RAFTAAR was born on November 16, 1988 in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. His real name is Dilin Nair. He is a popular Indian rapper. His stage name is Raftaar. Although his hometown is Thiruvananthapuram; he has settled in Delhi with his family. He is the single child of his parents. His father worked as a steward in The Indian Railways, and his mother was a receptionist. Raftaar had a very hard time in school. His classmates and teachers discriminated against him. His obsession with music started when he was in class ninth.
One of his friends gave him a CD full of songs by Eminem and Linkin Park and that’s when he decided to become a rapper one day. He struggled a lot to get where he is today. Initially, he experienced a lot of difficulties. He used to train students in dancing at an institution. It was his way to make some money for himself. He started his career as a rapper with Young Amli and Lil Golu. Raftaar started recording songs and posting them on social networking sites. Dilin then went ahead to join a band, Mafia Mundeer, started by Yo Yo
He worked as a songwriter in the group, Mafia Mundeer. Beer Bar (2009) was the song he sang while working in the group, Mafia Mundeer. After some time, he quit the band because of the immense popularity Honey Singh gained. Dilin then turned his attention to RDB and was acquainted with this group by his manager, Ankit Khanna. RDB immediately signed him because of his talent and potential. But after the disintegration of the group, Dilin started working with
Manj Musik (Manjeet Singh Ral), the main singer of RDB. Raftaar appeared in the music album Born Star and made a contribution of four songs including ‘Sugar’, ‘Bottle’, ‘
Majnu’ and ‘Tere Pichechhe’. In 2013, he self-released his solo-album ‘WTF- Witness the Future.’
He rose to fame when he got the chance to rap the song ‘Shera Di Kaum’ in the film,
Speedy Singhs (2013). Dilin has rapped songs for various Bollywood movies including Bullet Raja (2013), Heropanti (2014), Fugly (2014) and much more. His song ‘Swag Mera Desi Hai’ became very popular amongst the youngsters and even bagged an award for the same. He is an active performer and performs shows and concerts at various colleges and institutions as well. In 2014, some reports confirmed the clash between Yo Yo Honey Singh and Raftaar. Raftaar accused Yo Yo Honey Singh of not giving him credits for two of his songs from the film, Fugly (2014).
The fight took an ugly turn resulting in the song Swag Mera Desi Hai in which Raftaar has mocked Honey Singh. He wishes to bring about a change in the rap industry. Raftaar recently released his new song, Instagram Love.