Brooklyn singjay Jahdan Blakkamoore has collaborated with everyone from Branford Marsalis to Snoop Lion/Dogg/Zilla. But this track, the first release off his upcoming 2015 solo effort Order Of Distinction, finds him doing his own eclectic take on dancehall, while bringing together a pan-Caribbean army of spitfire MCs.
Together with British/St. Kittian MC Lady Leshurr (who adds fire Minaj-esque vibes to every track she’s on) and Toronto-based yardie Melodic Yoza, Jahdan brings a mixture of hip-hop and dubstep vibes as well to “Ting Tun Up!” The three artists’ ragamuffin flows all work well over the groove—an innovative thing with a mixture of throwback vibes and unexpected twists that make it sound very 2015. And Jahdan is definitely in the zone: as his team described it when they sent this one over: “He may have become some sort of cybernetic super Rasta delivering rhymes at superhuman pace.”
The track is the first from Paper Stars, a new production duo consisting of Jahdan and long-time collaborator Andrew “Moon” Bain of Lustre Kings and Zion I Kings (the production squad behind some of our favorite 2014 albums from Midnite and Pressure Busspipe).
Listen below, and get ready for di ting to tun up even more next year.