Badshah has not looked back, ever since he released ‘Proper Patola‘ in 2013. This lead him to enter Bollywood and rapping for movies like Khoobsurat, Baar Baar Dekho, and more recently, Badrinath Ki Dulhania. His mainstream releases like ‘Driving Slow‘ and ‘Bandook‘ are as hip-hop as hip-hop can get hence proving his ability to rap is still intact but he has not let the fame get to his head. Badshah took things a step further and performed acoustic versions of his rap songs like ‘Kala Chashma‘ and ‘DJ Wale Babu’ at MTV Unplugged India.
He mentioned in an interview, “The arrangement was live, and this lent the kind of energy that you wouldn’t achieve otherwise for the songs. I like the fact that there was no set format that one had to follow — you could play around with the songs.” He also performed a Garhwali folk number with Jubin Nautiyal and he had the following to say about it, “Jubin came up to me and asked me to collaborate with him on the song. He sang while I focussed on the rap. Indians have a huge misconception when it comes to rap. It isn’t just about heavy beats; it is about poetry. And my collaboration with Jubin was exactly that”.
He also discussed his influences from his Punjabi and Haryanvi roots and hence why he appeals to so many folks from that region. He felt humbled when he was called the forefront of ‘Party Song‘. He answered, “I got into rap because I can’t sing. If I could sing, I’d be a singer. On a serious note, I like telling stories, and rap is a great tool to narrate stories” when he was asked how he got into rap music.
Badshah has come a long way and absolutely killed it on MTV Unplugged India. I loved the kind of balance he maintained between mainstream and hip-hop while going live. Let us know in the comment section which track was your favourite?