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HanuMankind: The Rising Star of India's Hip-Hop Scene

Updated: Mar 26, 2023

As India’s multi-lingual and regional hip-hop and rap talent heralds in a thrilling world class soundscape of it’s own, Def Jam India, of the iconic Def Jam Records couldn’t have found a better time to land it’s feet in the country representing some elite up and coming artists in the industry who are kicking down barriers and making waves. One such exciting artist hitting us with his dominating lyrical prowess with stage presence in spades is the man behind the artist HanuMankind, Sooraj Cherukat.

Debuting in 2019 with with the drop of his EP Kalari, this Bangalore-based, Keralite rapper stormed the scene with his smashing performance at the renowned NH7 Festival in 2020. Walking into the unprecedented pandemic that slowed the world down, HanuMankind wasn’t deterred and kept on creating boundary bending lyrical and visual art. Speaking truth to power in tracks like Options with chilling imagery and commentary surrounding the uprising of people in protests that shook the globe, to Genghis, Damnson and many more, he consistently churns out top tier hits with exciting collaborators and producers like Parimal Shais, Bijoy Shetty and Kalmi to name a few.

A bare-chested beast on stage and poignant Emcee & story teller behind the record, HanuManKind is a one-of-a-kind artist, who undeniably knows who he is, where he comes from and where he is going. With videos that pack a literal punch and bars to match, his voice will seep into your mind as demonstrated by his thunderous fanbase. HanuManKind has proven that he is serious talent and force to be reckoned with. And this is only the beginning. If he wasn’t already self-producing incredible art through his videos his latest release with DefJam India, Go to Sleep feat Parimal Shais, is a treat that activates all the senses proving he is an artist who continues to bend limits and stays leveling up . Catch his video here and follow him across platforms everywhere to stay updated and catch him live in your city!

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