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Photo: Sidhu Moose Wala album | By Ed Clowes, Rolling Stone / Yahoo | Sidhu Moose Wala, an Indian rapper turned politician whose songs racked up more than 4 billion views on YouTube in less than four years, was shot and killed on Sunday while driving near his home in India. He was 28.

The musician was gunned down by assailants while driving through the Mansa district of Punjab, in India, with gory videos and photos taken at the scene and posted to social media showing his body slumped in the driver seat of a black SUV, covered in blood, as a bystander attempts to take his pulse.

Footage of the aftermath of the attack reviewed by Rolling Stone shows a Mahindra Thar, a kind of Indian jeep, riddled with around 14 bullet holes. At least 30 rounds were fired by the gunmen, according to Punjab’s chief of police VK Bhawra.

He added that the bullets had come from at least three different weapons, pinning the blame on a rivalry between Moose Wala’s manager and a Canadian organized crime group.

The rapper, whose real name was Shubhdeep Singh, was hit by eight rounds, the Hindustan Times said, quoting a police officer. One of the other people in the car with him at the time of the attack has since died of his injuries, the newspaper reported.

Moose Wala, who released his first song in 2017, quickly burst out of India to become one of the country’s most forceful musical exports in a generation, cementing his place as an Asian rapper whose spotlight rivaled his most popular contemporaries in the U.S.

“India has very few authentic modern artists. He was right on top of that list,” tweeted fellow Indian musician Vishal Dadlani. “He’s a legend, his voice, his courage & his words will never be forgotten.”
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Moose Wala, who joined Gandhi’s Congress party in December of 2021, said that his desire to enter politics came from a belief he could change the system from within.

“I am not entering politics for status or to earn praise,” he said on the day he joined the party. “I want to become a part of the system to transform it. I am joining the Congress to raise the voice of the people.”
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