John Blake’s happy with his One Life

Sunday, January 01, 2017

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AMERICAN rapper John Blake is re-establishing his Jamaican roots with his latest single One Life. The track is a collab with reggae singer Ambelique.

"It is a blend of hip hop and reggae music on world issues, self-empowerment, human challenges and faith," he said. "The single is doing well. We have started to get some airplay on a few local radio stations in Jamaica."

One Life was released on November on the rapper’s Upstormed Records label. Veteran Jamaican producer Willie Lindo also shares production credits.

"This is the first time I did a reggae song and it came out real good. I grew up listening to reggae all my life, I grew up in Jamaica, in Westmoreland. I always wanted to do a reggae song because it is focused on black consciousness, music that people can feel and relate to, and be inspired by," he said.

"I lived a rough life, but at the end of the day, you gotta get the best out of life, and keep strong. No matter what you go through, don’t let your days be miserable 24/7, because of a lack of money. That cannot be the reason you don’t enjoy life, and family. Give thanks for a roof over your head, good friends, that is important as well," he said.

Born in Florida, John Blake — given name Jonathan Burkett — was raised in Jamaica until age six before returning to Florida. He has returned every summer since.

Among his other releases are Pass That, Crush on You and Make Money.

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