Mumbai, April 29 -- Hard Kaur has a problem with male rappers in India. "These days, everything is about dissing girls without a reason, disrespecting them and treating them like sex objects. Is that something to be proud of ? One should be ashamed of doing so," says the rapper and hip-hop singer.
The 35-year-old musician claims that she created a space for rappers and hip-hop artistes in the film industry. "Everyone knows I opened doors for rappers like Yo Yo Honey Singh, Raftaar and Badshah in Bollywood. I have been doing this for 20 years now," she adds.
Kaur says that most people, including many artistes, in the country don't understand the genre. "Hip-hop ka kisi ko zyaada pata nahi hai yahan (People here don't know much about hip-hop). They watch two-three songs of artistes like Jazzy B and only notice the cars, girls and bling. People need to understand that you need talent and skills to become a rapper. It isn't just about stringing a few slang words together to amuse the listeners," she says.
Talking about her struggle in the industry, the singer says, "I had no other choice but to be successful. While growing up, I lost my father, and as a single parent, things were not easy for my mom, who was running a beauty parlour. About my choice of profession, people used to tell my mom, 'Tuney apni beti ko zyaada freedom de rakhi hai (You have given your daughter too much freedom).' I wanted to show them my worth. After I became famous, they started saying, "Yeh toh apni beti hai (She is our daughter).'"