Yashraj Mehra’s Azad Hu Mai revolves around resolving the inner conflict

Anugraha Rao
Monday, 13 April 2020

A dynamic rapper, Yashraj Mehra has released his first-ever EP (extended play), Azaad Hu Mein, consisting of three songs, namely Azaad Hu Mein, Sote Raho, and Kaise Badlenge?

A dynamic rapper, Yashraj Mehra has released his first-ever EP (extended play), Azaad Hu Mein, consisting of three songs, namely Azaad Hu Mein, Sote Raho, and Kaise Badlenge? Mehra is inspired by Donald Glover, aka Childish Gambino’s creative intellectualism.

The youngster does not believe in sticking to any particular genre of hip-hop. “The same narratives get monotonous. All three songs of mine are very different from each other. I am not restricted to any particular style. It is more about how versatile you are as a rapper,” says the 20-year-old artist.

The term Azaad is impactful enough to portray an entire country’s freedom struggle, and also to describe what goes on in the mind of a middle-class boy who wants his art to be his voice. 

His writing is strong and precise. “I have been writing poems since I was in school. Also, I am a huge fan of hip-hop. So I thought of mixing the two together. I have absolutely no difficulty in converting poems into rap and add rhythm to them,” says Mehra adding that instead of getting scared, being on stage excites him. 

He learnt to combine all the talents over a period of time, whether it was writing poetry, being on stage, or to deliver the content with confidence.

It is said that there is no particular age to follow your dreams. For his age, Mehra has achieved so much. Speaking about his journey, he says, “I am really grateful to all those whom I’ve met. Throughout this process, I have got to learn so much from every individual, be it in terms of skills, thoughts, or how you have to be persistent and committed to your art. There are many people who pursue their choice of career, but then many leave it midway. When you do not get anything from it, it is very easy to quit. But I believe, it is all about how you stick around no matter what and keep learning and growing. For me, it’s been a really good process, I’ve grown through it. I don’t regret anything.”

Giving an insight into his writing, he says that people can relate to it because these writings are not observational but experiential, how he himself feels in that situation. “I do justice to what I feel right at that moment. Everything I have been writing is very personal to me,” he says.

His verses have garnered support from artists like DJ Marshmello, DIVINE, Lost Stories, Zaeden, Ritviz, and others. Mehra has even collaborated with Zaeden and Lost Stories for a remix of ‘Tere bina’ and performed along with them at Vh1 Supersonic. 

“They have been mentoring me at every step. They are experienced and have always guided me in the right way. It is amazing when you get to learn so much from the masters themselves,” Mehra says.

He is trying to make the most of the quarantine period. He is working on a few upcoming projects with Zaeden, and Lost Stories.

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