Vivian Fernandes is better known by his stage name Divine. Vivian aka Divine is a Mumbai-based Indian rapper (HipHop/R&B/Pop), songwriter, actress, and performer. He founded Gully Gang, a Mumbai-based crew gang and music label catering to the underground rappers community, and he also owns the Gully Gang music label.
Since the day he launched Gully Gang and his music was featured on the VH1 channel, Divine has been a hot issue among young people. Listening to Indian rap in VH1 gave everyone a special thrill.
Let’s know more about this well-known Indian rapper from this blog.
Vivian Fernandes, better known as Divine, was born on October 2, 1990, in Andheri, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. He was born into an orthodox conservative Christian household and comes from a poor lower-middle-class Christian background.
He was reared alone in chawls/slums in J B Nagar Andheri Mumbai without his family because his father abandoned his family when he was young and his mother worked in Qatar for a living.
Vivian was a strong student throughout his school years. He graduated from St. John The Evangelist High School in Marol Andheri, Mumbai, India.
After his school life
he entered the Rishi Dayaram and Seth Hassaram National College in Bandra, Mumbai. He completed his graduate program at the Seth Wassiamull Assomull Science College. His passion for Rap-music began at university.
His dad was always abusive towards his family and, at a young age, Vivian fled his home. His mother worked to support the family and then relocated from Qatar to the Middle East to a higher income. His mother left him in her grandmother’s house with his elder brother.
After a few months, his elder brother, Anthony Fernandes, also relocated to Qatar to help his mother. Vivian began living a lonely existence when he was 14 years old, and he later moved to Mumbai’s Chawl district.
Discovered Hip Hop
In 2010-2011, Vivian aka Divine began his career as an underground rapper. He discovered Hip Hop on a T-Shirt worn by a friend.
In his 11th grade, a friend wore a 50 Cent music album Get Rich or Dry Tryien T-Shirt to school, and the same friend would present him Mp3 CD music to listen to 50 Cent and Eminem’s songs.
He used to listen to 50 Cent and Eminem’s album rap tracks every day after school, which inspired and sparked his interest in rapping.
He began rapping in English because he believed rapping could only be done in English; nevertheless, he soon found that his mother tongue is far easier to learn than English.
He also enjoyed listening to other rappers and attempting to learn how to rap. After focusing on learning to rap in his eleventh year, he used to spend more than 5 hours a day writing rap songs in order to develop a flawless rhythm and verse.
During his college years, he joins the Hip Hop crew ‘Mumbai Finest,’ where he learns rap rhyming abilities from a rapper named Ace.
Divine used to go to school with his mother to Marol church where he performed rap songs in the deity and the fish and from there called himself Divine as a rapper.
Rap in English
Initially, he began to rap in English, since he was listening to 50 Cent and Eminem’s songs in English, but after that, he realized that his Hindi language was naturally and easier than that which he began to rap in Hindi.
After leaving university, his mother began his rapping studio with a microphone and a computer.
MUSIC CAREER BREAKTHROUGH
After the release of Yeh Mera Bombay, it gained enormous popularity in Mumbai and eventually won the Rolling Stone India Award for Best Video Of The Year.
The same year, he was offered a contract by Sony Music India while performing at the Blue Fogg Festival in Mumbai, India.
Sony Music India
He got a contract with Sony Music India, and on April 16, 2015, he and Naezy released Meri Gully Mein – Divine ft. Naezy.
It went viral, and many Bollywood superstars appreciated it, and they posted it on their social media profiles, praising these two musicians.
Divine later worked with prominent EDM artist DJ Nucleya.
Divine and Nucleya collaborated on the release of Jungle Raja on Nucleya’s album Bass Rani, which became an instant hit and catapulted him to stardom. Later, the EDM tune was named Best Trac Of The Year at the 2015 GIIMA Awards.
He worked with various rap artists, including Raja Kumari, Deep Jandu, Gangis Khan, and many other singers and rappers. Later, the EDM tune was named Best Trac Of The Year at the 2015 GIIMA Awards.
