Blaise is an Indian rapper, singer, songwriter, composer and music producer. He sings prominently in Tamil language. He is considered one of the pioneers of the Indian rap scene and played a major role in introducing hip-hop to South India. Some of his famous songs include “The Boss” and “Style” from the movie “Shivaji: The Boss”, “CEO in the House” from the movie “Sarkar”, “Gangsta Blues” from the movie “Slumdog Millionaire”. Rajali” from the movie 2.0, and more.
Lakshmi Narasimha Vijaya Rajagopal Seshadri Sharma Rajesh Raman was born as Blaise on Tuesday, 15 October 1975.age 46 years; by 2022) in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. The name “Vijay” was added to his name because he was born on the occasion of Vijayadashami. He was born in India but raised in Kitwe, Zambia. At the age of 14, he moved to England to attend a boarding school. He graduated from Columbia College in Hollywood, United States. His father was an architect who also designed the stage for performances. When Blaise was 9 years old, he would go on tour with his family to breakdance on a set designed by his father. From there, his interest in hip-hop grew and he decided to become a rapper.
Height (approx.): 5′ 9″
Weight (approx): 65 kg
Hair Color: n/a (bald)
Eye Colour: black
Blaise belongs to a Brahmin family in Mylapore, Chennai.
parents and siblings
His father was an architect and his mother’s name is Satya Bhama. She has an elder sister named Rekha Srinivasan, who is the founder of Bharat Dance Academy in New Jersey.
wife and children
Blaise married Nandini Raman on June 21. He is a columnist and consultant. He has two children. His daughter’s name is Mrityu Vaishnavi Raman, and his son’s name is Mrishal Neelakantan Raman.
At the age of 16, he started his rapping career by performing for Chiluba, the President of Zambia during the election campaign in October 1991. In 1992, he produced and performed the music video for “Advice 4 Livin'” with the National Broadcasting Corporation of Zambia, Zambia’s first music video.
In 2002, he made his debut in the Indian film industry with the song “Baba Rap”. RajinikanthTamil movie “Baba;” By whom was he given the first opportunity to sing in Tamil cinema? AR Rahmani, After this he worked in many films with AR Rahman. In the 2003 film “Boys”, Blaze rapped in two songs, “Dating” and “Secret of Success”. He rapped in the song “Aaha Thamizamma” from the 2004 film “Kangalal Kaidhu Sei”. After working with Rahman in a few more films, he received offers from other music directors in the film industry.
In several music videos, he has appeared as himself in which he has rapped, such as “Yenadi Muniyamma” from the 2006 film Vathiyar, “Taxi Taxi” from the 2008 film Sakkarkatti, “Taxi Taxi” from the 2009 film Unnipol Oruvan. Vanam Elai”. , and “Padpadakkudhu Maname” from the movie Moondru Per Moondru Kadal, released in 2013.
Blaze rapped and wrote the lyrics for the title track of the 2004 teen drama show “Remix”.
In September 2011, Blaze released their first and India’s first real hip hop ‘protest’ album ‘Time for Gandhi’, which was released on EMI Virgin Music. In 2017, Blaze collaborated with music director Paul Jacob and released the world’s first Sanskrit hip hop album titled “Rap Bhakti Mala”.
Blaise and Sagar, a musician, composer, arranger and architect, came together and formed a band called “Zambezi Funke”. In 2004, he released his first song, “In My Father’s Words”. “funKalistiC syllaBleZ” was the first album by the band, released in 2007.
Blaise contributed to writing the lyrics for the song “Secrets of Success” from the film “Boys”, released in 2003. He co-wrote the song “Dreams on Fire” for the 2008 British drama film Slumdog Millionaire; He also wrote the lyrics for the song “Gangsta Blues” from the film. In 2008, Blaise wrote the official United Nations anthem for poverty, “Pray for Me Brother”, with the help of AR Rahman. He rapped in the 2012 Malayalam film “Casanova” and wrote the lyrics for two songs in the Vince Vaughn motion picture; He wrote “Couples Retreat” with AR Rahman and “Nana” with Vivian Chax and AR Rahman.
In 2008, he worked as a music director for the song “What’s Up India” in the movie “Saas Bahu Aur Sensex”. In 2010, he directed the original soundtrack (OST) of the action drama film “Striker”.
He won the MTV Youth Icon of the Year in 2008 for his contribution to socially relevant issues through his music, and his song for composing AR Rahman’s Pray for Me, Brother, the Official United Nations Song on Poverty Alleviation.
Facts / Trivia
- His stage name Blaze means ‘Do your own thing.’
- He is the morning host on 94.3 Radio One.
- He can rap in English, Tamil and Sanskrit.
- In 2020, Blaze started a series called ‘Wrap Kitchen’ in which he cooked food and rapped about it at the same time. He spread awareness about the goodness of healthy food and having fun while cooking it. In an interview he said,
I want to convey the message that food is important and if we all know how to cook, we will be self-reliant and less of a burden to our loved ones. Also through these videos, I hope the kids (who love the hip-hop vibe) come into the kitchen and discover a new experience. I love wrapping and cooking, so why not bring the two together?”
- In an interview with The Hindu, Blaise revealed his writing process and shared,
I think it’s important to always write your own songs. Especially for rap. Because it’s what’s on your mind, what you want to say. I think it’s more than just trying to say something that people want to hear, as opposed to what you want to say. This is a poem. Rap is rhythm and poetry… Rap.
- When asked if he likes to rap in English and how AR Rahman helped him to rap in Tamil, he replied,
I think in English, so it’s more natural for me to rap in English. But AR Rahman definitely pulled out the Tamil angle. I have always understood and spoken Tamil but never thought I could rap in it. So I am blessed that he took it out of me. Tamil is not an easy language either but is definitely one of the most phonetically hip-hop equivalent languages… Many times, when I speak in Tamil many people criticize my pronunciation but at least At least I’m trying.