“Hip-hop & I go way back,” says Ranveer Singh on Gully Boy

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Bollywood’s heartthrob Ranveer Singh, who is riding high on the success of Rohit Shetty’s Simmba, hopes to please his fans once again with the hip-hop artiste avatar for Zoya Akhtar’s Gully Boy. The actor says he had an affinity towards this genre since his childhood and loves music by Eminem even today.

Singh, who has impressed us all by showcasing his versatility with every film, will be seen essaying the role of a street rapper in the movie. He has also sung four songs in the album. Three of the tracks -- Asli Hip Hop, Mere Gully Mein and Apna Time Aayega – were released recently and were highly appreciated by the audience!

"Hip-hop is something that's very alive inside me and always has been ever since I was a kid. I have a natural affinity and inclination towards it and I was thrilled to be in Zoya's film because I had always wanted to do such a film," Ranveer said in a statement.

One can say, it was solely because of his passion towards the particular genre that he could sink his teeth deep into the role in the film, which also stars Raazi fame Alia Bhatt. "I think I was in Class 3 or 4 when I first got into hip-hop. I loved listening to Snoop Dog, Tupac Shakur, The Notorious B.I.G, while growing up and I have been into that kind of music ever since,” the Bajirao Mastani actor said while discussing the same.

"I used to watch a lot of MTV and that's where I first experienced it. There is a cousin of mine who migrated to the US and whenever he used to come down for summer holidays, he used to bring this music and we used to sit and hear it all the time," he added.

Rap legends Tupac and Eminem have inspired Ranveer, shaping up the 'hip-hop artiste' in him. "I think Tupac's 'All Eyez on Me' was the first album that I had mugged up. And when Eminem made his debut... he completely blew my mind. I followed his music very closely and he became one of my most favourite artistes of all time," he said.

Known for his eclectic dressing, some of Singh's earlier fashion statements were also inspired by the rappers. "I used to go through phases where I used to dress like rappers - wear baggy jeans, oversized jerseys."

Produced by Excel Entertainment, Gully Boy also features Kalki Koechlin and is scheduled to release on February 14th, this year.

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