And that's a rap!

And that's a rap!

Freestyle rhythm

And that's a rap!

Efforts surely bear fruit and freestyle rapper Akash Nambiar is testimony to this statement. Under the name, ‘MC Lizard’, he has achieved multiple feats such as ‘Best Freestyle Rapper from Bangalore’ at the ‘Bangalore Urban Hip Hop Festival’ in 2013 and bagged laurels at various other reputed fests across India.

Akash has been using rap as a medium to generate awareness among the youth about social concerns like poverty, racial discrimination, suicide and dowry deaths. As tactfully as he handles them, he also deals with topics on lighter aspects and wins the stage at any time.

The graduate from CMR Institute of Management Studies caught up with Anushka Sivakumar before walking into the final round prior to entering the main stage for the reality talent hunt, ‘India’s Got Talent’.

How does it feel representing Bengaluru on such a big platform?

I feel proud to come here and represent my state. I want to use this achievement to set an example for other passionate people in Bengaluru. Rap is a medium which can bring great change in society and I hope youngsters realise that.

How has the support been so far?

I am really grateful to my parents and teachers for supporting me. The social media response has also been fantastic. I am overwhelmed.

How have you practised? Are you nervous?

I practise on a daily basis, not particularly for this show. I keep jotting down lyrics as and when I get an interesting idea and add rhythm to it. I am nervous, of course. There is some heavy talent around me and I’m just looking to do my best for now.

How did it all begin?

I started about two years back when I realised that I could put rhyme scheme into poetry. I was actually inspired by my neighbour, who was an African and used to rap on different topics. It interested me a lot as I felt that I could express myself which brought in lyrics, rhyme, technique, skill and song in a different way. From then on, I started following different international artistes like Rakim, who is a rapper and raps on different issues affecting the African society.

What if you get stuck or mess up on stage?

Don’t ask me that now (laughs). On a serious note, I know I won’t mess up. While rapping, one has to think fast and have a firm grip on the words so that they flow easily. I have never got stuck while rapping and I hope I never do, especially now. However, if at all, my train of thought stops at some point, I will try cheering the crowd and engage them so that they won’t know I’m lost. It’s important to have stage presence as well.

Hip-hop has been growing in Bengaluru and so has rap, along the way. Your opinion?

Yes, there has been a huge impact in rap as the hip hop and beatbox culture have grown. However, it is still nascent and a lot more has to be done.

You are also working for a company. How do you balance between work and your passion?

I was always clear on my goals ever since I was young. I knew I would do both simultaneously. I don’t want to let go of my passion because it’s part of my identity now.