MTV Hustle 3.0: Assam’s Shady Mellow enters ‘rap game’ round


Rapper Swagat Yein known by his stage name Shady Mellow, carried his groove all the way from Sivsagar, the land of the Mising community in upper Assam to India’s most unique rap reality show MTV Hustle 3.0.

With his debut performance of the song “Rafa Dafa” on the stage of MTV Hustle 3.0, Shady Mellow with his catchy lyrics made the judges go gaga over it, which depicted the importance of following one’s dreams and aspirations.

Add to that his bright yellow jacket, the long dangle earrings, the accentuated stress and body dip of the man as he gets the crowd going with his debut performance.

Mellow, who dreamt of showcasing Assam in the world of rap wearing his ‘Mising’ traditional scarf rocked the staged in the first round gathering applauses from the judges.

The ultimate boss rapper Badshah labeled Shady Mellow’s song as one of his favourite songs from the Hustle series and recalled Assam’s love for him by saying ‘Jai Aai Axom’.

“One thing is clear: one does not need to be from an American hood to be an impressive rapper. His music gives you a feel of the beauty of Assam,” says , one of the judges at MTV Hustle 3.0 , of which Shady has now won a place in the top eight.

While Dee MC (Deepa Unnikrishnan), one of the squad bosses praised the Mising rapper’s great ability to carry out the entire song in low tune, one of the other judges Ikka also gracefully remarked that he could feel the innocence and fragrance of Assam while listening to Shady Mellow.

Meanwhile, the MTV Hustle’s 3rd season took off on 21st October, 2023, with a sparkling array of various contestants from around the country. The show is being judged by Badshah along with four squad bosses – namely EPR, Dino James, Dee MC and Ikka.