Engineer Who Became Punjab's Biggest Singing Sensation: Sidhu Moose Wala's Journey To Stardom

Engineer Who Became Punjab's Biggest Singing Sensation: Sidhu Moose Wala's Journey To Stardom


Engineer Who Became Punjab's Biggest Singing Sensation: Sidhu Moose Wala's Journey To Stardom

At the young age of just 28,  Shubhdeep Singh Sidhu who was better known by his stage name Sidhu Moose Wala, was shot dead in his car (SUV) on May 29, 2022 in Jawaharke village of Mansa district. Thirty rounds of bullets were shot at him, out of which eight hit him. He was immediately rushed to the hospital but doctors said he was brought dead. The incident has sent shockwaves across the entire nation. From celebrities like Ranveer Singh to American Rapper Drake, everyone is heartbroken. 

·        Sidhu Moose Walas journey to stardom

·        Personal life

·        Music influence

·        Breakthrough performance

·        Punjabs singing sensation

·        Sidhu Moose Wala Controversies

·        Glorification of Khalistani movement

·        Promoting gun culture and violence

·        Sidhu Moose Walas political career

Sidhu Moose Wala's journey to stardom

Personal life

Shubhdeep Singh Sidhu hailed from the village of Moosa in Mansa district of Punjab, India. He was born to a Sikh family, to father Bhola Singh and mother Charan Kaur, who is the head of the village. He studied at Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College, Ludhiana and graduated in electrical engineering in 2016.

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Music influence 

Moose Wala started listening to hip-hop music when he was in sixth grade. He learned the art of music from Harvinder Bittu in Ludhiana. Sidhu was a great admirer of rapper Tupac Shakur. He was so influenced by Tupac that his last song, The Last Ride, was also inspired by him. The cover photo of the song was Tupac's car in which he was shot, quite similar to how Moose Wala died. 

Breakthrough performance

After graduation, he moved to Canada on a study visa, from where he released his first song G Wagon. Moose Wala's claim to fame was song So High, a gangster rap for which he collaborated with Byg Byrd. The 2017 song was an instant hit. The song won him the 2017 Best Lyricist award at the Brit Asia TV Music Awards. Following this, he only flew high. 

Punjab's singing sensation

With songs like Issa Jatt, Tochan, Selfmade, Famous and Warning Shots, he became a rage among fans. His single titled 47 that featured Mist and Stefflon Don entered the top 20 on UK Singles Chart. In 2019, Spotify included him in the list of the most popular artists in Punjab, along with Maninder Buttar and Karan Aujla. Popular for his gangster rap, his songs often made to top charts in Punjab, UK, Canada and New Zealand.

Sidhu Moose Wala Controversies 

Glorification of Khalistani movement

In 2020, he released a song called Panjab: My Motherland for which he was accused of glorifying the Khalistani movement as the song included visuals from a speech made by Khalistani supporter Bharpur Singh Balbir in the late 1980s.

Promoting gun culture and violence

In 2020, the then Punjab government led by Captain Amarinder Singh had booked him for promoting gun culture and violence in one of his songs,  Panj golian (five bullets) and  Sanju.

He once, along with his father, had appeared before Akal Takht, the highest temporal seat of the Sikhs, and tendered an apology. His song received backlash from Sikhs for mentioning woman warrior Mai Bhago.

During the Covid-19 pandemic, Moose Wala was booked over a viral video that allegedly showed him firing with an AK-47 rifle in a firing range.  

Sidhu Moose Wala's political career

Moose Wala had joined the Congress last year before the Punjab Assembly elections. He contested the Punjab elections from Mansa constituency and was defeated by Aam Aadmi Party's Dr Vijay Singla by a huge margin of 63,323 votes.

He then released a song titled Scapegoat in which he called AAP supporters traitors. The song also refers to Simranjit Singh Mann and Deep Sidhu, saying that the people of Punjab forgot their contribution. 

 "Our Guru Sahib has taught that humbleness is the greatest virtue. Defeat should be taken as a lesson of introspection. But Moosewala seems to have lost his mind in arrogance. People of Punjab have voted from their hearts, calling the voice of people 'gaddar' is shameful," Cabinet Minister Harjot Singh Bains said.


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