Music industry is considered as a money making source in a common man’s eye and to an extent, it’s true. Hip-Hop in particular is a multi billion dollar industry now. Mainstream Hip-Hop artists are earning a lavish livelihood & and living iconic lifestyle.
The Indian Hip-Hop industry is growing gradually on an impressive rate and one easily can realise that by observing the lifestyles of mainstream Hip-Hop artists like Bohemia, Badshah, Raftaar & others. From luxury cars to limited edition shoe collections, they have it all.
Recently, Badshah rapped about charging approximately INR 30,00,000 per show and that also without dropping any album on Raaj Jones‘ latest interview with him. You seriously think purchasing limited edition ‘Adidas Yeezy 750 Boost’ or having cars like ‘BMW 640d’ from their famous ‘6 Series’ in their personal garage is a sweat? Think twice. They are literally shaping the dreams of every aspiring artist who is working hard in the underground.
If you’ve ever wondered about how much your favourite underground artists are earning then you’re at the right place. We’ve picked five artists who’re in the list of most famous Indian underground artists working in the field of Hip-Hop.
7. PRABH DEEP SAGAR
Prabh Deep is a Delhi based artist who has been putting in his efforts to make Hip-Hop prosper in India. His fans wait for his music to drop as he is one of the best in the scene right now. But, you just can’t give the full credit to his music alone. Arranging events for rap meets & weekly cyphers, providing quality videos & doing shows all over the country has earned him a reputation in the Indian underground scene. His overall efforts paid him off in a way that now, his fees of collaborating with an artist for a track is somewhere between INR 10,000 – 15,000 per verse. His fees of bumping the crowd in an event lies somewhere between INR 30,000 – 35,000 which depends on the event itself.
6. SMOKEY the GHOST
Sumukh calls himself a mixture of different personas. His other alias is The Brahmin. Smokey is definitely a very reputed name in the underground scene & specially in his hometown Bangaluru. He has worked with artists like Big Deal, Broda V, Amisha Sethi & others. His performances are energetic & pays him around INR 30,000 – 40,000.
Naved Shaikh more popularly known as ‘Naezy’ is a very famous name from Mumbai underground scene. His music has always been about his struggles of life that he has been spending in Mumbai-70. This multi syllable rapper has been hanging out with Ranveer Singh & other celebrities from Bollywood. It is also rumored that a movie is being shot on the story of rappers like him who in true means, came from the streets of Mumbai. His gigs are frequent and pay him around INR 35,000-40,000 every time he grabs his mic on stage.
4. Mumbai’s Finest
Mumbai’s Finest is the oldest complete Hip-Hop crew from Mumbai. They are less of a crew and more of a Hip-Hop movement. They have beatboxers, DJs, Dancers & Rappers as a part of their family. They’ve won 3 awards at the ‘2016 Radio City Freedom Awards’ which is a milestone itself. Their gigs are not for the ones who are into Bollywood music. They charge around INR 45,000 – 50,000 per event & that doesn’t include other perks.
3. ROB C
Kamesh Chawla also known as ‘Rob C’ is a part of Punjab’s most famous Hip-Hop crew, ‘Kala Kurta Gang‘. He earned his name by dropping tracks in English & Punjabi that were inspired by the culture. Rob C has worked with many artists ranging from Ankur ‘Enkore’ Johar, Veer Karan, Sajeel ‘Sez’ Kapoor, Lakshya Arora & others. His single verse costs somewhere between INR 5,000 – 7,000 & his beats are priced between INR 15,000 – 20,000.
2. RAHUL BENIWAL
Rahul Beniwal is not a rap artist or a music producer. He’s the guy that an artist needs before releasing their music. His logo is more popular than him as it is being featured on the videos of every big artist. He sits behind the desk to merge music of top notch artists with his skills in the field of ‘Typography’ & has designed videos for artists like Badshah, Hard Kaur, Tony Kakkar, Neha Kakkar, Sonu Kakkar, DJ Shadow Dubai, Pardhaan, JSL Singh & others. He is recently working on some big projects that he told us but we can’t disclose them for now. Imagine how much his famous ‘A Rahul Beniwal Piece’ costs. Trust me, a lot.
We gotta give the first slot to Vivian Fernandes who is definitely the most famous underground rapper currently. He is signed with Sony Music India but he is not mainstream when it comes to his sounds. Divine is undoubtedly the most energetic rapper from the Indian Underground. He has worked with Sikander Kahlon, Deep Jandu, Naezy, Nucleya and others. Nucleya (who charges around INR 5,00,000 per gig) has featured him on both of his albums & their collaborations are a blend of Hip-Hop & Electronic Dance Music. Divine has always been blessed with reputation when it comes to his music. His last two major releases were handled by Sony Music India & one of those two single ‘Jungli Sher‘ is popular in every part of the country. Ranveer Singh posted a video of him covering Divine’s famous single on his social media. It is estimated that his fees for one event is soewhere between INR 80,000 – 90,000.
This is our list of some of the most famous artists from the underground who are hustling everyday toearn their bread from this beautiful art form. Talent always get appreciated & that’s what ultimately turns into paper.