Dee MC is an Indian rapper, singer, songwriter, and hip-hop artist. She represented India internationally at the Alchemy Festival in the UK in 2017, La Belle Hip Hop Festival in Belgium in 2018, and DesiFest in Canada in 2019. She appeared in a cameo role in the 2019 Bollywood film “Gully Boy.”
Dee MC was born as Deepa Unnikrishnan on Monday, 14 February 1994 (age 28 years; as of 2022) YouTube – Haq Se HipHop in Mumbai. Her zodiac sign is Aquarius. She went to Lok Kalyan Public School in Kalyan, Maharashtra, where she participated in poetry writing, elocution, and debate competitions. Rediff
At the age of 5, she started learning Bharatanatyam. She started listening to hip-hop when she was in the sixth standard. Her parents wanted her to pursue chartered accountancy and get a decent job. In an interview, she revealed that she took the CA entrance test twice; however, she could not qualify for the test. In an interview, she talked about her failure in the CA exams and said,
I told them the (The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India) institute deliberately fails students for a few marks. It was very depressing. I was failed for two and three marks. My parents didn’t want to understand that it can’t be my fault all the time.” Rediff
Height (approx.): 5′ 2″
Weight (approx.): 45 kg
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
Dee MC belongs to a Malayali family in Mumbai. Rediff
Parents & Siblings
Her father, Unnikrishnan Pisharody, works in Dammam, Saudi Arabia. He is an NRI, who was born in Kerala but brought up in Mumbai. Her mother, Jayasree, is a homemaker. She has an elder sister named Divya.
In an interview, when she was asked if she had ever tried online dating, she talked about her long-term relationship and said,
I was involved in a relationship for the longest time so I personally have not used it yet but I know of people around me, my friends and family members, who have used it and have some amazing relationships through online dating but I personally, not yet. But maybe, never say never.” News18
At the age of 18, she wrote her first song when she was in her first year of college. In 2011, she uploaded a cover video of Nicki Minaj’s song; someone replied to her after watching her cover video and advised her that if she was serious about rapping, she should get out of Kalyan and get in contact with the hip-hop scene in Mumbai.
She debuted with the song “Talk My Way” on 30 October 2013, which was the first video released on her YouTube channel. After one year, on 30 October 2014, she released her second single “Greenhouse Effect.” In the same year, she released the song titled “Kal” in which she rapped in both Hindi and English languages. She came up with the song “Chaar Logo Ki Baatein” in 2015. In 2017, Deepa rapped in the song “Taking My Time” produced by Kru172. In 2021, Dee MC released the song “PRETTY EYES,” and it gained more than 400k views on YouTube in one year. She released the song “Haath Hi Mera Saathi” in 2022, which was written, conceptualised, and performed by her.
In 2019, she released her debut album “Dee=MC2.” The album contained seven tracks and featured artists including MC Altaf, D’Evil, Poetik Justis, and more. The whole album was produced by Sunit Music.
In 2018, she released the song “DEKH,” featuring Yungsta and Seedhe Maut. In 2019, she wrote and performed the song “AADATEIN,” which is a single track from Aakash Ravikrishnan’s album ‘Overseas.’ In 2020, she came out with the song “REWIND,” featuring a rapper duo, Full Power. On 21 June 2021, Raja Kumari put out the song “Rani Cypher” on her YouTube Channel; the song featured three other female rappers including SIRI, Meba Ofilia, and Dee MC; the music video gained more than 2 million views on YouTube. In 2022, Dee MC, Wild Wild Women, and Instine came together and released the song “Doing Okay.”
- Won a Shorty Award for “No More Limits” at the 3rd Annual Shorty Social Good Awards in 2018
- Won Best Electronic- Jury Choice Award for “Tu Bas Naach” at the 6th Radio City India Freedom Awards 2019
- Won Best Indie Collaboration- Jury Choice Award for “Tu Bas Naach” at the 6th Radio City India Freedom Awards 2019
- Rapper(s): Nicki Minaj, Mike Shinoda, Jay Z, Eminem, D’Evil, Poetik Justis, Encore, Divine
Deepa bought a Renault KWID in July 2021.
- Earlier, she decided her stage name to be “Aura,” but later, she changed it to Dee MC in which Dee stands for her name Deepa, and MC stands for microphone controller. Rediff
- According to Dee MC, in her initial years of rapping, her parents were sceptical about her attending rapping events at night.
- On 31 October 2018, she released a song, “No More Limits,” in collaboration with WASH United, a nonprofit organization, to spread awareness about intimate hygiene on Menstrual Hygiene Day.
- In 2020, Glow & Lovely, which is a cosmetics brand, collaborated with Dee MC and released a song titled “Glow Ko Na Roko” to encourage women to follow their dreams and break the stereotypical norms of society.
- Dee MC was featured in the music video of the song “Swipe Right Material” alongside Guru Randhawa and Anirudh. The song was made in collaboration with the online dating app Tinder.
- She has been one of the judges on the Red Bull Spotlight, which was a nationwide competition for aspiring rappers.
- According to Dee MC, she never underwent professional training in rapping, and she learned everything herself with the help of the internet. In an interview, she said,
Since my Dad was working abroad (Saudi), I was one of those lucky teens to have the luxury of the Internet very early in life. I was in sixth grade when I would download music from the Internet; some of those sites don’t even exist now.” Rediff
- At the age of 17, she began learning B-boying, an athletic style of street dance in the United States.
- In an interview, she shared that she lost the qualifying test for CA twice. She blamed the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and tried to convince her parents that it was not her fault that she failed twice. She said,
- In an interview, she revealed that from 2014 to 2016, she did a part-time job as a writer for various websites to earn money. She said,
I’d travel from Kalyan to Grant Road (south Mumbai) for the job. Kalyan is super far, you know? I hated it. And then I had to write about how much money a Hollywood or Malayalam film made. It wasn’t exciting at all; I did it only for the money.” Rediff