Let’s get this straight, Hip-Hop is no longer confined to the geographical boundaries of the West. It has well surpassed those limits and has started to knock on the the doors of Indian audiences. While the majority of the population is still trying to cope up with the pace of Hip-Hop’s growth in India, these International legends already know what the deal is!
Here’s a list of top 3 International Hip Hop Artists who have rocked stages in India:
1. Snoop Dogg: One of the pioneers who shaped the hip-hop movement in the West was also among the first ones to enter the land of Bollywood. He subsequently left a mark on the lucky audience that got to watch him live at the Nh7 Weekender in 2014. None other than S-N-Double O-P D-O-Double G!
2. Jay Z: The year 2016 was quite epic for hip-hop heads in India. None other than Jay HOVA gave us a glimpse of his awesomeness. Headlining Coldplay‘s Global Citizen Festival concert, Jay Z single handedly managed to blow the audience’s mind away. If only more hip-hop heads surrounded the front stage, the legend wouldn’t have been disappointed by the poor reaction from Coldplay fans!
3. DJ Premier: Epic would be an understatement to define what went down at Nh7 Weekender 2016, when the legendary DJ Premier stepped on the stage and lit the whole venue up! Hip-Hop heads from around India had gathered to see the man himself bring out the magic on deck, making the crowd fall in love with this genre all over again. Each time Preemo scratched the beat before dropping it, the crowd was hit with a wave of frenzy! It all ended with Preemo signing out saying, “India salutes Preemo, well Preemo salutes you back!”
Wait though… There is more to come!
Macklemore: ‘The Heist‘ hitmaker Macklemore will be gracing the stage at Vh1 Supersonic 2017 in a few days time. The rapper has visited India on several occasions without performing, but we guess only now will he understand of the growing love for hip-hop in our country.
Grandmaster Flash: Following the footsteps of Preemo, one of THE Hip-Hop pioneering DJ’s is setting foot in India this year. It’s Hip-Hop takeover in 2017, The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash will continue in India at the Vh1 Supersonic gig!
UPDATE – Grandmaster flash had had to cancel his India trip due to illness – more info here.