Baba Sehgal

He’s the garrulous anchor of the film songs hit list Superhit Muqabala on Doordarshan in the 80s, Baba Sehgal made his mark as a host with musical bones.

KING OF RAP
Baba Sehgal

Cut to 2011. 22 albums (some rocking, some thanda) later, Sehgal stands tall as a brand unto himself, celebrating a golden jubilee of his film songs in South Indian cinema.

As the Lucknow-born rap singer bags iconic film star Rajnikanth’s next production and the title song of filmmaker Allu Arjun’s Badrinath, he snaps his fingers and grooves to the tune of his hummable tracks from his latest album, Cross Connection, a medley of fast paced songs pumped with interesting trivia and twists on the who-is-related-how to each other in Bollywood.

Where did Baba disappear years after the pathbreaking success of his debut album Thanda Thanda Pani (a desi version of Ice Ice Baby Ice by Vanilla Ice) that also featured chartbusters like Dil Dhadke? “In no way did I disappear from the scene. I have released 20 more albums after Thanda Thanda Pani,” counters Baba, who always writes, composes and sings for his albums. “My latest album, Cross Connection, is being well received. It always feels good when people praise your music. I feel proud to be referred to as the ‘King of Rap’ in India.”

Shilpi Madan in conversation with Baba Sehgal
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