Hard Kaur: Return of the hip hop queen
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You are coming back with an album after a period of five years? What took you so long and what were you working on in these past years?
The music scene in Bollywood has changed dramatically. Hindi songs are being played everywhere, even on music channels. When an artiste releases his own personal album, not many people notice you. But when you do Bollywood music, you get noticed. I wanted people to understand hip hop and the best way to do that was through Bollywood music. Initially, I had Johnny Gaddar and I completely owe this break to Shankar Mahadevan, who offered me this opportunity. Since I love dancing, I became busy with Jhalak Dikhlaja. Then, I moved on with ticking off the agenda I had in my wish-list - movies was one of them.
Tell us about your latest album P.L.A.Y.
P.L.A.Y (Party Loud All Year) is my second album after Supawoman. It is a party album, and its about enjoying life with foot-tapping beats. Earlier, it was Supawoman which showcased my journey in life and now P.L.A.Y is all about celebration and enjoyment. The song, Mujhe Peeney Do is the new Glassy. The music video of Mujhe Peeney Do will be out soon followed by Khand Mishri which is in collaboration with Lehember Hussainpuri of Sadi Galifame.
Why did you include tracks from international artistes in your album? How was your experience recording with Eminem's band D12?
Eminem's band D12 is so lively and jazzy; I've loved every moment of recording Desi Dance with them. It's a song that will be featured in the album P.L.A.Y. Initially, I recorded a track and a chorus and sent it to the D12 team and they said 'Let's do it'. Generally when you have collaborations, the artistes send their recordings and video from there but with D12, I personally recorded the song in Detroit. Desi Dance has funny and amusing lyrics, one of the raps is, I'm not a Raja, but a Maharaja, chilling in Bombay and sipping on a Maaza.