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: Sameer Inamdar
Stage name: Rapture
DHH: What are you currently doing?
SI: Working as a Marketing Executive in Times and Freelance Sound Engineer and Content Writer.
DHH: When did you start rapping? How old were you?
SI: I started rapping when I was in 12th standard. I was around 16/17 years old.
DHH: What attracted you to rapping?
SI: The freedom of speech. The deepest emotions, which can be portrayed in a form of poetry flawlessly flowing on the beat. The adrenaline, of being on stage. The unity, as people from all background, gender, race and ages are one unit when it’s come to representing this Culture, an Art.
DHH: What is your inspiration behind the lyrics that you write?
SI: Day to day observation. Not the type of guy who would cry about the struggle which he is going through. From the sound of a crying child to the sound of a Lamborghini’s Engine, everything inspires me. The concept of inspiring others inspires me. The power of changing someone flow of thought and making them a better person is something that inspires me.
DHH: Where did you learn to rap from?
SI: There ain’t no legitimate answer for this. As rapping has different elements, I learned each at different places. I use to text battle on Facebook and WhatsApp, where I met people like X-Centrik, EMF, Poetik Justis and D’Evil who helped me develop them technicalities from punchlines to metaphors, to schemes and a lot of other things.
I learned freestyle through live Cypher which we use to attend with people like Poetik, Alist, Noxious D, Kav E and lot of other Emcees. Then Battle Rap is something that came as an extensional output of live cyphers and text Battling which I partially learned through and by the artists I mentioned above and the other part by watching rap battles on YouTube on league’s like Don’t Flop, KOTD and URL.
Songwriting was kinda natural as I was an avid music listener since I was 15. From Pop to Rock, RnB and then Hip Hop, plus an experience of being a sound engineer for a year in two studios sharpened the musicality and it’s knowledge.
DHH: What are your songs generally about?
SI: Day to day life, my experiences and mostly vibrant concepts that relate to my thoughts/point of views towards something that happens in the society or with me.
DHH: What is the best part about being a rapper?
SI: Freedom of speech. Rap being one of the most powerful and quite an underrated form of expression of thoughts allows me to raise my voice towards things that are wrong and lets me make songs that people can relate to.
DHH: What is the most challenging part?
SI: Finance. Being from a house with no dad and me being the only person earning in the family comprising just me and my mother. It’s quite difficult to handle the responsibilities and this Art together.
DHH: What are you working on right now?
SI: I’ve recently released a Remix of Mere Gully Mein which is loved and appreciated by everyone. Currently, I’m working on some singles and collabs and separately on a Conceptual EP.
DHH: Do you plan on pursuing this full-time in the future? If no then why and what is your career choice?
SI: I would love to become a full-time artist, that’s the dream and the motto for all the things which I’m doing now.
But if because of situations, if I don’t make it. I would still be a Sound Engineer. Producing, recording, mixing and mastering songs for Artists which would keep me close to Music. And as me being an MC, I tend to have great communication skills and ideas with also makes me a guy who is great with Marketing and PR.
DHH: What has your family’s reaction been to this talent of yours?
SI: My mother’s always been supportive towards this because she never had a reason to hate it in the first place. I never let this affect my dedication towards the responsibilities I have.
DHH: What does rapping mean to you?
SI: Life, more like a lifeline. There ain’t no single day when I ain’t hearing albums. There ain’t no free time when I’m not listening to or writing Raps. While sitting in the train, walking on the road, standing in the queue, literally everywhere. Rap, the art, it’s in me now.
DHH: Which artists, International or Indian, are your inspirations?
SI: Sadistik, MF Doom and Aesop Rock.
Sadistik is the most underrated Rapper and writer of all time. I love how he uses ’em words to create something that makes your heart cry cause it’s too emotional while the brain smiles cause it’s too smart and technical simultaneously.
MF Doom. The unpredictable Rhyming structure and consistency of lines that have an impact and leave a mark in listeners thoughts.
Aesop Rock is THE MOST COMPLEX Rapper of all time. The use of unique, unheard and strange words to pen his thought with such an elegance that it gets you almost everytime you listen to his songs.
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?
SI: It was something different, the adrenaline, the excitement which I wasn’t able to contain, the Cheers of the crowd which made me feel like this is what I wanna do and this is what I am.
DHH: What’s the key to being a successful rapper?
SI: Morally – Being relevant, consistent and should keep developing with each project. Never letting the pride, ego or over confidence get you. You should be willing to learn something new every day.
Technically – Sense of rhythm, musicality, versatility and last but not the least knowledge of lyricism and its technicalities.
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)
SI: Well, I’m too energetic and friendly. My friends love me for being so excited, hyped and confident. They hate me for those same reasons. I don’t know about being an introvert or extrovert, it depends on my mood. I’m 90% happy AF where I can make 1000 friends in an hour and when I’m sad, nervous or angry, I can lose 1000 friends in an hour.
Besides rapping, I’m known for being a good recording and mixing artist (not bragging). I’ve recorded and mixed around 75+ rap songs which include artists like Poetik, EMF and also artists like Indian Aayba and more.
I’m known for not keeping things to myself. If you’re a good friend of mine. You know what’s up with me.