As a result, GOP was exposed to a lot at a tender young age and grew up faster than necessary. His mother, in an attempt to get her three boys out of the norm of a hustling neighbourhood lifestyle, shipped her sons off to New York City.
Within months of his arrival in New York City, GOP was separated from his brothers and made to live with an Aunt and Uncle in Cleveland, Ohio.
They were unable to handle his rebellious nature and kicked him out on the street. He eventually found his way back to New York City, where an Uncle took him in.
He went to high school and spent free evenings and weekends working at his Uncle’s gas station and earning his keep. But before he could finish high school, he was again kicked out. He writes about his early hustling years: “Family provided a roof over my head which I do appreciate, but I had to make my own money for my pockets.”
He eventually moved into a tiny basement apartment in Queens with a bunch of thugs. When his older brother, who was addicted to alcohol and drugs, moved in with him it just escalated the stress of every day life.
GOP incorporates all of his hardships and realities into his music lyrically and emotionally. Being raised on the streets gave GOP a street sense that earned him street credence and respect, but a lot of trouble at home. GOP struggled living with his brother, going to College during the day and hustling at night to make his and his brothers rent. This is when GOP’s talents were truly put together.
His street smarts and natural intelligence along with the hunger to do well in school formed an intellectual, introspective and life experienced New York City and Indian cultured Rapper from Queens.
GOP speaks about being inspired by rappers like NAS, Jay-Z, Biggie Smalls, and LL Cool Jay. He has always been the guy that glows under the spot light. He was a member of a dance crew in the U.K, and Cleveland, and won the Mr. India New York competition in Queens. He was also featured in the Bollywood hit film “Kal Ho Na Ho”, but Hip Hop was always where his heart was. GOP’s meaningful flows garnered him immediate attention from big Asian Producers like Panjabi MC, who collaborated with him in the United Kingdom and India.
Sony BMG released his single titled “Why Don’t They Care” in India, where he flowed in his native language Panjabi. He also worked with internationally renowned producers and artists in the Bhangra movement and underground Hip Hop club scene.
GOP recorded tunes and is part of several music videos, including “World Wide” shot in New York, England and Hungry, “Ek Peg” shot around New York City, and “Bounce It” shot in downtown Manhattan. His collaborations with the biggest producers and artists in the Bhangra scene will be released in early 2008 on their albums.
Through these collaborations GOP will be introduced to the global Bhangra movement where his mainstream potential will be revealed. GOP is currently working on his own Hip Hop/Bhangra album which is set for release by VIP Records in mid-2008.
Industry expectations are that following in the footsteps of his smash single “Why Don’t They Care” which created a tremendous buzz in the Indian scene, his Hip Hop/Bhangra album is said to be something that both the Eastern and the Western world will love. He combines his cultures and brings something different and original to the Hip Hop world.
The combination of his lyrics, delivery, flow, style, and his own producers will bring a product that the Hip Hop game has been waiting for. GOP’s global releases in the Indian scene will garner him an international fan base, which will be his stepping-stone into the mainstream Hip Hop music scene. His single “Bounce It” is a guaranteed club smasher, as is its video which awaits a mainstream release. He already created a global buzz within the Indian scene and is creating an underground Hip Hop buzz in New York City. GOP has performed in various open mics around New York City and has shot an underground music video entitled “Menace to the Industry” where he collaborates with another underground rapper from Brooklyn.
He continues to reside in Queens and work on his flow in the Hip Hop world. This rare breed of Indian rapper from New York is ready for the world physically, mentally and lyrically. He is trained for the title of – First Indian Rapper ever to hit the mainstream. His muscular physique, good looks and amazing flow and lyrics make him the one for the title. He is posed to take the Bhangra movement by storm, but is mainstream material – a dynamic fan magnet. He is the whole package, which appeals to all varieties of music lovers. With his looks, flow, style and lyrics you just got respect him, his name: GOP VIRK