Hard Kaur has a problem with male rappers in India. "These days, everything is about dissing girls without a reason, showing no respect for them and treating them like sex objects. Come on! Is that something to be proud of? One should be ashamed of doing so," says the British Indian rapper and hip-hop singer.Not one to act modest, the 35-year-old claims that she created a space for rappers and hip-hop artistes in the film industry. "Everyone knows I opened doors for rappers like Honey Singh, Raftaar and Badshah in Bollywood. I've been doing this for 20 years now," says the Glassy and Char Baj Gaye hitmaker.
Hard Kaur is a British Indian rapper and hip hop artiste. (officialhardkaurworld/Facebook)
Hard Kaur adds that most people in India don't understand the genre, not even the artistes themselves. "Hip-hop ka kisi ko zyaada pata nahi hai yahan. People watch two-three songs of artistes like Jazzy B and only notice the cars, girls and bling. Yeh nahi dikhta ki to become a rapper, you need talent and skills. It's not just about stringing a few slangs together to amuse the listeners," she says.
Talking about her initial years and struggle, Hard Kaur shares, "I had no other choice but to be successful. While growing up, I lost my father, and as a single parent things were not easy for my mom, who was running a beauty parlour. She faced all sorts of comments from people around, and I wanted to change that. About my choice of profession, aunties used to tell my mom, 'Tuney apni beti ko zyaada freedom de rakhi hai. Kaisa music banaati hai yeh?' I wanted to show them my worth. And just like it happens, after I got famous, they'd say: "Yeh toh apni beti hai".