CALIFORNIA-BASED dancehall producer Minto Play Da Riddim is urging Jamaican acts abroad to remain true to their roots in an effort to preserve the genre.
“It is vital to remain true to who you’re and your country since you don’t wanna lose the entire vibe and the culture,” the producer, whose given name is Pierre Minto, told the Jamaica Observer.
This comes after he collaborated with Jamaican-American rapper Safaree on a new project titled Stutter Step, released on September 16.
“The project is a banger; the song and beat are stuffed with vibes and it’s successful, in my eyes. It actually went viral on The Shade Room, WorldstarHipHop, and I’m getting good feedback on the song from listeners,” he said.
Originally meeting in 2016, the 2 first worked together on Safaree’s 2020 single Tek Off and the producer also has a track on his last album, IDGAF.
“The chemistry is sweet. I had sent [Safaree] the instrumental, he loved it, and we went forward. I feel that it’s a very good song and it has potential to be successful; the beat is different, the song was well put together overall, and I feel the production was good,” Minto Play Da Riddim said.
An official music video for the track can also be within the pipeline.
The producer has worked with a slew of artistes similar to Skillibeng, Jahvillani and Charly Black. He has several new projects within the pipeline.
“I even have plenty of music to release, including a remix with Skillibeng and rapper Smiles Official from Miami. I even have a Jahmiel track to release — crazy new works,” Minto added.
— Kediesha Perry