Hip Hop Hurray

Ratnam

UK hip hop act Foreign Beggars will make its India debut later this month.

Hip hop today is dominated by the watered-down mainstream tracks that the listeners are exposed to on TV and elsewhere. In the UK, an underground scene continues to exist and thrive, but it is one that not many outside of the country have the privilege of being inducted into, as much as they would like. However, some acts that exist in this 'mainstream' space are, fortunately, those that have managed to retain some of that hip hop sound from the 1990s and 2000s. One such act is Foreign Beggars, who will, later this month, make its India debut at the final edition of this year's NH7 Weekender in Bangalore.

Most interestingly, this British act has its foundations in India and Dubai. Pavan Mukhi was born in India and raised in Dubai , and met producer Dag Torgersbraten while the two were still in school. "Dag and I went to school together when we were eight or 10 years old," says Mukhi, adding, "He used to DJ occasionally and make music, and we began making hip hop together then." However, it wasn't until the two moved, individually, to the UK in 1999 and 2000 respectively that the band began to take shape. They met James Miller who was in university with Ebow Graham and the two became the other two members of a new hip hop act that then called itself Foreign Beggars.

Ever since, theirs has been a story of one success after the other. Mukhi better known by the moniker he adopted, Orifice Vulgatron raps, Miller DJ Nonames is a DJ, Graham Metropolis also a DJ, and Torgersbraten Dag Nabbit is the producer but also a multi-talented musician. In 2003, the band released their first album, Asylum Speakers, under their own record label, Dented Records. With a number of collaborators and a largely underground sound, the album was hugely successful. The next two, both in 2006, Stray Point Agenda and Bukkake Ski Trip, were similar in sound and similarly received.

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