Borkung Hrangkhawl (born October 07, 1987), better known by his stage name BK, is a freestyle rapper and singer-songwriter from Kamlacherra, Tripura.
As a child, he attended St.Peter’s School and Belmont School in Shillong. Shortly after graduating from St.John’s Higher Secondary School, Shillong in 2006. He moved to New Delhi and enrolled at the University of Delhi for college degree.
BK is the only son of B.K Hrangkhawl, who is currently the president of Indigenous Nationalist Party of Tripura (INPT) and an active social worker campaigning for the rights of indigenous tribal inhabitants in the northeastern Indian state of Tripura.
He started the musical journey with his formerly New Delhi based hip-hop group DropSquad, which was signed by India’s leading music label Times Music in 2010, upon winning the nationwide talent Hunt “Supastars” from North Zone round.
That same year, he was personally invited by the acclaimed Punjabi singer Jasbir Jassi of Dil Le Gi Kuri fame, to be the opening act for his 8th studio album “Jassi – Back with a Bang” releasing event.
Borkung Hrangkhawl is widely considered to be the first rap artist from the state, to make it to the popular limelight. Over the years, he had collaborated with numerous artists from different musical genres. He had frequently performed at numerous events in and around New Delhi, with the hip-hop group Last Renaissance. His music is best known for its social views, which are expressed in many of his songs based on life, struggles against discrimination/racism and other social issues.
In December 2012, BK released his single’s “The Roots (Chini Haa)” music video on YouTube and it generated over 1,00,000 hits in less than 3 weeks. The song talked about the present socio-political situation of the minority indigenous people of Tripura. Chini Haa means “Our Land” in Kokborok dialect, the dialect of the Tiprasas.
Borkung Hrangkhawl announced on January 4 via his Facebook page that he would be releasing a solo debut album “The Journey”, with a release date set for the summer of 2013. The music video sang in English, Hrangkhawl and Hindi from the upcoming album title “The Journey” (feat. Hag’ai Rongmei from The Mangalz) was uploaded on Youtube (Watch here) on January 31, 2013. The video went viral and raked in more than 8,65,000 YouTube views in just over a month, making it one of the fastest-spreading indie music video in Indian entertainment history. The song is now also available on iTunes, Ovi Store and Amazon for digital downloads.
His past releases (singles) include:
“When I’m All Alone”
“All or Nothing” ft DropSquad
“Taking Over the World” ft Last Renaissance.
“Humanity” ft Last Renaissance