This turbaned Punjabi singer from West Delhi might just be the next big star of Indian hip-hop!
Twenty four years old, Prabh Deep Sagar is the latest hip-hop artist in the Delhi scene. As simple and relevant as everyday life, Prabh seeks inspiration from the tales of life happening in Tilak Nagar, New Delhi.
Prabh Deep’s debut 12-track album, Class-Sikh, also won him the TFA award last month, the album being a celebration of surviving the streets of Tilak Nagar.
“My rhymes are about real life, about growing up on these streets – the simultaneous danger and pleasure that defined my youth,” he says.
“When this many people – especially Punjabis – are concentrated into small spaces, shit can go down. There aren’t any bars here, or tennis courts. Life here happened outside, at corners, with everyone rubbing shoulders against one another”, he further adds.
Hailing his roots from this eclectic & colourful city of New Delhi, Prabh Deep believes that this is where he really belongs to. “There’s something about these streets,” he said. “I’ve just been all around the country – staying in large houses in Bandra, and other places – but as soon I’m back here in Tilak Nagar, my heart begins to pump.”
A staunch believer in the saying that hip-hop is the voice of strength for those who are marginalised, Prabh Deep translates the same in his raps. “You have to find poetry in difficulty. That’s what the movement is about. Why should music and art only be about beautiful things? Life is sh** here, so I tell people about it. I tell them the truth. Not [spin] some party grooves that ultimately make no sense”, he said to an online portal. The Sikhs residing in Tilak Nagar mostly constitute of immigrants from Sindh & Peshawar in Pakistan. Overpopulated yet underdeveloped, Prabh Deep’s music speaks of a lawlessness to these parts of the Capital.
“You have to find poetry in difficulty. That’s what the movement is about. Why should music and art only be about beautiful things? Life is sh** here, so I tell people about it. I tell them the truth."
His Delhi-Punjabi slang has helped him win the heart of hearts of various people across the globe who have been pouring love for him. Prabh Deep’s music is reverberating with references, lingo and an enigmatic loyalty to his own people, which adds another feather to his hat.
Prabh Deep graduated from Guru Harkrishan Public School and worked in a call center for about three years to sustain his family and make money to follow his dreams and needless to say, he certainly knew how to make that happen. His music is quite distinct from the other voices of Punjabi hip-hop and rap in the country and his songs Kal and Suno stands testament to the same.