“B.O.T.A. (Baddest Of Them All)” is the hit summer 2022 track from British DJ Eliza Rose and producer Interplanetary Criminal. The track was originally released on the 15th June 2022 through Rose’s independent record company Rosebud Recordings, but was later picked up by Warner Music UK, who released a radio edit of the song on the 12th August 2022. The song became a viral hit on TikTok in September 2022.
“”B.O.T.A. (Baddest Of Them All)” can be best described as an upbeat dance track with a highly memorable melody. Its lyrics, despite being simple, stick in your mind and immediately uplift you. The song samples the LL w/ Love RC mix of the 1991 hit “Let the Beat Hit ‘Em” by Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam.
Speaking to Kaltblut Magazine, Rose revealed she was provided the beat from Manchester-based producer and DJ Zach Bruce (Interplanetary Criminal). Rose also broke down what the song meant to her and what she wanted it to embody:
“This track is so nostalgic […] Going on seaside holidays, hanging around the surreal atmospheres of the arcade, meeting boys, and being cute and flirty. Then you have the “Baddest of Them All” lyric that counteracts that innocence and adds the edge…”
The song has broken records, with Rose being the first female DJ to hit #1 in the UK chart in 20 years.
The music video was released on the 15th June 2022 via Rose’s official YouTube channel. It was directed by Jeanie Crystal and as of the 6th September 2022, the video had a total 1.6 million views.
Read the lyrics to “B.O.T.A (Baddest Of Them All) here.
*All information accurate at the time of publishing.