Mundian To Bach Ke
|"Mundian To Bach Ke"|
|Single by Panjabi MC and Jay-Z|
|from the album Beware|
November 25, 2002 (re-release)
|Recorded||Birmingham, United Kingdom|
|Panjabi MC and Jay-Z singles chronology|
"Mundian To Bach Ke" (Punjabi: ਮੁੰਡਿਆਂ ਤੋਂ ਬੱਚ ਕੇ, Punjabi pronunciation: [mʊɳɖɪɑ̃ tõ bəttʃ ke]), also titled "Beware of the Boys (Mundian To Bach Ke)", is a bhangra song performed by Punjabi artist Labh Janjua with lyrics written by Channi Singh. The song was remixed by Panjabi MC in 1999, produced in Birmingham, United Kingdom for the album Legalised. Following its re-release as a single in 2002 with Jay-Z, it achieved considerable worldwide success, topping the singles charts in Italy and Belgium (Wallonia), and charting highly in many other countries.
Lyrics and music
A 22-second sample of "Mundian To Bach Ke"
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In addition to features of bhangra music, "Mundian To Bach Ke" also uses the bass line and part of the beat from "Fire It Up" by Busta Rhymes, which in turn is based around a sample from the television theme song for Knight Rider, written by Glen A. Larson and Stu Phillips, as an underlying element and lyrics originally written by Channi Singh. The lyrics of the song are in Punjabi. The video to this song was shot in the streets of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The song was originally released in the United Kingdom on Panjabi MC's 1998 album Legalised. Partially fueled by Internet downloads, it charted again in 2003. In Germany, it sold over 100,000 in the first two days alone, and debuted at #2 in the Germany charts and reached #1 in the Italy charts. The week of its official release in the UK on Dharma Records, it debuted at #5 on the top 40 charts; it was also the first bhangra song to reach the UK top 10. The remix, featuring American rapper Jay-Z, also hit #33 on the Billboard charts in the United States and #10 in Canada. Panjabi MC believed that worldwide sales of "Mundian To Bach Ke" totaled at least one million. In The Washington Post, he estimated that there may have been 10 million units sold. However, given that many of these copies may have been bootlegged, it's impossible to discern an exact number. 
In popular culture
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- "Mundian To Bach Ke" is used frequently in western media when Indian characters are introduced or are on screen. It was used on an episode of ER, when Gallant and Neela danced to a version of the song, which Gallant called a "Sikh rap".
- "Mundian To Bach Ke" was also used in America's Best Dance Crew Season 2 on week 9 of the Around The World challenge as part of the Indian dance section. It also appeared in an episode of the American television show Queer as Folk during a scene at the club Babylon. A version of this song was used in the Ginebra San Miguel "Bilog Ang Mundo" ad campaigns in 2003. The song was featured in an episode of Entourage. It was used twice in the pilot of the NBC comedy Outsourced.
- "Mundian To Bach Ke" was featured in the 2003 film Bulletproof Monk.
- "Mundian To Bach Ke" was also the song used by Derek Hough and Shawn Johnson in their Knight Rider bhangra-themed dance in the semi-finals of Dancing with the Stars (All Stars Season).
- The remix of "Mundian To Bach Ke", which featured American rapper Jay-Z, also on Dharma Records, was featured in the trailer for the 2012 American film The Dictator, as the film's main theme song.
- Sports-comedy Stick It featured the beginning of "Mundian To Bach Ke" in a scene where a group of teens escapes from the arriving police.
- "Mundian To Bach Ke" was used in the dance games Dance Central 3 and Just Dance 4.
- "Mundian To Bach Ke" was used in Debut film Boom of Bollywood actress Katrina Kaif.
- In 2009, German singer Peter Fox mashed this song with Seeed's song "Dickes B" during the tour for his solo album Stadtaffe.
- In 2015, it was featured in series 2, episode 2 of the BBC sitcom Scot Squad as two officers did the 'clocking off' dance.
Charts and sales
"Feel" by Robbie Williams
|Italian FIMI number-one singles
January 24, 2003 – February 7, 2003 (3 weeks)
"Almeno tu nell'universo" by Elisa
"Lose Yourself" by Eminem
|Belgian (Wallonia) number-one singles
February 22, 2003 (1 week)
"Le Frunkp" by Alphonse Brown
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