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Lekin ye tou hai introduction



This is Faris Shafi. And inke gaanay are usually very profane, sexist and, in terms of desi hip-hop, some of the best in the sub-continent. Lekin ye tou hai introduction. Faris Shafi's songs are perhaps exactly that - an introduction. A couple years ago, I read in an article online that in his songs, Faris is trying to do exactly the opposite of what it seems. At first glance his 2021 release: Introduction, appears problematic. But soon after, a friend told me that Faris is actually trying to show you how 'X' person in society behaves. I began to re-examine his work and felt that he almost always attempts a social commentary within his songs. In Waasta, for example, he presents the perspective of individuals who are marginalized, wronged and pushed to violence. Let's analyze the following verse:


"...Muzaffar ke bhi nafay main kab se pistol lagi hai

Ghazanfar ke bhi bistar ke neechay AK pari hai

Ghazanfar ki tou age hee nahi hai

Baligh nahi

iss Qabil nahi

Par har taraf us ke ghar walon ki lashain pareen

Wo Qatil nahi par kya kare?

Maar de ya sab ko yeh maaf kare?

Gaarh de ya sab ko bardaasht kare?

Sab se yeh dastbardaar huey

Aur phir badle ka plan ijaad kare

Parking lot main intezaar kare

Sarr main yeh aap ke suraakh kare

Aur phir yeh darr k wahaan se faraar huey..."


Faris asks his audience to imagine the scenario of a "terrorist" attack from the perspective of the little child who's not even 'baligh' and faces such suffering. It's very easy to imagine any Ghazanfar in his place feeling the same way. But just hold up.. this was too easy. Let's move on to Lafz, Faris's big release in 2021 (which sounds absolutely disgusting btw) and let's look at a small verse here as well:


"... I think about you all the time-a

Cut the drama

Sach bataa na

Don't you like me?

I wanna touch you just politely

Just invite me

Over to your home when you're home alone

When I come over, you come over and over again

Get off the phone

Tera gala dabaaooN

Wait a minute I mean

Gaana sunaaooN Khaana khilaaooN

Farigh karaooN Faris is gone... "


Tobah yaar, matlab had hoti hai. But just take a moment and look at it from the other lens. Assume that Faris is portraying the mindset of every sexist and horny desi man around. Isn't he practically describing the hypocrisy, violent tendencies and typically revolting attitude of men in our society? Now this song feels like it has a totally different context. The same perspective-driven instrument can be seen implemented in his song, Nazar, but you get the point. Clearly Faris is always consciously challenging the status quo in his songs and at times he uses a very powerful POV element within them.


Lekin ye tou hai introduction. Asal baat tou ye hai ke is this a good device to use? Firstly, contrary to this argument, it might just be that Faris didn't really think so profoundly when writing his songs and yeah honestly maybe this whole post is BS. But perhaps he has shown plenty of indication that all of this, in fact, is intentional. Pehli dafa jab meine Faris ka gaana gaari mein lagaya tou mere cousin bole " haan bhai baray liberal ho gaye ho Faris sunte ho hain? " meine bhi socha bhai?? Lekin Faris ki asal pehchan to 2014 hai when he released the infamous "Muskura". Mashallah se banned on YouTube, banned on Spotify, banned everywhere, Faris Shafi sahab made it to the death note of our mazhabi hazraat when he let this song out. Besides pointing out the constant sectarian violence, hinting at "tharkee molvis" and how no one is safe with them, Faris criticizes some of the restrictive practices that are rigorously imposed on women in the name of religion:


"...Takhnon sai upper shalwar rakhoon?

Kissi sai kabhee na pyaar karoon?

Apni biwi ko bhenc**d burqa pehna keh b**d mein ghussa keh chhupa rakhoon

Mein kya karoon? Mein kya karoon? Aap hee bataain mein kya karoon

Mein bhee aik musalmaan hun. Kartai hein mujhai pareshan kyun

To aap kyun mairee khaatoon khana ko majboor banana chahtay hein

Zaroor hijab kyun pehnatay hein? Unhay kasoorvar kyoon thehratay hein..."


