Aditya Prateek Singh Sisodia, (born 19 November 1985), known by his stage name Badshah, is an Indian rapper, singer, film producer and businessman known for his Hindi, Haryanvi, and Punjabi music. Alongside Yo Yo Honey Singh, he launched his career in 2006 with the Hip Hop group Mafia Mundeer. He broke up with Honey in 2012 and went solo with his Haryanvi song Kar Gayi Chull, which was later used in the Bollywood film Kapoor & Sons in 2016.Bollywood soundtracks for films like Khoobsurat and Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania from 2014 use his music. For his songs like Genda Phool and Pagal, he is also regarded as one of the most highly compensated rappers in India.
Within 24 hours of its release, his debut song, “DJ Waley Babu” with Aastha Gill, peaked at the top of the Indian iTunes charts. Within 30 hours, the song had received one million views on YouTube. He worked on “Wakhra Swag” with Navv Inder in 2016, and the song won best duo/group and most popular song of the year at the 2016 Punjabi Music Awards. As one of the highest-paid celebrities in India and the only rapper on the list, he has been in Forbes India‘s Celebrity 100 in 2017, 2018, and 2019.
Since 2016, virtually every single one of his commercial works has topped the charts for YouTube Music Video Charts, BBC Asian Network, various Indian radio stations, and Indian streaming services. Four of his tracks reached the top of the Billboard World Digital Song Sales chart as of 2020. His song “Genda Phool” turned out to be one of the most popular yet divisive songs in Indian history.
Early life and family
Badshah was born in Delhi, to a father from Haryana and a mother from Punjab. He has a wife named Jasmine. Jessemy Grace Masih Singh, their daughter, was born on January 11, 2017. He finished his education at Bal Bharti Public School in Pitampura, Delhi, where he participated in school choral performances. He studied maths at the famous Banaras Hindu University in Varanasi before switching to the PEC in Chandigarh to become a civil engineer. There, he was exposed to modern Punjabi music, which encouraged him to start writing ‘rap’ songs. He has said that he might have been an IAS officer instead of a rapper.
|Name||Aditya Prateek Singh Sisodia|
|Born||19 November 1985 Delhi, India|
|Children||Jessemy Grace Masih Singh|
|Occupation||Singer, Rapper, Film Producer, Businessman|
|Height||in feet & inches- 5’10”|
He went by the stage name “Cool Equal” when he first entered the music business, but later adopted the name Badshah. Additionally, he is well-known for the catchphrase “it’s your boy Badshah,” which is frequently pronounced “Ish yo boy Baad-uh-sh-aa-ah.” In 2018, Badshah released his first album O.N.E. – Original Never Ends. On 7 August 2020, the rapper launched a classic pop and hip-hop album namely, ‘The Power of Dreams of a Kid’ which included 8 tracks and Andy Grewal. The complete mastering and mixings of the album was done by Aditya Dev.
His 2019 song “Paagal” reached 74.8 million views on YouTube within 24 hours, setting the record for the most-viewed video in 24 hours on YouTube. The song also did not appear in the 100-position Global Top Music Videos chart for the week. However, Badshah denied it was fake views, but admitted his record label Sony Music India bought paid Google Ads. His song “Genda Phool” was released by Sony Music India in 2020. It had mixing with a Bengali folk song “Boro Loker Biti Lo”. Ratan Kahar, a Bengali artist, claimed to be the original writer and composer of the folk song.
Though Badshah later released a statement saying that it was a traditional Baul folk song which was not copyrighted, since folk music does not fall under copyright protections and is thus in the public domain. He again collaborated with Jacqueline Fernandez in the song Pani Pani, the song is sung by Aastha Gill along with him. The song was instant hit and has been seen more than 500 million times on YouTube. He further released the Bhojpuri version of the song by collaborating with Khesari Lal Yadav. In the song, he rapped in Bhojpuri.
Singles & collaborations
|2012||“Saturday Saturday” (Indeep Bakshi ft. Badshah)|
|2013||“Proper Patola” (Diljit Dosanjh)|
|2014||“Chull” (Fazilpuria ft. Badshah)|
|“Bandook” (with Raxstar)|
|2015||“Desi Hiphop” (Manj Musik ft. Roach Killer, Raxstar, Humble the Poet, Big Dhillon, Sarb Smooth, Raftaar)|
|“DJ Waley Babu” (Aastha Gill)||From the album ONE (Original Never Ends)|
|“Wakhra Swag” (Navv Inder )|
|“Vroom Vroom” (Simranjeet Singh)|
|2016||“Saturday Saturday (Khul Jaaye Masti)” (ft. Arjun Kanungo and Aastha Gill)||Remix of “Saturday Saturday”|
|“Lover Boy” (Shrey Singhal ft. Badshah)|
|“RayZR Mera Swag” (ft. Aastha Gill)|
|“Move Your Body” (with Sean Paul)||Music by DJ Shadow Dubai|
|2017||“Pop the Bottle” (with Vishal–Shekhar and Akasa Singh)|
|“Mercy” (ft. Lauren Gottlieb)||From the album ONE (Original Never Ends)|
|2018||“KareJa” (ft. Aastha Gill)|
|“Buzz” (Aastha Gill ft. Badshah)|
|“Heartless” (ft. Aastha Gill)||” “|
|“Nain” (ft. Aastha Gill)|
|“Aashiq Awaara” (ft. Sunidhi Chauhan)|
|“She Move It Like” (ft. Warina Hussain)|
|2019||“Har Ghoont Mein Swag” (ft. Tiger Shroff and Disha Patani)|
|“Kamaal” (Uchana Amit)|
|2020||“Genda Phool” (ft. Payal Dev & Jacqueline Fernandez)|
|“Boht Tej” (Fotty Seven )|
|“Haryan Roadways” (Fazilpuria)|
|“Awaara” (ft. Reet Talwar)|
|2021||“Roll Up” (KR$NA ft. Badshah)||From the album Still Here by KR$NA|
|“Paani Paani” (Badshah ft. Aastha Gill and Jacqueline Fernandez)||Released under Saregama|
|“Baawla”||Released under Saga Music|
|“Bachpan Ka Pyaar”||Released under Universal Music India Pvt Ltd.|
|“Bad Boy x Bad Girl” (Badshah ft. Mrunal Thakur)|
|“Slow Slow” (ft. Abhishek Singh and Seerat Kapoor)||Released under T-Series|
|2022||“Tabahi” (Badshah ft.Tamannaah)||Independently Released|
|“Voodoo” (Badshah ft.J Balvin and Tainy)|
|“Kya Say?” (ft. Sukriti Kakar and Prakriti Kakar)|
|“Bas Ke Bahar”||From the album 3:00 AM Sessions|
|“Players” (ft. Karan Aujla and Devika Badyal)|