Ipsha. a.k.a. Femcee Ipsy, a former student of media penned a lot of poetry as a teenager. Inspired by international artists like Mike Shinoda, Jay-Z, Vanilla Ice and Eminem, she wrote her first rap in 2013 in the examination hall. It was on the topic, ‘WAR.’ That was her moment when she came face-to-face with her bucket list. She realized on her desire to become a hip hop rapper.
But the city of Pune changed everything for her. By 2015 she was already exposed to the scene there. Her raw skills and performances were well received during gigs at her college, which pushed her for more.
Ipsha and her best friend/room-mate spent a lot of time at a cafe in Pune. One fine day, both of them requested the owner if they could have a live performance. The first point was accomplished. There after she performed another gig at the same place, one at an event known as Supaskillz. This set the ball in motion and she performed another one at an open-mic night at here college.
In 2016, on October, Ipsha debuted in a rap battle on Spit Dope Inc, one of the biggest rap battle platforms along with B3-Bombay Battle Bars. She thoroughly savored the taste of that. Such a competition puts you in a situation, face to face with another rapper and engage in a duel, a battle of verses. At times it involves in impromptu duels which is Ipsha’s areas of interest.
It got me motivated. Encouraged. I met a lot of good people on the way. I made some really nice friends from the hip hop scene who genuinely are looking to push you up. A few of my collaborations have helped me build good relations. I can feel a surge of positive energy inside,” the rapper describes her journey.
Recently, she gigged at the Penthouze Nightlife. However, the journey does not end there. Ipsha has rhymed her way to the list of the top Indian female rappers in the country. She loves spending hours at the gym and is passionate about healthy eating. Ipsha loves to cook her own food. She believes that the hours one spends at the gym not only gives one a fine body but a fine mind as well.
Ipsha believes that people who are passionate about hip hop know what they should concentrate on. According to her the audience for some meaningful hip hop is very narrow. However, the perspective is changing gradually. The underground pioneers are doing a great task in spreading awareness. She feels a need to vehemently spread the hip hop culture and continue the movement for good. Hiphop is here to stay. A word of advice for aspiring bucket listers in the world of rapping.
Breaking stereotypes is a cause this bucket lister fights for. Her’s is an exemplary manifesto of the same.
I felt elated. There are some inexplicable feelings. You cannot express them. The best part of this is that my family keeps sharing my posts and encourage me to rap in my native language – Assamese.