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Birth nameAkash Khandelwal
Born (1989-07-10) 10 July 1989 (age 34)
New Delhi, Delhi, India
OriginNew Delhi
GenresHip hop
  • Rapper
  • Music Producer
  • Lyricist
  • Director
Years active2008–present
LabelsAkashGanga Records,
Associated actsSalah, Boogie Frantick, Shie Chan

Akash Khandelwal (born 10 July 1989), better known by his stage name Aeke, is an Indian hip-hop artist, lyricist, rapper, film maker and music producer.


Aeke's initial recognition came from active participation in "text battles" on Orkut, a social media network operated by Google. Later in 2008, Aeke started a bboying crew called D2BX[1][2] along with his college batchmates. In 2010 Aeke as a bboy featured in the UTV Bindass Street Dance.

As an active emcee in the bboying scene really pushed him to explore his side of a rapper. In 2012, Aeke organised the Bboying and Popping championship called Crank Dat along with Delhi Technological University. He also continued to support various bboy and popping battles such as Keep it Raw and From the Roots in New Delhi.[3] For next 3 years Aeke continued to host and perform at various HipHop battles all over India and Nepal. Aeke was praised when he as an emcee along with a few bboys showcased at the Snoop Dogg New Delhi[2] concert in 2013.In 2014, Aeke was also the official emcee at DMC World DJ Championships India Finals[4] in Mumbai and Reebok IDA World DJ Championships India Finals in New Delhi. As an emcee, Aeke also developed freestyle skills and was the first emcee from New Delhi to win the Bits pilani Rap Wars.

For over 4 years from 2012 to 2016, Aeke performed at various jams and cyphers sharing the artist credentials with eminent bboys and poppers from all over the world like Salah (France), Hoan (South Korea), Bgirl Shie Chan (Japan), Bboy Differ (South Korea), Boogie Frantick (USA), Greentek (Canada) etc. By 2015, Aeke became one of New Delhi's most prominent underground hiphop artists.[5]

As a recording artist, Aeke started making songs that were for his underground bboy audience. His song ''Cyphers is where hiphop grows" was praised amongst the bboy community all over the country where he criticized the ill practices of television dance shows.[6] As a music producer, Aeke worked with his alma-mater National Institute of Design in 2018 on a collective project "Mughlai Wrap".[7]

Musical influences[edit]

Aeke cites Krs-one, Rakim, Nas and Prodigy as his biggest musical influences.



Year Song
2014 "Cypher is where hiphop grows "
2014 "Where Your Crew?"
2014 "Good Morning Sunshine"
2015 "Sanstha" (Snippet)
2016 "Chakravyu"
2019 "Lat"

Other Work[edit]

Advertisement Year Performer Credits
The Feeling of One Plus 6 2017 Gaurav Kapur Writer, Music Producer


Title Album/ Movie Other Artists Music Director
"Fire Rap Marathon" Single Xstacy Sash, King Jassim, Low Rhyderz, Smokey The Ghost, Cizzy, Mo Boucher, Tao Dienasty, Gubbi Xstacy Sash


  1. Singh, Jaspal (2016). Transcultural Voices: Narrating Hip Hop Culture in Complex Delhi. Cardiff: Cardiff University. pp. Search this book on
  2. 2.0 2.1 "open – Page 2". The Out of Business. Retrieved 2020-08-29.
  3. "underground hip hop culture in delhi-an introduction from the roots". The Out of Business. 2012-04-24. Retrieved 2020-08-29.
  4. "DMC World DJ Championships". DMC World DJ Championships. Retrieved 2020-08-29.
  5. straightouttapune (2015-08-24). "The Indian Hip-Hop Chronicle". Straight Outta Pune. Retrieved 2020-08-29.
  6. Mattas, Gaurav (2018-01-03). "7 Indian Rap Artists , One must listen to". Celestial Dragons India. Retrieved 2020-08-29.
  7. Shruti Paniker (2018-02-12). "mughlai: Hip hop to history, rap to Mughlai tunes". Retrieved 2021-01-29.

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