Fully Top Dolla banks on Mash It Up Again

Daily Observer (Jamaica) - - SPLASH - BY HOWARD CAMPBELL

GET­TING a hit song in Ja­maica out of New York City can be quite a chal­lenge, but mak­ing a mark “a yawd” is con­sid­ered a ma­jor achieve­ment for artistes in the Big Ap­ple. Fully Top Dolla is look­ing to do just that with Mash It Up Again, his lat­est song, done with Ju­nior Reid.

The sin­gle is a joint pro­duc­tion be­tween Reid’s JR Pro­duc­tions and GMG Mafia En­ter­tain­ment, the New York com­pany to which Fully Top Dolla is signed.

Mash It Up Again is get­ting steady ro­ta­tion on reg­gae ra­dio in the Big Ap­ple and is the 24-yearold rap­per/dee­jay’s most vis­i­ble song since he launched his ca­reer 11 years ago. It is his sec­ond pro­duc­tion with Reid who was mak­ing hit songs be­fore Fully Top Dolla was born.

“It feels great to be work­ing with a leg­end like Ju­nior Reid. He re­ally em­braces the youth and he’s very en­er­getic in the stu­dio. I’ve learned a lot al­ready from be­ing around him, re­ally great vibes and pos­i­tive en­ergy,” Fully Top Dolla said in a re­cent in­ter­view with Splash.

Born in Kingston, he lived in Port­more un­til he was 13 when he mi­grated to Mi­ami. After two years in South Florida, he moved to New York where he fur­ther de­vel­oped a pas­sion for the mu­sic of hard­core dance­hall acts like Vybz Kar­tel and hip-hop gi­ants Li’l Wayne and Kanye West.

“I con­sider my­self an artiste, I’m not re­ally try­ing to be boxed in any genre, but I love hip hop and I love dance­hall. I love any­thing that sounds good,” he said.

To date, Fully Top Dolla (given name Ra­heem Wil­liams) has recorded two al­bums. His first, The New Uptown, was re­leased last year while its fol­low-up, The Process, came out this year.

Sev­eral of his songs are a cross be­tween dance­hall and hip hop, which is a flavour many artistes of Caribbean ori­gin and de­scent have ex­per­i­mented with, great suc­cess.

Mariah, a hip-hop song from The Process, has also done well for him in New York. But it is Mash it Up Again that Fully Top Dolla has high hopes for, es­pe­cially in Ja­maica.

“It’s very im­por­tant for me, it’s ac­tu­ally a great thing to see your­self on the charts. It feels real good to know peo­ple out there sup­port­ing you and love your mu­sic, it makes you wanna go harder,” he said.

Fully Top Dolla (left) and Ju­nior Reid

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