Sidhu Moosewala (A Complete Life Journey)

Shubhdeep Singh Sidhu (11 June 1993 – 29 May 2022), well known by his stage name Sidhu Moose Wala, was a Punjabi singer, rapper, songwriter, and actor.

He was a member of the Indian National Congress (INC) political party. Moose Wala began his career as a songwriter for Ninja’s song “License,” and then moved on to singing in a duet called “G Wagon.” Following his debut, he teamed with Brown Boyz on a number of Humble Music-released tunes. Sidhu is widely considered as one of the most influential Punjabi performers of his time.

Furthermore, he is credited for paving the way for Punjabi singers to break into mainstream music.

With his song “So High,” Moose Wala got a lot of attention. His debut album, PBX 1, was published in 2018 and reached number 66 on the Billboard Canadian Albums chart.
Following the release of the album, he began publishing his tracks on his own. His track “47” reached number 47 on the UK Singles Chart in 2019.

The Guardian named Moose Wala one of 50 up-and-coming musicians in 2020. Ten of his songs have reached the top of the UK Asian chart, with two of them reaching number one. On the Global YouTube music chart, his song “Bambiha Bole” was in the top five. He released Moosetape in 2021, with tunes charting on the Canadian Hot 100, UK Asian, and New Zealand Hot charts.

Moose Wala was recognized for his provocative lyrical style, which frequently promoted gun culture while simultaneously questioning religious sentiments[7], as in the case of Mai Bhago, a venerated person in Sikhism.

He’d been sued for promoting gun culture and utilizing aggressive and inciting lyrics in his music.

As of 2022, he was the subject of four criminal cases. Moose Wala was a member of the Indian National Congress who ran for the Punjab Legislative Assembly from Mansa in 2022 but lost.

On May 29, 2022, he was shot and killed by unknown assailants. He was driving his own automobile and didn’t bother with the two bodyguards provided by the state government or his bullet-proof vehicle.

A criminal from Canada who operates in Punjab has claimed responsibility for the murder. According to Punjab Police’s first inquiry, the incident was caused by inter-gang rivalry.
Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann has ordered a judicial enquiry into his death.

Early Years

Shubhdeep Singh Sidhu was born in the village of Moosa in Punjab’s Mansa district. His father Balkaur Singh and mother Charan Kaur were both Sikhs when he was born. He studied electrical engineering at Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College in Ludhiana and graduated in 2016. Tupac Shakur was a rapper who Moose Wala respected and was influenced by.

From the sixth grade, he began listening to hip-hop music and gained musical talents from Harvinder Bittu in Ludhiana. He chose “Moose Wala” for his stage name as a tribute to his home village of Moosa, according to statements he made when campaigning. Moose Wala went to Brampton, Ontario, Canada as an international student after graduation. He attended Sheridan College and Humber College while residing there.

Career

While residing in Brampton, he released his first song, “G Wagon.”

In 2018, he began performing live gigs in India. He had also given performances in Canada. In 2017, Moose Wala made a splash with the song “So High,” a gangster rap collaboration with Byg Byrd. The song earned him the 2017 Brit Asia TV Music Awards’ Best Lyricist honor.

“Issa Jatt,” “Tochan,” “Selfmade,” “Famous,” and “Warning Shots” were among his hit tracks. He was nominated for the Best New Age Sensation category at the 2018 PTC Punjabi Music Awards for “Issa Jatt.”

He released his debut film soundtrack song, “Dollar,” in August 2018 for the film Dakuaan Da Munda. In October 2018, Moose Wala released his debut album PBX 1 in the pop music genre with a hint of hip-hop. On the Canadian Albums Chart, the album reached number one.

At the 2019 Brit Asia TV Music Awards, Moose Wala took up the Best Album Award, as well as Track of the Year, Best International Male Act, and Best Lyricist.

Controversy over Mai Bhago

Sikh elders felt his song “Jatti Jeone Morh Wargi” unsuitable in September 2019 because it included the name Mai Bhago, a 17th century Sikh warrior queen. Sikh delegates and Akali Dal officials urged that the song be banned, and Moose Wala was sued in Mansa and Bathinda.

Moosewala later apologized on social media and appeared in front of the Sikh religious body Akal Takht in March 2020 for a hearing regarding the event.

The Khalistani movement is being glorified.

In December 2020, Moose Wala released the single “Panjab: My Motherland” in support of the farmers’ protest against the 2020 Indian agriculture acts, which included clips of glorified Khalistani militant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale and speeches given by Bharpur Singh Balbir, a supporter of Khalistan, in the late 1980s.

Khalistan, according to Moose Wala, signifies a pristine place, like it was under Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s dominion, where people of all religions lived in harmony.

Sidhu in the 2019-20 season

In 2019, Moose Wala launched his own record label, Moose Wala Records, which has since produced a number of tunes. “Sidhu’s Anthem,” “Mafia Style,” “Poison” (a collaboration with R Nait), “Sohne Lagde,” and “Homicide” are among the songs released. He also worked as a producer on Prem Dhillon’s “Boot Cut.”

