Bad­shah is a brother, I don’t com­pete with Yo Yo: Raftaar

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An en­ter­tainer who al­ter­nates be­tween post­ing his own apho­risms and Plato or Dalai Lama’s quotes on so­cial me­dia, Raftaar calmly clar­i­fies his equa­tion with rap­per Yo Yo Honey Singh. “Honey Singh is not com­pe­ti­tion be­cause you don’t com­pete with es­tab­lished peo­ple,” he says, adding as an af­ter­thought, “It is the new breed that you have to worry about.”

Does he mean his com­pe­ti­tion is with rap­per Bad­shah then, we ask, to which he im­me­di­ately quips, “Bad­shah is my brother. We are not com­pet­ing with each other. We are into sev­eral col­lab­o­ra­tions.” Raftaar re­veals he will work with Bad­shah and sing to­gether in each other’s al­bum.

Raftaar and Bad­shah have worked to­gether on a mul­ti­artist song, Desi Hip Hop, how­ever, Raftaar in­sists that fans should wait for a track fea­tur­ing just the two, ex­clu­sively.

Born Dilin Nair, Raftaar iden­ti­fies him­self as “a poet with swag” and wants to be ad­dressed as “an artist”. He also says that be­cause he delves into many forms of art (art, mu­sic, dance, pro­duc­tion, po­etry and song­writ­ing), but fo­cusses on few (singing and paint­ing), he finds him­self “a Jack of all trades and master of some”.

He has recorded his lat­est song Dhaakad, for Aamir Khan’s next film in two other lan­guages, Tamil and Tel­ugu. “Yes, the ver­sion that’s al­ready out is a mix of Hindi and Haryanvi. Ac­tu­ally, 90% Hindi and 10% Haryanvi, be­cause oth­er­wise peo­ple wouldn’t un­der­stand. I have been told it would take some time for the other ver­sions to be out,” he says.

Honey Singh is not com­pe­ti­tion be­cause you don’t com­pete with es­tab­lished peo­ple. It’s the new breed that you should worry about RAFTAAR, SINGER

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