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This Upcoming Web-Series About India's Underground Hip-Hop Scene Is Gonna Be Off The Hook

"Hip-hop is not about driving two Mercedes or sniffing cocaine... Hip-hop is life, dude."

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Online portal 101India's upcoming show, HipHop Homeland, is an in-depth look at the burgeoning Indian underground hip-hop scene.

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It is clear from the get-go that they aren't messing around – these are real hip-hop artists who take their professions very, very seriously.

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The series, which premieres on January 20, will feature various artists from Mumbai, Kashmir, Shillong, Punjab, Kolkata and parts of South India.

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Cyrus Oshidar, head of 101India, told BuzzFeed India, "Hip-hop is not universally recognised in India and there is a clear generation gap. The internet will be its biggest ally."

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"Mainstream is popular, not necessarily cool", he added. Street cred is always more appealing to young people, and this has street cred."

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"The rappers here sing in their local languages about the issues that matter to them. It’s nice to finally see the emergence of Indian "rebels" with a cause."

^Mawali, a rapper from Mumbai, raps exclusively in Marathi, his mother tongue.
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^Mawali, a rapper from Mumbai, raps exclusively in Marathi, his mother tongue.

For fans of commercial rap, this series promises to be an eye-opener, exposing some of India's most dedicated and talented artists to the masses.

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