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Faris Shafi Opens Up About His Lyrics, Idols, and Personal Life

It is pretty hard to find rappers or lyricists in the Pakistani music business that write from the heart and express their thoughts in a way that everyone can understand. Some Pakistani rappers have raised the standard for hip-hop culture, while others have rebuilt it.

Faris Shafi stands out from the rest of the pack with his classic songs and lyrics that portray the grim realities. He’s been putting out a staggering amount of music, and it’s made everyone pay attention and actually listen.

It’s safe to say that his songs include a fair amount of vulgarity, but they also contain a lot of truth. Maybe this is why it took him decades to head into the mainstream music world and the other half know who is Faris Shafi.

Faris got em all debating.

Faris Shafi recently went down for an interview and was brutally honest about his artistic career.

Faris Shafi just made his Coke Studio debut and has since released two songs to praise.
Is there a certain moment when you first began to compose music? Are you a fan of any particular kind of music?

‘I suppose the intention began very, very early,’ Faris Shafi said. As you know, mimicking stuff from other rap songs. My first exposure to hip-hop music was around the age of seven or eight, and since then I’ve been trying to find out how I can connect with it.”

 

The interviewer then inquired, “Which artist’s music had the most influence on you?” he said. “I’ve been trying to keep it a secret for a long time. However, it seems that this is something that everyone is curious about. Snoop Dog’s record was the first one I found.Since the name of the record is so inappropriate, I doubt I can even take the name.

Nobody under the age of 21 would have been able to enjoy any of the songs on the record, and I’m not sure how I ended up with it. Then the greats, Eminem, a lot of Tupac, and a lot of Biggie, began to emerge. That was the beginning of my exploration into the discographies of certain artists, rather than a wide variety. Even today, I’ve memorised all of their songs.
And it was those trying experiences as a kid that shaped my approach to handling situations. Even if the phrase “hip hop saved my life” is an old one, I understand precisely what it means.

Faris Shafi chuckled when the journalist raised the obvious question about the usage of foul language in his rap music. Is that so?” For me, I’m just interested in the kind of work I’d want to do. My heroes did the same for me, and it saved my life.

His social media presence is limited to Instagram, which he seldom updates. Faris Shafi is a low-profile artist. There aren’t any transcripts of any of the interviews available.

The interviewer asked, where does that come from?

For a variety of reasons, this is the case. What’s a good place to begin? Famous people were nothing new. Most people only learn about the dark side of fame after they’ve already attained it, so this wasn’t news to me.

As far as I can see, you’re going to have troubles after you get home. Fame for one’s job is something I appreciate. If the work becomes well known, I don’t want to be a part of it. Of course, I’m grateful for the recognition; after all, the job we do deserves it.
This is also reflected in the way I approach my job. If I write a song about drugs, violence, or addiction. It doesn’t imply that I’m always doing these activities. It’s difficult to get into the spoken word industry since people tend to link your words to you.

Faris wrapped off the conversation with a reference to his most recent tune, Muaziz Saarif, in answer to the last question. In your country, how did people react? In his words, seeing my sister and I together is a wonderful thing for our mother. It’s wonderful, but it’s not a surprise to me at all. A lot more could be done.

This is just the beginning. We’ve just scratched the surface here.

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