Think Twice!

Rupee is one of those Bajan artists that has a strong nostalgic hold on those of us who grew up in the ’80s & ’90s. Most of us Bajans of a certain age can certainly remember all the classic hits like “If I Can’t Have You”, “Helpless,” I” Am A Bajan” and “What Happens In De Party.” There was once a time for us when Crop Over didn’t really feel like Crop Over until we heard the likes of Rupee. And 2019 seems to be the year he has decided to remind us of that…

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All of those songs mentioned above have one thing in common apart from Mr Rupert Clarke. They are all Chris Allman produced mega-hits; we assume it’s more than safe to say these two work very well together. If we ever get the chance to have a sit down with Rupee & Chris we’ll be sure to ask why producers and artists who work so well together find the audacity to drift apart.

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But nonetheless… With this brand new track, the duo is back together again and we’re absolutely here for it. What they have served up really sounds like a classic summer banger! The song features smooth deep bass, melodic leads, addictively pulsating drums & a super infectious hook is the recipe for a dance-floor staple.

The track was written by Rupee, with added background pleasure spikes from the sultry Indra Rudder, the musical contagiousness of “Think Twice” is subtlety reinforced with additional keys, percussion and bass from fire fisted Barry “Barman” Hill with Dread Hawk Productions. All of these elements are immaculately brought together and mixed by the legendary ear of Anthony Lowhar from CMI right here in Barbados. "Think Twice” is definitely one of those tunes you only have to listen once to be hooked so be wary of endless replays.

 

One Called Mackie Tone

Ahhh the internet… whether it’s Bajan Twitter, Instagram or Facebook. We love to show the world precisely how much mock sport we could produce. Jamal Harry aka Mackie Tone is just the latest Bajan social media anomaly to make it onto the mainstream.

Mackie was living his normal everyday life like all the rest of us before he was chucked headfirst into the spotlight. He spent the majority of his spare-time uploading “freestyle” videos to his Instagram everyday (4 and 5 times a day). Whether is due to his mad freestyle skills, the law of numbers or just plain luck Mackie eventually struck gold. His song dubbed “Tori” is a touching, melodic & expressive ballad that was apparently inspired by a past but lasting flame Mackie has. We the public may never be aware of exactly who this walking trophy Tori is. But Mackie has mastered the art of turning affairs of the heart into hit songs much like Adele, Taylor Swift & Celine Dion.

Mr Tone was not one to get comfortable and start resting on his laurels like so many do after they go viral. The opportunities were quickly seized and we already have an official Crop Over tune from Bims latest superstar. The song called "Gine in Mackie" actually has quite a catchy vibe. Although he may not have the cadence of a seasoned soca veteran like Lil Rick, this tune would still mash up behind a truck come Mega Monday.

Will Mackie continue to rise in entertainment? Will people ever take him seriously? Does he take himself seriously? Will Mackie ever walk back in? We know these are the pressing questions on everyone's mind. Unfortunately, we don't have the answer to any of them. All we can do for now is continue to keep an eye on the young musical prodigy & keep you posted.

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Chris Gayle, Mackie & Indian

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