Bane gears up with Vroom

Observer writer

Friday, May 18, 2018

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British singer/rapper Yxng Bane was a toddler in 1998 when Beenie Man's Who Am I (Sim Simma) entered the United Kingdom pop chart, peaking at number 10.

Twenty years later, Bane pays tribute to the “King of The Dancehall” on his latest single Vroom. A line from the song, 'Who got the keys to the Bimma?', is referenced from Who Am I.

Bane was in Kingston this week shooting the video for the song's remix, which features Beenie Man.

“I'm here shooting the video for the remix with a special someone, Beenie Man. The shoot has been good and I'm just enjoying the weather, checking out the culture, the food, and of course the good vibes,” Yxng Bane said in an interview with Jamaica Observer's Splash at 100 sports bar on Hope Road.

He added: “It made sense to have Beenie Man on the remix. As a child growing up I always saw him on the television. He's the man with the original keys. And for me to get him on the remix, it was an opportunity and I am grateful.”

Bane is strongly influenced by Jamaican music. Growing up in East London, he was surrounded by reggae and dancehall music. As an adult, he befriended top dancehall acts like Jah Cure and Mavado.

He started his career by uploading songs to his SoundCloud account in 2015. In early 2016 he released the EP Full Moon.

But it was his remix of Ed Sheeran's Shape of You which gained traction and made labels, including British rapper/singer Tinie Tempah's Disturbing London, show interest in working with the budding artiste.

Bane eventually signed with the label which is distributed by Parlophone Records, a subsidiary of Warner Music Group.

Last June he was featured on rapper Yungen's Top 10 single Bestie, which went platinum in the UK for sales of over 600,000 copies. His other UK chart entries include Rihanna which peaked at number 40 last year, and Vroom, which is currently number 31.

Bane's latest success is Answerphone, credited to Banx and Ranx featuring Ella Eyre and Yxng Bane. It is number six in the UK.

“Working with Banx and Ranx was really cool. Ella is very talented and we have performed the song live. The song came about last year, but our schedules just kept clashing, so Banx and Ranx ended up sending the song via email. They are some cool guys to work with,” said Bane.

Born to a Congolese father and Angolan mother, Bane initially aspired to become an economist.

Having collaborated with Shenseea on the track Parking Spot (produced by DJ Cadenza), Bane is looking forward to recording with more Jamaicans.

“I'd like to work with Popcaan of course, Dexta Daps and maybe even Shenseea again,” he said.

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