MTV Hustle
GenreReality
Rap Hip Hop
Presented byGaelyn Mendonca
Judges
Country of originIndia
Original languageHindi
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes20
Production
Production companyColosceum Media
Release
Original networkMTV India
Original release10 August (2019-08-10) –
13 October 2019 (2019-10-13)

MTV Hustle is India's first rap reality show.[1] Judged by Raftaar, Nucleya and Raja Kumari, the show premiered on 10 August 2019 and its first season winner is M-ZEE-BELLA announced on 13 October 2019.[2] Hosted by Gaelyn Mendonca, it aired on MTV India.[3]

Auditions

From the online registrations 40 auditionees were selected for studio auditions, out of which only 15 rappers were selected to continue. In the auditions, the rappers were judged on the bases on their writing, rapping flow and overall performance.[citation needed]

Series

Color Key
  Nucleya
  Raftaar
  Raja Kumari
Season Premiere Date Finale Date Winner Runner-up Host Judges
1 2 3
1 10 August 2019 13 October 2019 M ZEE BELLA EPR Gaelyn Mendonca Nucleya Raftaar Raja Kumari

Season 1

MTV Hustle 1 premiered on 10 August 2019 on MTV India.

• Judges
Raftaar
Nucleya
Raja Kumari

• Host
Gaelyn Mendonca.

Contestants

Contestant Stage Name Exit Place
style="background:cyan;" M Zee Bella Episode 20 Winner
Santhanam Srinivasan Iyer EPR Runner-up
RCR 2rd Runner-up
Arpan Kumar King 3rd Runner-up
Rahul Kumar Das(Karn) Shloka 4th Runner-up
Gaurav Mankoti Void Episode 18 Eliminated 10th
Agrita Dhawan Agsy Episode 18 Eliminated 9th
Raeza Episode 18 Eliminated 8th
Lakshya Bhardwaj Firaag Episode 17 Eliminated 7th
Himanshu Joshi Himan Episode 16 Eliminated 6th
style="background:cyan;" Shetty Saa Episode 14 Eliminated 5th
Akshay Kumar Zack Episode 12 Eliminated 4th
Hemant Dhyani MC Heam Episode 10 Eliminated 3rd
Nikita R Sharma Star Nick Episode 8 Eliminated 2nd
Neeru Pal NeeRu Pal Episode 6 Eliminated 1st
  Male
  Female

Summary

Contestant Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8 Week 9 Week 10
Episode 1–2 Episode 3–4 Episode 5–6 Episode 7–8 Episode 9–10 Episode 11–12 Episode 13–14 Episode 15–16 Episode 17–18 Episode 19–20
M-Zee-Bella Selected SAFE BEST SAFE SAFE BEST BEST HIGH Finalist Winner
EPR Top 15 BEST HIGH SAFE SAFE HIGH HIGH HIGH Finalist Runner-up
RCR Selected HIGH HIGH HIGH HIGH HIGH HIGH HIGH Qualified 3rd Place
King Top 15 SAFE SAFE HIGH HIGH HIGH HIGH BEST Qualified 4th Place
Shloka Selected HIGH HIGH BEST HIGH SAFE HIGH HIGH BEST Qualified 5th Place
Agsy Top 15 SAFE SAFE SAFE BEST SAFE HIGH BTM2 ELIM Guest
Void Top 15 SAFE HIGH SAFE HIGH LOW HIGH LOW ELIM Guest
Raeza Selected SAFE SAFE HIGH HIGH HIGH BTM2 SAFE ELIM Guest
Firaag Selected SAFE LOW LOW HIGH LOW SAFE LOW ELIM Guest
Himan Selected SAFE SAFE BTM2 SAFE BTM2 SAFE ELIM Guest
Shetty Saa Selected SAFE HIGH LOW SAFE LOW ELIM
Zack Selected SAFE SAFE LOW BTM2 ELIM Guest
MC Heam Selected SAFE HIGH SAFE ELIM Guest
Star Nick Selected SAFE BTM2 ELIM Guest
NeeRu Pal Selected SAFE ELIM

