What happens when a non-rapper female college student is given an open mic at the Delhi Poetry Slam?
Well, to begin with, popular rapper Honey Singh is forced to face some very uncomfortable questions about the choice of lyrics in his songs.
Rene Sharanya Verma, a student of the St Stephen's college in Delhi, recently took on some of Singh's most sexist lyrics, addressing everything from cliched '36-24-36' female figures to 'rhyming with boob'.
Verma got a huge round of applause and hoots as she flawlessly belted out her rap, slamming not just the singer for his misogynistic lyrics, but also his fans on female objectification.
In the past, Singh's lyrics have often been questioned - a few years ago, an FIR was launched against the rapper by an IPS officer for alleged obscenity in his songs. After the brutal Delhi gangrape of a young woman on a bus an online petition was circulated to stop objectification of women in mainstream pop culture. Singh is one of India's top-paid and most successful artists with hits such as 'Blue Eyes', 'Alcoholic' and 'Desi Kalakar'.
Verma's rap ends with "I know my rap’s full of s**t mujhe bol ke dikha". But that's not all. Here are some of the most powerful bits from her lyrics.
I am not an afterthought, I am not an overpriced sweater in Zara, I'm not an ambraan di queen or a kudi namkeen..."
"Mein chhoti dress mein bomb nahin lagti, yaar. I am not a woofer and you sure as hell ain't my amplifier, what are you a f***king transformer?"
"And dear Honey Singh, if you feed my dog yeh nashe-wala biskoot, I will cut you up."
"I am a chick, a dick, a prude, a dude, a pitch, a snitch, a dyke, a tyke...people are not Pokemon, you cannot catch them out with your Masterball whatever that means.."
Verma ended her speech on a beautiful note, amidst crazy applause: "Baby its not Maybelline, it's you. You’re not just the masterpiece you’re the painter too."
The Delhi Poetry Slam started in 2013, to provide an open platform to competitive performance poetry.