Sez on the Beat assembles Hip-Hop’s Avengers with ‘GOONJ’
Sez's unique production style brings familiarity and novelty in equal doses. Combined with five fire verses, this song is bound to be repeated multiple times.
Indian hip-hop’s superproducer Sez, responsible for hits like Mere Gully Mein, Class-Sikh Maut Vol. II and Sauce, has brought together a team of Delhi and Mumbai rappers for his latest single GOONJ. This four-minute posse cut features five power-packed verses from Enkore, Rebel 7, The Siege, Yungsta and Smoke.
This comes months after his separation from Azadi records. Since then, he has held many freestyle challenges on Instagram, where he gave away beat leases to whoever spits the best 16 bars over his beats. He also produced Seedhe Maut’s MMM, a part of their recent double feature MMM/Yaad.
Released via his label ‘The MVMNT’, Goonj starts off with Enkore’s politically charged verse, namedropping everything from Kashmir, the Aarey protests and the Gujarat model. Rebel 7, famous for his slang-laced one liners, comes in next with one witty bar after another, even making a reference to the recent money issues between Sez and his former label. This verse will definitely be heavily recited at live shows.
Next up is The Siege, one of the finest artists from Mumbai, who shook the scene up with his debut album Bubblecars. He touches upon subjects like therapy, self harm and the pursuit of happiness. I know it would be unfair, but if we have to compare all the verses, this one is the least engaging. After The Siege, we get a rhyme-heavy verse from Yungsta, one half of the duo ‘Full Power’. He talks about his passion for the rap game and the street life, as he sees it.
The song closes with a tight verse from Smoke, an upcoming rapper from Delhi, who has his share of die hard fans waiting for anything he drops. He comes in with his signature triplet flow, and rides the beat with ease. At one point, he switches up to a double-time flow, which is packed with crazy rhymes, but he’s not able to fully catch up with the beat. Special shout out for the last line; “Dilli ka scene chalaau, dimag mai chappa teda swastika”
The track is an interesting blend of various perspectives and rapping styles. The beat, as usual hits home. Even the visuals by Dhruv Mehta look stunning. Anyone looking for a DJ Khaled-esque posse cut should go and listen to Goonj right away.
Watch the lyric video of GOONJ below.