It’s no secret that Hip Hop Artist Drake is a fan of Jamaica’s music culture. From his choice of slang, to his affiliations, to his hometown being chock full of the Jamaican influence, it’s only right that his “Views” album gets some of the essence. Off the recently released album, Dancehall Artist Mavado is featured on Views’ 2nd track, “9“. “9” features a sample from the Deejay’s 2007 single “Dying” off his “Gangsta For Life” debut album. “Dying” was produced by DASECA Productions and features Serani. It’s not the first time both Artists have crossed paths as Mavado played a role in Drake’s “Find Your Love” video off “Thank Me Later“, and Drake was a guest during Mavado’s set at “Britjam 2011“. “Views” also sampled Beenie Man’s “Tear Off Mi Garment” on an updated version of “Controlla” which was previously leaked with Dancehall Artist Popcaan. “Controlla” also gave writing credits to Jamaican Producer Stephen “Di Genius” McGregor and Supa Dups. “Tear Off Mi Garment” was produced by Patrick Roberts and was released in 1995 on the “Urkle Riddim“. Popcaan’s “Love Yuh Bad” is also sampled on the Rihanna assisted “Too Good” and also includes Supa Dups in the writing credits. The track was produced by Dre Skull and is featured on Popcaan’s debut album, “Where We Come From“. Popcaan is currently affiliated with Drake’s OVO group. “Views” is now available on iTunes.
The McGregor boys of Di Genius and Chino recently teamed up to deliver the visual for their single, “Zero Tolerance“. Directed by BiggzShip and Judeane Moore, we see them in mob mode ready to take a stance against the injustices happening in Jamaica. From poor performances displayed by Politicians to citizens suffering from poverty, Chino and Di Genius are armed with their crew ready to deliver a message to the nation. Off their upcoming G.M.T.A. (Great Minds Think Alike) project, check out the video below and share your thoughts in the comments section.
Producer Stephen “Di Genius” McGregor took it to the high seas this time around in Vlog #7. Aboard the “Welcome To Jamrock Cruise“, he interacted with his Brother Chino, and other members of the Dancehall Fraternity. Catch a few performances on the Cruise if you weren’t able to make it and follow Di Genius by watching the videos below and share your thoughts in the comments section.
It’s back to business as Di Genius did a double play by dropping #6 in his Vlog series today. Here he shows off his new purchase of an MPC Touch and making his way to the studio. He also speaks on a few Production tools he owns and which he enjoys using while dealing with heavy traffic. Learn a thing or two from Di Genius by checking out the video below and share your thoughts in the comments section.
Producer Di Genius is back with another episode in his “Welcome To My Vlog” series. In part 5, viewers get to see him outside of the studio bonding with his family. His daughter Laia was the star for the most part in this video, and we got to see a little of South Beach, Florida in the night time. Check out the video below and share your thoughts in the comments section.
From being the son of a legend to producing some of your favourite songs, Stephen “Di Genius” McGregor has carved his own path in this music world. Now he lets fans in on his world in his very own Vlog series. Here we see him busy at Circle House Studios in Florida with Recording Artist Michael Franti and Musicians J. Bowman and Mitchum “Khan” Chin, and the “Bad Boys Of Reggae“, Inner Circle. Catch a sneak peek of what he’s up to, a little into his off time, and he features a young star in the making as well. We rarely get to see the BTS of Jamaican Producers but this is one of many to come. Check out the episodes below and share your thoughts in the comments section.