Sitting at the very forefront of Hindi Rap is the Indian hit-maker Badshah. Following on from what’s been a successful few years from the ascending hit-maker with tracks like ‘DJ Waley Babu’, ‘Kar Gayi Chul’, ‘Genda Phool’ and more recently with ‘Jugnu (Retropanda)’, his catchy flow, versatile approach and laid-back cadence has caught the eyes of masses.
As we gear up for more of his music with his never-ending hunger to become the greatest, we have compiled a list of 15 facts you didn’t know about Badshah. Here’s all you need to know about Badshah — the BadBoy of the Indian music industry.
15 Facts You Didn’t Know About Badshah
1. What Is Badshah’s Real Name?
Badshah’s real name is Aditya Prateek Singh Sisodia and his stage name Badshah is inspired by the Bollywood star Shahrukh Khan’s famous film ‘Badshah’. At home, he was affectionately called Bittu. Badshah believes that an artist’s stage name should truly represent who they are. He lives life on his terms, sleeping and waking up as he pleases, and buying whatever he desires, which makes him the true king (Badshah) of his own life.
2. He Did His First Stage Show For Only 1500/- Rupees
Badshah, the popular rap superstar, now charges lakhs for a show, as per reports. However, it may not come as a surprise considering his demand. Interestingly, Badshah started his journey by performing his very first show at Lizard Lounge, a club, for a humble amount of 1500 rupees.
3. Before adopting the name ‘Badshah’, the artist was known by the name ‘Cool Equal’
When Badshah initially entered the music industry, he used the stage name Cool Equal because it was the username of his Yahoo account. However, later on, he decided to switch to the name Badshah as his artist name.
4. Badshah’s Father Did Not Want Him To Become A Rapper
Badshah had a tough time convincing his parents about his desire to become a rapper. To make them understand, he showed them a video of 50 Cent and expressed that this was what he aspired to be. However, his father had no knowledge of his music career and was indifferent to his son appearing on TV. His father prioritized whether he was earning enough money to survive, since rapping was not considered a conventional job.
5. During his childhood, Badshah wanted to become an astronaut.
As a kid, Badshah’s dream was to become an astronaut. As he got older, his interests shifted, and he started considering becoming a basketball player or a DJ. One thing he was sure about was avoiding a typical 9-5 desk job, which he had to contemplate due to family responsibilities.
6. He Left Mafia Mundeer Because Of Yo Yo Honey Singh
Mafia Mundeer was a group of aspiring artists led by Yo Yo Honey Singh, aiming to achieve greater success in their careers. The crew consisted of five pillars: Raftaar, Lil Golu, Ikka, Badshah, and Yo Yo Honey Singh. Unfortunately, Mafia Mundeer disbanded when Badshah and Raftaar left, and the other artists pursued their own paths. Recently, Badshah disclosed that the main reason for leaving the group was Yo Yo Honey Singh’s self-centered or selfish nature, which led to a challenging phase in Badshah’s life.
7. After Quitting Mafia Mundeer, Badshah Formed The Titans
After parting ways with Mafia Mundeer, Badshah teamed up with Sachit Thakkar, also known as Sachh, and Raftaar to form his own group — The Titans. Together, they created numerous popular songs in both the Bollywood and Punjabi music industry.
8. In 2014, Badshah made his Bollywood debut as a rapper with the song Saturday Saturday
Badshah made his Bollywood debut in 2014 with the popular song ‘Saturday Saturday‘ for the movie ‘Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania’. The song became an instant hit and a party anthem, bringing him tremendous success and recognition all over the country.
9. Badshah Dropped His Debut Album In 2018
After delivering numerous hits, Badshah made the decision to release his debut album ‘O.N.E. (Original Never Ends)’ in 2018. Subsequently, in 2020, he launched his sophomore album titled ‘The Power Of Dreams Of A Kid’.
10. Badshah Wrote DJ Wale Babu In Just 20 Minutes
One of Badshah’s most popular songs, ‘DJ Wale Babu’, featuring Astha Gill from his debut album ‘O.N.E. (Original Never Ends)’, has amassed over 450 million views on YouTube. Remarkably, Badshah created the song in just 20 minutes.
11. Badshah Achieved A Guinness World Record For The Song Paagal
In 2019, Badshah earned a Guinness World Record for his popular song ‘Paagal,’ which achieved a remarkable feat of 74.8 million views within just 24 hours of its release.
12. Badshah Got Divorced In 2019
In 2012, Badshah married Jasmine, and together, they have a daughter named Jessamy Grace Masih Singh, born on 11th January 2017. However, the couple later got divorced and parted ways in 2019.
13. Badshah Was Featured In The Forbes Highest Paid Celebrities In India Thrice
Badshah is the only Indian rapper who made it to the Forbes 100 Highest Paid Celebrities in India list in 2017, 2018, and 2019.
14. Badshah Has Won Multiple Awards
Badshah won multiple awards for his songs, including Best Punjabi Music of The Year for ‘Wakhra Swag’ and Brit Asia Best Bollywood Act, in 2017.
15. Badshah made his Bollywood debut as an actor In 2019
In 2019, Badshah stepped into Bollywood as an actor with the movie ‘Khandani Shafakhana,’ where he starred alongside actress Sonakshi Sinha. Recently, Badshah disclosed that he was initially offered the role of Vicky Kaushal in the web series ‘Lust Stories’.