Rap and hip hop are musical genres that originated in the United States, but have since spread to many parts of the world, including India. Rap is a form of vocal delivery that incorporates rhyme, rhythm, and wordplay, often accompanied by a beat or instrumental music. Hip hop is a broader cultural movement that encompasses rap, as well as other elements such as DJing, breakdancing, graffiti, and fashion.
In India, rap and hip hop have been influenced by various regional and linguistic styles, such as Hindi, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, and Bengali. Some of the pioneers of Indian rap and hip hop include Baba Sehgal, Apache Indian, Blaaze, and Bohemia. In recent years, rap and hip hop have gained more popularity and mainstream recognition in India, thanks to the success of artists such as Divine, Naezy, Raftaar, Emiway Bantai, Brodha V, and Raja Kumari. Rap and hip hop have also been featured in many Bollywood films and soundtracks, such as Gully Boy, 8 Mile, and Slumdog Millionaire.
Rap and hip hop are not only forms of entertainment, but also modes of expression and social commentary. Many Indian rappers use their lyrics to address issues such as poverty, corruption, discrimination, violence, and identity. Rap and hip hop also celebrate the diversity and creativity of Indian culture and youth. Rap and hip hop are constantly evolving and adapting to the changing times and tastes of the Indian audience.