BlaaZé, the pioneer of Independent Rap music In India and playback singer, is set for his new role. He is the new host for Radio One International’s show ‘Good Morning Chennai’. BlaaZe, aka Lakshmi Narasimha Vijaya Rajagopala Sheshadri Sharma Rajesh Raman, will be hosting the show, which will be aired on weekday mornings from 7 am to 12 pm.
BlaaZé was born in Chennai, grew up in Zambia, and later moved to the US and UK. Blaaze, with several others like A.R. Rahman, and Apache India, played a significant role in familiarizing hip hop in South India in the previous decade.
His famous songs include “The Boss” and “Style” for Sivaji: The Boss, “CEO in the House” for Sarkar, “Hey Salaa” for Aegan, “Gangsta Blues” for Slumdog Millionaire, “Hosanna” for Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa, “Raajali” for 2.0. He also co-wrote the song “Dreams on Fire” from Slumdog Millionaire and the lyricist on Gangsta Blues from Slumdog Millionaire. With guidance from A. R. Rahman, Blaaze wrote the official UN Anthem for Poverty, “Pray for Me Brother”. His continued perseverance to rap about issue-oriented subjects earned him the nation’s vote for MTV Youth Icon of the Year 2008.
Ramesh Menon, CEO – Radio and Entertainment, HT Media Ltd and Next Mediaworks Ltd said, “Blaaze is a brand in itself, with him joining Radio One, we further establish ourselves as a brand to reckon with when it comes to international music and a global audience and further amplify our brand presence in Chennai.”