Meet Spitfire, the 20-Year-Old Prodigy Behind Gully’s Boy’s “Asli Hip Hop”

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Meet Spitfire, the 20-Year-Old Prodigy Behind Gully’s Boy’s “Asli Hip Hop”

Illustration: Shruti Yatam

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icture this: You’re a regular teenager, struggling with homework, going about your ordinary life. One day you get a phone call from Bollywood heartthrob Ranveer Singh. He says the three magical words you’ve been waiting to hear. “Chhote, Bombay aaja.” That is how Nitin Mishra, aka Spitfire, a 20-year-old songwriter and rapper, an OG gully boy from Madhya Pradesh, went on to become the lead writer in the Ranveer Singh-starrer Gully Boy. The “Asli Hip Hop” hook that you’ve been tapping your foot to? That’s his creation.

“I write poems and I overthink,” reads his Instagram bio. His public account is an eclectic mix of pictures with Ranveer Singh and Zoya Akhar, his debut appearance at the Lakme Fashion Week, his many tattoos, and all things expected of a rapper. But a look at his private account, and you know what’s special. An image of an aam-papad and churan stall is captioned “nostalgia”, a freshly bloomed rose from a home garden peeps out, two glasses of tea are queued up on blue PVC tables. This is the milieu that Mishra occupies – and this is the milieu you experience in his verses.  

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