Nimarprit Dhammi is a 19-year-old rapper from Bergen who is in the process of putting together his first album. Since he was a little boy he wrote poems and stories as a way to express his feelings, and these formats were appropriate because one of his strengths has always been language. This project began when he realized that music was a great way to reach out to people with a message, which resultet in him getting in contact with one of his good childhood friends who was already engaged in both the production of music and writing, in fact, in their common mother tongue, Punjabi. Nimarprit wrote in English, but despite that they had an automatic connection that they would develop even further. Both grew up with both Indian and Western music, but as human beings they were first and foremost attracted towards universal themes and sounds. The fact that Hip hop originated in the United States among social groups where people didn’t necessarily live a good life and grew up under bad circumstances Nimarprit respected and admired, that they could overcome tough situations - but unlike many rappers he didnt want to emulate a basis that he didnt have just because it was expected. He wanted to convey the values and experiences he had, that those around him had - and rather look inwards for inspiration, whether it was difficulties he had to deal with or the small joys in his everyday life.
Musically, he also wanted to be innovative, he wanted to be faithful to his own genre without it preventing him from moving outside the established lines. He began to acquire the entire discographies of rock artists from the 60s onwards, pop musicians, film makers - whatever good music that he found. One thing Nimarprit noticed was that the credible hip-hop artists had fewer melodic songs where the texts could be enjoyed without having to look too much into them, and songs that could be played anywhere, especially at concerts. At the same time he saw a trend among some rappers to jump on a club song and give a rap verse without any thought or meaning, backed by synths that went wild and fun drum patterns. The true hip hop fans had no interest in such music, while mainstream audiences were bored by the raw hip hop. He wanted to be the bridge between these two worlds, creating socially aware music that people also could dance to, but also listen to at home in front of the living room fireplace. He would oppose pop melodies to hard hip-hop drums, whatever it may be, without limits.
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