Vten whose birth name is Samir Ghising aka Yogendra Subedi (YOGEI) (age 24) (born 18/01/1996) is a young Nepalese aspiring rapper who hails Kathmandu Nepal.
Samir Ghising who was given birth to in Jhapa District is a Nepali Rapper and a Hiphop Artist. His hometown is in Rautahat District and the nickname is Yogen. He is the only son of Mr. Kapil Babu Lama and Mrs. Hema Lama he has two sisters (Selin Ghising and Simron Ghising). He was born in Nepal and raised in, Pennsylvania, United States. He established himself well in Lancaster, Pennsylvania with his exceptional skills in making Thangka before he was known as the Rapper of Nepali Hip Hop. YOGEI’s name was given by his best friend.
He was born in Rautahat.
Samir moved to Kathmandu with his Uncle in the hopes of painting Thanka.
Thanka is a Tibetan painting made on cotton.
Samir started pursuing his high school in Kathmandu even after he has failed once in his first year, he didn’t let that drag him down so he gave it a second trial.
Having failed already once in his first year, he dropped out of high school in his second attempt.
Samir often relishes his moments in his high school for spending most of his times with friends and playing basketball instead of attending lectures.
Not only he dropped out of college but was kicked out from his Uncle's house.
On his departure, he claims to be brutally disrespected as his belongings were thrown in the streets including his sleeping mattress.
Music & Early Career
He established himself well in Kathmandu with his exceptional skills in making Thangka.
Samir also managed to send some of his income to support his parents.
However, a devastating 2015 Earthquake hit Nepal when Mr. Ghising fled back to his village like any other Nepalese. Samir came back to the capital only to find out his workplace shut down. As a consequence, he started searching for a place to work where he could design Thanka. He found one but was not paid like in his past work. He could barely make his meals throughout the day and over the years he was in a debt at a restaurant where he always had his meal. So, he decided to not pay his debt and run away from that place. As he wasn't able to make his daily living, he convinced his Uncle and Aunt and started to stay with them yet again.
VTEN also mentions that one user with the name of ‘Last Kin’ trimmed a part of his video which made a sensational hit on the Internet.
This also led him to rap on an e-kantipur live radio.
As his talent was discovered in rapping, Samir Ghising made his way to the rap industry winning millions of hearts.
His songs are applauded for being realistic, able to relate to the real struggle of the people and his exceptional way to express his feelings.
He started his musical career at the age of 15.
Vten is a very energetic, humble and attitude kind of person.
His idol is Eminem. In one of his interviews, he clearly said that he wants to collab with Laure, Mcflo and Sacar Adhikari.
His arrest and Breakthrough
Ghising was arrested by Metropolitan Crime Division, Teku, for using ‘vulgar and derogatory’ words in his latest song ‘Hami Yestai Ta Ho Ni Bro’, which was released on YouTube four months ago. The song has been viewed around 19 million times.
“He was arrested for using vulgar and derogatory language, promoting the use of prohibited drug marijuana, and spreading the wrong message in society,” said MCD Teku chief Senior Superintendent of Police Sahakul Bahadur Thapa.
“He has also shared a photo on Facebook, in which he is seen in police uniform with shades and a cigarette in his lips and is breaking down tobacco on a tea tray, as if to roll a joint.”
Ghising, originally from Chandranigahpur, Rautahat, followed a similar trajectory to other contemporary rappers in Nepal.
But when he was arrested by the police last October, for one of his songs which allegedly promoted anti-social values, everything changed. His notoriety increased somewhat, and there was a large outpouring of support for him.
The song, ‘Hami yestai ta ho ni bro’ (We’re like this only, bro), was considered a sensation by fans, it led to him under the police’s radar.
The music video featured footage of the rapper smoking marijuana and drinking alcohol, and he was taken into custody.
Though he was later released from Prison, his arrest left a deep impact on his physical and mental state. He said “The arrest changed how people looked at my artform. While some appreciated it, because of the arrest, there was a certain tag associated with me. That had a direct impact on how the audience started looking at my work—through a different lens which they previously didn’t”.
While many extended supports and called for his release, citing the government’s increasing restrictions on freedom of expression, it revealed a group who deemed his rap offensive and believed he should be taught a lesson.