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Kemar McGregor Collaborates with Legendary Dancehall Artists on The Recoup Riddim Album

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In a music landscape constantly shifting with trends, Kemar McGregor remains steadfast in his commitment to preserving the timeless essence of ’90s dancehall. His latest endeavor, “The Recoup Riddim,” is a testament to this dedication.

When asked about his motivation for delving into ’90s-inspired dancehall amidst the current music scene, McGregor pointed to his experiences collaborating with international recording artists and labels. He noticed a widespread sentiment that contemporary Jamaican music lacks the authentic essence of dancehall and reggae, inspiring him to recreate the magic of the era led by legendary producer Dave Kelly.

Reflecting on his creative process, McGregor fondly recalled the infectious vibe of ’90s dancehall mixtapes by luminaries like Collin Hinds. With The Recoup, he aimed to capture the raw energy and distinctive style that defined the genre’s heyday.

Drawing inspiration from iconic producers such as Steely and Clevie, Sly and Robbie, and King Jammy, McGregor meticulously integrated authentic dancehall elements like drum patterns, basslines, and effects. Striking a delicate balance between honoring tradition and embracing modernity, McGregor stressed the importance of preserving the integrity of ’90s dancehall while subtly infusing contemporary touches.

As The Recoup resonates globally, McGregor hopes to reignite a passionate appreciation for authentic dancehall music. His collaboration with renowned artists like Buju Banton, Etana, Elephant Man, Beenie Man, Tifa, and I-Octane underscores the universal appeal of ’90s-inspired dancehall.

“I firmly believe in maintaining the original dancehall sound as it is flawless and requires no alteration. However, for those seeking to infuse a more modern feel into dancehall, I advocate for staying true to the authentic dancehall and reggae sound without veering into a different genre. By involving younger artists who are eager to learn and committed to reggae and dancehall, we can introduce a modern sound and vibe,” McGregor emphasized.

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