Women Empowerment On A Whole New Level – You Go Lilly Singh

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YouTuber Lilly Singh has set social media on fire with her latest video, ‘If Bollywood Songs Were Rap’.

With this five-minute compilation of three Bollywood hits reimagined as rap, in her signature style, Singh does more than just translate the lyrics – she has used them as tools to touch upon topics like beauty standards for women, body positivity, issues related to mental health, bisexuality and more.

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Using the music of three Bollywood hits – ‘Choli Ke Peeche Kya Hai’ from the 90’s hit “Khalnayak”, ‘All Izz Well’ from “3 Idiots” and ‘Aankh Marey’ from Rohit Shetty’s latest “Simba”, the ‘Superwoman’ has notched up her game.

“I love Bollywood and I love rap music. So I decided to let my worlds collide by turning some of my favorite songs into rap songs! And while I was at it, I thought, why not make them little motivational anthems that speak to causes close to my heart?” wrote Singh while sharing the video.

As Lilly Singh recently became first Desi women to get her own late-night show; she showcases her power with ‘Choli Ke Peeche Kya Hai’ by taking on stereotypical objectification of women, and talks about strong, badass ladies and how women rule in every field.

Her rap talk in ‘All Izz Well’ is about mental health and how it is okay to ask for help if one is going through a bad time in their life.

The song ends on a refreshing note with ‘Aankh Marey’, focusing on her sexuality and even touching her coming out story as a bisexual; normalizing it.

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I love Bollywood and I love rap music, so I decided to collide both worlds and remake some of my favorite filmi songs into rap anthems. Choli Ke Peeche Kya Hai is a CLASSIC and so I wanted to pair it with some modern wisdom I’ve gained over the years. Growing up, I was often taught a “right” and “wrong” way to be a woman. I was told exposing your body too much isn’t good, fair skin is the goal, having a tummy isn’t beautiful and subconsciously that other people could/would and should make judgments about you. I believed all of this for some time in my life because I didn’t know another way. As I’ve grown up, I’ve proactively made an effort to unlearn a lot of these things and this song represents that growth in a nutshell. Shout outs to all my sisters who love to cover up and to those who love to show it all. Shout outs to my sisters who enjoy reading books, cooking and/or flexing on a pole. Shout outs to my light, dark and everything in between sisters. Shout outs to all my sisters with PHAT stretch marks. Shout outs to my working women and stay at home moms. It’s YOUR choice. Regardless of all the things we’ve been told and taught, you’re beautiful and deserve respect. Tag a sister you love and let her know she’s AMAZING. —— I also remade All is Well and Aankh Marey. To see the full video, link in bio x —— Thank you to @durranibros, @chasinglife and @sahibafashions for helping bring this to life 🙏🏽❤️

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