Meet the 24-Year-Old Delhi Rapper Who Wants Dalits to Fight Back
New Delhi: Eminem had once said that sometimes he feels “rap music is almost the key to stop racism”. The hip-hop culture, in fact, was a movement against a system that didn’t seem to care about the oppressed.
Carrying the revolutionary tradition forward, a 24-year-old Delhi-based rapper has now started rapping about Dalit oppression.
Sumeet Samos’s first rap music video, ‘Ladai Seekhle’ talks about caste discrimination, oppression and subversion of the ‘lower castes’ in a caste-ridden society. The rapper also critiqued the centuries-old system of criminalizing the identity of individuals based on caste.
In an interview with News18.com, the former Jawaharlal Nehru student said that through his music he’s trying to raise questions about the existence of the caste- system. “How have human beings been classified as ‘high and low’? How could one class of people decide that we, Dalits, are low?” Sumeet asked.
According to the rapper, it is important to use art to tell the stories of everyday oppression of people, especially the downtrodden masses.
Sumeet feels that with fast mediums of information dissemination, music and visual content with the right kind of messaging can be a very important tool in shaping the consciousness of people.
“The country is still just as oppressive toward Dalits as it was in the past, only now it is veiled,” he said.