San Jaimt is an Indian rapper, songwriter, and music producer. He is known for his contribution to Hip-Hop in the Indian music scene since 2010. He is one of the early rappers who started rapping in Malayalam and English languages. Some of his popular songs are “We’re Sorry” (2013), “Thee” (2018), “Win” (2017), and more.
Sanju Jaison was born as San Jaimt on Sunday, 1 October 1988 (age 33 years; as of 2022) in Kottayam, Kerala, India. His zodiac sign is Libra. He shifted to Dubai at a young age with his family, where he found out about rapping. In school, he used to draw and paint, but his interests changed from art to music, when his friends introduced him to rap and hip-hop. He came back from Dubai to Kerala and joined St. Joseph’s College of Engineering and Technology in Palai, Kerala to pursue engineering in 2006. Listening to American artists like 2Pac, Eminem, and Rakim influenced him, which developed a desire in him to become a hip-hop artist.
Height (approx.): 5′ 8″
Weight (approx.): 65 kg
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
Body Measurements (approx.): Chest: 40 inches, Waist: 30 inches, Biceps: 14 inches
San Jaimt belongs to a Malayali family in Kerala.
At the age of 15, he started to cover songs of popular rap artists to become a rapper himself. In the mid-2000s, he began to release mixtapes and collaborate with local artists. He uploaded his works, under his former stage name Wolfam, on Orkut, Myspace and ReverbNation, which are social media platforms. His friend from college, Mahesh Peter, who was a musician and was a part of the college music committee, gave him a chance to rap on a college album titled “6th module,” which was released in 2009. Mahesh introduced San to Alphonse Joseph, who is a Malayalam music director, and since then, he never looked back.
Cover of the 2009 album ‘6th Module’
In 2013, he released his first single, “We’re Sorry,” as an independent artist; the song was featured in BBC Asian Network, 9XO, Malayala Manorama, Deccan Chronicle, The Indian Express, Vh1, and other social media platforms. The song has been played on the BBC Asian Network, 9XO, Malayala Manorama, Deccan Chronicle, The Indian Express, Vh1, and various social media sites. On February 14 2016, his second independent single, “Neeyane,” a rap-fusion song with a love theme, was released. In less than three weeks, the song received over 100,000 YouTube views.
Official cover picture of San Jaimt’s first single song, ‘We’re Sorry’
In 2017, he released the first song “Win” from his debut album “Intensity.” On 19 March 2017, he was also featured in the Khaleej times-City Times edition. A Dubai-based band, “MasterPlan,” featured in the third song of the album, “Walk Alone.” In 2018, he came out with his second Malayalam-language album titled “Munvidhi.” The first song of the album was “Thee,” which was a combination of folk beat and Malayalam rap. He released his 5th single called “Changala” featuring Vivek G Harry and Apoorva. He released his third album, “Ulka,” in 2021. On 3 April 2021, he released the first song, “Scene,” from his third album, featuring Rzee Purplehaze. “Ottayaal Pattaalam” is the second single of the album, featuring ThirumaLi.
Cover of the 2021 album ‘Ulka’
In 2012, he made his debut as a rapper with the song “Kadhakalumezhuthi,” whose music director was Alphonse Joseph in the film “The Hit List.” In the same year, he was offered to work in another film titled “Face to Face.” In 2013, he worked for the Malayalam-language comedy film “ABCD: American-Born Confused Desi.” After that, he was offered to rap for the title track of the 2014 film “Mr Fraud” by the music director Gopi Sundar, which turned out to be one of San’s best works. In the same year, he rapped in the song “Vasudeva” from the film “Koothara.” In the 2022 Malayalam film “Panthrand,” he rapped in the song “Padakal Unare.”
- Rapper (s): Eminem, Fort minor, Dr Dre, Outlandish, 2Pac, Rakim, Blaaze
- Initially, his stage name was Wolfam which means Ma Flow in reverse, but he later changed it to San Jaimt.
- In 2021, he started a project called “20 beats project” to encourage and enhance the hip-hop and rap scene in Kerala. Those 20 beats were created in a period of two months and were available for free. The beats were produced by San to help aspiring rappers create their own songs by using the beats without any problem regarding copyright issues.
- In an interview, while sharing his views on whether rap has a bad reputation, and what would he like to tell people, he said,
I would say to them that they should take some time to understand the content before judging it. I think it’s just a misconception that many people have. Hip hop is a beautiful art form. I was not so keen on rap music when I was a kid because I never understood the content. I used to listen to mainly AR Rahman songs but once I understood what hip hop was about I just fell in love with it. It’s such a beautiful form of self-expression.
- In an interview, on being asked, what he mostly raps about in his songs, he replied,
I usually rap about my life -my story, things I have experienced, things that I value and care about, that’s what I believe real hip hop is about. It’s about messages.
- On being asked about what is his ultimate musical ambition, he said,
My ultimate ambition is to have my song on every hip-hop lover’s top playlist. I know those days are not far. I believe in my dreams.
- In the 6th song, “Veendeduppu,” of his second album, “Munvidhi,” he talks about mental health issues and on 23 July 2020, it was featured in The New Indian Express. In an interview, San shared that he has been through depression and issues related to mental health should be addressed seriously. He said,
I have gone through depression and struggled a lot to get out of it. I wanted to express my victory through a song and that’s how I wrote my first Malayalam rap song ‘Thee’. This was also the genesis for my second album ‘Munvidhi’. Depression is very underrated in India, many still don’t know how seriously it affects our state of mind. As an artist, I wanted to help those who have been down a similar road.”
- According to San, the hip-hop scene is getting huge in India, but Malayalam hip-hop is still not popular. In an interview, he shared his views about the hip-hop scene in South India and his working technique, he said,
Even though there are a lot of artists coming with singles and albums back to back, still we are not getting the leverage and recognition rap deserves. Rapping is all about picking up the right word, creating your own unique flow. You have to keep on experimenting. When it comes to Malayalam rap, reading and researching is the only way you could pick up the right words. Whatever you do is pretty much new because there has never been a big hip hop scene in Kerala. It’s all about trial and error, you will eventually get to somewhere unique and your music instincts will tell you ‘there it is, sounds good, think we are good to go’. That’s how I do it.”