Aditya Singh started out by being noticed for rapping ‘I’ll defeat you’ at a school basketball match. He was in the ninth grade. Today he is known as Badshah, the popular singer-rapper credited withBollywood chartbusters like Abhi Toh Party Shuru Hui Hai and Saturday Saturday. Back on top this season with Bajrangi Bhaijaan’s Selfie Le Le Re, he is definitely the rapper of the moment. Recounting the call from music director Pritam Chakraborty, he says, “I took a flight the very next moment and came to Mumbai.”
Meanwhile, the rapper is all set to release his debut solo, DJ Waley Babu, on YouTube today, from his new album One. “At a wedding in Haryana, I heard a woman call out ‘DJ waley babu, mera gaana chala do’ and that struck me. So I decided to use it in my song,” says the 30-year-old, who has been in the music industry since 2012 and feels it is high time he went solo. “This catchy, mid-tempo song is sure to stay in your mind,” Badshah adds confidently.
All about music
Catering to his young fans, the Chandigarh-based rapper is a fan of Nawazuddin Siddiqui and started his career in the Punjabi music industry with singer Gippy Grewal. With no formal training in music, he admits that whatever he’s learnt is by listening to Coldplay and Dr Dre. “I love the atmosphere that Coldplay creates in their songs—a scenario that listeners can connect to. My new album will feature a lot of this,” says Badshah. In Bollywood, he loves Arjit Singh’s music and voice. Calling himself ‘a musician who studied engineering’, Badshah says his wife hates his songs but “helps me set my benchmark”.
On upcoming projects, he says there is Chaar Shanivaar for All is Well and a song for Welcome Returns. “My song Chull will also be featured in one of Dharma Production’s upcoming films,” he says. But for now, the Badshah wants to concentrate on his indie album. “I love doing independent music because I can experiment. I can try something random and still be sure that my music will be appreciated by my fans,” says the rapper, who doesn’t consider his peers like Honey Singh and Hard Kaur as competition. “I know their music and what they are capable of, so I am not afraid,” he says, signing off with, “I want to make music to inspire people and make them dance.”
DJ Waley Babu is releasing today at 11 am on YouTube
Mayuri J Ravi