Dutty Artz presents a dancehall EP with tunes from Jamaica’s upper echelon — Tifa, Ward 21, Chan Dizzy, Keida and Trawma — all produced by New York City’s Robzilla.
The EP documents an exciting trip for the New York DJ. He had produced riddims for years in the US but had never visited Jamaica. These songs were recorded on his first trip to the island. “We were descending into Kingston and I was feeling this nervous anticipation,” he said. “Here’s a culture that’s so vibrant and original, that I worshipped as a kid growing up in Hawaii — an island all the way around the world — and now I’m going to meet and record artists I’ve only heard on tracks.” Jamaica is vibes.
As dancehall’s sense of rhythm permeates pop music in the Top 40, we must pay our respects to the originators — the island where musicians have been pounding out these riddims for decades. At its core, the EP is a loving shout-out from Robzilla to Jamaica, a tribute in riddim.