Notes

Week 2   Best Performer   Safe
Week 3; 5-8   Received 4 Green Buzzers   Safe   Received 4 Red Buzzers   Bottom 2   Eliminated
Week 4   Received 3 Safe Buzzers   Received 0 Safe Buzzers
Week 9   Qualified   Finalist
Week 10   Winner   Runner-up   Finalist & Eliminated during the Final   Guest

Summary

Key
Green Buzzer
Red Buzzer
Best Performer
  Safe
  Bottom 2
  Eliminated

Week 3 (Episode 5–6)

Order Rapper Judges Guest Judge Judges
Decision
Public Voting Studio Audiences'
Decision
Nucleya Raftaar Raja Salim
1 Agsy
Unsafe Safe -
2 EPR
Safe - -
3 Shloka
Safe - -
4 Firaag
Unsafe Safe -
5 King
Unsafe Safe -
6 Himan
Unsafe Safe -
7 Void
Safe - -
8 Star Nick
Unsafe Bottom 2 (114 dB) Advanced
9 M-Zee-Bella
- -
10 RCR
Safe -
11 Raeza
Unsafe Safe -
12 Zack
Unsafe Safe -
13 MC Heam
Safe - -
14 NeeRu Pal
Unsafe Bottom 2 (109 dB) Eliminated
15 Shetty Saa
Safe - -

Week 4 (Episode 7–8)

Face-off
No.
Order Rapper To Face-off
Against:
Remix of Song Judges Judges
Decision
Public Voting Studio Audiences'
Decision
Nucleya Raftaar Raja
1 1 M-Zee-Bella Shetty Saa Naah [a] Safe - -
2 Shetty Saa Not eligible Proper Patola Unsafe Safe -
2 1 King RCR She Move It Like Unsafe Safe -
2 RCR Not eligible Ae Dil Hai Mushkil
Safe - -
3 1 Himan Not eligible Kamariya Unsafe Bottom 2 (107 dB) Advanced
2 Shloka Himan Jiya Tu
- -
4 1 Agsy MC Heam Lahore
Safe - -
2 MC Heam Not eligible Shehar Ki Ladki
Unsafe Safe -
5 1 EPR Not eligible Suit Suit
Safe - -
2 Void EPR Bekhayali

safe

Safe -
6 1 Firaag Not eligible O Saki Saki [b] Unsafe Safe -
2 Zack Firaag Tareefan Unsafe Safe -
7 1 Star Nick Not eligible Paagal Unsafe Bottom 2 (104 dB) Eliminated
2 Raeza Not eligible Chogada
Safe - -
  1. ^ Shetty Saa forgot the lyrics during performance. So, M-Zee-Bella was automatically safe.
  2. ^ Both Firaag & Zack forgot the lyrics during performance. Therefore, neither of them were saved by the Judges.

Week 5 (Episode 9–10)

Order Rapper Judges Guest Judge Judges
Decision
Public Voting Studio Audiences'
Decision
Nucleya Raftaar Raja Naezy
1 EPR
Unsafe Safe -
2 Agsy
- -
3 Firaag
Safe - -
4 M-Zee-Bella
Unsafe Safe -
5 Shetty Saa
Unsafe Safe -
6 RCR
Safe - -
7 Himan
Unsafe Safe -
8 Void
Safe - -
9 King
Safe - -
10 Shloka
Safe - -
11 Raeza
Safe - -
12 MC Heam
Unsafe Bottom 2 (101 dB) Eliminated
13 Zack
Unsafe Bottom 2 (121 dB) Advanced

Week 6 (Episode 11–12)

Order Rapper Judges Guest Judge Judges
Decision
Public Voting Studio Audiences'
Decision
Nucleya Raftaar Raja Brodha V
1 RCR
Safe - -
2 Shloka
Unsafe Safe -
3 M-Zee-Bella
- -
4 Raeza
Safe - -
5 Agsy
Unsafe Safe -
6 Shetty Saa
Unsafe Safe -
7 Firaag
Unsafe Safe -
8 King
Safe - -
9 Himan
Bottom 2 [a] N/A (113 dB) Advanced
10 EPR
Safe - -
11 Void
Unsafe Safe -
12 Zack
Unsafe Bottom 2 (105 dB) Eliminated
  1. ^ Himan was chosen by the Judges to be in the Bottom 2 with Zack, the least voted contestant by the Public.

