Sri Lankan hip hop
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Hip hop in Sri Lanka traces its origins to Brown Boogie Nation's “Lions And Tigers”, which is regarded as the first local rap song. The first Tamil rap by Krishan Maheson was 2004's “J Town Story”, while the country's first Sinhala rap track was released in 2005 in the form of Iraj's eponymous album. Krishan Maheson's Asian Avenue was the first Sri Lankan album to be released by Universal Music India in 2006. Sri Lankan-American DeLon's single “Nasty Girl” debuted at number 36 on the Billboard Charts. Ranidu Lankage's first single with Ashanthi, “Oba Magemai”, led to the duo becoming the youngest Sri Lankan artists to be signed by an international record label, Sony Music India. Lankage's “Kelle” featured on the BBC Asian Chart, and received worldwide airplay.
Bathiya and Santhush and Randhir collaborated on the first hip hop remix song "Siri Sangabodhi". The DeLon remix of M.I.A.'s "Paper Planes" was another notable milestone. The selfie rap[clarification needed] phenomenon of 2015 is thought to have helped promote and popularise hip hop among a wider audience, after a lull spanning several years in the lead-up.
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