Yeah nobody really is perfect. Ngl It would be cool to imagine if a woman brought up a similar song, but we all know that would put her in life-threatening danger. Until then, maybe Faris is as controversial as an artist can get. Despite all that said, maybe Faris really doesn't give a damn about any of this. But IF he is attempting to change our perspective and make us feel a certain way through his clever sarcasm, it just might be doing more harm than good. When Introduction came out last year, it didn't take long for half my friends to say "yaar kya tabahi gaana hai". But I don't think hardly any of them meant that after analyzing the complex POV of an average elitist baap ka beta in the song. I know that they didn't understand two cents of what Faris meant by:


"Ehsaas e kamtari ki

Misaalain ban chuki theen

Alfredo Fettuccini

Aur red ho Lamborghini"



I know ke unke sar ke oopar se jaa raha hota hai when he's saying "Belt pe CK Hell main LV " Orr "Meray paas bachnay ke do tareekay hain" OR "Main hun seal commander Please na pa tu phadda" ORRR "A sea of people taught me corruption ". Un becharon ko sirf ye samajh aa rahi hai ke:


"... body bh*nc**d aisi Ke saari bachiyan geeli Pappiyan geeli just imagine... "


So maybe, just maybe, Faris and his well-intentioned perhaps progressive songs, might just be backfiring in the ears of 90% of humaray young biradran whose ears are still ringing from hearing them all day. Khair, that was just a little insight I wanted to share with you all. Mujhe iss pe grade tou nahi milna so please come talk to me in the comments, kyunke ye tou hai sirf introduction.

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I never knew about this singer as I only listen to very famous songs. But due to this post, I think I’ll give it another chance. Although I am not into rap culture, I feel that at least it trying to provide an important message through his songs—really good job from your side.

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This was a very interesting read, Rafay! I came across Faris Shafi's music very recently when his song with Meesha Shafi came out on Coke Studio. I loved the song which led to me listening to many of his other songs such as Awaam and Nazar. Again, I really liked both songs, they were extremely catchy and I couldn't get them out of my head for days listening to them on repeat, especially Nazar. However, then I came across Introduction, and as you have mentioned in blog, the lyrics of the song made me feel extremely uncomfortable and disgusted and completely changed my perception of him and his music. This blog captures my thoughts and feelings about him very accurately.

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Sabeeh - 24020369
Sabeeh - 24020369
Aug 06, 2022

Great blog man!

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It is no lie that Faris Shafi voices very explicit lyrics which can be problematic. Problematic, I think as other people have pointed out, because he tends to use explicit language which can be at the center of gendered insults.


It is important for us as social scientists to critique and to deliberate as we are doing right now. In South Asia, there is a movement in the music industry by which many are getting voices to share through music. The violence that Faris Shafi's songs talk about would likely be coming from his own experiences. Those experiences which he sings about then resonate with the people who are avid listeners of the music he produces. As South Asians, and…


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Rafay Abdul Razzaq
Rafay Abdul Razzaq
Aug 05, 2022
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Hello Jehangir!

Thank you for your reply. I would like to say however that I have some contentions with your analysis. Firstly, I think that the violence in his songs are not coming from his own experiences since in Waasta for example, he is clearly referring to the kids suffering from conflict and violence in their own regions, for example those in Waziristan or Baluchistan during the counter-insurgency operations led by Pakistan Armed Forces. Coming from a privileged background, I don't think Faris is describing his own experiences at all. Similarly even in his other songs, the POV element that Faris uses is usually seen to work in support of a minority group or group that is wronged or goes…

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Rafay I have to say how fun this was to read! And slightly disturbing too lol I never knew of Faris Shafi's music being like this. As you have rightly pointed out how profane it is sometimes (or maybe all the times I have no way to know), I was just thinking if he could have done a better job at depicting that his music was highlighting the point of view of someone else's hypocrisy and not his own thought process (I sure as hell would like to believe it's not actually him who wants geeli pappiyan please this is horrible). If that is indeed the case, that it is someone else's persona, I agree with you that the concept…


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Rafay Abdul Razzaq
Rafay Abdul Razzaq
Aug 05, 2022
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Thank you for your kind words and such a valuable insight Ayesha!

I totally agree with you. I think Faris has complete power and also the responsibility to make his stance clear. In fact, the whole purpose of my blog is exactly that. To determine what is actually going on with Faris' art. If his position was clearer, it would not require even this curiosity or inquiry. Funnily enough, I am not really a die-hard fan of Faris, I just thought this would be an interesting thing to discuss with you all. However, in order to answer your question, I think there might be a reason behind Faris' lack of clarity.


Firstly, I think that maybe Faris thinks it is…


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