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Badshah wearing a T-shirt of his own brand BADFIT
Badshah wearing a T-shirt of his own brand BADFIT
Background information
Birth nameAditya Prateek Singh Sisodia
Also known asBadshah
Ish Yo Boy
Born (1984-11-19) 19 November 1984 (age 36) [1]
Delhi, Republic of India
  • Singer
  • Rapper
  • Music Producer
  • Film Producer
  • Businessman
Years active2006–present
Associated acts

Aditya Prateek Singh Sisodia, better known by his stage name Badshah,[2][3][4] is an Indian rapper and singer known for his Hindi, Haryanvi, and Punjabi songs. He is also known for being India's highest-paid rapper.[5] He started his career in 2006 alongside Yo Yo Honey Singh in his hip hop group Mafia Mundeer. He split from Honey in 2012 and released his independent Haryanvi song Kar Gayi Chull, which was later adopted into the 2016 Bollywood movie, Kapoor & Sons. His music has been featured in Bollywood soundtracks for films such as 2014 films Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania[6] and Khoobsurat.[7] He is often dubbed as the "Rap King of India",[8] "India's No.1 Rapper" and "#1 Pop Icon of the Nation"[9] by the media and Sony Music India, whom he is a signee of. He currently is the most followed Indian rap artist on Spotify.[9]

His debut single, "DJ Waley Babu" featuring Aastha Gill, was ranked number one on the Indian iTunes charts within 24 hours of the release. The song crossed a million views on YouTube within 30 hours.[10] In 2016, he collaborated with Navv Inder on "Wakhra Swag" which won the 2016 Punjabi Music Awards for best duo/group and most popular song of the year award.[11][12]

He has appeared in Forbes India's Celebrity 100 in 2017, 2018 and 2019 as one of the highest-paid celebrities in India and as the only rapper in the list.[13]

Ever since 2016, roughly each of his commercial works have been topping charts including the YouTube Music Video Charts, BBC Asian Network Charts, other several Indian radio and Indian streaming charts as well. As of 2020, four of his songs peaked on World Digital Song Sales chart by Billboard.[14][15]

His work, 'Genda Phool' came out to be commercially one of the most successful yet controversial number in the Indian history.[16]

Early life and family

Badshah was born in Delhi, to a father from Haryana and a mother from Punjab.[17][18] He is married to Jasmine.[19] They have a daughter Jessemy Grace Masih Singh (born January 11, 2017).[20]

He completed his schooling from Bal Bharti Public School, Pitampura, Delhi where he performed with his school choir.[18] Prior to becoming a full-time musician he enrolled as a math student at the prestigious Banaras Hindu University in Varanasi before moving to civil engineer at PEC, Chandigarh, where he was exposed to new Punjabi music which promoted him to take on "rap" writing. He has stated that if he had not become a rapper, he may have become an IAS officer.[21][22][23][24]


He started his career in the music industry with the name "Cool Equal", but then changed his name to Badshah.[25] He further is known for his catchphrase "it's your boy Badshah", often stylized as "Ish yo boy Baad-uh-sh-aa-ah".

In 2018, Badshah released his first album O.N.E. – Original Never Ends.[26]

On 7 August 2020, the rapper released a classic pop and hip-hop album namely, 'The Power of Dreams of a Kid' which had 8 tracks and includes features from the artists namely Lisa Mishra, Sikander Kahlon, Fotty Seven, Bali and Music Producer Andy Grewal. The entire mastering and mixings of the album was done by Aditya Dev.[27]

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.[28] BTS fans claimed that the artist had bought the views to cross the global record due to his low number of likes in the first 24 hours, but YouTube did not confirm whether the views are real or fake. 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.[29]

An explanation for YouTube not acknowledging the record was that Badshah's record label Sony Music India had purchased advertisements from Google and YouTube that embedded the video or directed fans to it in some way. However, it has emerged that this is a common practice in the global music industry, and that similar practices had previously been used by the record labels of previous record holders such as Ariana Grande and Blackpink. This has cast doubt on some of the 24-hour viewership records on YouTube.[30]

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.[31] 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.[32]


