Ranked at No.1 in Indian Rappers, Divine has been at the center of the rap scene in India for quite a while. His experience within the industry, innovative spirit and gradual development of skills has led him to the position he is at today.
Born as Vivan Fernandes in the city of Mumbai and the streets of Andheri, Divine has been the one rapper who has brought Hindi rap to the attention of mainstream media. He has been thriving right since the start of his career in 2013. He has collaborated with several artists in the hip-hop scene and has even worked with international artists. He 3even contributed greatly to the movie “Gully Boy” featuring Ranveer Singh; the movie was a film inspired by the lives of Divine and Naezy (fellow rapper).
|Famous for||Contribution to the movie Gully Boy (2018)|
Divine Personal Life Info & More
Born on 2 October 1990, he is currently 31 years old (as of 2021) and hails from Mumbai. He frequently visits Goa too. His zodiac sign is Libra and he is Christian. His nationality is Indian.
|Date of Birth/Birthday||2 October 1990|
|Age (as in 2021)||31|
|Zodiac Sign/Sun Sign||Libra|
Divine Height, Weight, Physical Stats & More
|Height (approx.)||in meters – 1.68m
in feet-inches – 5’6
|Weight (approx.)||in Pounds – 132lbs.
in Kilograms – 60kgs
|Eye Color||Dark Brown|
Divine Family Members Names & Information
Not a lot of information is available about his family; however, we do know that he has a brother Anthony Fernandes, who lives in Qatar with his mother. His parents divorced when he was a child. After which his mother moved to Qatar to support their family. She left him and his brother with their grandma and in a few years his brother too, shifted to Qatar to help his mother with her work.
|Father||Name Not Known|
|Mother||Name Not Known|
Divine Marital Status & More
Divine Education Qualification, School & College
He has focused on his education and given it equal importance. He received his primary school education from St. John the Evangelist High School located in Andheri itself. For his higher education, he joined the R. D. National College. There he received his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Applications.
|School||St. John the Evangelist High School|
|College/University||R.D. National College|
Divine Favourite Things/Like & Dislike
His taste in music has a wide range- from Micheal Jackson’s dance-pop music to old school, classic rappers like Nas and TuPac. His favourite colour is White and apart from making music, he also likes Travelling and Gymming.
|Favourite Singers||Michael Jackson, Eminem, 50 Cent, Bob Marley, Jay-Z, Lecrae, TuPac, Nas, Chance the Rapper|
|Hobbies||Travelling and Gymming|
Success story: start to the end.
In early 2011, Vivian’s life took a turn for the better when he discovered rap music after seeing a guy wear a 50 Cent T-shirt which caught his attention. Soon after, one of his friends gave him a CD of tracks by the famous rappers Eminem and 50 Cent. He was in school during this time. He regularly used to listen to their music and was severely inspired by it.
He started writing lyrics and improving his rapping skills in the 11th standard. He used to practice writing verses for over 5 hours daily in order to get it right. Soon, in college, he decided to join a hip-hop group named “Mumbai’s Finest” and was trained under a rapper named “Ace”.
After he graduated from college, his grandmother gifted him a computer and a microphone. He recorded his first-ever song “Coming for You” on his Nokia N8. Soon he released his debut single in 2013- “Yeh Mera Bombay”, naturally it was an instant hit amongst all Mumbaikars.
His next song “Jungli Sher” was an autobiographical rap and was released in the same year. The song was filmed in Mumbai in over 40 different locations using his iPhone. Divine caught the attention of Sony Music India (a record label) while he was performing at the Blue Frog Festival 2014 in Mumbai and shortly after signed a contract with them. The song also went on to win “Best Video Award of the Year” by Rolling stone India.
His mainstream breakout single was “Mere Gully Mein” (trans. In my Street) featuring Naezy; it was titled Mumbai Rap Anthem which came out in 2015. After that, he collaborated with several artists and won a lot of awards too. a noticeable achievement would be winning the Best EDM track of the Year in the GIMA Awards in 2015 for a song he worked on Nucleya with for Nucleya’s album “Bass Rani”. Another song he collaborated with Nucleya on was “Scene Kya Hai ” in 2016.
On 24 March 2016, his debut solo single “Jungli Sher” was released and it ruled the charts because of its raw depiction of the life of the poor in Mumbai. This single opened doors all the way to the BBC 1 Radio Show, ultimately he became the first Indian rapper to rap in Hindi there.
He collaborated with several artists like Raja Kumari. He also started his own company and his own crew, both of which go by the name “Gully Gang”.
Zoya Akhtar attended his concert in the Blue Frog Club and was immensely moved. She decided to make a movie based on the Indian rap scene. She wanted to make a movie based on the lives of Divine and Naezy. Thus came the popular movie “Gully Boy” in 2019.
Divine Money Factor
|Net Worth||$2.5 million (Rs 20 Crore)|
Divine Biography & Some Other Lesser Known Facts About Divine:
In an interview, while answering the reason behind his name he stated that in his early days, he used to focus on lyric writing and rapping while he was in a church. That lead to him naming himself “Divine”.
He likes several genres but despises “beatboxing”. He is a dog lover and has a dog named Grumpee. In October 2018, he was gifted a car from the Chairman of Mahindra Group- Anand Mahindra.
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