West African music meets dancehall reggae downtown in our latest episode of Player Xchange. This time out we link up Brooklyn-based dancehall producer extraordinaire Dre Skull — the beardo behind the boards on numerous Vybz Kartel, Popcaan, and Snoop Lion joints — with Freetown, Sierra Leone’s finest frontman Bajah of Bajah + The Dry Eye Crew, just see what happens. The LargeUp favorite and the Okayafrican got together at Converse Rubber Tracks to record the dancehall-infused banger “Nah Back Down,” a cut that pits Dre Skull’s ace production on the riddim against some fervent bars from Bajah. As Dre put it:
“Bajah’s Sierra Leonian style is really a very easy fit with the production styling–you know I try always build my track around what the vocalist is doing; kind of a symbiotic sort of thing.”
“…it’s a dancehall flavor; very good for the club. It’s a banger. African style and Jamaican style…all blended together? Makes something new.”
Watch the behind-the-scenes video chronicling the creation of the song and download “Nah Back Down” below (and stay tuned for our next installment of Player Xchange, ’cause it’s gonna be an epic one!).