inger and rapper Badshah, who is juggling playing video games and making music during the lockdown, attended the India Today e-MindRocks on Saturday. Prepping for the release of his upcoming song, Toxic, the rapper revealed that it is recorded and shot in lockdown.
Badshah was at his candid best and talked about the history behind his name, Honey Singh, diss culture in Hip Hop, Gully Boy and his upcoming song Toxic, among other things.
From Aditya Prateek Singh Sisodia to Badshah
My real name is Aditya Prateek Singh Sisodia. I was making music in Chandigarh and was looking for a stage name. During that time, Shah Rukh Khan’s Badshah released, and since I’m a huge SRK fan I thought it’s a good name for stage. Hence, Badshah happened.
Interest in rap
I used to listen to many rappers like Eminem, Kanye West and others. When I started listening to them more, I connected with them. I could relate to their stories and understood what they wanted to say. I was always a quiet kid and they say it’s good to share what you feel. So I started rapping to express myself.
I wrote a song about my Math teacher. I performed it my friends in school. I don’t remember it now, but the students of my school still sing it there.
I used to play basketball at Rohini’s basketball court. I would always rap while playing. One day, I didn’t know that the person with whom I was playing was a big DJ. He asked me if I’ll be able to perform in front of a crowd. I said yes and performed. And that’s how I landed my first gig.
First super hit song: DJ wale Babu
Released in 2015, DJ wale Babu made me a household name. I had earlier done songs like Saturday Saturday (2012) and Proper Patola (2014), which were also immensely popular. But DJ wale Babu gave me a different identity.
Bad blood with Honey Singh
We started together in 2006 and we were young. As you grow up, you realise how different you are. There’s nothing between Honey Singh and I. There’s a difference in ideologies, but there’s nothing like bad blood. Every rapper of our group is doing great individually, so it’s great.
About being criticised for writing like Class 5 kid
I write the way I talk. I’m not a great shayar and therefore I don’t try to write in a serious manner. I use the words and manners used in day-to-day conversations for my song. I call it slanguage, language made of slangs. So that everyone can understand it. People say that I write the way a Class 5 kid writes. Yes, I write that way. There’s no denying. It’s a deliberate attempt.
On Gully Boy changing Hip Hop scene in India
Gully Boy has completely changed the Hip Hop scene in the country. We used to dream of this kind of scene when we started. The hardcore Hip Hop is now reaching the common people. Gully Boy made Hip Hop popular in every household. Earlier, people wanted to becomes singers and now they dream of becoming a rapper.
About diss culture in rap
Hip Hop has been a competitive art form. It is a way of expressing yourself and proving that you are better than others. Diss brings the best out of an artist. It’s a part of the culture and remains to words and never crosses the line.
About upcoming song Toxic
My new song is about toxic relationships. When no more love is left in a relationship, it becomes toxic. So the song talks about it. I have seen many relationships turning toxic and therefore decided to do this song. It was written in lockdown and shot inside Ravi and Sargun’s home. The couple feature in the music video, which they have directed themselves.
Advice for youngsters
It’s the best thing to follow your passion, but you also have to be smart. I kept following my passion, but I also kept working. Making yourself self-sufficient in matters of money is most important. So keep following your passion, but also make yourself financially independent.