Indian rapper King is basking in the success of his recent collaboration with Nick Jonas, “Maan Meri Jaan (Afterlife)”.
Speaking to ET Canada’s Morgan Hoffman, King describes the feeling as “unreal.” He says, “It’s always been a childhood dream and right now living it.”
Speaking about the collaboration with Jonas, King recounts the moment he received a call from Jay Mehta, the MD of Warmer Music India, who said, “Nick Jonas wants to do ‘Maan Meri Jaan.'”
“I’ve been a great fan of Nick Jonas’ music… And I was like, ‘Okay, just lock it. Don’t even ask me it. Just lock it.’ And the way Nick came up with all those melodies and all those additional parts, like he did a splendid job and I’ve been a fan since day one.”
King says when he first heard the scratch version of “Maan Meri Jaan (Afterlife)” he was ‘blown away. He says, “We were in a meeting in Mumbai and then Jay Mehta showed me this track, which was the scratch. I literally stood up and I was like, ‘What the F just happened?’ I was totally blown away, elevated. It sounded so nice. It was like this track meant to happen with Nick Jonas.”
“So, yeah, like, for me, making the original ‘Maan Meri Jaan’ was a bit of a task. But this – ‘Afterlife’ – it just went so smooth that I wouldn’t even realize that it has released now,” he adds.
“Maan Meri Jaan (Afterlife)” is currently sitting at #132 on Spotify India with 1.7M total streams and an additional 3.1M views on the lyric video.
King also shared how he ended up having a FaceTime conversation with Nick’s wife Priyanka Chopra, who rose to fame in India.
“So, the day this track was about to release, Nick sent me a text and he was like, ‘Bro, let’s FaceTime,’ and I was like, ‘Okay, okay.’ And he called me up and we were talking and just appreciating each other’s hard work and everything and he just literally did this [changes phone’s angle] and said, ‘You can speak to Priyanka.’ She was sitting just next to him. I was like, ‘Is it really happening?'”
“She (Priyanka) was so sweet and she’s so humble. She has been a great engine of motivation to me. I look up to her because she broke the Indian and Western thing and created a bridge as an artist. And she’s a phenomenal actress. I’ve been a fan since day one,” says King.
King tells ET Canada that Chopra reassured him that he was doing the “right thing”.
“She said that ‘You are doing the right thing. This is the right moment to get on the map to do it right. And this is the perfect time.’ And we were discussing all the indie songs back then, all the all the OG bands that we had back then in the late nineties and 2000s music. So, it was full of love, appreciation and music. The conversation was great.”