Songs have been a medium to express emotions for a long time. Hip Hop and rap culture has been slowly growing in India. There are several artists who touched upon the social issues through their talent and rap songs, which has also garnered praise from listeners. Thus, here is a look at Hindi rap songs that tried to shed light on social issues.
The song is from the 2018 film Manto starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the lead. It highlights various topics like hypocrisy, corrupt political culture, and more from the mind of Manto. The track is composed, penned and performed by Raftaar. The video also features Nawaz depicting the ideologies of Saadat Hasan Manto. Till now, Mantoiyat has crossed 45 million views on YouTube with more than 1 million likes.
At the time of the Commonwealth Games in India, Kr$na as young Prozpekt released Kaisa Mera Desh. It is termed as an “anti-corruption anthem” and aims to highlight the political ignorance of the government authorities. The artist vents out his frustration on how the lower class is suffering from monetary issues, while the government does not provide much support.
Emiway has become one of the well-known artists from underground hip-hop. He dropped a track titled #NORAPE. The rapper expresses how women and their family members are afraid of the current situation in the country. He demanded a new and strong law against people who commit such heinous crimes. #NORAPE has music from Deepak Poojari. The song has more than 4 million views on YouTube.
Iqlipse Noca and Shlok dropped Naari song as a tribute to women who work relentlessly. It depicts how women are harassed by society, Through the lyrics, the song promotes women rights and sends out a message to respect and support women. The video, directed by Nishant Jha, features seven ladies. Naari track lyrics are written by Shlok from music by Ruhell. It has 1 million+ views on YouTube.
Gully Boy starring Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt has several chartbuster songs. Among them is Azaadi, which depicts the corrupt political and business system, demanding freedom from them. The track is performed by Divine and Dub Sharma. The duo wrote, composed and sung the song.Azaadi has surpassed 50 million views on YouTube.
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