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Naezy

Naved Shaikh, better known by his stage name Naezy, is an Indian rapper from Mumbai, India. Naezy (short for “Naved is Crazy”) is a pioneer of the Mumbai Rap scene. He introduced multi-syllabic rhyming and is known for using local slang in his lyrics, telling stories about everyday life in the area he grew up in.

Early life[edit]

Naved Shaikh was born to Shahid Raza and Farheen Sayed in 1993. 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 family of teachers.

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]

Career[edit]

Naezy debuted with a DIY music video Aafat! which he made using an iPad in 2014.[2] 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".[3] 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 film maker Disha Rindani. The documentary was awarded as the best short film at MAMI in 2014.[4]

Their music caught the attention of director Zoya Akhtar and inspired her to make a movie about the Mumbai rap scene called Gully Boy starring Ranveer Singh.[5] The film is loosely based on the lives of Divine and Naezy who consulted for the rap aspects of the film. "Mere Gully Mein" was remade for the film.[6] In this version Ranveer 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, Ranveer Singh and American rapper Nas. 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. [7] 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.[8]

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] [10] He announced his return to the scene in 2019 with his upcoming single Aafat Wapas.

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 Mai 2017
Aane De 2017
Yaad Rakh 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 Wapas 2019

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. ^ Naezy TV, Aafat! - Naezy (Introductory Verses), retrieved 2019-02-09
  3. ^ Sony Music India, Mere Gully Mein - DIVINE feat. Naezy | Official Music Video With Subtitles, retrieved 2019-02-09
  4. ^ Triangular Motion Pictures, Bombay 70 - MAMI '14 Best Short Film, retrieved 2019-02-20
  5. ^ Film Companion, Zoya Akhtar Interview with Anupama Chopra | Gully Boy | Film Companion, retrieved 2019-02-09
  6. ^ Zee Music Company, Mere Gully Mein | Gully Boy | Ranveer Singh,Alia Bhatt & Siddhant | DIVINE | Naezy | Zoya Akhtar, retrieved 2019-02-09
  7. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTMLlGcVTKE
  8. ^ https://www.vice.com/en_in/article/xwb8pq/exclusive-the-return-of-the-prodigal-son-of-indian-hip-hop-naezy
  9. ^ https://www.vice.com/en_in/article/xwb8pq/exclusive-the-return-of-the-prodigal-son-of-indian-hip-hop-naezy
  10. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTMLlGcVTKE