Sidhu Moosewala was one of the few who had seen the heights of popularity. The Punjabi Music Industry had never seen a star of Sidhu Moosewala’s aura before. He is today considered to be the key figure behind the global growth and recognition of the Punjabi Music Industry.
Shubhdeep Singh Sidhu, known by his stage name Sidhu Moosewala, was born in the Moosa village of Mansa district in Punjab. His father’s name is Balkaur Singh, a retired government employee and a farmer and his mother’s name is Charan Kaur. He graduated from Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College, Ludhiana in Electrical Engineering in 2016. He was highly influenced by western hip-hop music and started listening to Tupac Shakur in 6th class. Harvinder Bittu from Ludhiana taught him musical skills.
Sidhu Moosewala’s first professional track was “License”, a song that was sung by Ninja and penned by Sidhu. It was released on 23 July, 2016. Sidhu Moosewala’s career, however, escalated during his time in Canada. After graduation, Sidhu Moosewala moved to Brampton, Ontario, Canada. He met many artists in Canada and got close with artists like Deep Jandu, Elly Mangat, Sunny Malton, Byg Byrd and Karan Aujla.
He released his first ever track ‘G Wagon’, a duet with Gurlez Akhtar, produced by Deep Jandu. The song was overall a hit. However, Sidhu Moosewala’s rise to become one of the greatest Punjabi artists of all time began in 2017, when he released the song “So High” produced by Byg Byrd. It was released on music label Humble Music and gave Sidhu recognition all over Punjab and Canada. He also won the Best Lyricist Award for So High at the Brit Asia TV Music Awards 2017.
He then went on to release a number of tracks like Tochan, Issa Jatt and others. He also sang the song “Dollar” for the movie “Dakuaan Da Munda”, released on 5 August, 2018. Sidhu Moosewala then released “PB X1” his first ever Studio Album in October, 2018. The album peaked 66th on Billboard Canadian Albums Chart. The album won him the Best Album Award at the 2019 Brit Asia TV Music Awards. 2018 was the year Sidhu Moosewala started rising as one of the biggest artists of the industry. He also released an immensely popular song “Jatt Da Muqabla” the same year.
2019 was probably the biggest year in Sidhu Moosewala’s career. He released tracks like Legend, which won him the award for the Best Track of the year, Best Lyricist and Best International Male Act. East Side Flow, Hathyar (for film Sikander), Dhakka featuring Afsana Khan, Outlaw and others. On 11 October, 2019, Sidhu Moosewala’s track “47” was released, featuring Steel Banglez, Mist and Stefflon Don. It was his first ever International Collaboration and entered the top 20 on UK Singles Chart. In 2019, alongside Karan Aujla and Maninder Buttar, he was the most popular Punjabi artist on Spotify. He also started a Youtube Channel with his own name as a Music Label in 2019. He released Prem Dhillon’s track “Boot Cut” as a producer through his label in 2019. The year marked Sidhu Moosewala’s rise as a globally recognized artist rather than just a Punjabi singer.
2020 was big! Sidhu Moosewala featured in “Old Skool” alongside Prem Dhillon and NseeB. Tibbeyan Da Putt, his second studio album “Snitches Get Stitches”, Dear Mama (a birthday gift to his mother), Bambiha Bole featuring Amrit Maan and more! He also launched his music label “5911 Records” in the same year. “Game” featuring Shooter Kahlon was the first track and it became one of the most commented Youtube Videos in India. The song also made it to Billboard Canadian Hot 100, his first song on the list ever.
By 2021, Sidhu Moosewala had established himself as an immovable force and one of the biggest celebrities in Punjab. He remained inactive from social media and the music industry from the end of 2020 to the beginning of 2021, mainly due to the farmers’ protest. In May, 2021, Sidhu Moosewala shook the Punjabi Industry by announcing a 32-track album, his third studio album “Moosetape”. Many songs from the album made it to the Billboard and Sidhu became a regular name on the Billboard Charts. World started recognizing him as a great artist. Later in 2021, Sidhu Moosewala again went inactive from the industry owing to his political career.
2022 was the year of comeback. Sidhu Moosewala first released “Youngest In Charge” featuring Sunny Malton in the beginning of the year. It was a track that focussed more on his political career. As soon as Punjab Assembly Elections concluded, Sidhu Moosewala was back and he was back strong. He released “F*ck Em All” with Sunny Malton, then “Scapegoat” a rather political commentary, a surprise EP “No Name” that peaked 73 on the Billboard Canadian Albums Chart, “The Last Ride” with Wazir Patar and finally “Levels” with Sunny Malton, which proved to be Sidhu Moosewala’s last track of his life.
Sidhu Moosewala joined Punjab Congress in December 2021. Soon after joining the party, he was declared to be Congress’s MLA Candidate from Mansa Constituency in the Punjab State Assembly Elections 2022. However, Sidhu Moosewala lost to Aam Aadmi Party’s Dr. Vijay Singla by a margin of around 60,000 votes.
Sidhu Moosewala and Karan Aujla met during Sidhu’s time at Canada and the beginning of his career. Throughout Sidhu’s life, the two were indulged in a controversy, which became one of the biggest beefs in the Punjabi Music Industry. They dissed each other in their tracks, used stage shows to reply to each other and always found a way to make a comment on the other.
Sidhu Moosewala and Babbu Maan were also indulged in a rumoured beef at a point of their careers. It was believed that Babbu Maan made some comments about Sidhu Moosewala and his car, Range Rover, which Sidhu mentioned in many of his songs. Sidhu Moosewala then made some comments that were believed to be a reply to Babbu Maan. Their supposed controversy was short lived.
Sippy Gill’s controversy with Sidhu Moosewla began when he made some comments about Sidhu in a live interaction with his fans. He lashed out at Sidhu for using abusive language from the stage and in his songs. Sidhu Moosewala also made some comments in reply.
Byg Byrd-Sunny Malton
Sidhu Moosewala, Byg Byrd and Sunny Malton formed a team in the beginning of their careers, Brown Boys, that went on to become one of the most successful music groups in the history of Punjabi Music. Sidhu released some of his biggest tracks ever with them. However, owing to a personal issue regarding a song called “My Block”, the team parted their ways. Though Sunny Malton and Sidhu later patched up and formed a team again, Byg Byrd did not share a good bond with Sidhu till the end of his career.
NseeB got his first breakthrough with the track called “Old Skool”, featuring Prem Dhillon and Sidhu Moosewala. However, following the defeat of Sidhu Moosewala in elections, NseeB made some comments that the audience found to be mocking Sidhu’s defeat. Sidhu Moosewala also disser NseeB in his track “Scapegoat”. NseeB released “One Way Ticket” when he revealed that he hadn’t yet been paid for his verse in Old Skool. Sidhu dissed NseeB yet again in the last track of his life “Levels”.
Prem Dhillon and Sidhu Moosewla had a brotherly relationship and Prem saw the rise of his career with Sidhu Moosewala. However, in the end of 2021, Prem Dhillon unfollowed Sidhu on Instagram and announced a track with Sidhu’s rival, Byg Byrd. Though Prem Dhillon always denied any differences with Sidhu, the latter dissed him in many of his tracks. It is believed that a few lines of Sidhu’s last song “Levels” were targeted towards Prem.
Awards & Records
1. Brit Asia Award for the Best Album 2019 – PBX1
2. Brit Asia Award for Track of the year 2019 – Legend
3. Brit Asia Award for Best Lyricist – Legend
4. Brit Asia Award for Best International Male Act – Legend
5. Longest Album in Punjabi Music Industry – Moosetape
6. The Guardian’s Top 50 upcoming artists 2020