Hip-Hop 101 With Stunnah Beatz

“Covid or no Covid, my life and grind has remained the same and will continue to”, says Rajdeep Sinha aka Stunnah, Guwahati-based producer who is a composer, an all-round musician, and one of the pioneers of hip-hop culture in India. Experimenting with different production techniques to hone his craft, Stunnah has played an incremental role in pushing the country’s hip-hop community towards promising new frontiers. 

In this exclusive interview with Origin, catch Stunnah give us a 101 on the current underground hip-hop scene, a look into his future plans, tips on combating creativity blocks, and other such insights:

You recently made a breakthrough in the Latin Industry. What was the experience like? Are there any other such plans lined up in near future?

The experience was great, people in the industry there really show a lot of love to their music producers! Hopefully we will have more such plans to look forward to in the future, I am keen on working with them for more such projects.

What are your favourite artists and your biggest source of inspiration?

There are tons of artists who I love. WIth the amount of incredible music coming out everyday, the list just keeps changing and evolving. However, my all-time favourites are Drake and Lil Wayne. When it comes to my biggest source of inspiration, I’d say watching breakdown videos, and the journey of how a record was made has really inspired me.

How has your perception towards the art changed post exposure from and insight into the industry?

Not much, in all honesty. However, one thing that I know well now is that money plays an important role, and that you have to be street-smart and careful because people are always looking for ways to cut you off the check. Also, the more famous you become; the more haters come up. So, it becomes important to remain very focused and strong to ignore all the trolls and to just do your thing.

What do you think is the future for hip-hop in India like?

The future’s looking bright. The music is getting doper and the scene bigger, everyday. The hip-hop community has grown exponentially in the past few years. Back when I had first started, most people were just listeners or fans. Now, more and more people are experimenting with the art and investing in it to raise the bar. But we still have a long way to go. We are still behind the Japanese and South-Korean hip-hop scenes. And it is up to us to make it happen, to ensure that Indian hip-hop makes a mark on the global hip-hop scene. 

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