Machas with Attitude

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Machas With Attitude
Origin Bangalore / Chennai, India
Genres Rap, hip hop, trip hop
Years active 2008 (2008)–28th September 2013
Members

Nikhil Padmanabh (Bigg Nikk)
Sumukh Mysore (Smokey)
Vighnesh Shivanand (Brodha V)

Sonu Kashyap ( Emrox )

Machas With Attitude [abbreviated as MWA] was a rap/hip hop/pop trio from Bangalore / Chennai, India. Formed on June 14, 2008, it consists of Brodha V, Smokey and Bigg Nikk. MWA takes influences from their various backgrounds, and although their songs are primarily in English, they usually feature lyrics in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam.They seemed to be ashamed to rap in kannada though hailing from Bangalore.

History[edit]

Formation[edit]

In early 2006, the four members — Bigg Nikk, Smokey, Emrox and Brodha V met through an online battling community until then each artist was going solo.[1] Machas With Attitude's foundation was anchored by Bigg Nikk, who was based in Chennai and Emrox from Darbhanga while Smokey and Brodha V resided in Bangalore. Initially, they recorded their acapellas individually, mailed them and mixed it. Amazed by the interest shown by the people to the few tracks they released, they decided to meet.

In India, hip hop music was considered to be less sought-after but the flavor the Machas With Attitude brought to this musical genre, was well appreciated and applauded by the audience. The Machas, coming from a conservative orthodox middle class Brahmin family, it was hard to convince people around them about their passion for hip hop music. As there is no replacement for hard work and their unique vocals, they kept playing in this game and eventually succeeded in winning hearts.

They primarily performed in the premier pubs like the Kyra Theatre in Bangalore and did live stage performances in events like 'Mr and Miss Bangalore Times' on occasion of the semi finals [2] as well as the finals.[3] They have performed in various College Events and Corporate Events, spreading the trend of hip hop music all over South India. They were still in the underground scene and continued to be until they got their first breakthrough single "Oh Eesa (Club Mix)" in the film Aayirathil Oruvan and later made their Bollywood debut with "Dheaon Dheaon" from Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge. Their devotion to the song of this movie is chronicled everywhere.

Machas With Attitude was later featured in the 'Namma Chennai' Album, which also involved Bobo Shashi.[4]

Band members[edit]

Bigg Nikk[edit]

Big Nikk

Also known as Bigg Nikk, Nikhil Padmanabh is the founder of the Machas With Attitude and resides in Chennai. As a teenager, he performed amateur raps at the age of 14 after being inspired by A.R. Rahman's Petta Rap. He is known for his flow and multilingual rap. He is also a VJ who anchored a show called 'Machas Mix' which was aired on Captain TV. Bigg Nikk appeared in various scenarios in the Tamil industry upholding his delivery style and preaching clean and knowledge-based hip hop. Bigg Nikk is a pioneer in the up-bringing of the music scene in Chennai.

Smokey[edit]

Smokey from the Machas during a recording.

Sumukh Mysore or Smokey is a rapper/music producer for Machas with attitude, he developed a distinctive style of multiple rhyming and is the master of in-line rhymes. Smokey was called one of India's Best lyricists by DesiHipHop.com. He also produces music for the Machas With Attitude. His mixtape called "The Cellotape" was one of the most downloaded mixtapes in India and caused a stir in the underground music scene. Along with rap/hip hop, Smokey is currently working at the The National Center for Biological Sciences as a Research scientist.

Brodha V[edit]

Brodha V

Vighnesh Shivanand alias 'Brodha V' is India's fastest rapper. He is arguably India's Favorite and Most Popular Independent Rapper. He is famous for his versatility and catchy hooks which he lays among many song for M.W.A. Brodha V's Mixtape called "Deathpunch" got him the recognition among Producers, Music Directors and the general public. Over 1000 copies of the mixtape were sold physically during live performances and other independent methods. His Single "Aathma Raama" set a new trend in hip hop music, which combines hip hop music and style of rapping with Hindustani classical music and Carnatic music.

Musical influences[edit]

The band, in many interviews cite Tupac Shakur, Eminem, A.R. Rahman, Rakim, Big L, Krs-one, Big Pun and Snoop Dogg as their biggest musical influences.

Times Supastars[edit]

Machas With Attitude auditioned at the Times Music's Supastars, India's first ever pop band hunt, which is a large-scale entertainment variety show.[5] The show presented India's best unknown talents. Machas With Attitude, which was the only hip hop band in a pop band hunt, made their appearances on national newspapers and widespread public media after winning the South leg of the competition, from among hundreds of applicants.[6]

Machas With Attitude (MWA) Performing at Hard Rock Cafe, Mumbai

The finals, held at Hard Rock Café (HRC), Mumbai on 26 August 2010, was whipped up with frenzy performances by Bombay Rockers, Ali Quili and compeered by Siddharth Kannan. In the name of music world, Anu Malik, Shibani Kashyap, Leslie Lewis, DJ Suketu, DJ Ryan Beck, Ishq Bector and Raavi More were present.[7] This platform was instrumental in introducing the Machas With Attitude to Bollywood.

