Road shows and street performances have always been a part of the hip-hop culture. In countries, where desi hip-hop, in particular, is considered, road shows and street performances are a new and an emerging trend. Chandigarh has not witnessed these type of events regularly but the underground scene from Chandigarh has always been remarkable.
Hardy and Olvin, two of Chandigarh’s finest artists, invited me to a road show which was organised by them to push hip-hop from the streets. This event was as raw as it should have been and featured some of the best b-boys, emcees and beatboxers from Chandigarh. Hardy and Olvin also managed to arrange a ‘free for all’ rap cypher. Speakers playing hip-hop beats and almost 15 rappers spitting one after another is a charm to watch in itself.
These rappers are not from a stable financial background but their knowledge of spitting in multiple languages was worth the appreciation.