Nowadays, underground rappers are aware of more avenues: Dopeadelicz
- Team RadioCity
Tony Sebastian aka Stony Psyko, Agnel Avinash Benson aka Ben Z and Rajesh Radhakrishnan aka Dope Daddy RAC form the Stoner rap crew from the streets of Matunga Labour Camp, Dharavi called, Dopeadelicz. Read on for a fun chat as Team Radio City caught up with the three young rappers on how the scene is treating them.So how did Dopeadelicz come about?Actually we met in college, after completing our Grade X. Fortunately or not, we were all science students, so it was a coming together for literate criminals through the love for music.Where do you draw your musical influences from?The kind of environments that we came from were pretty pressurising. So we started out at a time when we were students and we were barely scraping through our studies. So we were neglected, discriminated by our families and practically considered as outcast because we failed a year. So the motive to prove that we have a reason to exist got us started. We used to listen to Tamil hip-hop, West Coast influences and A R Rahman which made us realise that we should come together to express ourselves through music. Now, let's talk about your first single, 'D-Rise'?'D-Rise' means the rise of Dopeadelicz. Because whenever we used to look for ourselves on the web, we never found any relevant results. So we decided to give the results. This track is about getting acceptance. We shot the single in zero budget. We were helped by Jerome John, our director and Augustine Anthony, our cinematographer who put together the video and gave us a delightful track.You guys rap in Malayalam and Tamil. How many languages do you all rap in?Apart from Malayalam and Tamil, we rap in English, Hindi, Marathi and we have friends who are teaching us Kannada and Telugu as well. Point is, the message is one. But it has to be communicated in a different language for maximum effect.What do you think about the current hip-hop scene in India?The scene about a decade ago had rappers uploading videos on MySpace. Nowadays, underground rappers are aware of more avenues. Also record labels and reality shows are approaching rappers and hip-hoppers a lot more today. The scene has changed post Yo Yo Honey Singh. The underground scene in Mumbai hardly had two events in the year with limited resources, but now there are special Hip-Hop nights happening around in town. We actually want to showcase the real genre than what is known due to Honey Singh. What the scene actually needs is the support of good record labels than Bollywood. Because record labels can take an artist to places and what happens after that is secondary.A general theme of your songs is well, substances. Do you want to shed more light on that?It's not like we are propagating the use of substances through our songs, we are just portraying the state of one's mind when under the influence of these substances.Let's talk about your collaboration with Dhruv Ghanekar on 'Legalise It'.'Legalise It' was more of a reflection of what our friends and many other youngsters are going through under the influence of substances. So we approached Dhruv for a more contemporary and urban addition to what we had originally composed. So we changed and reworked a lot and presented the single in a revamped version with Dhruv39s vision.What's next in the life of Dopeadelicz?We are working on our next track called 'Taar Maar' which is influenced by tomato rice which we feel would bring in a sense of homecoming for South Indians in Mumbai. The track is produced by Vivek Rajagopalan with whom we have collaborated with at Coke Studio for 'Bhartiya Rap Trap'. So this is our second collaboration together and hopefully it will be a lot more fun and much larger.Indie artists, you've been listening to lately?D'vine and Mumbai's Finest. Also we want more Indian girls to get into hip-hop. We do have Manmeet Kaur but more girls should take into the field.
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