Sony Music’s hip-hop-focused imprint, Awaaz, is committed to grow hip-hop in India through an interesting mix of fresh sounds and artists. After the much talked Bhanga Bangla release ‘Borof’, Awaaz released RAW by Sun J, the leader and front man of the hip-hop collective Khatarnaak. Rapidly emerging as one of the most exciting talents in the South Asian hip-hop community, this New Delhi native has a distinct flow and tone that stands out for his listeners. Born to a family with roots dug deep in his hometown of Delhi, Sun J's music provides us with a unique narrative about life in the capital of India.
“Raw” as the title suggests is about the raw talents possessed by the artist & his team. In the music video, numerous Bboys & Bgirls are featured alongside Sun J who keeps it raw and real throughout the piece. The production team of Noran & Vedang worked together and took inspiration from classic Hip Hop hits of the past to produce this record. The use of “desi” samples mixed in with a catchy beat, and unforgettable flow by Sun J, makes this track as raw as it can get. When asked about the single, Sun J quoted a part of the song saying, “My work is for the people, I love my art and Hip Hop is my drug.”
Adds on Arjun Sankalia, Label Head- Awaaz, “ Sun J has a massive following within the hip-hop community and is gaining fans day by day. We’ll be working with him & the Khatarnak Crew closely and are excited to have them on our roster”
The Khatarnaak Hip-Hop Collective is ushering in the rebirth of hip-hop in India. The New Delhi based group is one of the first to holistically represent all 5 elements of Hip-Hop, founded by Sun J.
The link for the song is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2BzGsutAXys
Those of you who have been around from the 1960's through the 1990's will remember the vibrant live music scene in almost every starred hotel in India. Those were the days when you walked into a nightclub like 'Rendezvous' at The Taj Mahal hotel and 'Supper Club' at the Oberoi Sheraton in Mumbai to see curtains going up on a band that was the prime focus of these outlets. Every seat in these restaurants allowed an unobstructed view of the band that performed every night on resident contracts. Today all this has disappeared thanks to some ridiculously high entertainment taxes on live music. Today, non off these hotels have complete bands playing save for a few that feature small duos or solo singers. The Lodhi in New Delhi, recently listed among the world's best hotels, decided to step in and rewind to the good old days. They got Goa's premier jazz quartet 'Jazz Junction' to move to Delhi on a resident contract and the decision has paid off in terms of footfalls generated by the band. Jazz Junction featuring singer Daniella Rodrigues, pianist Tony Dias,
bassist Colin D'Cruz and drummer Angelo Colasco began playing at The Lodhi in June 2018. Four months into the contract the band generated a sizeable following, with quite a few high profile guests choosing to celebrate their special occasion at the Elan bar where the band performs. Against all odds the rewind option proved to be a huge success and hopefully other properties around the country takes the cue to trigger a whole new revival of live music.