"Rap is about rebellion, not daaru (alcohol) botal (Bottle) and ladkiyan (girls)."
~ Sofia Ashraf (philanthropist rapper)
Contrary to popular belief, most rappers seem to be villainous in the eye of ordinary people, isn't it? Smoking hella weed, riding fancy cars, luxury lifestyle, and parties which are having more drugs than the food. Anything else remaining? Ah! Sex how can I forget that. But, is that all they do? Sometimes your eye sees only thing you want to see. There is always the second side to every story.
As the wheel of time passes away the method of revolution, movement changes a lot. Once we had a "Gandhi" who carried out many social movements through his unique tool of 'Non-violence'. But nowadays, protest arts hit a new pitch in our modern society. You can scream aloud, swing up your hands in the sky and can bring the revolution. Confused? Let's meet the 'Crazy Rapping Queen' of our generation who is taking the form of revolution to the another level. Sofia Ashraf, a new hope of downtrodden.
Sofia Ashraf, a Chennai-based rapper who has made headlines around the globe with the 'Kodaikanal Won't' video, which is set up to the tune of Nicky Minaj's 'Anaconda'.
The video drew more than 3.5 million worldwide views online last year and gave Hindustan Unilever many sleepless nights.
High up "Kodaikanal Won't" and let's dig up some interesting facts about Sofia Ashraf.
As a student, she raps many times at college festivals. She also performed at Justin Rocks, an initiative that invites youngsters from all corners of the world to express on a serious matter.
Around eight years ago, Ashraf was known as the 'burqa rapper'. But now, she wears modern dresses like shorts and skirts. The only thing which hasn't changed with time is her passion for rapping and that is what becomes the tool of her so-called 'revolution.'
"When I started studying history and philosophy, I began looking at organized religion in a whole new context. It failed to make sense to me, and I lost faith," Sofia says.
Ashraf becomes the internet sensation after her song "Kodaikanal won't" went viral last year. The song called for Hindustan Unilever to make itself accountable for the mercury poising in Kodaikanal in the state of Tamil Nadu, India.
'A Toxic Rap Battle: DOW Vs. Bhopal', Ashraf's video song aims to bring justice to the victims of Bhopal Gas Tragedy. She has also put up a petition on the White House website appealing to take responsibility for the release of around 40 tons of methyl isocyanate (MIC) gas from a pesticide plant which is owned by the U.S. multinational Union Carbide Corp in the early hours of Dec 3, 1984.
She is the first 'Rapper Queen' who knocks the White House door for the Bhopal gas tragedy victims. Salute to your courage, lady!
She is all set to burn the stage of Josh Talks 2016: LEAP which is an annual conference that takes place in Delhi every year and brings together dynamic individuals from the fields of entrepreneurship, social activism, stand-up comedy, business, performing arts, and more onto one stage.
Join us for the Josh Talks 2016 conference where we will discuss remarkable ideas and hear stories of people who are changing the world.
22 and 23 October 2016 Thyagaraj Stadium, INA, New Delhi.