A twist of Tropical Flava

Thursday, April 07, 2016

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FOURTEEN years ago, Miami’s Black Shadow Records scored a massive hit with the
‘riddim’. Its biggest song was Sean Paul’s
Gimmie The Light
, which made the
Billboard Top 10

The label is back with the
Tropical Flava beat. Troyton Rami, head of production at Black Shadow Records, is expecting big things for its latest beat.

"I came up with the
Tropical Flava because I was trying to find a beat that could cross over the lanes between Jamaica and America. The feedback so far has been very positive," he told

Tropical Flava has songs like
We Are Pro by Beenie Man,
Look It (Bling Dawg),
Sex Tape (Future Fambo),
Wah Nuh Hail (Mad Cobra) and
What Are You Waiting For (Mr G).

Rami, who is in his mid-30s, lives between Jamaica and Miami. He started as a disc jockey on the Black Shadow sound system during the 1990s.

"I got involved in music production while I was a DJ in the ‘90s, [but] I wanted to play my own records in the dancehall. So I started to produce records at that point," he explained.

Black Shadow Records was established in 1997. Its team also consists of his brother Wesley Rami, Brad Lee, Elisa Polanco, Marcos Mejia, and Barrie Hype.

The company’s dancehall/pop beats have done well. In addition to the
Buzz, it has released the Good Energy,
Get Mad Now and
Surprise rhythms.

Nuh Back Down by Mad Cobra, Jamaica by Elephant Man and Buju Banton’s
Crazy Talk are other successful Black Shadow Records songs.

Following the global success of the
Buzz, Rami was recruited by Universal Music where he worked on several projects, including the 2014 World Cup FIFA album, recreation of the Baha Men’s
Who Let The Dogs Out (Off The Leash) single and that group’s
Ride With Me album for Sony Music Latin in 2015.

He recently worked on a song for West Indian cricketer Dwayne Bravo.

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