An engineer-turned-musician Badshah recalls his journey

  • Samarth Goyal, Hindustan Times
  • Updated: Aug 22, 2015 23:55 IST
Badshah (Aditya Singh) is an Indian rapper known for hit numbers like Saturday Saturday, Abhi Toh Party, Proper Patola and Bandook. (OfficialBadshah/Facebook)

Popular Punjabi rapper Badshah, who is known for hits such as Chul, 2 Many Girls and the recent hit DJ Waley Babu, didn’t have a great time convincing his parents of his career choice. An engineer by training, the Desi Hip Hop hitmaker recalls his journey for us.

“When I first told my parents I want to be a rapper, they asked me, ‘Yeh rap hota kya hai’. And to make them understand I showed them a music video featuring rapper 50 Cent. That didn’t put things in my favour, because it was an obscene video,” he recalls, adding, “After that, they told me ‘Bete pehle bade ho jao, phir jo karna ho woh kar lena’. It was difficult to convince my parents that I want to be a rapper. The only Indian reference to rapping was Baba Sehgal, which was again very unconvincing.”

Badshah, who studied civil engineering from the city, revealed that he had a job as a civil engineer before he ventured into music.

“I went to St Stephen’s for one month, but then later joined an engineering college here. After my education, I had a job as well. Helmet pehen ke jaata tha main site par (laughs). But I never really liked it much. Thankfully, I got my chance at music and there was no looking back. Now, I say that I was always a musician who happened to be a civil engineer. I only wanted to do something in music,” he signs off.

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