Time and time again there are significant albums that are released and instantly grab peopleâ€™s attention. Leaving a lasting impression of the said artist or artists. Reggae fans were recently blessed with a 13 track album Now I Rise, from emerging star Dre Island who hails from Kingston, Jamaica. Having been in the music business for the past 5 years, Dre Island was able to put together a work of art that resembles artistry like Chronology and Rapture from Chronixx and Koffee respectively.
Now I Rise was produced by Dre Island Music, Kingston Hills Entertainment, and DubShot Records. It features a host of reggae artists including Alandon, Chronixx, Jesse Royal and dancehallâ€™s heavyweight Popcaan. Amid a global pandemic and aftermath of George Floydâ€™s brutal killing, the albumâ€™s introduction could not have been better timed. Dre Island gives an honest account of real issues with his signature reggae sound. The album features the artistâ€™s 2017 hit single We Pray which features his long-time friend Popcaan. Other notable tracks which have gathered significant interest include Favourite Girl, Never Run Dry, Days of Stone, and the albumâ€™s title track Now I Rise.
Born Andre Johnson, the talented reggae artist has risen to fame proving himself adeptly on the piano as well as in his singing and songwriting. Â In 2016 Dre Island featured on Cadenzaâ€™s track People alongside RnB’s Jorja Smith. Consequently, it earned the Hottest Record In the World vote once by BBCâ€™s Radio 1 host Annie Mac. Andre is clearly onto something and his album is testament to that.
Now I Rise is a â€˜must listenâ€™ to reggae lovers which I strongly recommend. There is not a lot more I can say as the music will do the talking. Big up Dre Island and kudos for a top album. Riddimsworld looks forward to a prosperous music career from you.
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