paida hua pala Bada, Zindagi thi rough, Badi tough Badi sakht
Badi kathin yaha pe Zindagi Kabhi nahi Hoti aasaan
1993, somewhere in the interiors of Mumbai 70
Born and brought up here, life was rough, real tough, real hard
Life is out here is difficult, there never is ease
Naezy spoke to Dohaz about the story behind Asal Hustle- “I had made one autobiographical song for the short documentary Bombay 70 and I felt there should be a more generalised version of this song so I made Asal Hustle”.
mushkil kar pana sustain tha mai toh andhere me
shuruwaati Din me mai bhi jee raha tha zindagi lafango ki
On this piece of land, every moment there’s turmoil in the Ghetto homes
Got difficult to sustain, I was living in the dark
During the early days of my life, I too used to live a useless life
Naezy- “Through Asal Hustle, I wanted to share the story of my life, what difficulties I faced while growing up, how I grew up and fought the odds and saved myself from getting wasted and how I got on the right path using my iPad. When you're in Bombay you got to be bad (wise), he said.
Bhid raha tha pango me, Lag raha chaska mujhko
Choti moti chori ka, Fukat k Lafde dango me
Fukat ki zeena zori ka
Controlled by worthless people, like within the sharp kite strings
Got involved in fights, I was acquiring a taste
For small time thefts, for unnecessary brawls
Swagger without reason
Sabar kara toh bhool ja, Kadak bana tijoriyaan
Adab me rehna Seekhega toh Kheechega tu doriyaan
Wherever you might have been brought up,these streets will stab you
Forget being patient, strengthen your safe deposit box
If you learn and follow the rules, you could be accepted and protected
Naezy questions some people’s personality on this verse. There are some who may think they’re the wisest but the streets spare no one. Rather than getting involved in these problems, he urges the people to follow the codes of the street life and move with caution.
Jhadap me padna hai kya tuhjko,Dekh idhar ki kholiyaan
Magaj pe aa raha jo usko de taraas,Be wajah na le saza tu
ban misaal bujne na de,Tu mashaal badle aage tel daal
Walk like a duck, junior, with your elbows behind
Want to get stuck in all the chaos? Have a look at the houses here
The one getting on your nerves, give it back, don’t be bullied needlessly
Set an example, don’t let the fire within fizz out, add oil and let it burn
The streets are a crowded place.If you ever feel like walking like a boss, think again. Because you might crash into someone in these jam packed lanes and invite trouble. Instead, walk like a duck with your elbows tucked inside.
When you run around with fire,you catch fake promisers easily
The hands slipping away, the glass breaks
So does your teeth, Doomsday
Har din struggle har din hustle nahi tik paata,Busdil yaha
This is Bombay city, life is difficult out here
Everyday we struggle and hustle, the timid can’t endure it here
There is a reason why Bombay is the commercial capital of India. The second most populated city (20.7 million) in the country is also the richest city in India. Because of which people from all over the nation come here looking for work opportunities.
Mumbai alone, accounts for 33 percent of India’s total income tax collections. If you’re ready to struggle and succeed in Mumbai, you can succeed anywhere in the world.
Hai muh pe tere muh pe hai saari Baat mu pe
Chuke nahi chuke nisshaaane Kabhi nahi chuke
Joote bane jhoote par asli ki Bandooke
Charsi har naake par fooke
Pasli har naake par toote
Because everyone out here is hungry
Everything is said to your face
Never fail to hit the target, no we never fail
The shoes might be fake but the guns are for real
Addicts on every corner
Ribs get broken on every corner
Masti har ladke me rehti, Jaise gharwaale mujhe bheje
K jaakar Bacha pad kar acha pass karega school
Yaha par bande gulte kar gaye nadi bana swimming pool
Mere uniform pe dhool, Tiffin box ni hai
Don’t do MDMA, that’s how the slums will get ruined
Every boy mischievous, like my family sent me
To school thinking, the boy will do well and pass
Here we skipped school, turned rivers into swimming pools
Dirt on my uniform, don’t have a lunch box
Naezy spoke about his inspiration for the second last line (skipping school)- “I was in a strict convent school but we had a gully gang there too so we used to bunk the whole day and travel without tickets in the local train”
“60-70 kilometre outside Mumbai there's a place called Khadawli where there's a running river in which we used to dive. And we did this almost every Friday because by Monday, the teachers would forget”, he said.
Mere dost konse hai, Matter solve karo,Police call kare
Morning show in Phoenix mall, let’s go, who studies in college?
Who are my friends? Solve these tricky matters,the police calls
My father is away, in a foreign nation, he’s working
My mother always on my case, worried
On the Bombay 70 documentary, Naezy’s mother said, “All of a sudden I got a phone call saying that your son is in jail. I was really worried. The relatives kept asking what had happened? I didn’t know if they were beating him up in jail, I was concerned”, she said.
iPad kare fight back, Tafri pe Chala, Mai toh right path
My actions turned me into a falcon, found a new direction
The iPad fought back, on the path of delight, I’m on the right path
WORD- Baaz aaya - Got rid of
Naezy finally decided to give up his old, dangerous ways and started rapping with the help of an iPad. His first stand out track- Aafat released in 2014. He spits a monstrous 60 words in 15 seconds on the first verse- An average of 4 words per second.