Rapper Badshah’s latest track Mercy, featuring Lauren Gottlieb, from his newest album O.N.E has proven a hit, sweeping up the charts and certifying him as one of the biggest names in Asian music. In this interview, Badshah spills everything on his new track, album and Bollywood projects.
Tell us about the song? When did you think of it?
The song is called MERCY and I began writing this sometime last year. I did put it out to my fans earlier to get their feedback on what they thought of it.
Why is it called MERCY?
The song is about how a girl and a guy who meet at a club and from there on sparks fly and they fall for each other. I am basically asking the girl to have mercy on me as she is super gorgeous.
Where has the song been shot?
It’s been shot at London’s immensely popular 02 Arena and on a Boeing. The weather was just not conducive when we shot this which was sometime in December. I had this idea at the beginning when I was working on this song and when I had my first chat with Ben Peters (video director) he totally understood my vision. It was an amazing experience shooting there and I really hope my fans like it.
This song is a total party track; did you create this keeping the same in mind?
MERCY as a song is what you want it to be, it could be a party track that gets you to get up and dance, it could be a romantic song, the song that you sing to your girl or even a song for a long drive.
Tell us about your album
O.N.E. – Original Never Ends is an endeavor by me and my label to give my fans originals. It’s been long since I have released something on my own. My last was DJ Waley Babu, which is still getting played at clubs and parties and since then my fans have been consistently asking me for new music. O.N.E. is an intention to give them exactly that. I am where I am because of them and therefore I believe an entire album with my originals is my way of thanking them.
How many songs will you release prior to releasing the album O.N.E.?
There will be a second single mid year and the album by the end of the year.
What is the sound for the album O.N.E.?
The sound has electronic influences and will have array of genres.
How many songs will the album have?
MERCY is the first in a series of songs and videos that we will be releasing throughout 2017. Prior to the album we will have 1 or 2 more while the album will have 6-8 songs.
Will all the songs be party songs?
No, it will have different genres. From party, love ballad to progressive and dance.
Any Bollywood projects you are working on?
There are a few in the pipeline, God has been good, and my work is getting appreciated.
Badshah’s sensational new song MERCY from his forthcoming album O.N.E. is out now and available to buy on iTunes