BOHEMIA aka Roger David, this desi living in California was the first one to do it in a desi language. He moved to the bay with his family when he was just 15. Many times BOHEMIA had explained through the interviews, that how much difficulties he had to face as a desi teen in California.
Bohemia spent most of his childhood in Pakistan Karachi. His father was an officer in PIA. He was a Mumma’s boy in his childhood. He lost his mother due to cancer when he was just 16. The trauma of loss took him like a storm.
Bohemia’s affection toward poetry.
Bohemia had a special affection toward the Urdu, Hindi & Punjabi poetry. Mirza Ghalib was one of his favorites. He is a huge fan of Gurdas Maan & Kishor Kumar. His lyrics are very much inspired by them. while growing up in the bay area.
BOHEMIA was like a desi Ghetto on the streets of California. He was very much fond of the Hip-Hop culture. Bohemia had a habit of writing poetry in Urdu & Hindi. Later he decided to write a rap in his own native language for the desis. It was the time when the first official desi rap was written in the Punjabi Language by BOHEMIA.
Back then people also use to spend most of there time listening to classical music. Desi’s living in India & Pakistan was unaware of that there is some genre called Hip-Hop. Most of the Desis living in India as well as Pakistan had no Idea who was Tupac or who is Eminem.
BOHEMIA’s First Album “Vich Pardesan De”.
In 2000. BOHEMIA moved to hitch his cousin in Oakland, who was working on a project at a West Oakland studio. His brother introduced him to a hip-hop music producer called Sha One (Seth Agress). They both shared their thoughts & vibes which were quite similar. They made plans to make their own record label, which they subsequently called “The Outfit Entertainment”.
After Sha heard Bohemia reciting something he had written in Punjabi. He asked him to rap it over one of his beats. Over the subsequent few months, Bohemia wrote a library of lyrics. This would become the arsenal for his debut album Vich Pardesan De (In The Foreign Land) – an autobiographical story of his life as a Desi youngster adopting to the streets of America, which he and Sha One produced together.
Fact: Bohemia’s Vich pardesan de (up in the foreign lands) became the first album official launch in the Desi Hip-Hop scene. Every track on the album was written in a desi language(punjabi). It was the first desi rap album in the history of India & Pakistan rap scene. This gave the rise to the genre called Desi Hip-Hop.
BOHEMIA after Gully Boy.
We all have been watching a lot of buzz in our country after the release of the movie GULLY BOY. This movie has been inspiring many of the youngsters in the country. But if we go back it to time the Desi Hip-Hop scene in India has existed before Gully Boy. It was, it is & it will always be there and there is one who is the original creator i.e. BOHEMIA rest is all fake.
We respect all the Rappers in the desi hip-hop scene today. Whether they are from India, Pakistan or Bangladesh. Every single individual he/she who so ever is supporting the movement anyhow. He/She is a part of the Desi Hip-Hop culture. Bollywood has always kept the real creator of Desi Hip-Hop under the shadow. While BOHEMIA was the first one to make them aware of the word Desi Hip-Hop. Many Rapper will emerge in the scene everyday but there will never be another BOHEIMA. Movies will come, Bollywood can steal the money, fame & respect but they can’t erase the history from the real desi hip-hop heads.
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