How did you begin collaborations with Jamaican artists? Were you interested in particular vocalists/particular sound?
My first project was the single “Gone Too Far” with Sizzla, and I reached out via the internet. In terms of my interest, I’ve been a fan of Jamaican music for a long time, so it was a longstanding dream to be working with Jamaican artists. The first track I did with Vybz Kartel, “Yuh Love,” was a similar thing (over the internet). But lately, I’ve been coming to down to Kingston quite a bit to get into the studio with people directly and that’s definitely my preferred way of working when it’s possible. In terms of whom I’ve worked with, I’ve basically chosen people I was interested in for particular projects I had in mind. There are other artists I’ve wanted to voice whose label has offered very bad contractual terms so it wasn’t possible to get it done. But overall, I feel very good about who I’ve worked with, it’s been amazing and I expect to keep doing more projects.
We’re expecting this to get bonkers and sweaty (and honestly, probably a little out of control with this cast of characters) – so we’ll recommend that you show up early. SXSW badges and regular party folk are welcome!
WHEN: Saturday March 19th WHERE: Prague // 422 Congress Avenue Austin, Texas
Come hear the newest mutations of House, Garage, Dancehall, Crunk, and everything in between. Brought to you by resident DJs Dre Skull and Kingdom, with a special guests DJ Tameil, Total Freedom and Schwarz!
WHEN : Saturday, March 12th
WHERE : Drom // 85 Avenue A, NY NY
DOORS : 10pm
COVER : $5 with RSVP! ($10 at the door)
Vybz Kartel and I have been working on an album for the last 6 months and we’re finally getting close to a finished product. For now, get an early preview of one of the tracks in the background of the above video. Also, check out Kartel’s two part interview with MTV UK where he talks about writing lyrics, borrowing from Ne-Yo, collaborating with Mavado and his upcoming Mixpak album.
MTV: Can we expect a follow-up album to ‘Pon Di Gaza 2.0’?
Vybz Kartel: Yeah, we’ve got a record that we’re working on for next year with Dre Skull from Mixpak records. He’s this white kid from New York that builds some sick beats. So next year me and him – Adidjaheim records/Mixpak records – it’s going to be for April. We haven’t even started the promotion for the album yet. It’s going to be like 14 exclusive tracks.
My remix of TNT’s new single “Hot Gyal” is out now on on T&A Records. For those who don’t know, TNT is the supergroup made up of Tifa, Natalie Storm and Timberlee and this release was produced by Matt Goias, Max Glazer and Fancy. Grab the full release from iTunes, Beatport and all fine digital music retailers.
Atlanta-based rapper Lil Scrappy was an integral part of the crunk movement from the very beginning, appearing on seminal hits such as No Problem, Knuck If You Buck, Neva Eva, Gangsta Gangsta and Money In The Bank. On his new Dre Skull-produced single, Look At Me, Scrappy is back with a hard, existential club banger that’s sure to induce scrunch-face. To top it off, we got Pen and Pixel for the cover art.