Unlike many other hip-hop artists, Nay Zaw TH-Z does not call himself a gangster. The word he chooses instead is rebel - for it is his voice, his lyrics and his beats that helped galvanise Myanmar to "wake up, wake up" and believe that "we are the vote, and we will win" the byelection that saw Aung San Suu Kyi's party win 43 seats. The song could be heard nationwide in the days leading up to the vote. In Yangon, Aung San Suu Kyi's party blasted the song through loudspeakers on campaign trucks that barrelled through the colonial city, enticing people to come out on to the pavement and sing and dance along in the streets. The song propelled the 25-year-old self-taught musician to national stardom nearly overnight.
"Mostly everyone is happy the NLD won, but in the music world, people can't believe I wrote a song about the NLD," he says. "No one wants to get involved with politics."