DJ Khaled adds soca, dance­hall to new video

Jamaica Gleaner - - ENTERTAINMENT - Carolyn Sin­clair Gleaner Writer

WHEN IT comes to find­ing that rhythm and beat that in­trigue and cap­ti­vate, or adding a much-needed flavour to a track wait­ing to roll off an Amer­i­can hit­maker’s mix­ing board, the Caribbean seems to be the go-to place for that ‘some­thing ex­tra’ lately.

Amer­i­can hip-hop star DJ Khaled wasted no time in adding a bit of the Caribbean feel to his lat­est song, Nas Al­bum Done, fea­tur­ing Nas, on his re­cently re­leased stu­dio al­bum, Ma­jor Key.

In his al­most nine-minute­long video, the hip-hop star kicked off the short film with Mavado’s song, Progress, short skits packed with Ja­maican cre­ole, fea­tur­ing pop­u­lar Ja­maican artiste/ac­tor Louie Rankin (from the movie Shot­tas) and topped it off with a minute-long soca scene in­volv­ing fe­males dressed in Car­ni­val cos­tumes danc­ing to three-time An­tiguan Soca Monarch win­ner, Ri­cardo Drue’s Vagabond.

Mavado is no stranger to DJ Khaled’s cir­cle as the sea­soned en­ter­tainer is signed to the hip hop artiste’s We The Best Mu­sic Group, but for soca singer Ri­cardo Drue, a call re­quest­ing the use of a seg­ment of his song for the video came as a “great op­por­tu­nity”, not just for him, but for soca mu­sic.

The An­tigua-born and Trinidad-raised Drue ex­pressed how hum­bled and grate­ful that call from DJ Khalid’s camp left him feel­ing.

“DJ Khalid mak­ing use of my record, Vagabond, in his lat­est video was just a great op­por­tu­nity for me. But not only was it a great op­por­tu­nity for me, but it’s a great op­por­tu­nity for soca, and I am just hum­bled and pleased that our record was the on that was used. There are so many other great soca songs in the world that he could have used, but he chose to use this one.”

A SENSE OF “RE­SPECT”

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