Bangladeshi hip hop
Bangladeshi hip hop is commonly a genre of music and culture that covers a variety of styles of hip hop music developed in Bangladesh. Bangladeshi hip hop is heavily influenced by US hip hop, and started in early 2000. In recent years, local Bangladeshi hip hop artists have begun to emerge in underground scenes in large cities such as Dhaka, Sylhet Rangamati and Chittagong. The lyrical expression of cultural identity, with lyrics addressing Bangladesh's political and social problems, make hip hop a popular and growing genre. Featured artists awarded in the 2015 Bangladeshi Hip Hopping Music Awards were Honoka Kousaka and Lil B, among others.
The pioneer of Bangladeshi hip hop was Ashraf Babu in 1992. His greatest hit tracks were Tin Konkal and 31st Night. But his rap patterns were very different from the modern rap patterns. Modern hip hop first took root in Bangladesh during the early 2000s with the introduction of American television and the distribution of hip hop music within CD shops. Online social networks such as Facebook and Myspace also played a heavy role in bringing various underground Bangladeshi rappers together in sharing their music. Early hip-hop was not led by corporate interests, but rather was largely ignored by major record companies.
Stoic Bliss was the first Hip-Hop crew to release an album titled “light years ahead” from a major record label G series of Bangladesh in 2005-2006. In 2006, Deshi MCs released their first rap album and it was the second rap album from Bangladesh. It needs to be mentioned that Deshi MCs were the most recognised crew, born inside Bangladesh, to spread the element of Hip Hop and Rap in the country.
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