Aptly titled, Maghreb (Arabic for 'West'), Naezy's new album is a testament to how Hip Hop, even though a western concept, has inspired him to a create a unique form of expression through Indian influences. Staying true to his roots, Maghreb is centered around the streets, but also cleverly delves into more light-hearted themes of love and camaraderie. We got in touch in with the artist to know more.
What is it about music that evokes emotion in you?
Music definitely has something which makes me want to think deeper and feel my emotions, convert my thoughst in to emotions. Whatever I'm thinking is related to music because it gives me sanity and also a path to follow in life.
What's your earliest memory of music? What outlined your childhood?
Music has always found its way into my life. When I was a kid, I ued to listen to music on a walkman tape. My dad got me that as a gift and I used to get cassettes from Planet M. I used to steal cassettes because I had no money.
What was the inspiration behind Maghreb?
Absolutely, art should always have a purpose. I found my purpose after becoming an artist and I fell really responsible because I know how a medium like music can inspire the young generation, and I understand how they want to adapt everything we do and live our life. As an artist, poet and writer, I think I am making a good impact on the youth. I definitely feel more responsible and make a conscious effort that my lyrics should make a change and spark the young minds.
Text Hansika Lohani Mehtani