Indian Hip-Hop’s ferocious emcees Gravity, Farhan Khan and Shaikhspeare have linked up on a provocative cypher. Aptly titled ‘Godfather’, the three emcees and record producers drop straight bars and honour gangsta old-school rap at the highest level. The hard-hitting cypher is curated by India’s historic Hip-Hop collective Bombay Lokal.
Notably, Gravity, Khan and Shaikhspeare linked up for an original bass-heavy rap record ‘Godfather’ last year. Released alongside stunning visuals, which felt straight out of ‘Django Unchained’ motion picture, the almost three-minute single paved the path for three influential rap stars on the come-up.
A year later, the three emcees link up for a flagrant avant-garde return amidst garnering unprecedented influence over Indian rap music.
Bombay Lokal is a far-reaching consortium of at least 12 emcees, record producers, beatboxers, B-boys, graffiti artists and DJs. Established in 2017 in Mumbai’s northern suburbs of Vasai, Nalasopara and Virar, the rap collective is home to marquee Hip-Hop artists including Gravity, Farhan Khan, Shaikshpeare, D-Cypher, Beat Raw, Alchemy, Rhymix, Mooz, Roro, Y-Ash, AL. Husxain, The Poet Muse and Last King.
Check out the ‘Godfather’ cypher by Bombay Lokal here.
Shaikspeare is fresh off a dope rap record ‘Wassup’. Produced by Flamboy Beatz, the single parallels affecting street rap classics alongside Cali-based emcee AKB. In March, Khan linked up with Gully Gang‘s prolific rapper Sammohit on ‘Meherban’. The unapologetic rap record is a convincing lexicon of Khan’s thoughtful street knowledge and Sammohit’s ruthless bars influenced by Gully Gang’s ever-expanding influence on Indian rap music.
MTV Hustle’s former top contender Gravity has been consistently dropping new music. After releasing a top-selling ‘Malaal’ EP and Outfly-produced single ‘Robbery’ alongside Muhfaad, the young pioneer linked up with the influential record producer on ‘PS2’.
Since you’re here, watch the ‘Bombay Lokal’ short film here if you haven’t yet.