As a tumultuous 2020 comes to an end, reggae star Kabaka Pyramid and famed producer and DJ Max Glazer are gifting us with a remarkable body of work with the “IMMACULATE” mixtape.
Boasting an impressive track listing of 27 new and recently released songs, as well as a few customized dubs, “IMMACULATE” features notable collaborations from both established and rising stars of reggae; Namely multi-Grammy winner Damian Marley, Runkus, Pressure Busspipe, Dre Island, Royal Blu, Medisun and Jane Macgizmo
The brainchild of Kabaka and Max Glazer, the “IMMACULATE” mixtape aims to represent the full spectrum of Kabaka’s talent through his prolific lyrics and versatility whether “Kontraband pt 2”, “Trample Dem”, “Nice Up The Dance” or “Mama Earth”. “It was a great experience working on Immaculate with Kabaka. We’ve known each other for years, but this is the first time we have actually worked on a project together and this man is a lyrical force of nature. The only way to describe Kabaka Pyramid is, of course, accurate… and immaculate.” – Max Glazer
Speaking on this exciting project, Kabaka related, “Immaculate is 58 minutes of pure fire and lyricism. It’s possibly my most high energy release to date and even though the message is a must, and these are serious times we in, Immaculate also shows some of the lighter sides to the pyramid. Max really put it together like a classic mixtape, real dj vibes, and it reminds me of my high school days making mix CD’s for our sound Time Bomb. I’m just glad the world is getting to hear all these songs I’ve been going crazy over all year!”
A gift for music fans, the “IMMACULATE” mixtape will be available to stream for FREE on November 25th, 2020 powered by: Bebble Rock Music, Federation Sound and Ghetto Youths International
Kabaka Pyramid is an award winning; conscious revolutionary lyricist with a unique musical style; blending the power, energy and melody of Reggae with the lyricism of Hip Hop. Hailing from Kingston, Jamaica this Bebble Rock Music artist uses his liquid and hypnotizing delivery to spread positive messages of spiritual evolution that forces you to listen.
The name “Kabaka” is Ugandan for “King” and Pyramids are thought by the artist to house the mathematical proportions of Universal Laws that are eminent in the creation of this universe. He seeks to embody these laws in his music, spreading truth and higher knowledge to the people who are prepared to listen.
VP Records releases Dancehall Anthems, a set of new recordings that paints a 2020 portrait of classic Reggae and Dancehall Anthems from the golden era of the 70’s and 90’s. This project brings fresh perspectives and voices to timeless classics. Some of the compositions have a storied history with VP Records and others are meaningful to the genre.
The album, produced by veteran dancehall producer Jeremy Harding, features Kabaka Pyramid, Sean Paul, Beenie Man, Agent Sasco, Wayne Marshall, Ikaya, Ginjah, Runkus, Blvk H3ro, Bugle, Royal Blu, Naomi Cowan, and Kumar, taking on classic material from Yellowman, Michigan & Smiley, Ken Boothe, Tenor Saw, Papa San, Louie Culture, and others.
“Originally, this was going to be a VP Records 40th anniversary project, but it expanded, as I wanted to pay tribute to the history of dancehall in the broadest sense, reconsidering iconic songs and particularly the roots of the genre, including what played heavily on Soundsystems when I was growing up. I wanted to give the artists, new and veterans, the chance to put their spin on these classics,” said producer Harding.
The first tracks released from the album included Beenie Man’s “Mad Kings,” his update of Yellowman’s “Zungguzungguguzungguzeng.” This was followed by Kabaka Pyramid’s exceptional interpretation of Michigan & Smiley’s “Nice Up The Dance,” followed by Wayne Marshall’s tribute to Tenor Saw’s “Lots Of Sign,” and Runkus’s ode to Papa San’s “Strange.”
While the album features a variety of straight ahead covers, it also includes creative adaptions such as Sean Paul’s “Marijuana Mi Love,” based on Tiger’s “No Puppy Love,” featuring all new lyrics.
