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Year Rewind: The Most Influential Rap Albums in India This Year

Few would disagree that Indian Hip-Hop grew at an unprecedented scale this year. From the iconic Def Jam Recordings record label making its foray into India to the release of Gully Gang bossman Divine’s third LP ‘Gunehgar’, Indian rap was everywhere. Appearances by Indian emcees and record producers alongside international acts including Dreamville’s finest J.I.D., Post Malone and Offset elevated Indian Rap’s stature to an unforeseen level.

Here’s a look at some of the most influential rap records by Indian emcees this year. The list doesn’t rely on streaming counts and strives to capture the impact that the records had on Indian rap culture. Check it out below.

1. ‘Insaan’ by MC Stan

Release Date: February 18th 2022

Insaan by MC Stan

2. ‘D’ by Dino James

Release Date: May 24th 2022

D By Dino James

2. ‘Nayaab’ by Seedhe Maut

Release Date: May 27th 2022

Nayaab by Seedhe Maut

4. ‘Gunehgar’ by Divine

Release Date: November 10th 2022

Gunehgar by Divine-2

5. ‘Nakshatra’ by Dhruv Rajpal a.k.a. D₹V

Release Date: November 10th 2022

Nakshatra by Dhruv Rajpal

6. ‘Nishu’ by Ikka

Release Date: July 26th 2022

Nishu by Ikka

7. ‘8 Saal’ by Emiway Bantai

Release Date: May 9th 2022

8 Saal by Emiway Bantai

8. ‘Way Ahead’ EP by Karan Aujla

Release Date: May 10th 2022

Way Ahead by karan Aujla