Naezy

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Background information
Birth nameNaved Shaikh
Born10 August 1993
GenresHip Hop, Rap
Occupation(s)Rapper, Songwriter, Music Composer
Years active2014-present
Associated actsNas, Divine, Sez, Byg Byrd

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. 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.[2]

Career[edit]

Naezy debuted with a DIY music video "Aafat!" which he made using an iPad in 2014.[3] 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".[4] 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.[5]

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.[6] 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.[7] 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.[8] 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.[9]

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.[9][8] 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 recently uploaded his debut album of six songs titled "Maghreb".[10]

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Title Year
Aafat! 2014
Raaste Kathin 2014
Sabse Hatkar 2014
Aur Aafat (Ncube feat. Naezy) 2014
Bhalta The Psypher 1.0 (with Ncube) 2014
Kyu (Ncube feat. Naezy & Bob Churi) 2014
The Psypher 1.5 (with Ncube and Saheb) 2014
Sabke Liye Broadband (with Ncube) 2015
Mere Gully Mein (with Divine) 2015
Haq Hai 2016
Tragedy Mein Comedy 2016
Asal Hustle 2016
Tehelka 2016
Azaad Hu Mein 2017
Aane De 2017
Yaad Rakh (with Dub Sharma) 2017
Voice of the Streets, Ep. 1 (Gully Boy Promo) 2019
NY se Mumbai (with Nas, Divine and Ranveer Singh) 2019
Bombay 70 (Recorded in 2014) 2019
Aafat Waapas 2019
Mama Mia 2019
Dhoond Le 2019
Rukta Nah 2019
Vahem (with Byg Byrd) 2019
Fatke 2019
Ab Teri Baari (with Ayushmann Khurrana) 2019
Maghreb 2020 Music by Compa
Khamakha (Maghreb) 2020
Jeeta Haara (Maghreb) 2020
Mera Bhantai (Maghreb) 2020
Pyaar Hai (Maghreb) 2020
Kon Hard (Maghreb) 2020
302 May 2020
Mehfooz May 2020 Music by:Compa
2014 May 2020
Awli May 2020

Film music[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WmC4elJcICA&t=450s
  2. ^ "Watch: Award-winning short on how juvenile thief Naved became rapper Naezy".
  3. ^ Naezy TV, Aafat! - Naezy (Introductory Verses), retrieved 9 February 2019
  4. ^ Sony Music India, Mere Gully Mein - DIVINE feat. Naezy | Official Music Video With Subtitles, retrieved 9 February 2019
  5. ^ Triangular Motion Pictures, Bombay 70 - MAMI '14 Best Short Film, retrieved 20 February 2019
  6. ^ Film Companion, Zoya Akhtar Interview with Anupama Chopra | Gully Boy | Film Companion, retrieved 9 February 2019
  7. ^ Zee Music Company, Mere Gully Mein | Gully Boy | Ranveer Singh,Alia Bhatt & Siddhant | DIVINE | Naezy | Zoya Akhtar, retrieved 9 February 2019
  8. ^ a b https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTMLlGcVTKE
  9. ^ a b "EXCLUSIVE: The Return of the Prodigal Son of Indian Hip-Hop, Naezy". 23 January 2019.
  10. ^ 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.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)