Due to violent incidents at Moose Wala’s previous performances, his performance at the Surrey Music Festival was canceled in June 2019. His track “47,” which featured Mist and Stefflon Don, charted in the top 20 in the United Kingdom. The song also reached on the Hot 40 singles chart in New Zealand.

Moose Wala concluded the year with single “Dhakka”. In 2019, Spotify included him in the list of the most popular artists in Punjab, along with Maninder Buttar and Karan Aujla. [45]

In 2020, he featured in “Old Skool”, sung by Prem Dhillon. The song was followed by “Tibeyan Da Putt”, which topped the iTunes charts and was ranked at number 8 on the Apple

Music charts in India.

The song was followed by various singles, including “911” and “8 Cylinder”. In May 2020, Moose Wala announced his second studio album, Snitches Get Stitches on his Instagram handle, which was released on the same day. In the same month, he released his single “Dear Mama” on the occasion of his mother’s birthday.

In June 2020, he collaborated with Amrit Maan on the song “Bambiha Bole”, which debuted at number 25 in India and 81 in Canada on the Apple Music chart. Its music video was viewed over ten million times within twenty-four hours.  The song topped in India, and entered the top 50 in Canada and New Zealand on the Apple Music chart.

It topped the UK Asian charts, and also entered the top 5 of the Global YouTube charts.  In September 2020, Moose Wala released “Game” with Shooter Kahlon, which became his first song to chart on the Canadian Hot 100 by Billboard.

In May 2021, Moose Wala released his third studio album, Moosetape, which contains 32 tracks. On 12 September 2021, he performed at the Wireless Festival in London with British rapper Mist. Moose Wala was the first Indian singer to perform at this festival.

In April 2022, Moose Wala released his debut Ep No Name featuring AR Paisley, Mr. Capone-E and Sunny Malton. which debuted at No. 73 on Billboard Top Canadian Albums.

Sidhu songs like “Last ride”, “Level up”, “Never fold”, and “295”, ranked billboard Canadian Top 100 Chart. The last ride postioned on 26 and levels up 32 and Never fold 97th rank, sidhu song made their debute at Global billboard Excl.U.S. the last ride postioned at 113 and 295 was ranked the 162 rank and levels up was placed on postion number 195

Music production

Following the various successful songs with Humble Music, Moose Wala started releasing songs independently in 2018. He released the first song “Warning Shots”, which was a diss track attacking Karan Aujla’s track “Lafaafe”.

In the same year, his debut album PBX 1 was released under T-Series, followed by the release of most of his tracks under his own label, as well as tracks from other artists. In 2020, Moose Wala released his second studio album Snitches Get Stitches under his own label. On 31 August 2020, Moose Wala officially launched his record label, 5911 Records.

Feuds

Moose Wala had a rivalry with Karan Aujla; both have replied to each other through songs, social media handles and live performances. Also, both the singers have been criticised for singing songs promoting violence.

Elly Mangat, both Sidhu and Aujla’s then-colleague, in an interview disclosed that the dispute between the two singers began when Sidhu’s video targeting Aujla in his song was leaked to Aujla’s management, and they threatened to attack Sidhu. Following the incident, both started targeting each other on social media.

The rivalry was resolved temporarily till Aujla released a diss-track “Lafaafe”, followed by Moose Wala’s “Warning Shot”. Aujla in an interview stated that he did not write the track “Lafaafe”, and did not reveal anything about their rivalry, but praised Sidhu’s work.

Legal issues

As of 2022, Moose Wala was facing four criminal cases. Two of the cases were related to obscene scenes. In May 2020, two videos featuring Moose Wala went viral on social media: one showcased him training to use an AK-47 with assistance from police officers, and the other saw him use a personal pistol.

The six officers who had assisted him were suspended following the incident. On 19 May, he was booked under two sections of the Arms Act. The police began conducting raids to find Moose Wala, but he absconded to evade arrest. On 2 June, the Barnala District Court rejected a plea for anticipatory bail for Moose Wala and five accused officers.

On 6 June 2020, he was fined by police in Nabha for his car windows were tinted black beyond what was permissible, and was allowed to leave despite being under lookout; Moose Wala incorrectly told the officers that he was already on bail.

In July, he joined the police investigation and was granted regular bail. That month, he released a single titled “Sanju”, comparing himself to actor Sanjay Dutt, who was also arrested under the Arms Act. Indian sport shooter Avneet Sidhu criticised the song and called out Moosewala for promoting gun culture. The next day, a case was registered against him for releasing the song. In an interview, Moose Wala alleged that he was being deliberately targeted by some news channels and lawyers.

Acting career

Moose Wala made his debut in Punjabi cinema in the film Yes I Am Student under his own production company Jatt Life Studios. The film was directed by Tarnvir Singh Jagpal and written by Gill Raunta.

