JA to the Spider-verse
Stephen "Di Genius" McGregor-produced single on soundtrack
This image released by Sony Pictures Animation shows Miles Morales as Spider-Man, voiced by Shameik Moore, in a scene from Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation's Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse. (Photo: AP)

Popular dancehall producer Stephen "Di Genius" McGregor is in jubilant spirits after the single Take It To The Top by Becky G and Ayra Starr made it to the soundtrack of Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse.

"[I've] always dreamt of doing songs for film. Now I have a song in the new @SpiderVerse movie. Produced and featured artist. Jus hear mi voice & riddim chip een pon di big screen a while ago. God is Great!," Di Genius tweeted on Sunday.

Released on June 2 the film sees Brooklyn's full-time, friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man catapulted across the Multiverse, where he encounters a team of Spider-People charged with protecting its very existence. However, when the heroes clash on how to handle a new threat, Spider-Man (Miles Morales) finds himself pitted against the other Spiders.

In recent years, McGregor has racked up a long list of credentials working with international acts.

Stephen “Di Genius” McGregor

"Some of the most most projects that I produced include two songs featured in the HBO series Insecure. I also co-produced on French Montana's Writing on the wall featuring Cardi B and Post Malone; Ne-Yo and Shenseea's Major Moves from the movie Sprinter and now these John Legend records. I also have a bunch of other songs that are about to be released in the coming weeks for some more Latin and American artistes," said McGregor in a previous interview with the Jamaica Observer.

McGregor has also had international success with Mavado's Weh Dem a Do (a Top 40 Billboard R&B Hip Hop Singles chart hit), and Sean Paul's So Fine and Press it Up, both of which entered the Billboard Hot 100.

His father, Freddie McGregor, was a regular on the British charts in the 1980s with songs like Just Don't Want to be Lonely (which peaked at #9) and That Girl (Groovy Situation) which stalled at #47.

Stephen McGregor began his production career in 2002 at age 12. His debut project was the Dutch Master rhythm, but it was 2004's Cartoon beat which really got the ball rolling.

It yielded Mr Lex's We Hot, Elephant Man's Fly Go A Moon, Delly Ranx's Doan Fear Dem, and Things Set a Way by Predator.

Other recent projects by McGregor include singles by his brother Chino, Aidonia, Tifa, Mavado and Denyque.

BY KEDIESHA PERRY Observer writer entertainment@jamaicaobserver.com

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