In addition to “Who Am I,” Jeremy Harding is known for Mr. Vegas’s “Nike Air” and Sean Paul’s “Infiltrate” (all on the Playground Riddim); and Elephant Man’s “Log On” and Tanto Metro and Devonte’s “Give It To Her” (both on the Liquid Riddim). Harding was Sean Paul’s manager through the apex of his career and produced three tracks on the platinum Dutty Rock album, the biggest selling title in VP Records’ history. More recently Harding produced “Heaven” for Jah9, found on her Note To Self album.
Harding has been a prominent guest on Jamaican television and other media platforms in recent years, giving his take on industry trends. He is known as one of the most innovative dancehall producers of the 1990s, helping to usher in a new era of music production in Jamaica as an early adopter of ProTools software now industry standards, as well as the still controversial Auto-Tune plug-in. He is one of the first examples of a DJ-turned-producer, now a standard music industry path, having started in college radio while studying at McGill University. He is a trained guitarist and has degrees from the Royal School Of Music London and Trebas Institute and is adjunct faculty in Reggae Studies at the University of the West Indies.
Wah Gwaan inna Jamaica?
Zagga, known for hits such as My Destination, Free Up featuring Tarrus Riley & recently Keep Calm on the Aircraft Riddim, has joined forces with buzzin reggae artist Kabaka Pyramid best known for hits such as Well Done, Kontraband featuring Damian Marley & recently Babylon Fallin, to bring you the smash single titled “Jamaica Wah Gwaan”?
This hard driving dancehall anthem highlights topical issues such as how Jamaica is dealing with the Covid-19 crisis amidst a general election, rasta students being banned from entering certain schools and the ungoing crime and violence problem the country faces.
The Amini Music produced track comes at an opportune time- some would say controversially so, while others may say it’s the perfect timing as it echoes the voice of the people.
The single is available on all digital platforms & is accompanied by a music video
MAKE SURE TO CHECK IT OUT!
Kabaka Pyramid has become an iconic artist representing the younger generation of performing artists. The enthusiasm he brings to his artistry, and his fierce lyrical word play make him one of the most respected creators of music. If you have ever attended one of his shows (when show did ah keep), you know that fans get into his lyrics and sing them as if they wrote the phrases!
“Nice Up The Dance” showcases Kabaka’s respect for two icons who came before him (Michigan & Smiley). The track is also the second release from the Jeremy Harding produced compilation, Dancehall Anthems, for VP Records. The projects official release date is October 9th, 2020.
Performed to a remake of the Real Rock riddim, Kabaka’s version incorporates original lyrics and brings the song into a contemporary context with slight lyrical edits that come een like weapons! Not only will this vibes-filled chune nice up your speakers and earphones, the music video will have you glued to your smartphone! The visually rich video was shot in Jamaica; produced by Davida-Mae Chambers and directed by 300K, and will be released in the next few days.
Dancehall Anthems is a collection of new recordings of classic reggae and dancehall songs. Dancehall Anthems features Kabaka Pyramid, Sean Paul, Beenie Man, Agent Sasco, Wayne Marshall, Runkus, Blvk H3ro, Bugle, and Royal Blu among others, taking on classic material from Yellowman, Michigan & Smiley, Ken Boothe, Tenor Saw, Papa San, Louie Culture, et al. The first track from the album was Beenie Man’s take on Yellowman’s “Zungguzungguguzungguzeng.”
Kabaka Pyramid is one of the most celebrated and versatile MCs of the Reggae Revival movement, breaking out with the popular 2017 album Kontraband, produced by Damian Marley. Pyramid’s work shows a generational interest in hip-hop, integrating the MC’s flow with classic reggae and contemporary dancehall rhythms.
In addition to “Who Am I,” Jeremy Harding is known for Mr. Vegas’s “Nike Air” and Sean Paul’s “Infiltrate” (Playground riddim); and Tanto Metro and Devonte’s “Give It To Her” (Liquid riddim). Harding was Sean Paul’s manager through the apex of his career and produced three tracks on the platinum Dutty Rock album, the biggest selling title in VP Records’ history. More recently Harding produced “Heaven” for Jah9, found on her “Note To Self” album.
When you drop “Nice Up The Dance” by Kabaka Pyramid make sure you tag @kabakapyramid and me @vprecords @thesonicexecutive