Which rap group is the most influential on Indian youth?
As the days roll on, Indian youths seem to be embracing new styles of music.
They’re becoming obsessed with hip hop and hip-hop culture, in which artists like Lil Wayne and Kanye West have become synonymous.
But is there a bigger hip-hops influence on Indian youths than the gangster-style gangster rap of the 1990s and early 2000s?
That’s what Dr Rishi Singh of the Delhi-based Centre for Policy Research and Analysis (CPRA) is trying to find out.
Singh has done extensive research on the rise of gangs in India, including in Mumbai, and he believes that hip hop is not the only influence.
“There are other influences that have taken place.
There are Indian youths who are growing up on a culture of violence.
They have a deep sense of entitlement and a deep desire to do something.
They feel the need to have the upper hand,” he said.
The gangster music of the 90s, for instance, is considered an expression of tribalism, according to Singh.
“When I spoke to these youths, I found they felt that they were getting an education.
They were not getting a normal education,” he added.
Gangsters are not alone.
According to Singh, rappers have also taken a big role in India’s growing youth-driven political culture.
“Rap has a certain element of political content and is a political expression, a way of mobilising young people,” he explained.
“It’s a way to get them to vote and participate.
But it’s not a traditional political message.
It’s not an expression that is meant to be seen as a political statement.”
There are a number of different forms of rap music that emerged in India during the 1990 and early 2001 riots.
One such form is hip-hoppy rap, which combines hip-hip-hop and gangster lyrics with heavy beats and lyrics.
It has been dubbed as the most popular form of rap in India.
In fact, according a study by the Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi, the number of hip-Hop songs is growing every year.
There have also been some hip-Hip-Hop groups that emerged over the years.
Some of them, like the Bad Boys, have been instrumental in mobilising Indian youths and political activists, according the study.
But while some hip hop groups are gaining popularity, others, like Gangster Squad and Mase, have struggled to gain the same kind of popularity.
Singh said that the popularity of gangster hip-poetry was due to two things: a lack of funding and the popularity and popularity of other popular rappers like Dara Singh.
He also added that there was a lack on the part of the Indian government to recognise the political and social importance of gangsters in society.
“Politicians in India don’t care about the gangsters.
They just want to have a catchy song to appeal to the youth.
There is no recognition of the role that the gang members have played in politics and society,” he told The Times Of India.
A rap group like Gangsters is not unique to India.
According the Centre for Economic Research and Development, there are around 50,000 rap groups in India and they are popular across the country.
The majority of these groups are in urban areas, but there are also smaller groups in rural areas.
Gangster Rap has emerged as the main form of hip hop in urban India, said Singh.
He also said that while some gangs have gained popularity, many have been largely marginalised by the mainstream.
“The gangs are not seen as the political or social leaders that they once were.
They are perceived as criminals.
They get the blame,” he observed.
The popularity of the gangs is a result of their social capital.
The groups are organised around specific interests like drugs and gangs.
And they are also perceived as having power over the youth in their communities, according Singh.
Gangsters also have a high profile, as evidenced by the rise in their popularity.
“Gangster rap has been used to spread the message of criminality in India for many years.
But even in the last few years, its popularity has declined,” said Singh, adding that Gangster rappers are also popular among Indian youth.
“In terms of youth participation, we have seen a decline in the youth participation rate.
The youth are not being taken into account.
It is important that we give them a voice in the process,” he continued.
Gangs are not the first social group to get a foothold in India; it was the police that began to play a role in policing the streets of Delhi in the early 2000’s.
Singh also said the police did not have much influence over the urban gangs.
“For a long time, the police didn’t have much power in the urban areas.
They only had limited resources.
But in the recent years, we’ve seen the government take some proactive steps to address the problem,” he pointed out