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Sidhu Moose Wala
Sidhu in Moosa, Punjab
Sidhu in Moosa, Punjab
Background information
Birth nameShubhdeep Singh Sidhu[1]
BornMoosa, Mansa, Punjab, India
OriginPunjab, India
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • lyricist
InstrumentsVocals
Years active(2016–present)
Labels
Associated acts

Shubhdeep Singh Sidhu, better known by his stage name Sidhu Moose Wala, is an Indian singer, lyricist, rapper and actor associated with Punjabi music and Punjabi cinema.[2] He started his career with writing the lyrics of the song "License" sung by Ninja, and began his singing career on a duet song titled "G Wagon". Following his debut, he collaborated with Brown Boys for various tracks which were released by Humble Music.

He gained wide attention with his track "So High". In fall 2018, he released his debut album PBX 1, which peaked at 66th on Billboard Canadian Albums chart. Following the album, he started releasing his songs independently. Also, his single "47" was ranked on UK Singles Chart. In 2020, Sidhu was named by The Guardian among the 50 new artists.[3] Ten of his songs have peaked on UK Asian chart, two of which have topped the chart. His "Bambiha Bole" entered in top five on Global YouTube music chart.

In 2021, Moose Wala released Moosetape, tracks from which charted globally including Canadian Hot 100, UK Asian, and New Zealand Hot charts. He has his fair share of controversies, often getting into legal troubles by promoting gun culture and also using inflammatory and inciting lyrics in his songs.[4][5]

Personal life

Sidhu hails from the village of Moosa in Mansa district of Punjab.[6][7] He was born in a Sikh family, to father Bhola Singh and mother Charan Kaur.[8][7] In an interview he disclosed his father was in army, and later joined the police force after suffering an injury during war.[9] He studied at Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College, Ludhiana and graduated in Electrical Engineering in 2016.[6] He has also performed at DAV College fest.[10] Moose Wala admires and is influenced by rapper Tupac Shakur.[6][7] He started listening hip-hop music from sixth grade, and learned music skills from Harvinder Bittu in Ludhiana.[11][9] He has close relations with his parents, and has released tracks titled "Dear Mama" and "Bapu".[12] As of 2019, Moose Wala resides in Brampton.[13] He owns a black Range Rover SUV.[14] He is known for his controversial lyrical style, often promoting Gun cultures, while also hurting religious sentiments[15] as was the case related to Mai Bhago, a revered figure in Sikhism.[16][17]

Career

After graduation Sidhu Moose Wala moved to Canada and there he released his first song "G Wagon".[6] He started to perform live in India in 2018. He had also performed successful live shows in Canada.[18] Moose Wala got his breakthrough with song "So High" in 2017, a gangster rap collaboration with Byg Byrd.[19] The song won him the 2017 Best Lyricist award at Brit Asia TV Music Awards.[20] He continued his success with singles like "Issa Jatt", "Tochan", "Selfmade", "Famous" and "Warning Shots".[19] At, 2018 PTC Punjabi Music Awards he was nominated for Best New Age Sensation award for "Issa Jatt".[21] In August 2018 he launched his first film soundtrack song, "Dollar", for the film Dakuaan Da Munda.[22] In October 2018, Sidhu released his debut album PBX 1 of Pop genre with touch of hip-hop. The album peaked on Canadian Albums Chart by Billboard.[23] The album won Moose Wala the Best Album Award at 2019 Brit Asia TV Music Awards, where Moose Wala also won Track of the Year for "Legend", Best International Male Act and Best Lyricist.[24]

In 2019, Moose Wala founded a record label of his name and released numerous tracks on the record label. Releases include "Sidhu's Anthem", "Mafia Style", a collaboration "Poison" with R Nait, "Sohne Lagde", and "Homicide". Also, he released "Boot Cut", by Prem Dhillon as a producer.[25] In June 2019, his concert at Surrey Music Festival was cancelled because of violent activities that had happened in Sidhu's past performances.[26] His single "47", featuring Mist and Stefflon Don entered top 20 on UK mainstream weekly chart.[27][28] Also, the song was ranked on New Zealand Hot 40 singles chart.[29] Moose Wala concluded the year with single "Dhakka". In 2019, Spotify included Sidhu in the list of the most popular artists in Punjab, along Maninder Buttar and Karan Aujla.[30]

