Reggae Got Soul
“Reggae Got Soul” is a traditional reggae riddim album with a number of artists each voicing unique mix-downs of the same rhythm track. The beat is based on a Casio CZ101 bassline reminiscent of 1980’s digital dancehall, and is layed over thuggy hip hop drums and punctuated with various skanks and FX. Jason Poras and I produced the album at our studios in NYC, with some feature guests recorded in Jamaica and Italy.
A number of new up-and-coming artists are featured on “Reggae Got Soul,” alongside classic DJ’s and singers including the legendary Sugar Minott, and iTunes 2008 #1 artist, Jahdan Blakkamoore. Other features include rapper Izza Kizza (Timbaland, Missy Elliot), NYC’s notorious 77-Klash, and Jamaica’s gravel-voiced DJ Lion. A number of American top-of-the-pop hit songwriters also lent their voices, including Andrea Martin (Leona Lewis, Monica, En Vogue), Shelene Thomas (Nas, Santana, Tan-Yah Records) and Michelle Lynn Bell (Mary J Blige, Jennifer Lopez, Lynn & Wade LLP, Miley Cyrus). Also look for hard cuts by New York rude-boy King Django and Philly’s master of gangster chat, Stamma Ramma.