a sizzling new track, ‘Mirchi’ featuring MC Altaf, Phenom, and international artist, Stylo G. This spicy new track is our Tune-in-Tuesdays for the week!
Divine has changed the hip-hop music scene in India with his work and created a space to prove that Indian rappers are no less than any other hip-hop artist across the globe. He has not only released albums on his own but has also worked with Bollywood’s biggest stars rapping for film soundtracks. Most recently his music was featured in “Blackmail,” Netflix’s “Sacred Games” and the mega-hit “Gully Boy” starring Ranveer Singh. “Gully Boy” was a film inspired by the lives of Divine and rapper Naved Shaikh aka Naezy.
This new track, ‘Mirchi’ is bound to add some zest to your day, it is upbeat and catchy. He teamed up with British-Jamaican dancehall star Stylo G to create a track that infused dancehall with a little desi flavor. Written by Divine himself along with MC Altaf and Stylo G, the track was produced by Phenom. ‘Mirchi’ is an aesthetically pleasing track, but the real appeal is the collaboration of these talented stars. Each artist on the single is supremely talented and has a story to tell.
Altaf Shaikh, better known as MC Altaf is a young rapper from Dharavi, Mumbai who has catapulted to stardom as the rapper who trained Ranveer Singh for “Gully Boy.” The unapologetic, no holds barred rapper is known for his hard-hitting music. The talented young man has marked his place in the Indian music scene from day one with his debut single, ‘Wassup!’ which was in collaboration with New York-based artist, Jay Killa and even featured a cameo from Ranveer Singh. The rapper never thought he would be able to make a career out of music as no one in his family has followed in this field and still advocates for young fans to finish school before jumping into their passions. True to his roots, MC Altaf states that he has a line or two dedicated to his hometown of Dharavi in almost every song, as he is constantly inspired by it. He wants to change the face of Dharavi, explaining how taxis wouldn’t come down to Dharavi or deliver pizza thinking they wouldn’t get paid. After “Gully Boy” the young star had thousands show up at his shows when there was once a time he had only a handful of fans.
Self-taught music producer, rapper, and DJ, Phenom has a career spanning over 15 years. He is known for hits like Divine’s ‘Farak’ and Naezy’s ‘Aafat Waapas’ as well as music for his own record group, Third Degree Originals with Bonafide and Koncept. The New Delhi bred producer has also worked with the likes of Yo Yo Honey Singh producing and also as a DJ for Singh’s shows. He is also working on his own material and has been using his time wisely during quarantine to craft the perfect album.
Jamaican-UK dancehall artist Stylo G has music in his blood as the song of the late artist Poison Chang. The young artist moved from Jamaica to England at 13 but he kept his culture and heritage alive in his music. He launched into the UK grime music scene with ‘My Yout,’ and since then he has worked with grime artists such as Giggs, Chip, Zeph Ellis, and Wretch 32. He has also worked with stars like Rita Ora, Usher, and UK dance music powerhouse, Clean Bandit. Stylo G hits the Indian market with ‘Mirchi’ and the colorful music video.
‘Mirchi’ is not one to miss this week, be sure to add it to your playlist!
Nila is a freelance journalist and Clinical Psychology Doctoral student who was born and raised in New York City. There is very little she loves more than Harry Potter marathons, pizza, 90s Bollywood, bagels, falooda, and her family. She hopes to use her powers for good by spreading mental health awareness and positivity in the South Asian community through her love of writing.