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Brodha V

Brodha V is an Indian rapper, lyricist, and music producer. Brodha V is popular for making music that is derived from his own personal experiences and is considered one of the fastest rappers in India. He can rap in English, Hindi, and Kannada languages. He is a trained singer in Indian classical music and has lent his voice to many classical and devotional songs, which are based on ragas. [1]Red Bull


Brodha V was born as Vighnesh Shivanand [2]The Times of India on Tuesday, 27 March 1990 (age 32 years; as of 2022) in Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu, India. His zodiac sign is Aries. He did his schooling at Bishop Cotton Boys’ School, Bengaluru. He started rapping when he was studying in 12th standard and decided to make a career in the same; however, his family did not support him because they did not see a fruitful career in rapping. They wanted him to choose a secure career and asked him to pursue a degree in engineering; however, he quit his engineering studies midway. Later, he earned a degree in Recording Arts and Digital Film Making from SAE. A childhood photo of Brodha V

A childhood photo of Brodha V

Physical Appearance

Height (approx.): 5′ 6″

Weight (approx.): 60 kg

Hair Colour: Black

Eye Colour: Black

Body Measurements (approx.): Chest: 42 inches, Waist: 32 inches, Biceps: 15 inches

Brodha V height


Brodha V belongs to a Tamil family.

Parents & Siblings

Brodha V with his mother in front of the Taj Mahal

Brodha V with his mother in front of the Taj Mahal


Brodha V was introduced to rap by the song ‘Pettai Rap’ from the 1994 Tamil film ‘Kadhalan;’ the music of the song was composed by A. R. Rahman. It was the first movie that he saw in a theatre.


In the initial years of his rapping, Vighnesh started participating frequently in ‘text battles’ on Orkut, which was a social networking service at that time. In 2008, he found out about a forum ‘Insignia Rap Combat’ on Orkut, which was started by two rappers from Delhi, Speed Ice and D’Brassic. It helped him in finding a space for writing rap battles. After gaining some popularity from rap battles on Orkut, he started composing his own songs.

Brodha V performing at a Girl's College with fellow rappers in Bangalore in 2008

Brodha V performing at a Girl’s College with fellow rappers in Bangalore in 2008

Band: Machas With Attitude (MWA)

He founded the hip-hop group ‘Machas With Attitude’ (MWA) in 2008 with two other rappers Smokey the Ghost and Big Nikk. In the song “Dheaon Dheaon” from the 2011 film ‘Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge,’ they worked with Raghu Dixit and delivered the rap verses. The group met Vishal Dadlani after winning the Radio City Freedom Award in 2013, and he offered to have them work on the Bollywood film Chennai Express. They created the song “Ready Steady Po” for the movie as a result of their collaboration, which helped them get more fame in the music business. In 2013, the group disbanded to go ahead with their solo careers.

Hip-hop band Machas With Attitude (MWA)

Hip-hop band Machas With Attitude (MWA)


In 2011, he released his first mixtape titled ‘Death Punch’ as a solo artist. In 2012, he released his single track, ‘On My Own,’ featuring Avinash Bhat. In the same year, he released his second single track ‘Aathma Rama,’ which garnered 12 million views on YouTube. In 2013, he dropped another single, ‘After Party,’ after which he released his single ‘Aigiri Nandini’ in 2014 under the music label Sony Music India; however, in 2015, he ended the contract due to some differences.

Poster of the song 'Aigiri Nandini'

Poster of the song ‘Aigiri Nandini’

In 2010, he featured in the song ‘Vanavillum’ from the Tamil film ‘Nil Gavani Sellathey.’ In 2015, he worked on the song ‘Shake That’ from the film ‘Kaaki Sattai’ with Anirudh Ravichander. In 2018, he rapped in the song ‘Turn This Party Up’ from the Telugu film ‘Krishnarjuna Yudham.’ He featured in the song ‘Padhe Padhe’ from the 2019 Telugu film ‘Jersey.’ Some of his other famous songs are ‘Let Em Talk,’ ‘Way Too Easy,’ ‘Vaishnava Jana To,’ ‘Flex,’ ‘Aaraam,’ ‘Booyah For Your City,’ and ‘All Divine.’

Poster of the song 'All Divine' released in 2022

Poster of the song ‘All Divine’ released in 2022


In 2015, he released a song, ‘Round Round,’ in collaboration with the singer Benny Dayal, and it was listed among the top 10 tracks on Saavn. In 2017, Brodha V and singer Sanjeev T collaborated with each other to spread awareness about Congenital Heart Disease (CHD), and they composed a song using actual heartbeats; the song became a part of the #GiveABeat initiative. [3]The New Indian Express In 2018, he released a song titled ‘Young and Restless’ in collaboration with Spykar Jeans, India. In 2019, Brodha V collaborated with rapper Raftaar and released the song ‘Naachne Ka Shaunq;’ he rapped in both English and Hindi languages in the song. The song gained 47 million views on YouTube, which made this collaboration a success for him. In the same year, he collaborated with clothing brand Puma for encouraging hip-hop in India. In 2019, he released the song ‘Vainko,’ featuring the music duo Naser Al Azzeh and Vineeth “Beep” Kumar, the duo popularly known as Jordindian; the song did well and garnered over 20 million views on YouTube.

