Stage set for music
From being an underground and little-known rapper in 2011, to one of the leading names in hip-hop in India today, Divine’s story has been nothing short of inspirational. As a rapper from the streets, who was propelled to stardom with the single ‘Yeh Mera Bombay’ in 2013, Divine’s hard-hitting lyrics draw inspiration from his own life. The track ‘Farak’, released in 2017, topped the Indipop charts on iTunes India and featured on the radio show Beats1, playing out in over 100 countries. In the last two years, Divine has opened for Skrillex in Mumbai, performed internationally for the BBC Asian Network Live showcase, and sung for filmmaker Anurag Kashyapʼs Mukkebaaz, among a host of other accomplishments. In 2018, he launched his own music festival, Gully Fest, with Red Bull Music. Now, he’s also serving as the inspiration for Ranveer Singh’s role in the Zoya Akhtar film, Gully Boy.
Among the country’s longest-standing turntablists, Hyderabad-based DJ KAN-i plays dance floor-friendly hip-hop music that has earned him a number of fans over the years. He has opened for artists such as Chamillionaire, Apache Indian, Jay Sean, Raghav and more, and played at the country’s foremost music festivals.Divine, and hip-hop DJ KAN-i will take the stage at IIT Hyderabad on February 22 with Red Bull Music.