KABAKA PYRAMID drops new single ‘CAN’T BREATHE’ ahead of summer UK & European Tour –
& DAMIAN MARLEY produced new album ‘CONTRABAND’
One of Jamaica’s finest exports, Kabaka Pyramid is set to release his first full length album entitled ‘Contraband’ this summer, alongside a UK and European tour also announced.
To coincide with this news he has teamed up with Bebble Rock and the Ghetto Youths to drop the first single taken from the album. Produced by Genis Nadal and executive producer Damian Marley, ‘Can’t Breathe’ showcases Kabaka’s musical blend of the lyricism of Hip hop, with the energy and melody of Reggae and Dancehall.
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As with much of his music ‘Can’t Breathe’ contains a potent lyrical message; depicting a painful and stressful situation many face living in a polluted system, which suffocates the betterment of the people. Feeding the minds with polluted information, feeding the souls with toxic nutrition, and filling the streets with deadly drugs. Inspired by Lauryn Hill, while rhythmically paying homage to Fatis Burrel of Exterminator, Kabaka explains:
“I was watching Lauryn Hill Unplugged and I was struck by the emotions she put in her songs and I wanted the people that listen to this song, get that same feeling. The stress and strain of the system and the mental pollution we are fed day to day reminds me of feeling claustrophobic and suffocated”
Perhaps best known to UK audiences from his various BBC 1Xtra freestyles/performances for David Rodigan and Toddla T, as well as a mixtape collab ‘Accurate’ with Major Lazor which gained online support from sites including The Fader. Hip Hop fans will also know him from features with Raekwon ‘Be Inspired’ and Akala ’Giants’ in 2016. Previously, his single ‘Well Done’ was premiered and championed by Billboard in the US.