Op­por­tu­ni­ties for rap­pers go­ing up in Bol­ly­wood: Bad­shah

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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

PHOTO: YOGEN SHAH

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