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Chedda's back to the grind

Saturday, May 03, 2014    

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AFTER a year's break to redevelop and rebrand, up-and-coming dancehall artiste Chedda is back with Crazy.

The track — produced by Richard 'Shams' Browne and released Tuesday last week — is a collaboration with Cuban-American rapper Kat Dahlia.

"Crazy brings an old- school dancehall vibe. With my deep rumble and Kat's sultry tone, the track meshes the sounds of old with the style and vibe of the new generation of dancehall," the 23-year-old told the Jamaica Observer.

Kat Dahlia had previously worked with Jamaican producer/musician Nastasia 'The Wizard' Hammond on the single Mash It up. The single, recorded late last year, features Nyanda (formerly of Brick and Lace) and Black Lion.

"She loved The Wizard-produced single. She later reached out to my management team and that's how the magic happen," he said.

Since November, Chedda is being managed by Fiwi Music.

Chedda, given name Tyrello Johnson, is the son of 1990s dancehall artiste Daddy Screw who he said introduced him to the business.

The young artiste said he is inspired by American acts Common, Jay Z and Mos Def due to their ability to cut against the grain.

"Those individuals are persons who think outside the box -- Kanye West, Shabba Ranks, Super Cat... and I have to give it up to Pharrell on style," he said.

In addition to Crazy, Chedda's other recent release is Original Don. His upcoming releases include Budda Bye and X Amount, and all are to be part of his debut album called Donification.

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