Tuesday, October 22, 2019

‘Haq Se Hip-Hop’: A First-Of-Its-Kind Original Content and Concert Series Launched by Rolling Stone India & Qyuki


The multi-platform property to include pan-India gigs, audio and video podcasts, inspirational videos and masterclasses 

Mumbai, October 2019: With an aim to chronicle and promote India’s flourishing hip-hop scene, leading music magazine Rolling Stone India and digital media firm Qyuki have joined hands to launch #HaqSeHipHop, a first-of-its-kind multi-platform property. 

#HaqSeHipHop will celebrate the success stories of India’s top hip-hop artists, visionaries and emerging talent by means of an audio and video podcast, an inspirational video seriesmasterclasses and pan-India concert series.

The featured artists in #HaqSeHipHop include breakout rappers Naezy and Prabh Deep, producer Sez, hip-hop collectives Swadesi, Dopeadelicz, Khasi Bloodz and more.

Rolling Stone India and Qyuki have been early supporters and stakeholders in India’s hip-hop ecosystem from its fledgling days, and with #HaqSeHipHop, both endeavor to give the diverse hip-hop voices in India a definitive mouthpiece they can claim as their own.

Long before hip-hop attracted mainstream attention, Rolling Stone India consistently employed its editorial platform to promote talent and report every development in the scene -- the magazine was the first to famously feature emerging hip-hop talent on its cover in 2016, following it up with another cover in 2019. 

Says Nirmika Singh, Executive Editor, Rolling Stone India, “The #HaqSeHipHop property is our way of honoring the hard work, hustle and hope in hip-hop. We are at the cusp of a music revolution in India and its biggest impact is currently being witnessed in hip-hop. As curators of pop culture, we want to tell as many compelling stories as possible – via podcasts, gigs and masterclasses.”

As India’s premier digital media enterprise, Qyuki’s contribution in nurturing budding hip-hop talent is unparalleled. Together with Universal Music, it is the co-founder of The Dharavi Dream Project(TDDP), a non-profit committed to the promotion of music and arts, which runs the After-School of Hip-Hop, Asia’s largest hip-hop institution where under-resourced artists are equipped with knowledge and skills of rap, bboying, beatboxing, DJing and graffiti.

Samir Bangara, Co-Founder & MD, Qyuki, says, “Since the birth of hip-hop in the late Seventies, its form and meaning have always been challenged and redefined by artists. To preserve the true spirit of expression as a birthright, we conceived ‘Haq Se’ (by right) which specifically promotes independent hip-hop talent. Our investment in promoting local hip-hop started with The Dharavi Dream Project six years ago along with Universal Music Group and with #HaqSeHipHop, we want to widen the platform and nurture the incredible diversity in the genre from across the country.”  


The multi-platform property is built on four pillars:
#HaqSeBolo Podcast: The first-ever hip-hop audio and video podcast in India launched by an editorial platform, featuring candid conversation between India’s most influential artists and Rolling Stone Executive Editor Nirmika Singh.

#HaqSeDekho Video Series: A high-impact inspirational video series where artists share their methods, breakthroughs, hacks and more.

#HaqSeSeekho Masterclass:
Hip-hop workshops conducted by top artists at the After School of Hip-Hop run by The Dharavi Dream Project. It is Asia's largest hip-hop school where over 100 budding artists learn rapping, bboying, beatboxing, DJing and graffiti.

#HaqSeHindustan Concert: 
Multi-city gigs featuring pan-India talent from North, South, West and East and North-East. 

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