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Rahul Kumar Velpula – known professionally as Roll Rida.

Roll RidaRahul Kumar Velpula - known professionally as Roll Rida.

Rahul Kumar Velpula (born 26 Jan 1989), known professionally as Roll Rida, is an Indian rapper, song writer and actor in Tollywood (Telugu).

He became popular with his YouTube rap song on Sankranthi, Patang, was a huge hit with over 17 million views. His other popular songs are Kirana rap, Breaking news Kattif,Shankar Ka Beta, Ivvalane Dilkush,Ignite, Arupu etc. In 2018, he appeared as a contestant for Bigg Boss Telugu 2 and successfully reached the 15th week of the show and finished in 6th place.

Rahul Kumar Velpula - known professionally as Roll Rida.

Roll Rida was born in Karimnagar, Telangana, India. He did his schooling at Johnson Grammar School in Hyderabad; intermediate at Narayana Junior College, Tarnaka and completed his BTech in computer science from CVR College of Engineering, Hyderabad. He was popular for his singing in school and started a band in college with Syed Kamran.

Roll Rida initially worked at Google, Hyderabad and as Quality Analyst at Tech Mahindra.

He picked his professional name, Roll Rida, upon a friend’s suggestion, after popular American rapper, Flo Rida, of Low song fame. He quit his job to pursue his successful singing career in 2017. His rap song ‘Arupu’ with Syed Kamran raked in 4M views on YouTube.

He was the first to do a rap song in Telugu language. In 2013, he debuted on Sankranthi with a single, Patang, on YouTube became a huge hit, with over 14 million views. His songs Patang, Kirana song, Dilkush are popular with young listeners. He toured USA in 2015 and 2016 to promote his Telugu rap and Hip Hop songs. He also performed at TKR Engineering College annual event which was a huge hit. Roll Rida was featured on VH1 in 2010.

Rahul Kumar Velpula - known professionally as Roll Rida.

Rapping technique

Roll Rida’s rapping is a combination of Hyderabadi Telugu and Deccani slang spoken in Hyderabad old city


He worked with Telugu music directors like M. M. Keeravani, S. S. Thaman and Anoop Rubens. He also performed with DIVINE. He worked as a voice artist for Akhil Akkineni in the movie Manam, and Jr. NTR in Temper. He acted in a short film, Hello!, an urban rom com. It was released on YouTube.

Rahul Kumar Velpula - known professionally as Roll Rida.

Bigg Boss Telugu 2

He was selected for Bigg Boss Telugu 2 for his popularity. He stayed in the house till the week before the finale of that season-2.


Rahul Kumar Velpula - known professionally as Roll Rida.Click the image to watch the music video.

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