Born in 1979, Taran Kaur Dhillon never once imagined that she’d perform on stage to a rowdy crowd of hip-hop heads. Destiny, however, had different plans for the young Indian girl who once aspired to be like her aunty dressed in a sari playing the traditional Indian harmonium.
Evolving from the good little Indian girl who didn’t argue or answer back, she is now a fire-breathing dragon spitting rhymes here there and everywhere with a punch so hard it’d knock you out from the other side of the room.
Putting those people who claim to be rappers to shame with her lyrical prowess, this village girl has shown her fans that they have no need to be afraid or worried about what others think, “as long as you have talent and passion, chase your dreams”.
Selling all 3000 copies of her first single ‘Voodoo’ this original rapper proved that music could be used a cultural crossover tool. Despite being unaccepted by both the black and Asian youth communities, Hard Kaur has always held her own and stood up for herself. Never one to shy away from controversy or a challenge, Hard Kaur still stands on stage with a microphone rapping with the ferocity of a lion, in front of a crowd of some of the harshest critics, and constantly shows that she’s got balls that most men would be proud of!
Having to move to grey, cold England after her father was tragically killed in the 1984 riots after Indira Ghandi’s death, Hard Kaur learnt never to take crap from anyone. From her first day at school where she was shunned by everyone for being a “freshie”, to lying on the floor with blood pouring down her face, and people around her just standing by and laughing, she realised that life in England was not going to be easy.
Showing a group of young black dancers that even as a traditional little Indian girl she could move her hips as well as anyone could, Hard Kaur’s proved that talent should surpass colour. This “proper fresh” (traditional Indian) girl learnt the language of her new country from listening to music ranging from The Who, The Temptations to her biggest influence, hip-hop legend, Nas. Working hard and determined to live her dream and become successful, she moved to London to study at the London School of Music. After all “you can’t be a chef if you don’t know how to cook”.
Dancing for her elders in the village back in India from the ripe age of 3, it’s no surprise that this sexy glamorous rapper extraordinaire now has her audience eating out of the palm of her hand. Not wanting to be looked at like a juicy piece of ass for the men in the industry the sexy sassy woman shaved her head and showed the men that even without them trying to get into her pants, she could make it.
And make it she did. Her first tour with Sister India took her around the world, ruffling feathers and creating waves. Spotted by The Refugee Camp (Wyclef Jean, Pras and Lauryn Hill’s crew) she was taken to America. On her return, this “loud-mouthed bit*h” made so much noise the likes of Blak Twang and Roots Manuva had to stop, sit up and take notice. Performing at huge festivals such as Glastonbury with the likes of Leftfield and Joi, and at the Anti-Nazi League with the chart topping Coldplay, Ms Dynamite and Heartless crew, Hard Kaur has shown she’s no shy retiring butterfly.
Packing a punch like Muhammad Ali’s left hand with Mr T’s bling Hard Kaur stands on stage and silences all the Mother-F*$#£rs who look at her and scoff just because she’s got breasts. Ramming microphones down her opponent’s throats she proves that skin colour and sex do no matter if you are as talented as she is. Branded a “genius” by the likes of Bobby Friction, the feisty female cross between Marilyn Monroe and Mike Tyson pollutes your ears and mind like a big red bus with her aggressive, real and emotional lyrics. “Chim Chimney” a musical masterpiece, despite it’s weirdness, made people sit up and take notice.
Who takes a popular line from a children’s film and puts it into a song? Hard Kaur does, that’s who. Opening the show for Justin Timberlake and Pharrell at the Brixton Academy, Hard Kaur proved yet again that she may only be 5 feet tall in height, but when it comes to music, she reaches up towards the sky.
The release of “Glassy” brought her to the forefront of the media, but be under no illusion that she’s new to the scene. Having been in the hardest industry in the world for 10 years, she’s making a stand for all Asian girls out there. She followed in her mother’s footsteps and broke away from the traditions and stereotypes, and so can they.
Why is she called Hard Kaur? Well, it sums up everything she is; Hard, not one to take any crap from anyone, and Kaur, a Sikh Punjabi princess.