In 2018, when the underground Desi hip-hop scene was bubbling, the Delhi-native rap tandem of Abhijay Negi, aka Encore ABJ, and Siddhant Sharma, aka Calm, better known as Seedhe Maut, released their debut album “Bayaan,” which established them as veterans of the underground hip-hop scene. With no major features, no commercial hit singles, and no glitzy instrumentals, this album was hip-hop at its core, but with enough cognizance for contemporary music to avoid feeling utterly out of date. Sez On The Beat, one of the most well-known hip-hop producers in the game, handled the whole production on this project.
The duo dropped their second mixtape “न,” a rap record featuring heavy-hitters from the scene like MC Stan and Foreign Beggars. Before its release, Seedhe Maut also announced that they are working on another album with Sez On The Beat. And after a couple of months, they revealed the album’s cover art and title, “Nayaab,” writing “Bayaan turns 3 now… And 3 years later, we pick it up where we left off.”
After teasing it for several months, Seedhe Maut finally released their highly-anticipated album “Nayaab” on Friday (May 27, 2022). The 17-track project is a follow-up to the album that has become legendary in the Indian rap industry. And It maintains all the commended thematic frameworks of “Bayaan,” while elevating the production, delivery, and composition to a level where it sounds just incredible. The entire album is produced by Sez On The Beat, enriching the project even further. The project is packaged with a mesmerising cover designed by Jayesh Joshi and features Rushaki and AB 17.
Seedhe Maut Nayaab Album Review
The album kicks off with the title track “Nayaab,” which tells the story of how the three met and rose to prominence with their debut studio effort. It sees Encore ABJ and Calm carry forward on the same flow over a synth-heavy beat crafted by Sez On The Beat, showing their chemistry and deep friendship. “Toh Kya,” the second song off the album, features Seedhe Maut’s remarkable lyrical performance with a catchy hook. On this song, they rap on how their dedication and creativity helped them get to where they are now, and how they carved their own route to success. Sez adds to the song with a beautiful melodic instrumental and an impressive drum pattern.
“Hoshiyaar” is a light-hearted song with an infectious hook and a melodic beat. It’s a fantastic love song, with both artists smoothly riding the beat. The track’s soulful mood is emphasized by the lyrics and Rushaki’s calming voice, making it a refreshing experience on the project. “Anaadi” is a darkly beautiful song that revolves around the perceptional gap between two generations. The song conveys a significant message, with Calm representing a child’s mindset and Encore representing a father’s perspective. It clearly shows how societal pressure contributes to the expansion of the yawning chasm between a child and his father. Seedhe Maut’s impressive performance and creative writing underscored the significance of this song. The song closes on a sombre note with the child’s untimely demise. The combination of cinematic sounds and electric guitar leaves you speechless, filled with profound emotions and goosebumps.
Meanwhile, “Dum Ghutte” is also a vulnerable song on which the duo expresses their feelings and talks about the consequences of celebrity status. They depict the darker side of an artist’s life and talk about how increased expectations and work pressure impact their mental and emotional well-being. The next song, “Maina,” is one of the deepest tracks of the project, leaving the listener with unanswered questions. It has a beautiful vibe with Seedhe Maut’s heartfelt poetry and the excellent use of anthropomorphism. Calm’s soothing vocals and cadence on the chorus worked well on the record and added to the vibe. Sez, on the other hand, created a refreshing melody with an unexpected beat switch.
Next comes “Choti Soch,” a track that incorporates a more contemporary sound with Calm talking about how materialism dominates us our entire lives, but when we die, it all bursts like a bubble, while also linking it to society and how those who are envious of others’ success label them as small-minded. His delivery over a minimalist piano instrumental filled with background sounds really stood out to me on this record. The only issue to be found with this song is its length. But its structure and placement on the album make it a good transition track that concludes with MC Kode talking about his father and his album’s title. “GODKODE” is a sudden change of pace, featuring a solid beat with smooth transitions. On this song, Encore ABJ brilliantly portrayed his pain about the MC Kode controversy that happened in 2021. The track shows his true talent, like how effortlessly he conveys all his emotions, from helplessness to aggression to despair. His lyrics and delivery make it one of the most impactful songs on the album.
The following song, “Gandi Aulaad,” carries forwards the core essence of “Choti Soch,” and talks about how the world sets a negative narrative about those who give up everything to pursue their passion. Encore starts off the song with a poetic approach, and Calm takes it to another level by talking about his personal life and how his family and friends taunt him. The beat gives you a classic Seedhe Maut song vibe while the hook grabs your attention with its phenomenal composition. The trio continues to impress on “Khoj,” a song that demonstrates their exceptional synergy. The track is loaded with Seedhe Maut’s incredible lyricism and flows. While Sez showcases his extraordinary production skills using switches and futuristic sound effects. It sees Calm spitting insane rhymes, as he raps: “I’ve been dope/Hu Spit dope se beast mode pe/Harr modd pe visphot/ haa Jeete teen dost.”
“Kohra” serves as an emotional therapy where the duo talks about the dark period of life when your thinking slows down and life becomes blurry and murky. Calm’s honey-tone voice, Encore’s cadence, and Sez’s soulful production effortlessly enhance the record. Following “Jua,” a song that empowers the social awareness message about the consequences of gambling, The track is worth the listener’s attention since it can change many people’s lives. The beat features a classic Indian instrumental sample, over which Seedhe Maut delivers an insightful message with their incredible songwriting and laid-back delivery.
Seedhe Maut showcases the power of their artistry again with “Rajdhani,” a song that depicts the tragic reality of Delhi. They also rap about their bittersweet relationship and memories with the city while discussing how cheap politics, self-interest, and negligence have poisoned the essence of India’s capital. “Chidiya Udd” keeps it rolling with Seedhe Maut approaching the city’s political and social canvas from two distinct perspectives. The song features their creativity embraced by an amazing beat.
On “Batti,” the duo picks up their pen filled with hardcore bars. The song features AB 17, an emerging star of the Delhi hip-hop scene, who shows off his skill level by riding the beat seamlessly with Seedhe Maut. They rip apart the phoney image of false flexers and studio gangsters while establishing their dominance in the game. AB 17’s delivery and rhyme patterns were remarkable on this track, rapping:
“Fookh ke karu bure din ko khatam/Pair mere vahi jaate jhan pe rakam/Baawe teri marzi veshaal mera dal/Maar toh tu paayega chaal mai kilass/Colony ko jaan mere hath likhe khat/Samaan beche koi uske naam pe rapat/Jinki baatcheet unke chehro se darr/Uchhlega tu tera uchhlega ghar.”
The penultimate song, “Teen Dost” is a celebration of their friendship and grind. The song sees their journey from self-doubting about their future in hip-hop to eventually becoming successful in the industry. Seedhe Maut’s lyrics create a vivid image of their quest, while the beat sets a mellow vibe. The album concludes with the outro track “Marne Ke Baad Bhi,” on which the duo raps over a soulful instrumental about how their music will keep them alive after they die. The song gives listeners a deeper look into the “art never dies” state of mind. And the album finishes off with Aabha Pusalkar’s vocals, which are reminiscent of “Bayaan.”
Seedhe Maut has shown improvement and versatility in each project they have dropped thus far, and “Nayaab” is no exception. The deep and distinct subjects, as well as the great detailing on each technical aspect of rapping, justify its title and make it one of the year’s most memorable hip-hop albums.