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: Karandeep Singh Bharaj
Stage name: K.D.
DHH: What are you currently doing?
K.D.: I’m pursuing my PGDM in Media and Entertainment.
DHH: When did you start rapping? How old were you?
K.D.: At the age of 16.
DHH: What attracted you to rapping?
K.D.: Society, I wanted to express myself. I use to write poems since my childhood when I saw that you can also rap through that poems.
DHH: What is your inspiration behind the lyrics that you write?
K.D.: My parents.
DHH: Where did you learn to rap from?
K.D.: Honestly saying, I just used to observe things like MC Rapping.
DHH: What are your songs generally about?
K.D.: I don’t listen to songs or rap because as an artist the lyrics get copied while writing.
DHH: What is the best part about being a rapper?
K.D.: You get to connect with the people, most importantly you earn respect and the attitude of not giving a f**k.
DHH: What is the most challenging part?
K.D.: Competition with yourself with your past and working each and every second for better future.
DHH: What are you working on right now?
K.D.: I’m working on my clarity and want to make the people feel that Hip-Hop isn’t about the language, it’s just about the culture.
DHH: Do you plan on pursuing this full-time in the future? If no then why and what is your career choice?
K.D.: I want to pursue it full time till my last breath no doubt.
DHH: What has your family’s reaction been to this talent of yours?
K.D.: They are happy.
DHH: What does rapping mean to you?
K.D.: My life, my girlfriend, my parents, my love, my money, my motivation, each and everything.
DHH: Which artists, International or Indian, are your inspirations?
K.D.: As I said before, I don’t listen to songs but on an International level as a battler, I like Charlie Clips and in Indian, Baba Sehgal.
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?
K.D.: I was nervous and I choked, people were blank because I was too monotonous.
DHH: What’s the key to being a successful rapper?
K.D.: Just keep writing
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)
K.D.: Apart from rapping I’m a chilled guy who loves travelling and believe me there’s no such thing which attracts me apart from writing, I do this the whole day. Though my friends always say that I’m fun-loving and I’m more of an introvert so I don’t like to get involve with people.