Hear Nas Jump In with Divine and Naezy on â€˜NY Se Mumbaiâ€™
The American rap legend is also revealed to be executive producer on upcoming hip-hop drama â€˜Gully Boyâ€™
On Indian hip-hopâ€™s biggest stars Divine and Naezyâ€™s first collaboration since 2015â€™s â€œMere Gully Mein,â€ they have a super special guest â€“ American rap titan Nas. JioSaavnâ€™s new Artist Originals (AO) release â€œNY Se Mumbaiâ€ comes in association with the launch of Bollywood film Gully Boy, which Nasir Jones aka Nas has been listed as an executive producer for.
The song, produced by Grammy-winning Dwayne Shippy aka iLL Wayno (Nicki Minaj, Sting + Shaggy), is a call to roots featuring verses by Nas, Naezy and Divine, throwing down about their upbringing; Whether itâ€™s Nasâ€™ hustle through the Nineties, Naezyâ€™s struggle through the streets to keep it together and Divineâ€™s takedown of Internet trolls. The chorus also features the occasional shoutout from Gully Boyâ€™s lead actor Ranveer Singh.
With Naezy, Divine (who counts Nas as a formative influence) and Singh recording out of Mumbai and Nas in Los Angeles, the record was developed with AO producers XD Pro in Toronto; iLL Wayno in New York. JioSaavn co-founder and CEOÂ Rishi Malhotra says, â€œWhen we first learned of Gully Boy and [director] Zoya [Akhtar]â€™s approach to telling this important generational story, we knew this was an important moment in music history. It was an opportunity to make history yet again with a global collaboration on a record that could be iconic.”
â€œNY Se Mumbai,â€ which comes a few weeks after the launch of Gully Boyâ€™s soundtrack featuring Indian hip-hopâ€™s latest and best talent across 18 tracks, is described in JioSaavnâ€™s press release as â€œthe musical counterpart to the filmâ€™s raw and poignant visual storytelling.â€
ILL Wayno, who produced the title track off reggae/popstar Shaggy and pop-rock legend Stingâ€™s 2018 album 44/876, said in a statement, â€œWorking on â€˜NY Se Mumbai,â€™ for me, was an affirmation of my understanding that hip-hop has a global reach and cultures around the world are more similar than they are different. We all share similar experiences and this song was a collaborative effort to showcase that.â€
Hear the song on JioSaavn. The song will be out on all platforms on February 19th.