Year Song Language Note(s) Reference(s)
2012 "Saturday Saturday" (Indeep Bakshi featuring Badshah) Hindi [33]
2013 Proper Patola (Diljit Dosanjh featuring Badshah) Punjabi [34]
2014 "Chull" (Fazilpuria featuring Badshah) [35]
"Bandook" (with Raxstar)
2015 "Desi Hiphop" (Manj Musik featuring Roach Killer, Raxstar, Humble the Poet, Big Dhillon, Badshah, Sarb Smooth, Raftaar) [36]
DJ Waley Babu (featuring Aastha Gill) Released as ONE (Original Never Ends) [37]
"Wakhra Swag" (Navv Inder featuring Badshah) [38]
"Baaki Baatein Peene Baad" (Arjun Kanungo featuring Badshah) Hindi [39]
"Vroom Vroom" (Simranjeet Singh featuring Badshah) Punjabi
2016 "Saturday Saturday (Khul Jaaye Masti)" (featuring Arjun Kanungo and Aastha Gill) Remix of "Saturday Saturday" [40]
"Lover Boy" (Shrey Singhal featuring Badshah) Hindi [41]
"RayZR Mera Swag" (featuring Aastha Gill) Punjabi [42]
"Garrari Pitbull Te" (Gurinder Rai featuring Badshah)
"Driving Slow" Hindi [43]
"Move Your Body" (with Sean Paul) Music by DJ Shadow Dubai [44]
2017 "Pop the Bottle" (with Vishal–Shekhar and Akasa Singh) [45]
"Mercy" (featuring Lauren Gottlieb) Released as ONE (Original Never Ends) [46]
2018 "KareJa" (featuring Aastha Gill) [47]
"Buzz" (Aastha Gill featuring Badshah) [48]
"Heartless" (featuring Aastha Gill) Released as ONE (Original Never Ends) [49]
"Nain" (featuring Aastha Gill)
"Aashiq Awaara" (featuring Sunidhi Chauhan)
"She Move It Like" (featuring Warina Hussain)
"How We Do It" (Now United featuring Badshah)
2019 "Har Ghoont Mein Swag" (featuring Tiger Shroff and Disha Patani)
"Kamaal"(Uchana Amit) featuring Badshah)
"Are you ready for the Big Bang" (Flipkart)
2020 "Genda Phool" (featuring Payal Dev)
"Boht Tej" (Fotty Seven featuring Badshah)
Haryan roadways (Fazilpuria featuring Badshah) [50]
"Awaara" (featuring Reet Talwar)


