Dee MC & D’Evil
Deepa Unnikrishnan aka Dee MC is a prominent figure in the Indian hip hop community. Having represented India internationally in the UK (Alchemy Festival by Southbank Centre), Canada (DesiFest) as well as Belgium (La Belle Hip Hop Festival), Dee appeared as herself in the film Gully Boy (2019). Her music reflects her own journey, while at the same time touching upon issues that concern society at large. Apart from her stride of TV shows such as Rising Star on Colors and Antisocial on MTV, Dee has crooned for Bollywood hits such as ‘Jagga Jiteya’ from the film URI and ‘Shuru Karein Kya’ from Article 15.
Dee MC has been independently releasing music since 2012. In 2019, she released her much awaited debut album ‘Dee=MC²’ produced by Sunit Music which charted #17 on Apple Music under Hip Hop genre. Tracks like 'Rang' and 'Vadhaiyaan' from the album speak about brown skin prejudice and social injustice, women empowerment respectively. She has also been featured in Vogue India and Cosmopolitan India for her outstanding work.
Born in a Maharashtrian middle class family that resided in a chawl in Mumbai, 31-year-old Dhaval Parab also goes by the stage name D’Evil. He is one the most accredited members in the Mumbai underground hip-hop community. Known in the Mumbai rap circles for his booming sonic wordplay, he gained critical acclaim in the music scene with his first two solo singles ‘Kadki’ in 2016 and ‘Chal Bhak’ in 2018. In 2019 he contributed to dialogue-writing for the lead roles and lyrics of some of the more popular tracks including ‘Apna Time Ayega’ in Zoya Akhtar’s ‘Gully Boy’. He joined Divine’s independent venture, Gully Gang Entertainment and contributed to the track ‘Gully Gang Cypher’ and Divine’s debut album ‘Kohinoor’ by being a part of the track called ‘Vibe Hai’. In 2019 he released the track ‘Hip Hop Bajega’ through Gully Gang Records followed by the track ‘BRINKS’ alongside LA based rapper Elvis Brown in the Mass Appeal India and Gully Gang Records promoted EP ‘Shutdown'.