We thought Machas With Attitude were fresh and really had some good stuff going. If not us, I would imagine them as the Supastars.

—In an Interview, when SQS Superstars, who emerged as the reigning winners, were asked if any other band deserved to win the competition.[8]

Professional career[edit]

Machas With Attitude (MWA) Logo

Machas With Attitude took Hip-Hop to Bollywood with their debut track 'Dheaon Dheaon' from Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge, which was released on October 14, 2011, in which they featured alongside Vishal Dadlani of Vishal and Shekar.[9] Other achievements of the Machas With Attitude include various live stage performances and recordings for over a series of regional feature films.[citation needed]

Apart from this, they have collaborated with other hip hop artists like Ishq Bector and Haji Springer.[citation needed] In early 2012 M.W.A. performed alongside Gangis Khan,[citation needed] aka Camoflauge, who got signed to the Wu Tang Clan. The Machas With Attitude are scheduled to go on floors with their debut album in late 2012.[citation needed]

On 28 July 2012 Machas With Attitude were featured on an hour long interview with Radio One (India) 94.3 FM. They spoke about updates of the album and how they wrote their lyrics.[10]

On 30 May 2013 Brodha V and Smokey won the Radiocity freedom award for "Best Hip Hop Artists" for the track "Indian Flava" which was presented by Vishal Dadlani. Upon hearing the song, Vishal offered them to sing for Chennai Express, for which they readily agreed. It was announced in the following days that Brodha V, Smokey and Enkore would be singing alongside Natalie Di Luccio for the track "Ready Steady Po". Ready Steady Po being the slogan of the film, gave primetime focus to M.W.A. 3 July 2013 marked their break through in the Bollywood industry with Vishal–Shekhar for the movie Chennai Express, which is a Shahrukh Khan starer. The song "Ready Steady Po" alongside Vishal dadlani and Natalie Di Luccio received rave reviews as one of the best tracks in the film.[11]

Discography[edit]

Movies OST[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

  • 2014: Red + Green = Brown
  • 2011: Death Punch
  • 2011: Cellotape

Other appearances[edit]

  • 2012: Dena Bank (Corporate)
  • 2012: IBM (Corporate)
  • 2012: Desi hip hop Mixtape - Enkore (Making our Money)
  • 2012: BITS PILANI RAP WARS (Main Judges)
  • 2012: One Bengaluru One Music (Interview on Radio One 94.3)
  • 2010: Chennai Sangamam (Tamil - Main Concert)

Tracks[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Ain't Nothing Like The Southside"   Bigg Nikk, Brodha V, Smokey 4:18
2. "Making our Money"   Smokey, Brodha V  
3. "Indian Flava"   Bigg Nikk, Smokey, Brodha V, IshQ Bector, Haji Springer, Manmeet Kaur, Ko the Timeless, Ram K, Mandeep Sethi, Mo Boucher, Enkore 5:52
4. "World's Fastest Indians"   Smokey, Bigg Nikk, Brodha V 3:49

Television[edit]

Bigg Nikk of the Machas with Attitude hosted a show called Machas Mix [12] which was aired on Captain TV.[13] The essence of the programme was to have an informal interaction with the chosen musicians. The idea was to create an atmosphere where the invitee would be at ease. Some of the eminent invitees interviewed were D.Imman, Sanjay Chandrashaker and Hip Hop Tamila.

The program, directed by Praveen Kumar and produced by Sam Anoton, was first aired in May 2010 and after completing 50 episodes, it went off air in October 2010. It was well received and obtained a decent TRP rating[according to whom?] which made it the third most watched program on the channel.[citation needed]

Machas With Attitude was also featured on MTV Wassup in February 2009, regarding the issue of Moral Policing.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "High on rap and hip-hop". Deccanherald.com. Retrieved 2011-10-24. 
  2. ^ "Bindaas mazaa - Times of India". Articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com. 2009-01-21. Retrieved 2011-10-24. 
  3. ^ "Here are the hottest - Times of India". Articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com. 2009-02-03. Retrieved 2011-10-24. 
  4. ^ "Metro Plus Chennai / Music : Celebrating the city". The Hindu. 2009-08-29. Retrieved 2011-10-24. 
  5. ^ "Indiatimes Supa Stars". Supastars.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 2011-10-24. 
  6. ^ "SQS tops Pop hunt". Afternoondc.in. 2010-09-17. Retrieved 2011-10-24. 
  7. ^ "SQS Project win Supastars Pop Band Hunt". Indian Express. 2010-09-03. Retrieved 2011-10-24. 
  8. ^ Template:Il langu
  9. ^ "Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge | Official Website". Yfilms.in. Retrieved 2011-10-24. 
  10. ^ "Machas With Attitude Radio One Interview". Machas with attitude. 2012-07-28. Retrieved 2012-07-28. 
  11. ^ Chennai Express
  12. ^ "Machas Mix Captain TV Program|Machas Mix TV Program Videos|Machas Mix TV Program Pictures & Stills". Tvshows.sulekha.com. 2011-08-12. Retrieved 2011-10-24. 
  13. ^ "Welcome To Captain Media". Captainmedia.in. Retrieved 2011-10-24. 

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