Popular Punjabi rapper Sidhu Moose Val was shot dead at the age of 28

NEW DELHI (AP) – Indian police are investigating the murder of a popular Punjabi rapper who mixed hip-hop, rap and …

NEW DELHI (AP) – Indian police are investigating the murder of a popular Punjabi rapper who mixed hip-hop, rap and folk music, a day after he was shot dead, officials said Monday.

Shubhdip Singh Sidhu, also known worldwide under his stage name Sidhu Musa Wal, was killed on Sunday night while driving in Mansi, a district in northern India, Punjab. The 28-year-old Moose Val was immediately taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

A senior Punjab police official, VK Bhavra, said the initial investigation revealed that the killing was a rivalry between the gangs.

The day before the attack, the Punjab government guarded more than 400 people, including Muse Vala, in an attempt to suppress VIP culture, local media reported.

Moose Vala started as a songwriter before the hit in 2017 rushed into his singing career, making him well known among the Indian and Punjabi diaspora in countries such as the UK and Canada.

Most of his singles have an English title, although the songs are mostly sung in Punjabi. His glossy music videos were best known for their rap lyrics and often focused on macho culture. His debut album in 2018 hit the Canadian Billboard Albums chart.

Elk Wall was a controversial figure, in part because of his lyrical style. In 2020, police charged him under the Indian Weapons Act with allegedly promoting gun culture in one of their songs.

His latest track “The Last Ride” was released earlier this month.

Last year, the rapper joined the Indian Congress party and unsuccessfully ran in the state assembly elections.

Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann said “no one guilty will be spared” and that he was deeply shocked and saddened by the killing.

Rahul Gandhi, a senior congressional leader, expressed his condolences on Twitter over the killing.

“I am deeply shocked and saddened by the assassination of a promising congressional leader and talented artist,” he said.

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