Listen to GULLY GANG at one go. Here’s why…

By Bryan Durham - February 13, 2019

Listen to GULLY GANG at one go. Here’s why…

MUSIC: Various Artists
LYRICS: Various Artists
LABEL: Zee Music Company
RATING: ****

1. ASLI HIP HOP

Ranveer Singh spits Spitfire’s rhymes over D-Cypher and BeatRAW’s beatboxing. It’s raw, streetwise and sets the tone for what’s to follow.

2. MERE GULLY MEIN

Ranveer joins Divine and Naezy on what is the duo’s most well-known song. It’s quite an underwhelming outing when compared to the đŸ”„ original.

3. DOORI POEM

More spoken word than rap, an emotional Ranveer imbues the lines penned by Javed Akhtar with feeling.

4. DOORI

The rap version, this one has Rishi Rich’s composition get a more pronounced presence. The variations and pauses lend the requisite drama. Full marks to Ranveer for nailing this one.

5. TRAIN SONG

Raghu Dixit’s trademark drawl dominates the track. Karsh Kale comes in a little later on this Midival Punditz-Karsh-Raghu collaboration. Javed Akhtar is credited as one of the lyricists here. Has a large-room pop-rock feel.

6. JINGOSTAN BEATBOX

Dub Sharma writes and composes this political satire that severely criticises the political situation in the country over D Cypher and BeatRAW’s beatboxing. It’s appropriately politically incorrect but nothing extraordinary.

7. SHER AAYA SHER

Divine’s growl isn’t just apparent in his delivery but also his lyrics. It’s a track that stands out in memory, in no small part also because of Rachel Varghese’s backing vocals and Major C’s beats.

8. JAHAAN TU CHALA

Jasleen Royal’s track is most likely about being in the shadows while letting the one you love, shine. And to just be there, no matter what season or reason. Perfect for Valentine’s Day. Penned by Aditya Sharma.

9. AZADI

Quite easily one of the most standout tracks off this soundtrack. Divine and Dub Sharma collaborate on a powerful banger that’s all about… freedom. And how you want it now.

10. KAB SE KAB TAK

The mashup of diverse musical influences is nowhere more apparent than in this beauty by Ankur Tewari and Karsh Kale. Ranveer Singh and Vibha Saraf voice a track that grows on you quite easily

11. KAAM BHARI

The belligerent track is mischief on acid. Kaam Bhaari brings a rugged, easy-going flow and takes you on a trip where you feel every bump and want to grind to every track

12. EK HEE RAASTA

Javed Akhtar pens introspective lines for Ranveer Singh as Rishi Rich’s composition blends into the background but fights for your attention. Pity it’s over too soon.

13. APNA TIME AAYEGA

A Dub Sharma and Divine composition, it has Ankur joining Divine on writing credits. This is the party-starter of the lot. Also, the one that says it as it sees it. Also the most commercial track here.

14. JEENE MEIN AAYE MAZA

At the outset, feels quite close in vibe to Mary PoppinsChim Chim Cher-ee. Ankur pens the track and shares co-composing credits with Mikey McCleary and that beautiful old-world smoky-room feel is something that makes for a pleasant track

15. HAR GHAM MEIN KHUSHI HAI

Veteran rapper Ace hustles over ishQ Bector’s haunting melody. The vocal rendition is unconventional to say the least, making for a very unique track. Nothing galat, though, all sahi here.

16. JINGOSTAN

That crackle is the first thing that catches your ear. The original version of track 6, it’s experimental and doesn’t really fit any convention. It makes you uncomfortable at some points and that’s a good thing.

17. GORIYE

Starts out all Chris Brown-like at the outset, it just segues into something that sounds like it popped out of the 80s UK bhangra underground. A right-round foottapper, this. Kaka Bhaniawala has Arjun, Blitz and Desi Ma for company on this killer Prem & Hardeep track.

18. INDIA 91

A colourful Indian musical canvas, it has splashes of Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati and Punjabi rap that’s as much swag as it is a statement of intent. What ties it all in is the very Mumbai lingo. MC Altaf, MC TodFod, 100 RBH, Maharya, MC Mawali & Noxious D all feature on this rather complex, though fulfilling track composed by Viveick Rajagopalan.

The fact that a big-budget Bollywood project has allowed for an intrinsically indie soundtrack to play around in the mainstream, makes for a very different experience. It doesn’t disappoint at all, even if it has its rare weak moments. Listen to it at one go. You’re sure to find something that appeals to you.

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