New Delhi Hip-Hop Pair Rawal & Bharg Charge Ahead With Debut Album ‘Sab Chahiye’
Rapper Shivam Rawal and producer Bharg Kale offer 18 tracks across styles, drawing from experiences of family, community and more
Amongst the most recently lauded independent hip-hop releases in India, rapper-producer duo Rawal and Bharg’s Sab Chahiye is a portrayal of the psyche of youth. The partnership came about by the end of 2019, when rapper Shivam Rawal was introduced to producer Bharg Kale, one that’s led to a deep dive into different styles that convey vulnerability, loss, power, bravado and more across 18 tracks.
The duo says their friendship and association has only grown strong over the past year “We’re like-minded in a lot of ways, but we have our differences as well and it was amazing to be able to work with and through both those things to create this album. Perhaps the world slowing down actually proved to be a blessing in disguise – it gave us the time to really sit with the album and each other to refine our work and skills,” Rawal and Bharg add.
One of the outcomes of spending time finessing their music is heard (and seen) in a track like “Jungli Kutta,” featuring Calm aka Siddhant Sharma (from hip-hop duo Seedhe Maut) and fellow New Delhi rapper Raga aka Ravi Mishra. “Rawal bhai high-fived me like 30, 40 times when heard the beat for the first time,” Bharg says. As it grew to include Calm and Raga’s indefatigable flow, “Jungli Kutta” was a sure banger. Rightly so, the video now stands at over 335,000 views on YouTube.
Watch the video for “Jungli Kutta” below.
Guests on Sab Chahiye also include New Delhi’s finest – producer Sez on the Beat works on “Akkad Bakkad Bambey Bo” with star rapper Ikka, Seedhe Maut’s Encore ABJ aka Abhijay Negi hops on “Magan” and underground lynchpin MC Kode adds snarl to “Dikkatien.” Bharg explains that Ikka heard the track with Rawal at streaming platform Gaana’s Launchpad session and asked if he could get in to complete the record. “’Akkad Bakkad’ was the only song left and luckily it was a verse that was missing. In an absolutely crazy moment, he asked if he could do the verse and we obviously did not even take a second to say yes,” Bharg says.
While “Akkad Bakkad Bambey Bo” brings star power that can easily lend itself to being the next video release, the duo say there’s another track off Sab Chahiye that will receive a music video soon. There’s a song for nearly every mood on the album, which explains why there’s 18 tracks as well as the intent of Rawal and Bharg to put out a well-rounded debut album. According to the duo, there will be “a lot more songs, a lot of more vibes and genres and a lot more elements that we will attach to our names as artists.” They add, “We’re only just getting started.”
Stream ‘Sab Chahiye’ below.