Divine is a popular rapper in India who has gained a lot of popularity in recent years. He is credited with taking Indian hip hop culture to a whole new level.
Divine’s popularity has grown significantly after the release of his song “Mere Gully Mein” in 2019, which became a huge hit. He has also been featured in a documentary called “Gully Life.”
He is also the founder of Gully Gang Entertainment, a record label and collective of hip-hop artists.
|Date of Birth
|2 October 1990
|33 (as of 2023)
|Place of Birth
|Andheri, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
|5 feet 6 inches
|39 – 31 – 14 Inches
|He has two tattoos on his body. One is in his right forearm, and another is his right chest.
Past & Current Relationships:
|Name Not Known
|Name Not Known
|Anthony Fernandes (Brother)
Divine was born as Vivian Fernandes in Andheri, Mumbai. He grew up in a slum with his single mother and younger brother.
He had a difficult childhood, as his father was an alcoholic and abusive. He started rapping at 10, inspired by artists like Eminem and 50 Cent.
He dropped out of school in the 10th grade and pursued music as a career.
Divine has not revealed much about his personal life or relationships. He is reportedly single and focused on his music and business.
He has a close bond with his mother and brother, who have supported him throughout his journey.
Early Life & Education:
Divine attended St. John the Evangelist High School in Marol, Mumbai. He was interested in music and sports from a young age.
He participated in rap battles and talent shows in school and college. He also played cricket and football for his school team.
Divine did not complete his formal education, as he dropped out of college to pursue music.
He learned rap by watching videos on YouTube and listening to songs on the radio.
He also attended workshops and events organized by hip-hop groups like Mumbai’s Finest and SlumGods.
|Most popular songs
|“Yeh Mera Bombay” (2013), “Mere Gully Mein” (2015) featuring Naezy, “Jungli Sher” (2016), “Kaam 25” (2018), “Kohinoor” (2019)
|Divine is signed to Gully Gang Records, Sony Music India and Mass Appeal Records India.
Divine started his rap career by uploading songs on YouTube and SoundCloud.
He gained recognition with his song “Yeh Mera Bombay,” which won the Best Video of the Year award at the Rolling Stone India Awards in 2014. He then collaborated with Naezy, another rapper from Mumbai, to create “Mere Gully Mein,” which became a viral hit and brought attention to the underground hip-hop scene in India.
Divine signed a deal with Sony Music India in 2016 and released his debut EP “Farak.”
He also collaborated with artists like Anirudh Ravichander, Badshah, Amit Trivedi, and Nucleya.
He performed at various festivals and events like NH7 Weekender, Spoken Fest, MTV Hustle, and BBC Asian Network Live.
In 2019, Divine launched his record label and collective called Gully Gang Entertainment, which aims to promote hip-hop culture and talent in India.
He also released his debut album “Kohinoor”, which featured guest appearances by Nas, Dave East, Sid Sriram, and others.
The album received critical acclaim and commercial success.
In 2020, Divine won the Best Lyricist award at the Filmfare Awards for his song “Apna Time Aayega” from the film Gully Boy.
He also won the Best Indian Act award at the MTV Europe Music Awards.
He released his second album “Punya Paap”, which featured collaborations with Nas, Vince Staples, Pusha T, and others. The album was praised for its diverse sound and themes.
Net worth and Income:
|$2 Million (as of 2023) or INR 15-16 crores
|Sources of Income
|Music, brand endorsements, concerts and stage shows
Divine is one of the richest rappers in India. His net worth is estimated to be around $2 million as of 2023. His main sources of income are music sales, streaming royalties, live shows, endorsements and merchandise. He has endorsed brands like Puma, Budweiser, OnePlus and Spotify. He also owns a luxury car and a house in Mumbai.
Interesting facts and Trivia
- Divine’s real name is Vivian Fernandes. He was born on October 2, 1990, in Andheri, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.
- Divine started his career as an underground rapper in 2011 after discovering hip hop on a T-shirt. A friend of his wore a T-shirt of 50 Cent’s first album Get Rich or Die Tryin’ at school. The same friend gave him his first MP3 CD with hip-hop music on it which inspired him to start rapping in English.
- He started to gain popularity after the release of his song “Yeh Mera Bombay” in 2013. He broke through with the release of his song “Mere Gully Mein” in 2015 featuring the Mumbai-based rapper Naezy.
- Divine is signed to Gully Gang Records, Sony Music India and Mass Appeal Records India.
- On December 12, 2020, Divine became the first Indian rapper to be featured on Spotify Times Square billboard in New York City for his album Punya Paap (2020), which had claimed the top spot on Apple Music India.