Words by Jesse Serwer—
If you’ve been following dancehall in the last few months, you’ve surely heard the name Tommy Lee come up with increasing frequency. Not to be confused with the rock deity of the same name, the Montego Bay, Jamaica, native with the highly unusual voice has been carrying the torch for Gaza alongside Popcaan in Vybz Kartel’s absence. Producer Russian and his Head Concussion Records recently voiced Mr. Lee for a tune called “Lyrical Bomber,” and they’ve given us the track to premiere. It’s a scorcher, so we’re glad to bring it to you. As our good friend Ms. Raine noted in regard to Tommy’s “Psycho” video, the deejay has that unhinged, psychopath thing going on—think Ninjaman meets ODB, or Eminem on his horrorcore vibes. That quality is on full display in “Lyrical Bomber,” as Tommy casually shifts from a cool, restrained vocal style to something much more sinister and creepy.
As a bonus, we’ve also got a stream of Russian/HCR’s most recent previous release, “New Rule” by Timberlee and Cecile. Stream both below, cop “Lyrical Bomber” on iTunes here, and look out for more premieres from Russian and Head Concussion in this space soon.
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Tommy Lee, “Lyrical Bomber”
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Cecile and Timberlee, “New Rule”