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Background information
Birth nameNaved Shaikh
Also known asThe Baa
Born (1993-08-10) August 10, 1993 (age 28)
GenresHip Hop, Rap
Occupation(s)Rapper, Songwriter, Music Composer
Years active2014-present

Naved Shaikh (born 10 August 1993), better known by his stage name Naezy, is an Indian rapper from Mumbai, Maharashtra, who first broke into mainstream rap with the song "Mere Gully Mein" featuring fellow rapper DIVINE. A fictional version of his character has been portrayed by Ranveer Singh in the Zoya Akhtar-directed 2019 musical film Gully Boy. He made his film debut with the hit song "Birju" from the 2015 film Hey Bro, the music video for which featured celebrated Bollywood actors Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar, Hrithik Roshan, Ajay Devgn, as well as choreographer Prabhu Deva, with the film's lead actor Ganesh Acharya.

Early life[edit]

Naved Shaikh was born 10 August 1993 in Kurla, Mumbai, India. His father is Shaid Raza and mother Farhin Fatma. He grew up in a tenement for the impoverished working class called Ram Bachan Chawl, located in the neighbourood of Kurla, Mumbai. He comes from a lower-middle-class family.

He was raised as a troubled child mostly by his mother as his father was employed overseas. After a run-in with the law as a juvenile he directed his energies in creative expression of his and others' life struggles.[1]

He completed his T.Y.BSC from Guru Nanak Khalsa College, Matunga, where he met his rapper friend Neykhil Naik aka NCube and formed a collective called The Schizophrenics.[2][3][4]


Naezy debuted with a DIY music video "Aafat!" which he made using an iPad in 2014.[5] Naezy's debut single, "Aafat!', credited as the genesis track of the gully rap scene, was released in 2014, followed by his collaboration with DIVINE on their breakout 2015 hit, "Mere Gully Mein".[6] The song brought attention to the Mumbai rap scene and eventually lead to the breakthrough for both DIVINE and Naezy.

Following the song's release, a documentary titled Bombay 70 (the 70 stands for the area code of Kurla West) about his life was produced. Bombay 70 was directed by independent filmmaker Disha Rindani. The documentary was awarded as the best short film at MAMI in 2014.[7]

Their music caught the attention of director Zoya Akhtar and inspired her to make a film about the Mumbai rap scene called Gully Boy starring Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt.[8] The film is loosely based on the lives of DIVINE and Naezy who were consulted for the rap aspects of the film. "Mere Gully Mein" was remade for the film.[9] In this version, Singh's character takes over Naezy's part. Singh re-recorded Naezy's verse for the film. He became the first rapper to be a featured artist on the Indian music streaming platform JioSaavn. He was also featured on the Song "NY se Mumbai" with Divine, Singh and American rapper Nas, who also served as an executive producer. The song was released as a promotional single shortly prior to the release of the film.

Naezy's music often addresses socio-political issues and he has spoken about wanting to create music that is "conscious hip-hop" to bring awareness among young people.[10] His songs "Haq Hai", "Tragedy Mein Comedy", "Azaad Hu Mein" are some of the songs that deal with politics and issues that the common man faces.[11]

He has faced issues convincing his family about his rap career, which was one reason he left the underground rap scene in 2018. Another reason he took this hiatus was to get away from the pressures of becoming more famous. The hiatus, however, made him realize his passion for rap music.[11][10] He returned to the scene in 2019 with his new single "Aafat Wapas" which is a continuation of his first track "Aafat". The video was shot by Happy Mandal who he had worked with before and was shot using an iPhone XS Max. As of September 2019, he has released 4 more songs, with one more following until the end of the year. He has uploaded his debut album of six songs titled "Maghreb".[12]


Albums / EPs[edit]

Year Album / EP Songs
2020 Maghreb Maghreb
Jeeta Haara
Mere Bhantai
Pyaar Hai
Kon Hard
2014 302
2022 Tarqeeb District
Hifzo Aman


Year Title
2014 Aafat!
Raaste Kathin
Sabse Hatkar
Aur Aafat (Ncube feat. Naezy)
Bhalta The Psypher 1.0 (with Ncube)
Kyu (Ncube feat. Naezy & Bob Churi)
The Psypher 1.5 (with Ncube and Saheb)
2015 Sabke Liye Broadband (with Ncube)
Mere Gully Mein (with DIVINE)
2016 Haq Hai
Tragedy Mein Comedy
Asal Hustle
2017 Azaad Hu Mein
Aane De
Yaad Rakh (with Dub Sharma)
2019 Voice of the Streets, Ep. 1 (Gully Boy Promo)
NY se Mumbai (with Nas, DIVINE and Ranveer Singh)
Bombay 70 (Recorded in 2014)
Aafat Waapas
Mama Mia
Dhoond Le
Ab Teri Baari (with Ayushmann Khurrana)
Rukta Nah
Vahem (with Byg Byrd)
Let's Crack It! - Student Anthem (with Dub Sharma)
2021 Sholay (with MC Mawali and Karan Kanchan)
Kasa Kai
2022 Haalaat

Film music[edit]

Year Film Song Title
2015 Hey Bro Birju (with Mika Singh, Udit Narayan and Arya)
2017 Bank Chor BC Rap Knockout: Mumbai vs Delhi (with Shamir Tandon and Pardhaan)
2018 Bhavesh Joshi Superhero Hum Hain Insaaf (with Babu Haabi)
2019 Gully Boy Mere Gully Mein (by Ranveer Singh and DIVINE; lyrics only)


  1. ^ Kappal, Bhanuj (9 February 2019). "The voice of the Gully". mint. Retrieved 31 May 2021.
  2. ^ "Watch: Award-winning short on how juvenile thief Naved became rapper Naezy".
  3. ^ Staff, G. Q. (14 February 2019). "Real story of Gully Boy: Here's the true life story of Naezy, the rapper who inspired Ranveer Singh's Gully Boy". GQ India. Retrieved 31 May 2021.
  4. ^ "The Rise of Indian Hip-Hop -". My Site. 12 August 2016. Retrieved 31 May 2021.
  5. ^ Naezy TV, Aafat! - Naezy (Introductory Verses), retrieved 9 February 2019
  6. ^ Sony Music India, Mere Gully Mein - DIVINE feat. Naezy | Official Music Video With Subtitles, retrieved 9 February 2019
  7. ^ Triangular Motion Pictures, Bombay 70 - MAMI '14 Best Short Film, retrieved 20 February 2019
  8. ^ Film Companion, Zoya Akhtar Interview with Anupama Chopra | Gully Boy | Film Companion, retrieved 9 February 2019
  9. ^ Zee Music Company, Mere Gully Mein | Gully Boy | Ranveer Singh,Alia Bhatt & Siddhant | DIVINE | Naezy | Zoya Akhtar, retrieved 9 February 2019
  10. ^ a b Naved Shaikh aka Naezy Exclusive Interview with Cine Blitz. YouTube. Archived from the original on 11 December 2021.
  11. ^ a b "EXCLUSIVE: The Return of the Prodigal Son of Indian Hip-Hop, Naezy". 23 January 2019.
  12. ^ Oct 01, Firstpost •; Ist, 2019 16:48 (October 2019). "Naezy discusses being a judge on MTV Hustle, making up for his year-long break, and upcoming projects - Entertainment News, Firstpost". Firstpost. Retrieved 1 October 2019.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)