Milli, the history of the best female rapper, the ability to shake the world stage

Milli, a young girl, only 19 years old, owns many hit songs. Which now stepped onto the world music stage. Follow us to get to know MILLI, a very talented young rapper. Danupha Khanatheerakul (Thai: ...

Milli, a young girl, only 19 years old, owns many hit songs. Which now stepped onto the world music stage. Follow us to get to know MILLI, a very talented young rapper.

Danupha Khanatheerakul (Thai: ดนุภา คณาธีรกุล; RTGS: Danupha Khanatheerakul, born 13 November 2002), better known by her stage name, hate you, is a Thai female rapper and singer. She rose to prominence nationally with her debut single “Phak Kon” (พักก่อน) which was released in February 2020. It was followed by another successful single “Sud Pang” (สุดปัง) later in the year. In April 2022, she performed at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, becoming the second Thai artist to perform there.

It is not wrong to say that Danupha Khanatheerakul or MILLI is the most popular young rapper in this era. With a talent for songwriting combined with fierce rap skills and unique styles. This has made the 19-year-old actress one of the top artists in Thailand. And recently, it made history by joining the show with Jackson Wang in the opening match of The Match until it became a full-fledged surprise. For those who want to know more about this amazing girl. Please take a look at MILLI’s story and her identity.

Early and personal life

Milli was born Danupha Khanatheerakul on 13 November 2002 in Bangkok, Thailand. She graduated from Satrinonthaburi School. She has her interest in hip-hop since when she was in Matthayom 2 (equivalent to Grade 8) and has cited Nicki Minaj as her inspiration.

On 21 July 2021, the military government of Prayut Chan-o-cha charged her for criticising its poor response to the COVID-19 pandemic. She was accused of posting information which “threatens the national security”, a crime punishable by up to five years in prison. Thai netizens, including multiple artists and music entities, voiced out their support of her using the hashtag “#Saveมิลลิ” (#SaveMilli). The government additionally vowed to prosecute at least 20 more Thai influencers for criticising of the government, accusing them of spreading “fake news”.

Music career

Milli began her career on stage by competing on the Thai TV show The Rapper 2. She was praised by the contest’s judges for her exotic acting and singing style. She is registered as an artist under YUPP!, a Thai rapping-centred label.

Debut singles

Milli recorded her first single “Phak Khon” (พักก่อน) in February 2020, a sarcastic hip-hop fused song about her friends in school and a message of anti-bullying. This song uses Lu, Isan and English. It launched her into popularity, with the music video reaching 91,693,392 views on YouTube as of April 2022.

In June 2020, she recorded a second single “Sud Pang” (สุดปัง), that is about her life, dreams and beauty. This song uses Thai (Northern and Southern), Isan, Japanese, phasa lu, and English. This song has 44,604,599 views on YouTube as of April 2022.

Coachella Festival 2022

Milli performed with artists from 88rising at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on 17 April 2022, making her the second artist from Thailand to perform there, since Lisa from Blackpink was the first. Her performance included a rapping that mentioned “trains from Rama V’s reign – in use for 120 years”; referring to the outdated trains still used regularly in modern Thai Railway, and “hundred-thousand-baht Kinnari light poles”; referring to the notorious corruption case of Racha Thewa subdistrict government spending state funds on the Kinnari-topped light poles, costing THB 100,000 each and THB 68.2 millions in total. She finished her show eating a dish of Thai dessert mango sticky rice on the stage, leading to a surge in consumption of the dish in Thailand, with orders for mango sticky rice doubling in some stores. A mango sticky rice store in Bangkok reported that an additional 30 kilograms (66 lb) of sticky rice had to be prepared following the unprecedented surge for the dish.

Around the same time, the Thai film Fast & Feel Love in which she made a cameo has been released in cinemas. She coincidentally mentioned her dream of becoming an internationally-recognised artist as part of her dialogue in the film. This prompts the film’s director Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit to post on Facebook congratulating her, saying “the film and reality have now crossed and co-exist at the same time”.

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