Poster of song 'Vainko' by Brodha v and Jordindian

Poster of song ‘Vainko’ by Brodha v and Jordindian

Music Producer

Along with Varun Agarwal, who is a novelist, filmmaker, and businessman, and stand-up comedians Sanjay Manaktala and Sumukhi Suresh, and others, Brodha V produced the music for “Anu Aunty – The Engineering Anthem,” a parody of Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” that quickly gained popularity on social media. He has also produced music for many anthems and jingles.

Awards and Nominations

  • Won Best Hip Hop/Rap Artist for the song ‘Indian Flava’ at Radio City Freedom Awards (2013)
  • Nominated for Best Hip Hop/Rap Artist for the song ‘After Party’ at Radio City Freedom Awards (2014)
  • Nominated for Best Hip Hop/Rap Artist for the song ‘Aigiri Nandini’ at Radio City Freedom Awards (2015)
  • Nominated for Best Music Debut Non-Film for the song ‘Aigiri Nandini’ at Global Indian Music Academy Awards (2015)
  • Won Renault Free the Music Award for Contribution to Independent Music (2015)
  • Nominated for Best Indie Collaboration of the Year for the song ‘Round Round’ at Radio City Music Awards (2016)
  • Won Best Hip Hop Artist of the Year (Jury Award) for the song ‘Let Em Talk’ at Radio City Music Awards (2018)
  • Won Best Hip Hop Artist of the Year (Jury Award) for the song ‘Way Too Easy’ at Radio City Music Awards (2018)


  • Rapper (s): Eminem, 2Pac, Rakim, Nas, Jay-Z, Wu-Tang Clan
  • Music producer: TIMBALAND


  • In an interview, he revealed that his stage name, Brodha V, is made up of two elements, the first element Brodha means brotherhood, and the second element V is the initial of his original name, Vighnesh.
  • The music in his songs is based on mixing hip hop music with Indian folk, Carnatic, and Hindustani elements.
  • In 2014, Storypick, a media company, called him “one of the best rappers in the country.” [5]Storypick
  • In 2016, he was listed among the top 10 underappreciated Indian hip-hop musicians by ScoopWhoop. [6]ScoopWhoop
  • The 2019 film ‘Gully Boy’ was based on the life story of two Mumbai-based rappers, Divine and Naezy. Divine says that Brodha V is an inspiration to him, and he is one of the reasons why he came out and became a rapper. Brodha V also appeared in the film as himself. [7]Mid-day
  • In 2014, Brodha V arranged the first Indian rap cypher in Bengaluru to encourage hip-hop in India.
  • Brodha V performed at the Music Matters Festival in Singapore in 2018.
  • He wants to rap in a song from a Rajinikanth movie and also wants Rajinikanth to rap in one of his songs.
  • His worst nightmare is to lose his voice or his hearing.
  • In 2014, Micromax, which is an Indian consumer electronics company, released a song called ‘Roobaroo – Micromax Unite Anthem’ in which Broda V was featured along with other music artists including Raghu Dixit, Benny Dayal, Neeti Mohan, and more.
  • The news headline that he would like to see about himself is “Brodha V wins the Grammy for Best Rap Album.”
  • In a social media post, Brodha V replied to netizens who often trolled him for not rapping in the Hindi language as most of his raps are in the English language.
  • On being asked about one thing that can always be found in his bedroom, he replied,

    My entire studio set up. I get a lot of my ideas while I’m asleep. So I keep my Mac, my MIDI Keyboard and my microphone in close proximity at all times.

  • In an interview, on being asked if he had to choose one social issue to rap about, he said,

    Classism, casteism, discrimination. As an indie rapper from South India who doesn’t rap in Hindi, I am subject to a lot of bias when it comes to the media, the press, radio and TV channels on a daily basis. I can only imagine what other people must be going through in this country when they’re denied education, employment, respect and their right to worship and eat what they want. I want everyone to be treated as equals.” [8]Firstpost

  • In an interview, while remembering his struggling days, he said,

    It was very hard for most of my career for me to make money and get shows. We didn’t even have proper contracts earlier for the projects that we did. It was just word of mouth and people would pay us only if they liked us. It was very hard to even go to a college fest and convince the organisers to give us a 15-30 minute slot. Only in the last four or five years have people started accepting rap music. The struggle hasn’t ended, as there are newer struggles now, which are of a higher scale.” [9]The Times of India

  • In 2018, he released a single track titled ‘Shook Ones- Freestyle’ in which he mentions the inequality that is faced by North-East and South Indian artists. In the same track, he criticized those artists who plagiarize the work of other artists. In an interview, he talked about this and said,

    Most rappers and musicians who are celebrated belong to North India, and are Hindi-speaking artists. We tend to showcase that this is all that India has to offer in terms of its rap culture. But that’s not true. There are artists from the North-East and South India who are better. Their gigs are usually sold-out, even though they perform in other languages. They need to be in the limelight too.” [10]Mid-day

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