Gully boys: The defiant street rappers telling India’s story

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Meet Bombay Lokal, one of Mumbai’s home-grown hip-hop groups, whose music is about identity, discrimination and free speech. Published on BBC on February 15, 2019.

Some of their members are featured in Gully Boy, a Bollywood film inspired by Mumbai’s very own rappers.

Says Aamir Shaikh (Shaikspeare), rapper and co-founder Bombay Lokal, a hip-hop collective: “I’ve done songs which talk about social causes, the struggles of students, the struggles of minorities, me belonging to the Muslim community, and how the political scenario has affected minorities.”

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Video by Janhavee Moole and Sharad Badhe, BBC News Marathi

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