dagger Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Movie Song Singer(s)/co-singer(s) Composer(s) Language Label Reference(s)
2014 Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania "Saturday Saturday" Akriti Kakkar, Indeep Bakshi Sharib-Toshi Hindi Sony Music India
Fugly Dhup Chik Aastha Gill, Raftaar Raftaar T-Series
Khoobsurat "Abhi Toh Party Shuru Hui Hai" Aastha Gill Badshah
2015 Bajrangi Bhaijaan "Selfie Le Le Re" Vishal Dadlani, Nakash Aziz, Pritam Pritam
ABCD 2 "Vande Mataram" Daler Mehndi, Tanishka Sanghvi & Divya Kumar Sachin-Jigar Zee Music Company
Second Hand Husband "Bad Baby" Gippy Grewal
All Is Well "Chaar Shanivaar" Vishal Dadlani, Armaan Malik Amaal Mallik T-Series
Jazbaa "Aaj Raat Ka Scene" Shraddha Pandit Badshah Zee Music Company
Vedalam "Aaluma Doluma" Anirudh Ravichander Tamil Sony Music India
2016 Sanam Re "Akkad Bakkad" Neha Kakkar Badshah Hindi T-Series
"Teri Yaad" Himesh Reshammiya HR Musik Limited and T-Series
Kapoor & Sons "Kar Gayi Chull" Fazilpuria, Sukriti Kakar, Neha Kakkar Amaal Mallik, Badshah Sony Music India
"Let's Nacho" Benny Dayal Nucleya, Benny Dayal
Sultan "Baby Ko Bass Pasand Hai" Vishal Dadlani, Shalmali Kholgade, Ishita, Neeti Mohan Vishal-Shekhar YRF Music
Baar Baar Dekho "Kala Chashma" Amar Arshi, Neha Kakkar, Indeep Bakshi Badahah, Prem-Hardeep Zee Music Company
Ae Dil Hai Mushkil "The Breakup Song" Arijit Singh, Jonita Gandhi and Nakash Aziz Pritam Sony Music India
Shivaay "Bolo Har Har Har" Mithoon, Mohit Chauhan, Sukhwinder Singh Megha Sriram Dalton, Anugrah and The Vamps Mithoon T-Series
2017 OK Jaanu "The Humma Song" A. R. Rahman,, Jubin Nautiyal, Shashaa Tirupati, Tanishk Bagchi A.R. Rahman, Tanishk Bagchi, Badshah Sony Music India
Badrinath Ki Dulhania "Tamma Tamma Again" Bappi Lahiri, Anuradha Paudwal Tanishk Bagchi T-Series
Noor "Move Your Lakk" Diljit Dosanjh, Sonakshi Sinha Badshah [51]
Mubarakan "Mubarakan (Title Track)" Juggy D, Yash Narvekar, Sukriti Kakar Rishi Rich, Badshah
Bhoomi "Trippy Trippy" Neha Kakkar, Benny Dayal, Brijesh Shandilya Sachin-Jigar
2018 Blackmail "Happy Happy" Aastha Gill Badshah
Veere Di Wedding "Tareefan" Badshah Qaran Zee Music Company
Nawabzaade "Tere Naal Nachna" Sunanda Sharma Badshah T-Series
Stree "Aao Kabhi Haveli Pe" Nikhita Gandhi, Sachin-Jigar Sachin-Jigar
Loveyatri "Aakh Lad Jaave" Asees Kaur, Jubin Nautiyal Tanishk Bagchi
Namaste England "Bhare Bazaar" Vishal Dadlani, Payal Dev, B Praak Rishi Rich, Badshah Sony Music India
"Proper Patola" Diljit Dosanjh, Aastha Gill Badshah
Villain "Bholey Baba" Nikhita Gandhi JAM8 Bengali SVF Entertainment
2019 Aladdin "Sab Sahi Hai Bro" Badshah Hindi Disney India
Khandaani Shafakhana "Koka" Jasbir Jassi, Dhvani Bhanushali Tanishk Bagchi T-Series
"Sheher Ki Ladki" Tulsi Kumar
"Saans To Le Le" Rico Badshah
Saaho "Bad Boy" Neeti Mohan
Benny Dayal, Sunitha Sarathy Tamil
Dabangg 3 "Munna Badnaam Hua" Kamaal Khan, Mamta Sharma Sajid–Wajid Hindi
Good Newwz "Chandigarh Mein" Harrdy Sandhu, Asees Kaur, Lisa Mishra Tanishk Bagchi Zee Music Company
2020 Street Dancer 3D "Garmi" Neha Kakkar Badshah T-Series

Films as actor

Badshah said that Karan Johar offered him Vicky Kaushal's role in a Netflix original film "Lust Stories" and Diljit Dosanjh's role in "Good Newwz", but the popstar denied citing busy schedule and "things-didn't-work-out" things,[52] hence below-mentioned Khandaani Shafakhana is hitherto his only film as an actor.

Year Film Role Notes
2019 Khandaani Shafakhana Gabru Ghaatak Debut film [53]

Badshah, in the film, played the role of himself but with a different name, Gabru Ghaatak, wherein he was a patient of the protagonist, Babita Bedi played by Sonakshi Sinha, with sex disorders who shied away to openly succour Ms Bedi owing to the taboo around sex in Indian Society.

Films as producer

Year Film Language Director Notes
2019 Do Dooni Panj Punjabi Harry Bhatti Composed songs also

Awards and nominations

Award ceremony Category Nominated Work Result Ref
Filmfare Awards Best Playback Singer- Male Tareefan Nominated [54]
PTC Punjabi Film Awards Best Punjabi Music of The Year Wakhra Swag by Navv Inder ft. Badshah Won [citation needed]
10th Mirchi Music Awards Best Song Engineer (Recording & Mixing) "Mercy" from O.N.E (Album) Nominated [55]
Brit Asia TV Music Awards 2017 Best Bollywood Act N/A Won [56]

Business career

Badshah on few occasions has talked about his business ventures, he claimed in 2018 in the song "Take Off" that he has business ventures that are worth at least 9-digits,[57] some of his known brands are BADFIT Clothing,[58] Dragonfly Experience,[59] Afterhours Productions.[60]


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