Fully Top Dolla banks on Mash It Up Again

Observer senior writer

Friday, November 09, 2018

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Getting a hit song in Jamaica out of New York City can be quite a challenge, but making a mark “a yawd” is considered a major achievement for artistes in the Big Apple. Fully Top Dolla is looking to do just that with Mash It Up Again, his latest song, done with Junior Reid.

The single is a joint production between Reid's JR Productions and GMG Mafia Entertainment, the New York company to which Fully Top Dolla is signed.

Mash It Up Again is getting steady rotation on reggae radio in the Big Apple and is the 24-year-old rapper/deejay's most visible song since he launched his career 11 years ago. It is his second production with Reid who was making hit songs before Fully Top Dolla was born.

“It feels great to be working with a legend like Junior Reid. He really embraces the youth and he's very energetic in the studio. I've learned a lot already from being around him, really great vibes and positive energy,” Fully Top Dolla said in a recent interview with Splash.

Born in Kingston, he lived in Portmore until he was 13 when he migrated to Miami. After two years in South Florida, he moved to New York where he further developed a passion for the music of hardcore dancehall acts like Vybz Kartel and hip-hop giants Li'l Wayne and Kanye West.

“I consider myself an artiste, I'm not really trying to be boxed in any genre, but I love hip hop and I love dancehall. I love anything that sounds good,” he said.

To date, Fully Top Dolla (given name Raheem Williams) has recorded two albums. His first, The New Uptown, was released last year while its follow-up, The Process, came out this year.

Several of his songs are a cross between dancehall and hip hop, which is a flavour many artistes of Caribbean origin and descent have experimented with, great success.

Mariah, a hip-hop song from The Process, has also done well for him in New York. But it is Mash it Up Again that Fully Top Dolla has high hopes for, especially in Jamaica.

“It's very important for me, it's actually a great thing to see yourself on the charts. It feels real good to know people out there supporting you and love your music, it makes you wanna go harder,” he said.

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