Gully Boy is one of the most awaited movie of 2019. The trailer of this movie got a lot of appreciation by the audience. Some people are calling it a copy of Eminem’s 8 Mile but in real it’s based on the life of a Mumbai based rapper Divine.
So let’s take a look at 10 facts about Divine which you want to know.
1. The real name of Divine is Vivian Fernandes. He used to do religious raps so he kept his stage name Divine. His grandma used to take him to church so he liked writing religious raps.
2. In childhood he faced a lot of financial hardships as his father was alcoholic. The relationship between his parents was not good. To maintain financial balance his mother started doing a job in Middle East. Divine used the money she used to sent to get a house in Sahar Slums but his father sold that too. He gave half money to Divine and his brother and got out of their lives.
3. Once he was popular, he called his mother back to India from Middle East. He gives his success credit to her mom who struggled a lot to fulfill his needs.
4. His first counter with rapping was when he saw one of his friend wearing a t-shirt with a pic of 50 Cent. He asked him about it and his friend told him about 50 Cent, Eminem and Dr Dre and gave him a collection of their raps.
He started learning English as he couldn’t understand the lyrics of their raps.
This was a turning point in his life as rapping entered his life from here only.
Divine is inspired by Nas and relates with his album Illmatic. Divine found his inspiration from here to write about street experiences and became a Gully Boy.
5. “Voice of the Streets” was his first rap which he released on YouTube but it was not that successful because it was in English. So he decided to switch from English to Hindi and released a rap called ” Ye Mera Bombay” which was a huge success and bought him acclaim and many awards too.
6. He collaborated with Naezy for “Ye Meri Gully” in 2015 which was officially released by Sony Music after an employee saw their stage performance on the same song and requested Divine to launch it with their label.
7. The song Jungle Raja took him to new heights of popularity for which he collaborated with Nucleya.
8. His Farak song also became hugely popular and topped iTunes.
9. He attended BBC Asian Network’s segment Fire In The Booth and created history for singing a Hindi rap for the first time. He ended up impressing the people with his energy by singing on unknown beats.
10. Divine’s thought upon Honey Singh is that he doesn’t relate to his music because it’s not real hip-hop and Honey’s raps are mostly about girls, alcohol and money. Divine says he will try to give only authentic raps to the audience.