In 2020, he featured in "Old Skool", sung by Prem Dhillon. The song was followed by "Tibeyan Da Putt", which topped the iTunes charts and was ranked at number 8 on Apple Music charts in India.[31] The song was followed by various singles, including "911" and "8 Cylinder". In May 2020, Sidhu announced his second studio album Snitches Get Stitches on his Instagram handle, and was released on the same day.[32] In the same month, he released his single "Dear Mama" on the occasion of his mother's birthday.[33] In June 2020, Sidhu collaborated with Amrit Maan for the song "Bambiha Bole",[34] which debuted at number 25 in India and 81 in Canada on Apple Music chart.[35][36] Its music video was viewed over ten million times within twenty-four hours.[37] The song topped in India, and entered top 50 in Canada and New Zealand on Apple Music chart.[35][36][38] It topped the UK Asian charts, and entered the Top 5 in Global YouTube charts as well.[39][40] In September 2020, Sidhu released "Game" with Shooter Kahlon, which became his first song to chart on Canadian Hot 100 by Billboard.[41]

In May 2021, Moose Wala released his third studio album Moosetape, which consisted of 32 tracks.

Controversies

Feuds

Moose Wala has a rivalry with Karan Aujla, both have been replying each other through their songs, social media handles and live performances.[42][43] Also, both the singers have been criticised for singing songs promoting violence.[44] Elly Mangat, both Sidhu and Aujla's then colleague in an interview disclosed that the dispute between two singers began when Sidhu's video targeting Aujla in his song was leaked to Aujla's management, and they threatened attacking Sidhu. Following the incident, both started targeting each other on social media.[45][46] The rivalry was resolved temporarily till Karan Aujla released a diss-track "Lafaafe", followed by Moose Wala's "Warning Shot".[47] Aujla in an interview stated that he didn't write the track "Lafaafe", and didn't reveal anything about their rivalry, but praised Sidhu's work.[48] In fall 2019, their rivalry was most-active as both the singers were on India tour, and targeted each other in almost every performance.

AK-47 training

On 4 May 2020, Moose Wala's two videos went viral in which he was training to use AK-47 with five police officers,[49] and personal pistol in another.[50] Six police officials who assisted Moose Wala were suspended following the incident.[51] On 19 May, Moose Wala was booked under two sections of arms act.[52] Later that month, police started conducting raids to arrest him, but he went underground and evaded the arrest.[53][54][55] On 2 June, Barnala court rejected his anticipatory bail, among five accused officers.[56] In July, he gets the regular bail after he joined the police investigation.[57] On 6 June, he was fined for black-tinted glass of his car in Nabha, and was released despite being under lookout.[14] In July 2020, he released a single "Sanju", in which he compared his charges with Sanjay Dutt. Indian shooter Avneet Sidhu criticised Moose Wala for promoting gun culture.[58][59] On the next day, case was registered on him for the song.[60] In an interview Moose Wala stated that he is being targeted by news channels and some lawyers.[9]

Panjab song

Again in December 2020, Moose Wala released a single, Panjab, as a protest against the 2020 Indian agriculture acts, in which he also questioned India's claim on Kashmir.[61][62]

Other ventures

5911 Records

Following the various successful songs with Humble Music, Sidhu started releasing songs independently in 2018. He released the first song "Warning Shots", which is diss track to Karan Aujla's track "Lafaafe".[47] In the same year, his debut album PBX 1 was released under T-Series, following the album Sidhu released most of his tracks under his own label, and released tracks from other atists. In 2020, Sidhu released his second studio album Snitches Get Stitches under his own label.[63] On 31 August 2020, Moose Wala officially launched his record label titled "5911 Records".[64]

Acting career

Sidhu is making his debut in Punjabi cinema with the film titled Yes I Am Student under his own production company Jatt Life Studios.[65] The film is directed by Tarnvir Singh Jagpal and written by Gill Raunta.[66] In 2019, Sidhu appeared in Teri Meri Jodi.[67] In June 2020, he announced another film titled Gunah.[68]

Politics

Sidhu actively campaigned for his mother, Charan Kaur, who won the sarpanch election from Moosa village in December 2018.[69]

Discography

Studio albums

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