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Sri Lankan hip hop

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Sri Lankan Hip Hop[1] is a part of the Asian hip hop culture. This multilingual genre features Sinhala, Tamil and English.

History[edit | edit source]

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.[2] The first Tamil rap by Krishan Maheson was 2004's “J Town Story”,[3][4] while the country's first Sinhala rap track was released in 2005 in the form of Iraj's eponymous album.[citation needed] Krishan Maheson's Asian Avenue was the first Sri Lankan album to be released by Universal Music India in 2006.[5] Sri Lankan-American DeLon's single “Nasty Girl” debuted at number 36 on the Billboard Charts.[citation needed] 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.[6] Lankage's “Kelle” featured on the BBC Asian Chart, and received worldwide airplay.[7]

Bathiya and Santhush and Randhir collaborated on the first hip hop remix song "Siri Sangabodhi".[citation needed] The DeLon remix of M.I.A.'s "Paper Planes" was another notable milestone.[8][9] 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.[10]

Sri Lankan hip hop has grown from a niche status to a mainstay in the local music industry in less than two decades, with a few of them even going international.[11][12]

References[edit | edit source]

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  2. Ltd., Information Laboratories (Pvt.). "The Sunday Times Mirror Magazine". www.sundaytimes.lk. Retrieved 2018-06-11.
  3. "Asia Voice Independent Music Award Winner - Krishan teams up with HNB Assurance". www.sundaytimes.lk. Retrieved 2018-06-11.
  4. "No boundaries". www.sundaytimes.lk. Retrieved 2018-06-09.
  5. "Sri Lanka News | Sundayobserver.lk". archives.sundayobserver.lk. Retrieved 2018-06-10.
  6. "News". www.nation.lk. Retrieved 2018-06-10.
  7. "Dance to the music of Ranidu". www.sundaytimes.lk. Retrieved 2018-06-10.
  8. Hutson, Darralynn (2015-07-28). "Rapper/Producer DeLon Is Proud to Rep His Sri Lankan Heritage". L.A. Weekly. Retrieved 2018-06-11.
  9. "Sri Lankan rapper DeLon still suffering consequences of speaking out against M.I.A. & the Tamil Tigers". BrooklynVegan. Retrieved 2018-06-11.
  10. "Iraj Speaks Out On Selfie Rap & The Drama Revolving | Decibel". Decibel. 2015-04-07. Retrieved 2018-06-12.
  11. "Yashan over the top". www.sundaytimes.lk. Retrieved 2018-06-10.
  12. "Infinite Success". www.sundaytimes.lk. Retrieved 2018-06-10.


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