Naezy is the alter ego of Naved Shaikh, who hails from a ghetto in Kurla, Mumbai. He raps in the characteristic Hindi/Urdu dialect which is commonly used in the city, and hopes to reach the masses by doing so. He has also contributed to a mainstream Bollywood song Hey Birju, though you won’t find a credit to him on the same.Naezy pens socially relevant songs, which resonate with almost everyone who hears them. Bombay 70, a short film based on the artist,bagged the Best Film Award at the Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival 2014.
Vik ‘Feyago’ Sen exploded onto the Indian hip hop scene last year when he pipped scene veteran Brodha V, producer Su Real and Detroit-based rapper The Asoka for ‘Vh1 Best Hip Hop Act’ at the VH1 Sound Nation music awards. He went on to perform at popular music festivals like NH7 Weekender and Ziro Festival of Music the same year. A look at his Facebook page will tell you how he has grown from being a newbie on the scene to a legit artist with a nationwide tour to boot.
BorkungHrangkhawl from Tripura is perhaps one of the few from the North Eastern state who write socio-political raps about the discrimination and injustice meted out to his people and the struggles they endure. His songs are easily relatable, and singles like Never Give Up and The Roots have become set favourites. BorkungHrangkhawl also directs and edits his own music videos, which probably reveals his wide artistic talents and DIY attitude.
- Prabh Deep
Delhi-based Prabh Deep Sagar gives a lot of attention to the production on his songs, in addition to the verses. He has collaborated with MC Kaur on her debut album, and started a series of freestyle rap videos on YouTube titled Old School Cyphers. His recent release Feel Me with producer Sez of StunnahSez Beats fame, in which he rhymes in Punjabi, English and Hindi, has a magical touch of ambience to it.
- MC Kaur
Manmeet Kaur or MC Kaur did a whole lot of good to the femcee-famished hip hop scene in India when she broke onto it with her debut album Hip Hop Bahu in November last year. It was touted by many as a well-produced record and featured collaborations with many local and international underground producers and emcees. Made Love To J Dilla Last Night and Funk de Vyapaari are songs worth putting on repeat, we think.