DJ Khaled adds soca, dancehall to new video
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”