Gully is everything: divine
Dressed in his characteristic black leather jacket and a cap, Vivian Fernandes He is a man of few words. But say the word ravine, and the eyes of the idolized rapper light. Quebrada's all. That's where my journey began and is something that I always come back, says the rapper, with a smile, as we take you aside to talk quickly about your recent Broken band concert in Chennai.
Best known by its artistic name, divine, the underground rap sensation is one of the main forces behind catapulting regional hip hop for the Indian public. His inspiring journey from the streets of Mumbai found a prominent appearance in the drama rap Zoya Akhtar Broken Boy , Which he was inspired by rappers Mumbai Naezy and himself. Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt-starrer chart the journey of a working class rapper Mumbai. Rap, to divine, is all about expressing stories of their community. His work often reflects their own personal experiences, which helps hit a connection with listeners, he says.
Represent Bombay and their stories was one of the reasons why Vivian wanted to become a musician. One of the reasons why I became a musician is to tell stories about my people ravine. I had so many stories he had to say about Bombay and this is how my journey began with hip hop, he says. His introduction to hip hop, too, has a history of interesting background. Once he saw his school friend with a T-shirt American rapper 50 Cent. That was my first contact with hip hop. I wanted to know more about hip hop and from there I never stopped, he adds. While the first equals hip hop to English music , Who finally realized that hip hop was everything someone wanted it to be. “I always thought that hip hop is supposed to be in English. But then I realized that it is more than that. Someone had to tell stories of communities from every corner, ”Vivian says, adding that hip hop has grown by leaps and bounds since it began.
Did Broken Boy propel more people to embrace the genre? “I think the Bombay hip hop scene was already thriving even before the film released. But the big screen experience in India is truly something else. The film definitely helped catapult the emerging hip movement across the country in different regions. It also gave people a peek into the lives of music ians like us and perhaps even made them want to find out more about hip hop artistes in their own community or locality,” says the music ian.
As in many other cities, Chennai also has an emerging hip hop scene, he noted. “Chennai's hip-hop scene is exciting, as it is in many parts of the country. I came to play in Chennai before in college, but this is my first big concert here, he says, recalling most fondly his collaborations with rap group Madurai Souljour and Sid Sriram. “I recently collaborated with Sid Sriram for this song Too Hype from my album Kohinoor. Really enjoyed it. Madurai Souljour and I, too, joined for a video song. The scene to the south of hip-hop is definitely something to expect, ”he adds with a smile, before going on a serenade to his fans waiting a few meters away.