At the sidelines of Rising Star Season 3 launch, rapper Naezy spoke about reality shows, the rise of rapping and Gully Boy 2.
While Gully Boy strengthened Ranveer Singh’s position in Bollywood, it also opened doors for Naezy, aka Naved Shaikh, the original gully boy.
The 25-year-old underground rapper, who shot to fame with his song “Mere Gully Mein”, recently performed at the grand launch of Rising Star. The live singing reality show is all set with its third season. Hosted by Aditya Narayan, Rising Star will be judged by Shankar Mahadevan, Neeti Mohan and Diljit Dosanjh.
At the sidelines of the event, Naezy sat down for an exclusive interview with indianexpress.com where he spoke about reality shows, the rise of rapping and Gully Boy 2.
Excerpts from the conversation:Absolutely. The whole concept of the show that janta uthata hai deewar, tab jaa ke banta hai Rising Star is very relatable to me. I am who I am today only because of the love of the audience. It was their love that helped me cross all barriers. I also enjoy watching the show for its talent.
Honestly, I was very apprehensive about everything. Also, the way reality shows are presented, I did not have too much trust. I had this keeda in me that I wanted to do everything myself. I wanted to prove myself without anyone’s aid, resource or platform. My journey may have inspired many to do things themselves but at the same time, a reality show definitely brings a lot of exposure.
If I had something like Rising Star when I started, my career would have been different. The scale is huge. They have such big names as judges and it is on a popular GEC at prime time. Whoever comes on the show can reach out to a lot of people. So, artists, who don’t know where do they showcase their talent, reality shows are a good option for them.Yes, why not. I think it would be interesting to do it.
I think right now my prime focus is to stay consistent. We are planning a lot of things – there are releases, collaborations in the pipeline. I think what the audience has given us is unbelievable. And so, I need to be more responsible towards them. I can’t just go about doing anything random. I want to give them the best.