Indian Hip-Hop pioneer Raftaar and legendary record producer KSHMR have finally premiered the third single from the latter’s forthcoming LP “Karam”.
The hard-hitting rap record, titled “Legacy”, serves as the follow-up to KSHMR’s star-studded single “Bhussi” and “Haath Varthi” and arrives amidst high anticipation for the pioneering DJ’s debut Indian Hip-Hop album.
Backed by KSHMR’s increasingly cinematic record production, “Legacy” captures Raftaar delivering some of his most lethal and gruff Choppa flow this year. Most notably, the single pays homage to global rap pioneers Sidhu Moose Wala, Tupac Shakur, The Notorious B.I.G., N.W.A.’s Eazy-E, XXXtentacion, Juice WRLD, Takeoff and Big Pun.
Further, the two artists remember late Indian pop singers Lata Mangeshkar and Krishnakumar Kunnath, popularly referred to as KK.
“Legacy” arrives alongside a hard-hitting visualiser. Check it out below.
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During an exclusive conversation with Culture Haze in May, KSHMR vividly talked bout Sidhu Moose Wala’s impact on Indian music and gave him his flowers.
“It made you realize that your favourite artist could be gone tomorrow and the need to appreciate the people around you. On the song that I worked on with Raftaar, we talked a little bit about Sidhu… but, also just in general, people passing away and not getting the love that they deserve until they die… it takes them dying to really be appreciated. You saw that in the American scene with Tupac and Biggie. Everybody finally hops on social media and loves you up after you’re dead,” KSHMR said at the time.
“It also makes one realise the importance of letting people know that you care about them and giving people the respect they deserve while they’re still here. There’s that competitive nature in India too where people are sometimes a little bit hesitant to give credit… and give flowers to people because it’s so competitive,” KSHMR said further amidst the interview.
Through the evocative tribute, Raftaar and KSHMR have joined a slew of Hip-Hop superstars remembering the controversial death of Sidhu Moose Wala.
Drake remembers Sidhu Moose Waala for the 5th time since his controversial death in Mansa, Punjab last year. #justiceforsidhumoosewala #drake #sidhumoosewala #itsallablurtour #21savage #travisscott pic.twitter.com/b98VZ6WSaL— Culture Haze (@theculturehaze) September 1, 2023
It was the second such instance where the “Mera Na” rapper remembered Moosa. In June, Boy remembered the Punjabi emcee during his historic live set in London. Performing in front of a crowd of over 80,000 people, Burna remembered Moose and brought out Afro rap royalties J Hus, Stormzy, Dave and Popcaan.
Earlier this year, Birmingham’s legendary woman emcee Stefflon Don visited Moose Wala’s home in Mansa, Punjab on his birthday. During her brief stay, Don paid her respects to the slain rapper’s father Balkaur Singh Sidhu and his mother Charan Kaur Singh.
Stream ‘Legacy’ by KSHMR featuring Raftaar via Spotify.