UK meets JA, Reggae meets Grime, Dubstep and Drum & Bass, and Toddla T meets Protoje for the awesome collaborative mixtape ‘England Be Wise’ hosted online via i-D.
The pair have built a great friendship and amazing working relationship since T heard Protoje’s ‘Kingston Be Wise’.
Protoje has become one of the most revered names in reggae after an incredible run of hits in the last 18 months. This project allows his to show his versatility as he “merks every riddim to the highest degree”, jumping on the wickedest selection of unexpected beats from Skepta’s ‘That’s Not Me’ to jungle classic ‘The Burial’ from Leviticus, Krept & Konan’s ‘Don’t Waste My Time’ and Schoolboy Q’s ‘Collard Greens’. Bringing that genuine Jamaican Reggae sunshine to some of the deepest, synth filled, 140 Grime beats.
“I was such a fan of him any way, this was a great project to get my hands on because I get to indulge in what he does” says Toddla T. “The whole UK VS Jamaica thing has been prominent in our music and culture for years and years so all I’m doing is doing my spin on it: blending the Reggae with Grime, Dubstep, Drum and Bass, plus they’re all cousins of each other anyway, so for me it was very organic and a fun project, and an honor to work with such a great artist from Jamaica.”
With a big London show forthcoming, and his album being released in March, this is a perfect taster for old and new fans alike.
ENGLAND BE WISE, listen up, download it to your music library and soak in the rays of this musical delight.
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TODDLA T MEETS PROTOJE – ENGLAND BE WISE: