Zia Benjamin - Rudie - DJ Pack
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Zia Benjamin, the Jamaican songstress who has penned and been featured on hits from the likes of Sean Paul to Major Lazer, brings her soulful sound to the forefront in 2019.
On Friday April 12th, Zia released her new solo track “Rudie.” On this audacious ultimatum to her man, Zia confronts his other lover to take a back seat. “Baby forget him, he’s mine all mine. You gonna regret it, wasting your time,” she boldly warns on the chorus. “He say he’s leaving the past behind. You’d better put those dreams to sleep, I’ll sing your lullaby,” adds Zia. Her cheeky lyrics ride effortlessly over an upbeat modern-day ska groove, produced by 3x GRAMMY-nominated production duo Loudcity Music and ZJ Sparks.
On “Rudie,” Zia’s vivid songwriting enters the third act in her series of releases. Her debut song “No Fame” and “Mr.Neverman” (both produced by RoryStoneLove) preceded “Rudie,” building an arc of a woman courted by men personally and professionally only to be exploited in the end. Her video for “No Fame” addressed misogyny in the music industry, and her most recent single “Mr.Neverman” (released in December 2018) is another tale of Zia’s character taken for granted. On “Rudie,” she shows the push-and-pull between power and vulnerability. Zia loosely interweaves the storyline between each song through her powerful self-directed visuals. Fans can see the trilogy unfold later this month when she drops videos for both “Mr.NeverMan” and “Rudie.”
Throughout spring and summer, Zia will continue to release new music, including material with XXXtentacion’s producers, Andre ‘Vibez’ Chevolleau (SZA, Lil Pump, Maluma, Damian Marley, Rio Santana) and JonFX. She is also prepping for her debut EP Love In A Plastic Cup to be released later in the year.
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