He worked with various rap artists, including Raja Kumari, Deep Jandu, Gangis Khan, and many other singers and rappers.
The song Kaam 25, also from his old song Jungli Sher, was produced by Phenom (Canadian Indian producer) is also featured in the Netflix series “Sacred Games”. The song was specifically for the series and was released on the English subtitles version in Netflix and Divine both of the YouTube channels.
Zoya Akhtar’s biography-musical movie Gully Boy, which was inspired by Naezy and Divine street rappers from Mumbai, is particularly well known for the song Gully boy by Divine.
Zoya Akhtar once saw Divine and Naezy at the Blue Fog Club in Mumbai and after hearing their stories decided to write a film based on their biography and their Mumbai street rappers.
Gully Boy, directed by Zoya Akhtar and based on the lives of Divine and Naezy Mumbai street rappers, was released in 2019. The principal characters were played by Ranveer Singh, Alia Bhatt, and Sidharth Chaturvedi. Divine and Naezy both acted as guides in the film to ensure an honest representation of Indian Hip Hop culture.
Divine participated in the international remix of Bando Diaries by UK rapper Dutchavelli on September 20, 2020, alongside OneFour from Australia, Noizy from Albania, and Kekra from France. On September 23, 2020, he published Punya Paap, a new song and video, on the Mass Appeal India YouTube channel.
It was reported that it will be the first single from his second album, Punya Paap. He released Mirchi, the second single from his second album, Punya Paap, on October 16, 2020. With over 8 million views on YouTube in five days, the song with its distinctive baile funk vibe was favorably welcomed.
Mera Bhai, another tune from the album, will have its music video released on November 6, 2020. The movie presents a narrative where a boyfriend of Divine’s boyhood betrays him out of envy and finishes with the message of Divine to listeners who believe in the world of today.
Mass Appeal India
On 3 December 2020, his second album, ‘Punya Paap,’ was labeled ‘Mass Appeal India.’ There are 11 tracks, with Nas, Cocoa Sarai, Dutchavelli, Stylo G, D’ Evil, MC Altaf, Lisa Mishra, and Phenom featured.
The album combines 808 patterns and heavy new Hip-Hop beats with many sample laps produced by some of the top Indian rap producers like Stunnah Beats, Ill Wayno, Karan Kanchan, and many more. The album is full of sample laps. The album has a disgusting subject that depicts the difficulties of Divine and is rising to the top of the Indian Hip Hop scene.
Divine went to Instagram Live to hold a listening group of tunes of the album over Spotify. In the following days, Divine also released other song videos.
GULLY GANG ENTERTAINMENT
Divine announced in 2019 that Gully Gang Entertainment will be a new firm and also operates Gully Gang Records, a company of the same name.
It is an independent business initiative and reciprocates the label of music for the production in Mumbai of unknown and hidden HipHop recurrent talents. It was formed to produce desi HipHop artists in the Mumbai area.
On May 22, 2019, Aavrutti, hip-hop artists D’Evil, Shah RuLe, and many more musicians, as well as music producer Karan Kanchan, released a song titled GULLY GANG CYPHER on YouTube.
DIVINE brought everything to a head in the year 2020 on his IG live session last week. “I questioned my staff, [there are] more than 80 million streams on my album,” he stated. There is a distinction between being a YouTuber and being a musician.”
A direct hit on Emiway’s domination on the video platform. It had been four days since the man from Antop Hill released “Hard,” a three-minute lyrical diatribe loaded with sarcasm.
In it, Emiway Bantai expresses his dissatisfaction and questions the consistency of his opponents, which is understandable. In the last 35 days, he’s released six well-received singles. The sights are piling up by the hour.
“Mujhse beef karke lena chahte spot ye, kitne gane dale honge beta,” he raps in his song. Dive deep into the passages, and it’s evident that he’s saved every single word for you know who.
Emiway is back on familiar ground, this time at the center of yet another rap feud. So far, he has come out of this sport uninjured, and in most cases, triumphant. Every time, his day one’s would fight. Even if he is up against a formidable foe this time. Someone who always appears to be in command.
