SIDHU MOOSEWALA , a popular Indian artist was killed at the age of 29


Sidhu Moose Wala, a famous Indian rapper who became a politician whose music have received over 4 billion YouTube views in even less than four years, has been shot and murdered while driving near his house in India on Sunday. He was only 29 years old. The artist was gunned down by intruders while driving through India's Mansa region, with graphic footage and photographs taken at the site and shared on social media showing his body slumped in the driver's seat of a black SUV, covered in blood, while a bystander attempts to take his pulse.  WHATS ON RAP obtained footage of the attack's aftermath, which reveals a Mahindra Thar, a kind of Indian vehicle, damaged with 14 bullet holes. According to Punjab's chief of police, VK Bhawra, the shooters shot at least 30 bullets. He went on to say that the shots came from at least three different guns, and he blamed it on a feud between Moose Wala's management and a Canadian organized criminal gang. According to a police official, the rapper, whose true name was Shubhdeep Singh, was struck by eight shots. According to the publication, one of the other persons in the car with him at the time of the attack died as a result of his injuries.

Moose Wala, who dropped his first single in 2017, soon rose to prominence as one of India's most powerful musical exports in a generation, securing his status as an Asian rapper whose limelight equaled that of his most successful peers in the United States. "There are relatively few true modern painters in India." "He was certainly at the top of that list," fellow Indian artist Vishal Dadlani tweeted. "He's a legend; his voice, courage, and words will be remembered forever." Moose Wala sang about gun violence, gangs, and his rags-to-riches narrative over pounding trap and drill rhythms, frequently interwoven with snippets of Punjabi music. The Guardian called him one of the finest new musicians of 2020, and he appeared to capture the notice of fellow rapper Drake, who followed him on Instagram the same year. (On Sunday afternoon, Drake mentioned the murdered rapper on his Instagram stories.) Moose Wala charted many times in Canada and the United Kingdom, where he spent much of his career and garnered enormous success among the Sikh diaspora. He regularly collaborated with British singers like as Stefflon Don, MIST, and Steel Banglez. 

Moose Wala had just received 36,000 votes in Indian state elections (finishing second in that race) and was beginning to dabble in Bollywood movies, proving his standing as one of the country's most prominent entertainers. His assassination provoked a war of words in India, with different political parties blaming the ruling party in Punjab for enabling the murder to take place. "Today, Sidhu Moose Wala, a young Punjabi musician, was killed down in a state-sponsored murder." "The AAP administration is entirely to blame," a spokeswoman for India's ruling BJP party claimed. “Today, a young Punjabi singer Sidhu Moose Wala was gunned down in state-sponsored murder. The AAP government is totally responsible for this,” a spokesperson for India’s ruling BJP party said. 

This Saturday, the Punjab state government stated it had already reduced police protection for a number of celebrities in an effort to refocus security troops elsewhere. The identities of those who had lost their security information were later published, with opponents claiming that the decision placed those people exposed to assault. Moose Wala was one of 122 MPs that had their bodyguards withdrawn or reduced this weekend. Punjab police confirmed that Moose Wala still had access to two armed security guards but opted not to travel with police protection on Sunday.  Protests against the state administration erupted at the Mansa hospital where Moose Wala had been transferred following the shooting. Following the news of Moose Wala's death, Rahul Gandhi, the head of one of India's main political parties, tweeted,  “Deeply shocked and saddened by the murder of promising Congress leader and talented artist, Sidhu Moosewala. My heartfelt condolences to his loved ones and fans from across the world.”

Moose Wala, who joined Gandhi's Congress party in December 2021, stated that he became interested in politics because he believed he could reform the system from the inside. "I am not entering politics for the sake of prestige or acclaim," he remarked on the day he joined the party. "I want to be a part of changing the system." I'm joining Congress to be a voice for the people."