The pleasant neighbourhood rapper from Chepauk, recognized for his politically-charged songs, has just lately launched his debut Tamil album, 82 D Block
Okay Nigavithran was in Class XI when his academics punished him. He was requested to depart the classroom and made an instance of in entrance of his classmates. He by no means felt a way of remorse; as a substitute, he turned this acquainted highschool episode right into a rap track referred to as ‘In opposition to My Faculty’. That day, a rapper was born.
“Once you take heed to rap, you invariably turn into a author. That’s how addictive and accessible the style is,” says Nigavithran, 25, who, like many hip hop artistes from the town, was ushered into this world through Malaysian rappers Yogi B and Dr Burn — “I chanced upon them on Fb and used to take heed to their songs on loop. We had a rap competitors amongst our buddies. They had been my greatest influences.”
Nigavithran has been an unofficial rapper since faculty, however turned a reputation to reckon with, when his ‘Digital Moonji’, a track which was essential of the hydrocarbon extraction mission within the delta districts of Tamil Nadu, gained prominence on social media.
He has been placing out a spread of impartial Tamil songs — on essential points and from his private life — on his YouTube channel since 2016, due to D Vinoth, a sound engineer who found Nigavithran’s expertise and motivated him to jot down.
The concept to launch a full-fledged album has all the time been Nigavithran’s objective. Rising up in Chepauk’s Lock Nagar, the D Block was the place he found friendship and love.
It was additionally the place that woke up him to socio-political realities; 82 D Block was his tackle, the place that gave him an id, “I needed the place I grew up in, to be the face of my album,” he says, about his 82 D Block album, which was launched just lately on iTunes and different streaming platforms. He credit Rayappan Francis of Ray App Studio — which, in response to him, is akin to an underground membership the place the town’s budding rappers bought collectively — for letting him document totally free.
Politics of artwork
The album is a combined bag of eight songs, the work for which was accomplished a year-and-a-half in the past. The primary half is mined from Nigavithran’s boyhood; his schooldays, introduction to rap, life in Lock Nagar, the time he was supplied to jot down for movies, albeit with out credit. The latter half is a pointy commentary on social points.
As an example, ‘Machi Tea Sollu’ could come throughout as a seemingly innocuous track on tea, but it surely speaks of a bigger problem: the hike in milk costs. “The job of an artiste is not only to entertain. They must be socially-aware and must voice out for the commoner. That is my core philosophy,” he says.
That is sensible in the event you take heed to expletive-filled ‘Don’t Contact’, an expression of his anger in direction of the Kathua homicide case of 2018. Nigavithran says he was suggested to trim the specific content material, “However I needed to retain these bits as a result of I didn’t need to dilute the anger. In reality, a feminine good friend of mine stated I shouldn’t even use the phrase ‘rape’ within the track,” he says, including that he has been actively collaborating and writing songs for protests towards injustice.
Nigavithran now not lives in Lock Nagar, although he has not misplaced contact along with his buddies. “I met a good friend after a very long time and we had been discussing reminiscences of rising up within the streets. That’s how a lot D Block means to us.” He has shot a video for the title observe ‘D Block’, which shall be out on YouTube on November 24.
A graphic designer, Nigavithran has not but determined to take up rapping full-time, though he admits he spends most of his time excited about it or writing constructions, in his thoughts.
“In contrast to in Mumbai, there may be little or no scope for artistes who’re into rap [in Chennai],” he says, “Although I’ve a job, it’s rapping that offers me satisfaction. It’s like a balm.”