Did Sidhu Moose Wala realize that his death was near? Did he signal as much to fans? Well, the lyrics of his last song, “The Last Ride”, has triggered a debate among netizens due to the uncanny similarity between the song and the circumstances of his death.
“Ho chhabar de chehre ute noor dasada, ni ehda utuga jawani cha janaja mithiye (Everything is revealed in the young boy’s eyes that the funeral will take place in his youth),” the song read. The song was reportedly a tribute to rapper Tupac Shakur, who was shot dead in his car in 1996 at the age of 25.
The shocking thing is that 28-year-old Sidhu Moose Wala was murdered by the gangsters in broad daylight in the village of Jhawahar in Mansa district. Thirty rounds were fired at them – the motive was clear.
Punjab’s gun violence and gangster culture has shaken the spines of fans and friends. It has been stated several times that artists in Punjab are often subjected to “hate remarks, threats and negative energy” for whatever they love to do.
Parmish Verma, known for songs such as “Gal Ni Kadni”, actor-singer Gippy Grewal, and lyricist Karan Aujla, are some of the prominent Punjabi artists who were threatened by gangsters in the past.
Recently, Mika also confirmed the trend when he revealed that “Many Punjabi singers including Gippy Garewal and Mankirat Aulakh have also received threats. And this incident should be a wake-up call for all.”
A Punjabi singer, speaking on condition of anonymity, told IANS that artistes from the state should stop writing songs on gangsters, guns and fights.
The singer said: “Our culture has changed and we are to be blamed for that. I don’t know why rappers or songwriters like to call themselves gangsters in their albums. Who are the gangsters? Are they for any good ? Why make this culture famous for no reason?
He insisted that Punjabi culture “is all about love and happiness”. That should be the theme of the songs, he said. “Why the need for guns? We need to change track from guns and gangsta culture to our Punjabi culture,” he said.
Back in 2020, Sidhu Moose Wala was booked by the Punjab Police under the Arms Act for promoting gun culture. The action was taken for their song “Panj Goliyon”.
“I don’t want to drag this gun issue right now,” Singer said. “But when will we understand it? Whatever happened to Sidhu (murder) cannot be justified. The entire industry is in shock till date. He was a young man with young thoughts. A mother lost her beloved son. A father Lost his proud son. RIP Sidhu, will miss you.” Absolutely the thoughts of countless fans of the late singer.