When it comes to live music, Guwahati is blessed to have one of the most receptive crowds. Last Saturday, Delhi based rapper, Prabh Deep crowd surfed for the first time. From ‘Classikh’ to ‘G Maane’, he helped us paint images of the gullies and allies of Delhi-18, the place where he comes from. ‘The vibe was so great that I was compelled to leave the deck and join Prabh on stage’ shares Sez, who has produced all of Prabh Deep’s tracks and has been accompanying him in live performances since their show at NH7 Weekender, 2016. It was their maiden show in Guwahati, organized by Q-Rated.
After its successful launch in Delhi, Q-Rated brought their live music property, ‘No Diggity’ to Northeast India with two consecutive nights of hip hop music featuring some of the major faces of hip hop from the mainland as well as the Northeast. The opening act was Guwahati’s very own hip hop duo, Rain in Sahara, which I was unfortunately late to witness. Their performance was followed by a short set of Shillong based DJ/Producer, Sanju. Northeast India’s well acclaimed hip hop producer, Stunnah Beatz took the stage by storm with tracks from his Comeback EP along with Banjop. They were accompanied on stage by Sez on the console. Alongside there were performances by homegrown lyrical wordsmiths like Khasi Bloodz and Cryptographik Street Poets whose performances were raw very much like their music.
Guwahati rapper, J’97 dropped a solo set of his originals and paid a tribute to the legendary rapper, Prodigy of the Mobb Deep fame. DJ Karma kept dropping bangers and fiery freestyles on demonetization. Bengaluru-based Smokey the Ghost and Aerate Sound’s set were a visual treat. Naquash, one half of Aerate Sound produced some extraordinary visuals as Smokey took the microphone with Joe behind the console.
Although Prabh Deep with Sez closed the show for the night with his powerful set, this is just the beginning of a new movement which will see the rise of more and more rap artistes coming out of the region.
By Mrinal Paul