Follow the Ace’s Language

Debarati Palit Singh
Saturday, 9 March 2019

Rapper and hip hop artist Ikka aka Ankit Singh Patial, who is currently promoting his single Body Language, says that people in India do not understand mature writing

The hip hop scene in India is slowly changing. After the release of Zoya Akhtar’s Gully Boy starring Ranveer Singh, which was inspired by the lives of street rappers Divine and Naezy, the genre is reaching the masses, believes popular rapper and hip hop artist Ikka aka Ankit Singh Patial. “Earlier whenever rap was used in Bollywood, it looked more like a filler. But thanks to Gully Boy, people have realised that it’s a genre.”

Ikka is currently promoting his single Body Language. The track, which also features RNB Duo THEMXXNLIGHT, is being presented by VYRL Originals. Body Language is Ikka’s first solo non-film single under VYRL Originals. Ikka says that he had written the song in 2013 for Honey Bhai (Singh). “But the song got delayed because Honey Bhai fell ill. I was writer back then, I wasn’t singing and when I did, I told him (Honey) that I will do the track and he was ok with it,” he says. 

Ikka adds that during his visit to Universal Music, he met the LA-based THEMXXNLIGHT and connected with them immediately. “In fact, we worked on the song within an hour. When I heard them for the first time, I was really impressed. Then I made VYRL hear the song, they liked it and we shot the video,” he adds.

Easy going lyrics
The lyrics of his songs from Negative to Sapney are not only thought-provoking but also foot tapping. Ikka says he writes about things around him. “What you get to hear in Parichay and Interview is what I have experienced in my life. I have faced these situations over the years and I write them for my happiness. I get satisfaction from writing such lyrics. But I have made them sound commercial to make a living. You have to ultimately take care of your family,” says the rapper.
Ikka mentions that several international artists have influenced him over the years. “I used to listen to Eminem and started doing music because of him. Otherwise I had no connection with music. The first song I had heard was Lose Yourself, although I did not understand the lyrics, I could feel the song. There was so much pain in it. I gradually started listening to hip hop and studied the genre, its background and nuances,” says the artist 

It was while working with Honey Singh, with whom Ikka collaborated for many years as a writer, that he understood the business side of music. “He made us understand how important it is to be commercial in India. People in India still do not understand mature writing. They want to listen to light lyrics which they can understand easily. Because of lack of time, people skip all that they do not understand. While writing for the masses, we have to keep the lyrics easy going,” says Ikka, who has also collaborated with artists like Diljit Dosanjh and Dr Zeus. He adds that although Badshah is popular for his commercial lyrics, he has also written some “mind blowing stuff”. “But people don’t understand it,” he points out. 

Lack of creative of satisfaction
The artist says that because he has to keep the commercial aspect in mind whenever he writes and he does not get to write the kind of stuff he wants, it is not creatively satisfying for him. “Even if there are very few people who listen to my kind of lyrics, I will continue doing it for my own creative satisfaction. I think it’s important to have a balance. It’s not for money or recognition but for my own satisfaction. I never wanted to keep myself within boundaries. If I had done that, then I wouldn’t have hit a boundary,” says Ikka.

The hip hop artist says that there are many rappers who have emerged from YouTube. “YouTube and internet have a major role to play in the their careers because they are getting a platform to showcase their talent. They are not dependent on Bollywood or any other medium,” he points out.

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