In an exclusive interview to Asiaville, MTV Hustle runners-up and India's latest rap sensation spills beans about the show, talks about how protest poetry can bring change and why media needs to look beyond Dharavi for rap.
In the grand finale of the show MTV Hustle Kolkata-based rapper EPR did something unsual. Rather than playing safe with rapping about love, money or struggle, he chose to speak up about the alarming farmer suicide numbers in our country. He mixed Karl Marx with Rabindranath Tagore to expose our apathy.
But he could not have expected what followed. He didn't win the title that night, but won a million hearts, and inspired a million more. His videos spread like wildfire and he started getting calls from media everyday.
"For me rap is a medium to express, to say things and why not say things which matter, rather than things which don’t matter", says Santhanam Srinivasan Iyer aka EPR.
In this exlclusive interview below EPR reveals what kind of censorship he faced on the show, what he thinks about the mainstream rappers and why art will always be political.