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Rap is ‘totally free,’ and your background doesn’t matter: Eva B, the Ms. Marvel rapper

Rap is ‘totally free,’ and your background doesn’t matter: Eva B, the Ms. Marvel rapper

Rap is ‘totally free,’ and your background doesn’t matter: Eva B, the Ms. Marvel rapper

Rap is ‘totally free,’ and your background doesn’t matter: Eva B, the Ms. Marvel rapper

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  • The last six months have been exceptional for rapper Eva B,
  • She rose to prominence with her Coke Studio debut “Kana Yaari,” but the artist feels that hip hop, also known as rap, is a form of art that is “totally free,”
  • She also thinks that her background makes no difference.
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Eva was asked to comment on the Twitter argument sparked by scholar Nida Kirmani’s statement that rap was a “art form for the disadvantaged and not for the privileged” in an interview with a private news channel

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Kirmani had identified Eva, whose roots are in Karachi’s poor Lyari district, as part of a larger legacy of hip hop being a genre for the “marginalised.”

The scholar had only given her ideas, but it had divided netizens, while artist Meesha Shafi had also come out in support of her brother Faris Shafi, who was named by the sociologist as a rapper from the “elite class.”

However, the Lyari-based rapper disagrees with the notion that people from rich origins should be held back and denied the right to rap just because of their financial level.

“Only the poor don’t need to do it,” said the artist, adding that in rap, everyone has the right to speak up no matter what their background is.

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“It’s not like everyone will be poor and say ‘I am poor, I do not eat anything, drink anything, I do not have money, so I will rap’,” explained Eva.

Interestingly, Kirmani stated in her tweet that Shafi, whose background differs from Eva’s, “adopted and transformed” the music genre due to being from a financially secure household.

“Now, there are some people with money who want to prove themselves…Faris has also written and sang songs that are about society, that is based on reality. If anyone says that the rich shouldn’t do it and only the poor should do it, they do not know anything about rap’s history,” said Eva.

The “Kana Yaari” singer revealed that she will “certainly” talk about the difficulties or things she sees in her daily life, such as broken roads and a shortage of electricity and gas in her neighbourhood, but that not everyone will.

“Now obviously, one will rap about what happens in their daily lives. Everyone has their own choice in rap. Rap is free music; totally free!” said Eva.

‘Happy, excited’ after going international

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The Marvel franchise recently produced the programme Ms Marvel, which has gained a large popularity in Pakistan due to the series’ inclusion of South Asian representation in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

The programme contains numerous Pakistani musicians, but it’s not only the characters; the first episode includes Eva’s song “Rozi.” So yet, Eva is the only Pakistani musician included in the event, and it’s unclear whether more songs will be added in the future.

But it was a “crazy experience” for Eva when her producer Ginger Shankar told her that the Marvel brand wanted to use her music.

“Ginger Shankar phoned me and said Ms Marvel had requested our song. It was a strange sensation. “I was delighted and excited because I was going worldwide,” Eva recounted.

On the song “Rozi,” Eva stated that it was written for a documentary about women, and that she was working with Shankar to rework it until the request from the Marvel series arrived.

“When Ms Marvel wanted it, we remade it and sent it to them.” “This is the tale behind our small excursion,” Eva explained.

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‘I want to perform with Eminem one day’

Eva may have made it to Hollywood thanks to her song being used in Ms Marvel, but she still has one fantasy that she hopes will come true.

The Lyari-based musician may not have considered her favourite venue, but she definitely want to collaborate with American rapper Eminem.
“I would like to sing one song with Eminem and perform it with him. This is just my wish!” shared the singer who has chosen to hide her identity from the general public for now.

 

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