Hard Kaur was born in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, where her mother ran a small beauty parlour in the house. When she was young, she lost her father and her mother's beauty parlour was burnt a few days after her father's death. Her paternal grandparents asked her mother to leave their house and wanted to keep her brother with them. Subsequently she, her brother and her mother moved to Hoshiarpur to her maternal grandparents house, where they stayed for the next couple of years.
In 1991 her mother remarried a British citizen and her family moved to Birmingham, England, where her mother started working and studying to eventually open a beauty salon. Meanwhile, Hard Kaur did her schooling. After developing interest in hip-hop she started her music career as a rapper.
She recorded the song "Ek Glassy" and was top for the UK then in 2007 rapped for Sriram Raghavan's movie Johnny Gaddaar's song "Paisa Phek (Move Your Body)." Since then she has sung in movies like Ugly Aur Pagli ("Talli"), Singh Is Kinng, Kismat Konnection, Bachna Ae Haseeno, Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag, Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani, and Prince.
Hard Kaur with a Birmingham City Councillor, 2013.
Kaur performed at Live Earth India, 2008.
Her first solo album Supawoman was released in 2007.
In 2008 Hard Kaur was nominated for two awards at the UK Asian Music Awards: "Best Urban Act" and "Best Female Act". She won "Best Female Act".
In October 2012, Hard Kaur released her second music album titled Party Loud All Year: P.L.A.Y. The album, produced in collaboration with Sony music, featured ten songs, all of which were written and composed by her. The most successful song of the album was Mujhe peeney do.
In 2013 – she collaborated with composer Ram Sampath and Rajasthani folk singer Bhanvari Devi for Coke Studio India. In the song Katey or Kathe – Bhanvari Devi's part is a Rajasthani folk song which is dedicated to Lord Krishna (Saanwariyo) and Rap by Hard Kaur – written by herself in which she express her personal life journey.At the time of elections, she composed a song "Karle Tu Voting" to spread awareness about voting.Recently, Hard Kaur composes a song for FIFA World Cup named "Goal Mar Goal Mar". The song aptly describes fan frenzy and is sung in Hindi, Punjabi, Bengali & South language too. Also, she herself has written the lyrics of the song.
In May 2013 Hard Kaur was performing alongside Honey Singh when she was alleged to hurt Sikh sentiments by making derogatory remarks whilst under the influence of alcohol, during the performance also making an objectionable remark towards a Sikh gentleman's flowing beard, and comparing the Sikh-Gate Keeper at JW Marriot with the tenth Sikh Master Guru Gobind Singh Ji.
British-Indian rapper, Hard Kaur, is not happy with the male rappers who she thinks are dissing girls and treating them like sex objects in their songs, claims a report on Hindustantimes.com. The 35-year-old says that it was she who had created space for rappers and hip-hop artistes in the Hindi film industry. The report quotes Hard Kaur as saying that she is the one who has opened doors for rappers like Honey Singh, Raftaar and Badshah in Bollywood and that she has been doing it for 20 years now.
Taran Kaur Dhillon is the first female Indian rapper and is better known as Hard Kaur. She is tough, free-spirited and on top of that, she is extremely talented. Hard Kaur has come a long way in her musical career since she rose to fame with ‘Move your body’ from Johnny Gaddar. The sight of an Indian girl dancing her heart out and doing a rap was never seen before and came as a surprise for everyone. But before one could realise, Indian music lovers had embraced this Punjabi girl. In a conversation with Timesofindia.com, Hard Kaur spoke at length about her new song, ‘Ranjha,’ the rap scene in India, and much more.
For her new song, 'Ranjha,’ Hard Kaur has collaborated with Punjabi pop-singer, Deep Money. The rapper has collaborated with musicians like Jazzy B, Anirudh Ravichander, Aman Trikha, Mahalakshmi Iyer, Jasbir Jassi and many others in the past. About her collaboration with Deep Money, she reveals that Deep has a hunger for good music. She reveals that Deep was very sweet to her while approaching her for the song and had said, “Main taan tuhadi bohot respect karda aan” (I respect you a lot). The rapper agreed to do the song in no time and the video for the same was shot in Delhi.
On being asked as to why luxury cars are mentioned in Punjabi songs every now and then, the rapper laughs and quickly replies saying, “Punjabiyon ka kaam kya hota hai aur!” (What else are Punjabis for?). She tells us that Hip Hop music was like poetry during the ‘70s and was used as a weapon to voice opinions in those times. About the evolution of the genre, she says that while rap is an exciting medium to convey thoughts in a fun manner, these days it is only used to talk about cars and girlfriends.
The rapper reveals that she was a simple girl with pigtails when her family shifted to the UK. NRIs in UK as well as the British citizens were very rude to them and would call her ‘freshie.’ She got into a fight with some white guys and had to compete with them in a spontaneous rap competition. Not only did she defeat the guys at their game, she also earned the tag of being 'Hard.' She later adopted the tag as her stage name.
Being the only noted female Indian rapper, Hard Kaur barely has any competition but that doesn't mean that she takes it easy. Ask her about her favourite contemporary rapper and she quips, "Yo Yo Honey Singh - he is an entertainer and has his own style." But she finds it annoying when other rappers ape Honey Singh. Hard also confesses her love for Canadian Sikh rap artist, Fateh, who she feels is one of the few original rap artists.
About her musical journey so far, Hard Kaur says that she feels lucky to have received so much love from the listeners. She says she is in a happy space today. Talking about her struggling days, she reminisces that she didn’t have to struggle much after ‘Ik glassy do…’ became a hit.
Hard Kaur, who made her acting debut with Akshay Kumar-starrer "Patiala House", is geared up for her second acting project, "Ticket To Bollywood" and "Sherni".
Written By: Anjali Upadhyay
(Inputs from :Wikipeidia , TOI and other sources)
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