In 2019, Moose Wala appeared in Teri Meri Jodi. In June 2020, he announced another film titled Gunah. On 22 August, he released the teaser of his upcoming movie, Moosa Jatt, starring Sweetaj Brar and directed by Tru Makers. On 24 August, he announced his new film Jattan Da Munda Gaun Lagya, directed by Amberdeep Singh which was set for release on 18 March 2022.

Politics

Moose Wala actively campaigned for his mother, Charan Kaur, who won the sarpanch election from Moosa village in December 2018. Moose Wala joining Indian National Congress in presence of Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi and PPCC President Navjot Singh Sidhu.

On 3 December 2021, Moose Wala joined Congress for contesting the 2022 Punjab Legislative Assembly election. Nazar Singh Manshahia, the Congress MLA from Mansa, revolted and opposed Moosewala’s candidacy.

Obtaining only 20.52% votes from the Mansa constituency, Moose Wala lost to Aam Aadmi Party’s Vijay Singla by a margin of 63,323 votes.

During the 2022 election, a case under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code, was filed against Moosewala for his violation of the election code of conduct. He had held door-to-door campaign in Mansa constituency, after the end of allowed duration of election campaign.

On 11 April 2022, Moose Wala released a song titled “Scapegoat”, in which he laments his failure in the 2022 Punjab state assembly elections.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) claimed that Moose Wala through his song insinuated that the voters of Punjab were “gaddar” (transl. traitors) for electing AAP. They also claimed that Moose Wala’s song perpetuates the Congress’ “anti-Punjab” mentality and demanded an answer from the party’s state unit president, Amrinder Singh Raja Warring, on whether he endorsed Moose Wala’s views.

Death

Moose Wala was shot dead in his car on 29 May 2022 in Jawaharke village of Mansa district, by unidentified assailants. According to police, the killing was caused by gang rivalry.

According to police, at around 4:30 pm, he left his house with his cousin Gurpreet Singh and neighbour Gurwinder Singh. Moose Wala was driving his black Mahindra Thar SUV, and his father was following him in a separate car. He was going to his aunt’s house in Barnala. At 5:30 when the SUV reached the village Jawaharke, two other cars intercepted and blocked it.

30 rounds were fired during the incident which also injured two other men. Moosewala also fired back at the attackers using his pistol. After the shootout, the attackers left the scene. His father took Moosewala to the civil hospital in Mansa where he was declared brought dead.

Moose Wala was among the 424 people, whose police security was reduced or entirely removed the day before, in preparation for the anniversary of Operation Blue Star, leaving him with two commandos only, as compared to four earlier.

t the time of the incident, Moose Wala was travelling in his private car accompanied by two others instead of his bullet-proof vehicle and the police commandos. According to his friends, Moosewala did not take his security along with him as his Thar SUV that he chose to drive, could not accommodate five people.

Aftermath

According to the police, Moose Wala’s killing appeared to be done to avenge the murder of an Akali leader, Vicky Middukhera in 2021. Moose Wala’s aide was accused of having a role in the killing of Middukhera.

A Canadian gangster of Punjabi origin, identified as Satinder Singh alias Goldy Brar, claimed responsibility for the murder. Brar, a close associate of gangster Lawrence Bishnoi claimed that his “Punjab Module” (gang) carried out the shooting. Both Brar and Bishnoi have criminal cases against them in India. The Punjab police later confirmed Bishnoi’s involvement.

Subsequently in the FIR, Moose Wala’s father revealed that Sidhu was receiving death threats from gangsters for extortion purposes, a statement corroborated by singer Mika Singh.

Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann condemned the murder. Calling Moose Wala “a cultural icon of Punjab” he expressed shock and grief on his death and condoled the aggrieved family. CM ordered an investigation into why Moose Wala’s security was reduced by the Punjab police two days prior.

Mann announced setting up of a judicial commission headed by a sitting judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court to investigate the killing. Numerous celebrities offered their condolences on social media.

Police found bullets of AN-94 Russian assault rifle and a pistol at the spot of the killing. Police have detained six suspects in the incident from the state of Uttarakhand. On 30 May, one of the murder suspect was detained by the Punjab Police while he was hiding among the pilgrims of Gurudwara Shri Hemkund Sahib.

On 30 May, the Delhi-unit of Indian National Congress staged a protest near Aam Aadmi Party supremo Arvind Kejriwal’s residence holding the AAP-ruled Government of Punjab responsible for the incident, blaming the state government’s decision to curtail Moosewala’s security cover.

His autopsy was carried out by 5 doctors and the event was videographed. According to post-mortem reports, Moose Wala’s body received 19 bullet injuries and he died in 15 minutes after getting shot due to gunshot wounds. He was cremated in his ancestral village of Jawaharke on 31 May.

On 3 June, Lawrence Bishnoi allegedly admitted to being involved in the murder and that he had a rivalry with Moosewala.

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