Gully Boy, rap, hip hop, Delhi
Raga, Kauratan and Slyck Twoshadez – The underground rappers in Delhi

These East Delhi gullies regularly jive to rhythmic sounds and throbbing beats. A bunch of boys recite their verses, diss each other and jam away as a part of their regular cypher. “Jamnapaar has become a hub of rappers, there’s one in every second household,” says Aamir Kunwar, who in 2016 started Artisttaan, a label for independent rap artistes.

Just like DIVINE and Naezy in Mumbai, the inspiration behind Zoya Akhtar’s Gully Boy, underground rappers are spread out all across Delhi, all of them excited about the movie. “The real hip-hop artistes will get recognition,” they believe.

Coming from a small locality in East Delhi, 23-year-old Ravi Mishra, popularly known as Raga, is trying to make it big on the commercial scene. An underground rapper since 2012, Raga got associated with Artisttaan when it started. Their first song, Jamnapaar, which described the life past the Yamuna river in Delhi, became an instant hit. “Badshah and Raftaar also shared it and after that, the hip-hop scene in Delhi got a boom,” says Kunwar, whose label was signed by Sony Music in November last year.