Opportunities for rappers going up in Bollywood: Badshah
Indian rapper Badshah (right) says more and more rappers are getting a chance to work in Bollywood. “I think opportunities for rappers are increasing in Bollywood and it is a good sign. Earlier, rapping was a proper art form, as it is not a song. But now, incorporation of rap in Bollywood songs is giving us a chance to show their talent and it is becoming mainstream,” Badshah says.
The singer, who is judging an upcoming music reality show says, “There are three participants who are rappers. I think it’s a sign of how rapping is coming to the mainstream. I am excited to watch them perform.”
Badshah is also trying to develop a personal connect with the participants. “Once you know the background of an individual, you can connect better with his or her music,” he adds.
“After a level, it is not just your talent, but your story too that makes you special. Look at me... I am an engineer turned rapper. I think if you are talented, your story makes you a bigger star rather than the art. For me, the story is the x-factor,” he says.
When asked about the popularity of Bollywood songs among global listeners, Badshah says: “Hindi film songs are the best of everything — whether it is lyrics, melody and talented singers. Our music is respected throughout the world.”
Rapping wasn’t considered an art, as it is not a song. But now it’s being incorporated in Bollywood songs, things are changing BADSHAH, SINGER