The journey of hip-hop in India started sometime in the early 2000s with the likes of Tupac, Snoop Dogg and Eminem. But there was no female rapper in the industry.
In 2016, Sevtha Yellapragada Rao aka Raja Kumari, an Indian American songwriter, recording artist and rapper made head turns with her first single “Mute”.
She is best known for her collaboration with artists like Iggy Azalea, Gwen Stefani, Fall Out Boy. After being nominated for Grammy Award in 2015, she received the BMI Pop award for songwriting and featured in Bobby Friction, a programme on BBC Asian Network.
Raja Kumari was also the judge of Indian Repping Show MTV Hustle.
Raja Kumari has been recognised as a benefactor by the foundation for Indic Philosophy and Culture and has been honoured with the Kohinoor Award for excellence in the Classical Arts by the Governor of Tamilnadu.
Here are some of her songs that helped her become the rage she is today,
Jugni (Kaatru Veliyidai)
Freaking Life (Mom)
Never Give Up (Vivegam)
Allah Duhai Hai (Race 3)
Husn Parcham (Zero)
The Wakhra Song (Judgementall Hai Kya)
Afreeda (Dil Bechara)
Apart from rapping, Rajakumari is a trained dancer in Kuchipudi, Kathak and Bharatnatyam.