Speaking with THE WEEKEND STAR about the album, Sean ‘Contractor’ Edwards revealed that the collaboration came through a connection he made with multi-platinum Def Jam reggae/hip-hop artiste Kali Ranks (Amada Records). Edwards explained that Kali Ranks, a Jamaican by birth, already had the song and just needed someone to push it. The track, titled Monster, will include Chris Brown, up-and-coming female artiste Stephanie Adler and Edwards.
Edwards told THE WEEKEND STAR that having seen the success they’ve had with the Tropical House Cruises to Jamaica album, Ranks was confident he was the right person to promote the track.
“Ever since the success of the Tropical House Cruises to Jamaica album (which did 19 weeks on the Billboard reggae Charts top 10 and four weeks at number one), a lot of artists have been reaching out to me. One of the artists who linked me was Kali Ranks. He wanted The DJ Grid/Contractor Music Group to distribute and promote his song with Chris Brown through our partners, Amada Records,” Edwards said.
‘Hip Hop Cruises To Jamaica’ was picked up by Universal’s digital and physical distribution department via InGrooves just recently. Amada Records & Universal Music Group Distribution’s partnership has not yet been publicized but stay tuned for upcoming release dates via amadarecords.com. Amada Records has acquired music from over 40 major artists over the past few months. Their newest additions include T.I., Young Jeezy, DJ Kutt Throat, Ralo, Young Thug, Future, Lil Baby and more!
Shown: Tropical House Cruises To Jamaica (Deluxe Edition)
Pointing out that Kali Ranks isn’t the only hip-hop artist who has reached out to him about possibly joining forces, Edwards revealed that he has begun work on a hip-hop/reggae album, titled Hip-Hop Cruises to Jamaica.
“We’re releasing the Chris Brown track as the lead-off single for the album, but Brown isn’t the only big international act that will have on this album,” Edwards said. “Several high-profile hip-hop artistes have already done work for the album. We have Snoop Dogg, Missy Elliot, Tupac, C-Murder (Master P’s brother), Jadakiss, Flo-Rida and Prodigy (from the group Mobb D) on there. It’s going to be a huge album.”
Reggae artiste Capleton will also be featured on the project, as he is set to showcase his versatility on a hip-hop-flavored track.