Deepawali is just over. Now get ready for some verbal fireworks.
Haq ki awaz
Main hoon Hyderabadi aatishbazi
Kabhi na dekhi hogi alfazon ki golabari
Watan se teri nafarmani
Farzi teri rashtravadi
Zalim tera zulm, nahin mujhe hazam
Sar se utaroon tere saya
Main hoon aamile khaas
It’s Hyderabadi Rap, Urdu Hip-Hop. Desi rappers, Mudassir Ahmed and Syed Irshad, are now back with a bang. And this time with a new album — Resurrection 040. The 12-track album is gonna make you groove to the heavy beats and reggae influences.
The rap duo, who go by the stage names ‘Mo Boucher’ and ‘Irish Boi’ are set to light up the rock scene in the country. The songs are real fire — combining as they do sufi and hip-hop genres. Since they are returning after a long hiatus of six years, the album is appropriately named ‘Resurrection’ while 040 represents their home city, Hyderabad’s telephone code.
It was in 2007 that Mudassir and Irshad established ‘Thugs Unit’, their hip-hop group, in Hyderabad with fusion beats and multilingual lyrics switching from Urdu, English and Jamaican Patois. They produced many mixtapes and singles.
Two years later, they took to rapping in chaste Urdu and garnered a lot of attention among the youth. Talking rhythmically to the beat of rap music, they try to expose the ills of establishment. Fighting crime with rhyme, as they call it. There is also a generous doze of spirituality and self-reflection thrown in the lyrics. Hitherto confined to qawwalis, sufism later entered Bollywood in a diluted form. But now, the Hyderabad hip-hoppers have made it a part of the rap culture.
The new album, Resurrection 040, released on Friday on Apple Music, the global music distribution platform, is produced by the US based Grammy-nominated and multiplatinum producers, including Buck Wild and Anno Domini of the UK. Some of the songs go by catchy titles such as Rubaroo (face to face), Raahe Rast (straight path), Suroor-e-Ishq (exhilaration of love), Pardafash (unmasked), and Atishbazi (fireworks).
“Our songs become voice of the voiceless. We inspire people through music and make them to think and question,” say the rapper pair who make their own compositions ranging from dreams, romance and life on the whole. Their new album has 80 per cent Urdu lyrics and the rest has English and Jamaican flavour.
So get ready for some boom-bap beats.
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