New Busy Signal Album ‘D.O.B.’

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Crooning a seductive plea for just “One More Night” over a bass heavy one-drop beat,

deejay Busy Signal reformatted Phil Collins’ 1985 Billboard Hot 100 chart topper into a

shimmering lovers rock gem and reached the number one spot on several reggae tallies.

Busy retained the song’s original chorus but revised the verses to highlight the raw,

rapid-fire patois rhymes that have earned him a peerless reputation as one of dancehall’s

most formidable talents. Many people initially thought Busy was joking or perhaps just

crazy when he decided to cover Collins’ middle of the road ballad but as he explains, “I

wanted to do something different, in another part of Jamaican culture, I wanted to do rub

a dub reggae, which gave birth to dancehall. So I was just playing around, singing songs

like “One More Night” that I knew from when I was a kid, and decided to remake it with

a reggae beat,” continues Busy, who received his moniker from a friend due to his hectic

schedule. “People laughed because they couldn’t accept someone like me doing a song

like that, but I am doing it as a dancehall artist, so that is difference. I love to think

outside the box.”

Unconventional thinking manifested through triumphant risk taking trademarks Busy

Signal’s third album “D.O.B.” which will be released by VP Records on July 13th.

Throughout 15 scorching tracks, Busy’s resonant tone is woven into a kinetic

configuration of dancehall beats accented by strains of salsa, pop, and even classical

music. He chose the name “D.O.B.” which stands for date of birth or dominance of Busy,

“because the album is like a date of birth for a new era, a new type of creativity for

dancehall. It’s new in the sense of the flow, the melodies,” he explains. “If you listen to

the dancehall deejays from back in the day, we say different things that mean different

things in this era.” From the symphonic strings heard on “Opera” to the brooding beats

that darkly tint “Nuh Fraid” Busy Signal’s broad swathe of influences yields an

audacious brand of 21st century Jamaican music. “My stuff is always different because I

never repeat myself,” he acknowledges. “As an artist you always have to be creative and

on this one the creativity is way ahead.”

Busy’s most compelling role on D.O.B. is as a spokesperson for disenfranchised

(Jamaican) youth on several rugged, rhapsodic ghetto psalms. “Nuh Boy Caan Buy Wi

Out” offers a riveting a cappella delivery relating the importance of remaining true to

one’s principles despite tough circumstances. “Yes Dawg” provides an affirmation for

inner city youths to reach their goals despite a system that Busy decries as “set up so the

youths get paralyzed, hypocrites with dem bag a lies” and he smoothly alternates

between deejay chat and American style rap, seeking “a Brinks full ah money right now”

to help alleviate ghetto suffering on “My Money (Money Tree)”. Bounty Killer joins

Busy for “Summn’ A Guh Gwaan”, a warning of the inevitable consequences when

Jamaica’s poorest citizens are further squeezed by rising prices and diminishing services:

“when dem run de higglers dem off de street, and de pickney get hungry can’t find food fe

eat/and de big guys turn dem head like dem no see it…summn’ a guh gwaan.” The

fearlessness chronicled through a series of blood-splattered gangster exploits on “Nuh

Fraid”, which captures the sinister pulse that courses through Kingston’s garrison

enclaves is definitely not for the faint hearted.

Violent scenarios depicted in various song lyrics have been repeatedly criticized for

inciting real life carnage but Busy defends their inclusion in his rebirthing of dancehall as

an unfortunate but authentic representation of life in the ghetto. “Guns are things we see

all over, if there were no guns nobody could sing gun lyrics,” Busy reasons. “But artists

definitely have to take at least a percentage of the responsibility in trying to balance it in

the music.” Busy strives for equilibrium with “Peace Reign”: accompanied solely by an

acoustic guitar, he pleads for a better way while seeking for peace for all mankind,

revealing perhaps the most significant aspect of the charismatic, multifaceted musical

identity presented on D.O.B. “People listen to Busy Signal and they will hear clean stuff

and raw stuff but they won’t hear 100% of either,” he notes. “I try to have that edge but

balance it basically because I have corporate people that look up to me and ghetto people

that look up to me too.


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