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Three hip-hop artistes take the stage at this musical extravaganza

It was the early ’90s when hip-hop DJ Grzly Adams started playing in Cologne, Germany. His move to Berlin in 2003 saw him becoming one of the biggest names in eclectic urban music. He has shared the stage with everyone from Diplo to Nicki Minaj. Next week, he heads to Bengaluru to play at The Humming Tree, for an evening devoted to hip-hop.

His sound is hard to define, “I would say it’s a modern day sound. I like to surprise people with stuff they might not know. It’s too easy to play it safe. I likculturelead1e to take risks
and dig a little deeper,” says the DJ in an email interview from Goa. He plans to play a mixture of all the music he likes at the moment. “I would describe it as international club music. It’s coming from a hip- hop background but it’s so much more — future beats, trap, dancehall, twerk, and drum and bass.”
Paper Queen, a Mumbai-based artiste who is new on the scene, also takes the stage with him. She plays her mix of classic hip-hop and future bass. “My sound is strictly hip-hop and totally non-commercial. I like to play music people have never heard before,” she says.

Indian beats
DJ Uri, who joins them on the turntables to play his mix of old and new school hip-hop, funk and trap, says, “Hip hop culture is spreading across India very fast. I have been here in India, DJing for the past 20 years and have been at the centre of the rapidly growing scene right from its humble beginnings. I’m glad to see that the rappers are now rhyming in their own native languages instead of English.” Uri thinks that in 2017, hip-hop culture will go mainstream across India, especially now that Bollywood is also getting in on the hype.
Adams also feels the trend is catching up, “I heard there is even a movie being made about an Indian rapper now (Zoya Akhtar’s upcoming flick) and I see a shift in the Indian music scene away from the big EDM hype. Now a lot of crews start to rap in their own languages and tell their own stories so people can relate to it.” Artistes like Paper Queen are pushing the limits. “I am currently learning turntablism skills and want to be the first female scratch DJ from India,” she says with hope.

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