Week 7 (Episode 13–14)

Order Rapper Judges Guest Judge Judges
Decision
Public Voting Studio Audiences'
Decision
Nucleya Raftaar Raja Shekhar
1 King
Safe - -
2 M-Zee-Bella
- -
3 RCR
Safe - -
4 Shetty Saa
Bottom 2 [a] N/A (112 dB) Eliminated
5 Agsy
Safe - -
6 Firaag
Unsafe Safe -
7 Void
Safe - -
8 Shloka
Safe - -
9 Himan
Unsafe Safe -
10 EPR
Safe - -
11 Raeza
Unsafe Bottom 2 (113 dB) Advanced
  1. ^ Shetty Saa was chosen by the Judges to be in the Bottom 2 with Raeza, the least voted contestant by the Public.

Week 8 (Episode 15–16)

Order Rapper Judges Guest Judge Judges
Decision
Public Voting Studio Audiences'
Decision
Judges Choice to go
directly to the Finale
Nucleya Raftaar Raja Bobby
1 King
- - Didn't make it
2 Void
Unsafe Safe - -
3 M-Zee-Bella
Safe - - 1st Finalist
4 Himan
Bottom 2 [a] N/A (103 dB) Eliminated -
5 Raeza
Unsafe Safe - -
6 EPR
Safe - - 2nd Finalist
7 Shloka
Safe - - Didn't make it
8 Agsy

Unsafe Bottom 2 (110 db) Advanced -
9 RCR
Safe - - Didn't make it
10 Firaag
Unsafe Safe - -
  1. ^ Right after Himan's performance, Judges decided Himan to directly be in the Bottom 2.

Week 9 (Episode 17–18)

Order Rapper Judges Guest Judge Judges
Decision
Nucleya Raftaar Raja Brodha V
1 Void
Eliminated
2 King
4th Finalist
3 Firaag
Eliminated
4 Agsy
Eliminated
5 RCR
5th Finalist
6 Shloka
3rd Finalist
7 Raeza
Eliminated
Finalist EPR Immune
Finalist M-Zee-Bella Immune

Special Performance by the first two finalists EPR & M-Zee-Bella along with Raftaar & Brodha V in Episode 18.

Week 10 (Episode 19–20)

Order Rapper Judges Decision
1 RCR Eliminated
2 M-Zee-Bella Top 2
3 King Eliminated
4 Shloka Eliminated
5 EPR Top 2

After Top 5 Finalists performed, Judges had to decide two of them to the Final Battle Round for the Title.

Order Rapper Result
1 EPR Runner-up
2 M-Zee-Bella Winner

Guests

Week Episode(s) Guest Judge Episode Guest Appearance
1 (Auditions) 1-2 Naezy none
3 5-6 Salim Merchant 6 Raga
4 7-8 Tanishk Bagchi 8 Zara Khan
5 9-10 Naezy 10 KKG (Kaala Kurta Gang)
6 11-12 Brodha V none
7 13-14 Shekhar Ravjiani 13 Rasmeet Kaur
14 Shivang Dubey
8 15-16 Bobby Friction 15 L-Fresh the Lion & MC Mirrah
16 Sourabh Acharya & Mad-Z
9 17-18 Brodha V 17 FOTTY SEVEN & Kaam Bhaari
18 Slow Cheetah & Spitfire
10 (Final) none 19 Shekhar Ravjiani
Naezy
L-Fresh the Lion & MC Mirrah
MC Altaf, Big Deal, Fejo Rapper, Big Smyle, Raiychu & Island Warrior
20 Kalamkaar - Deep Kalsi, Harjas, Krsna & Karma
KKG - Sikander Kahlon, Rob C & Sady Immortal
Sukrut & Brodha V

References

  1. ^ "MTV's Hustle aims to foster aspiring Indian rappers". The Hindu.
  2. ^ "Raftaar to judge 'MTV Hustle' along with Nucleya & Rajakumari!". ABP Live.
  3. ^ "MTV launches new rap reality show, strengthens slate for young audiences". Live Mint.