In this series, we’re getting to know the finalists who have defeated the other contestants from their cities to reach the Rap Wars Final, which is being held at Oasis’16, BITS Pilani on the 21st October 2016.
Full name: Aditya Tiwari
Stage name: Mc Kode
DHH: What are you currently doing?
KODE: I’m currently pursuing my Undergraduate Degree from Lingaya’s Lalita Devi Institue of Management and Science, and at the same time working for an exhibition company and freelancing for different entities.
DHH: When did you start rapping? How old were you?
KODE: I started writing at the age of 12.
DHH: What attracted you to rapping?
KODE: Letting emotions come out, I think that is what writing meant to me. Rap was way more than just words on a piece of paper. It was how I felt, when I felt it and whom I felt it for. Rap is deeper than words.
DHH: What is your inspiration behind the lyrics that you write?
KODE: My inspiration is that someday I might be the reason behind my mother’s smile, that someday I might be in your playlist and that someday I would change Hip-Hop.
DHH: Where did you learn to rap from?
KODE: I learnt it in many streams be it people on the radio, the voice on the streets and so on.
DHH: What are your songs generally about?
KODE: I don’t write tracks so much but whenever I did it was about how hard it is for misfits to fit in.
DHH: What is the best part about being a rapper?
KODE: The best part about being a rapper is you get to let it go. Let your emotions flow out freely, liberate yourself and speak out. Also, free food and beer when you are performing.
DHH: What is the most challenging part?
KODE: The most challenging part is getting people to listen. I could click you the best picture easily but the most beautiful thing would be the negatives.
DHH: What are you working on right now?
KODE: SPIT DOPE INC *DABS*
DHH: Do you plan on pursuing this full-time in the future? If no then why and what is your career choice?
KODE: This is what I do and what I will do.
DHH: What has your family’s reaction been to this talent of yours?
KODE: Don’t have that much of a family but I do have a mother who backed me up when I needed it the most.
DHH: What does rapping mean to you?
KODE: Rapping means letting go for me. Whenever I’m on the stage or on the microphone I just let go and every time I do it, I freaking love it.
DHH: Which artists, International or Indian, are your inspirations?
KODE: Baba Sehgal fo Life and also a huge shout out to ACP Pradyhuman.
DHH: What was the feeling like when you make someone listen to your rap for the very first time or when you performed your rap on stage for the very first time?
KODE: I was nervous and someone told me to imagine the crowd naked, wasn’t glad I was performing for an all boys school.
DHH: What’s the key to being a successful rapper?
KODE: The key is to be real to yourself and just be who you are. The stage is yours when you are on it. The key to success is you changing the locks. Be true to the art and to you.
DHH: If you had to describe yourself to someone who doesn’t know you at all, what would you say? (What are your interests other than rapping, are you an introvert/extrovert, what is the one thing that you are well-known among your friends for other than rapping? Are you always bubbly and cheerful or do you often keep to yourself etc)
KODE: I would describe myself as a funny extrovert with a bad taste in food mainly because I sometimes eat dosa at Sagar Ratna *shots fired* . Stand up comedy is something I always wanted to do and will do when I get the chance to.