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no long talk. x Kabaka Pyramid | The artist's artist

Part 1 was about the person. I called it Uptown Top Rasta. This side is more about the music.

We speak being "the artist's artist" of the movement, reason for pursuing reggae over hip hop, friend dying helped him push on, thoughts on hip hop and dancehall's current low and frustrations at having to dumb down his music.

Also, reggae revival's "uptown" stigma, uptown youths making downtown music, Uptown vs. downtown divide in Jamaica and which side he prefers.

Some quotes:

On his reggae peers: "Sometimes I feel like I love music the least."

Recalls the first time meeting Chonixx at a birthday party in Protoje's house and how they've both inspired him: "Protoje was the main figure... When Chronixx started to blow up, that's when I really saw the possibilities of this ting. When Protoje had his band, I didn't think I would have my own band anytime soon."

On hip hop and dancehall's current state: "I think they've both gone to absolute rubbish."

On dancehall's low and reggae's high at the moment: "I think dancehall is at its lowest point right now and it's only right something rose up to counteract it." but also recognises "Our music doesn't penetrate like dancehall. We need to do more dancehall".

On relationship with dancehall artists: "Most artists' - whether dancehall or reggae - say 'it's you I rate out of the whole of the movement'... I always joke and say I'm the artists' artist'."


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