Naved Shaikh aka Naezy is a Mumbai rapper who dabbles in Hindi and Urdu lyrics. Naezy has quickly become a rising star in the Indian hip-hop scene, all thank to his impressive flow and slang-inflected rhymes.
Naved started his personal journey into the art form with The Schizophrenics, a hip-hop collective he formed with his friends from Khalsa College. In January 2014, he released ‘Aafat’ garnering over 450,000 views on YouTube. Aafat’s success was followed by ‘Raastey Kathin ’and a collaboration with Mode7 – Raffael Kalby’s solo project. Naezy also wrote for and performed ‘Birju’, the lead single from Ajay Chandok’s Hey Bro. In April 2015, Naezy took the country by storm with his definitive hit ‘Mere Gully Mein’ in collaboration withfellow Mumbai rapper Divine and Sez. Naezy’s story inspired filmmaker Disha Rindani to create a short film titled Bombay 70, which went on to win the Silver Gateway of India award for Best Short Film at the Mumbai Film Festival (MAMI).
Naezy intertwines his signature brand of lyrics and compositions to highlight the problems that exist in city’s ghettos and to resonate with the outrage felt by the country’s youth with regard to class and culture barriers, religious differences, failing education systems and dearth of economic opportunities provided by the system. His biggest influences include Kendrick Lamar,Tupac, Biggie Smalls, Joey Bada$$, Snoop Dogg, Tech9, Eminem, Immortal Technique, Krs one, Wu tang. He has performed at several music festivals and venues across the country including Bacardi NH7 Weekender, Stage42 .
Prabh Deep is now a known and a respected emcee in the indian hip hop scene having an arsenal of popular records and a cypher series called “Old School Cypher” to his name. He is also a regular performer in hkv, new delhi and has performed at social, raasta and summer house cafe. He has recently performed at one of the most prestigious festival in our country, the holi moo festival and recently had a privilege to perform at the hip hop homeland which was oraganised by 101 india.
In order to promote Hip Hop and increase its awareness he started an initiative called “introduce yourself” which is a platform aimed at artists to come together and showcase their own element that they practice, elements being breaking, DJing, emceeing and beatboxing.