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I wanted Justin Bieber or Pitbull, but Justin was too expensive: Fazilpuria

Rapper Fazilpuria, who is collaborating with international rapper Pitbull for a Haryanvi-Spanish song, wants to promote Haryanvi music through this collaboration.

music Updated: Sep 15, 2016 07:54 IST
Naina Arora

Haryanvi rapper Fazilpuria is excited to collaborate with American rapper Pitbull for a song to be shot next year.

Justin Bieber was too expensive. And Kylie Jenner may not be popular in Haryana, says rapper Fazilpuria, who’s collaborating with American rapper Pitbull for a track.

“I feel awesome and lucky that I am collaborating with Pitbull. We have spoken to his team, and next year ke liye hamara final ho raha hai because of his current projects. It’ll be a party song and full of energy,” he says.

Known for his Haryanvi rap in songs such as Kar Gayi Chull and Jimmy Choo, the rapper says language has been an issue that both the artists are dealing with. “Lyrics are a problem. I want my part to be sung in Haryanvi, and every word needs to be explained to Pitbull in English. Then, there are some issues with location as well. Woh India nahi aa sakte. We’ll have to go to the US or Dubai. Although, it’s better for us if he agrees to shoot in India. We are trying to have him sing a few lines Haryanvi, too. So that Haryana gets some international hype. But he insisted that his part be either sung in English or Spanish,” he says.

Pitbull onstage mid performance. (AFP)

A hardcore Pitbull fan, Fazilpuria’s favourite song of Pitbull is Exotic, which was Pitbull’s collaboration with actor Priyanka Chopra. After his song Party was launched, an event company in The Netherlands saw the video and approached the Indian rapper for an international collaboration.

“Unhone hume kuch options diye the artists ke such as Tyga, Busta Rhymes. But maine kahan ki Justin Bieber ya Pitbull ke saath dekhiye. Unhone Pitbull ka naam refer kiya tha ki inke saath easily ho sakta hai. Our talks began there. We’ve been in talks with them since April. The video will be shot in March-April next year. Pitbull is very talented. Agar Haryana ko international level pe le ke jaana toh International collaboration hona chahiye.”

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How expensive was the deal? “Very! (he won’t disclose amount) Paise bhi demand karte hai aur who bahut zyada paper work ka bhi dhyaan rakhte hai, itni royalty aur itna revenue share, bahut chakkar hota hai.Pehle yeh bhi tha ki Justin (Justin Bieber) ke saath karte hai. But its too expensive.I’ll be meeting Pitbull in December (They are expensive and demand a lot of money and the paper work is very tedious too).

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As for American model Kylie Jenner, who will feature in a music video by Indian singer Manj, Fazilpuria reveals he had the offer too, but Pitbull’s more popular. “There is no competition. Sab ek naya zone create karna chahte hai aur apne aap ko promote karna chahte hai. We also had the option of Kylie because she is not that much known, Haryana tak log shayad nah jaante ho. Bacha bacha janta hai ki Pitbull kaun hai (We too had the option of Kylie Jenner but she is not as popular as Pitbull),” he says.