The late rapper and songwriter from Punjab, Sidhu Moose Wala, had mainstream success with some solo tracks back in 2017. This is the same case for other influential Punjabi poets who write about society; Sidhu’s all-compelling lyrics started getting heard a lot more this way.
Vaar is rewriting the rules of the music industry. Vaar is trending on Billboard’s Top 10 Hot Trending Songs Worldwide and there’s only one Indian song on the list. Vaar has reached number 10 on the list and it’s winning over listeners all around the globe.
Though not revolutionary, Sidhu Moose Wala is well on his way to becoming a change agent in Punjabi music. In fact, his single ’47’ was once ranked on the UK Singles Chart and has even been ranked by The Guardian among 50 up-and-coming artists.
Sidhu Moose Wala cult status was well-established before he was shot dead by unidentified assailants in his car on May 29th, 2022. In Jawaharke village of Manda District, the responsibility for the death of this 28-year-old criminal was claimed by a Canada-based gangster. The cops’ theory was age-old – rap rivalry.
A variety of people have been seen donning his Sidhu Moose Wala t shirt and paying tribute to him. He was regarded not only as one of the most influential Punjabi artists of his generation but also as a key figure in ushering Punjabi music’s entry into mainstream music.
On the occasion of Gurupurab, Sidhu Moose Wala released his new song ‘Vaar‘ on YouTube and it was instantly met with shockwaves of tributes and emotions. Within 4 hours, it racked up over 4 million views.
The musician has also shared the song on his Instagram account, with the caption: “Until the lions have their own historians, the history of the hunt will always glorify the hunter.”
Sidhu’s lyrics often made fans feel strong emotions and some of them brought up controversies. They were mostly about challenging religious establishments, which landed him in some legal trouble. Sidhu Moose Wala was also accused of writing provocative and inflammatory lyrics in his singles occasionally.