DIVINE has been cognizant of not dropping a dissolution path for a long time now. Never has he had to feel the necessity and never has. But it’s no wasted time stealing the thunder of Emiway and cutting off the Japanese corporation “Chaabi Wala Bandar” – the reference to the battery-operated toy called “Musical Jolly Chimp” in the 1950s.
The words imply that this common hostility has been simmering for a few years – “Pichle kuch saalon mein, humse iski boht jalli.”
This is the other controversy
A rapper from Canada named ‘Gangis Khan,’ also known as ‘Camouflage’ or ‘camo,’ has claimed that he trained Divine to be the rapper he is today. Gangis, claiming to be Divine’s elder cousin, revealed some information about Divine.
Divine was just starting as a rapper when Gangis initially arrived in Mumbai ten years ago. Back then, he had no sense of style. Camo showed him how to carry himself and how to train him. Divine now has a commanding stage presence, which Gangis Khan is said to have bestowed upon him.
Gangis began rapping when he was 17 years old, in the late 1990s. He and his brother founded ‘Deep Waters,’ a record label based in Scarborough, Canada. Camo traveled to Mumbai and found the brilliance of his cousin Vivian. Camo, Vivian’s elder brother, wanted to assist her and thus became a member of Deep Waters Bombay.
Vivian, according to Gangis, is “the biggest phony in the Indian hip-hop industry.” Vivian conveniently forgot about his guru Gangis Khan after becoming a rap success in the country. Furthermore, he claimed to be self-made and to have been inspired by his ‘Gully.’
Gangis, also known as Camo, resorted to Instagram to expose Divine. On July 16, 2019, Gangis shared a sequence of images and words on his Instagram stories.
“I went to India and trained these children. “Put clothes on their backs… where is the appreciation?” Camo asked in one of his stories. In addition, he stated that when he first saw Vivian, he thought he was nothing. “This wonderful kid had no style and was straight nuts, so I decided I’ll mold him, train him, and be his big brother.”
However, this is not the first time Camouflage has attempted to reveal the truth. Previously, on Instagram, he posted a video of himself and Vivian walking around the streets of Mumbai. He captioned it, “Ask these Bollywood rappers who taught them everything.”
DIVINE’S POPULAR SONGS
- Sher Aaya Sher | Gully Boy | Siddhant Chaturvedi | Ranveer Singh & Alia Bhatt | DIVINE
- Bombay To Punjab : DEEP JANDU Ft. DIVINE (Full Video) Karan Aujla | Satti Dhillon | Geet MP3
- Azadi – Gully Boy| Ranveer Singh & Alia Bhatt | DIVINE | Dub Sharma | Siddhant | Zoya Akhtar
- Kaam 25: DIVINE | Sacred Games | Netflix
- Chakravyuh mein #SockThem | Virat Kohli X DIVINE | PUMA
Divine is one of the most well-known names in India’s hip-hop music scene. Divine is bringing honest and authentic rap to a mass audience. He was a huge success in Bollywood. His songs touched millions of people’s hearts because they were authentic enough for them to relate to. His statements emphasized real-life challenges in big cities. As a result, the gully kid and his songs were so well-known that a new phenomenon known as gully rap emerged. If you wanna Buy some Gully Gang (Divine) Style clothing the visit chillme.in
FAQ ON THE BLOG
What is the real name of Divine?
Rapper Divine, whose real name is Vivian Fernandes, began his career as an underground rapper in 2011. He has grown up rapping in the ‘chawls’ of Mumbai.
What is the net worth of Divine?
The estimated net worth of Divine in dollars – $1 million. The net worth of Divine in Indian Rupees – ₹3.5 crore.
Is Gully boy based on Divine?
Gully Boy was based on the lives of two Indian rappers and depicted their own journeys from a Mumbai slum to becoming prominent Indian rappers. The plot followed the lives of Vivian Fernandes, also known as Divine, and Naved Shaikh, also known as Naezy.
What is the age of Divine?
He is 30 years old.
Which is the most viewed song of divine?