'Gully Boy': Ranveer Singh reveals he took inspiration from rap legends Tupac, Eminem to prepare for role

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jan 23, 2019, 02.52 PM(IST)

Ranveer Singh. (Source: Yogen Shah) Photograph:( Others )

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In a statement, Ranveer said, "Hip-hop is something that's very alive inside me and always has been ever since I was a kid."

As Zoya Akhtar’s ‘Gully Boy’ inches towards its release date while makers have come out with two new songs from the film’s album to keep the fans anxious, there’s something else you must know. If you thought Ranveer Singh’s rap in the songs released was convincing, it’s because he has been a fan of the hip-hop since a while now. Watch trailer here. 

In a statement, Ranveer said, "Hip-hop is something that's very alive inside me and always has been ever since I was a kid. I have a natural affinity and inclination towards it and I was thrilled to be in Zoya's film because I had always wanted to do such a film.” Also watch: I am born to do Gully Boy: Ranveer Singh

He added, "I think I was in Class 3 or 4 when I first got into hip-hop. I loved listening to Snoop Dogg, Tupac Shakur, The Notorious B.I.G, while growing up and I have been into that kind of music ever since. I used to watch a lot of MTV and that's where I first experienced it. There is a cousin of mine who migrated to the US and whenever he used to come down for summer holidays, he used to bring this music and we used to sit and hear it all the time.”

Ranveer also revealed that he took inspiration from rap legends Tupac and Eminem who shaped up the 'hip-hop artiste' in him. He said, "I think Tupac's All Eyez on Me was the first album that I had mugged up. And when Eminem made his debut... he completely blew my mind. I followed his music very closely and he became one of my most favourite artistes of all time."

Even for his fashion sense in the film, the actor said, "I used to go through phases where I used to dress like rappers - wear baggy jeans, oversized jerseys."

The film also stars Alia Bhatt in a leading role.