His vocals, from his 2006 hit collaboration ‘Dying’ with Mavado, has been sampled on international superstar Drake’s latest album “VIEWS”.
Drake’s team followed proper recording rights procedure by contacting Serani’s manager, Julian Jones-Griffith, a few weeks prior to the album release date of April 29. The track “9” is the single from Drake’s Views project that samples Serani’s vocals.
“I think he sampled my voice because the hook is very catchy and melodious and it came from a very deep song” Marsh explained
With controversy surrounding acts like Jay Z and local dancehall star Popcaan being removed from ‘Drake’s Views album prior to its release, Serani sees this as an extreme honour that many artistes covet but have not received.
“Drake is currently my favorite rapper and I listen to all his music. I met him years ago and we were cool but I did not see this one coming at all. I’m extremely happy right now!” Marsh reiterated
Serani is not unfamiliar with international success however, his hit single “No Games” shot him to international notoriety in 2009. This is the first time the artiste has been sampled by an international act though and this achievement can be added to his extensive list of accolades.
“Hip hop sampling dancehall is major for us Jamaicans. It does well for our culture’s promotion internationally too. I would love to record directly with Drake though so who knows what can happen next!” Marsh added
Serani recently returned from a European tour and is set to promote recently released singles “Gone” on the Zen Riddim produced by Anju Blaxx and ‘Low Rider’ featuring Renee 6:30. His single “Dance Floor” is steadily climbing charts in Europe including those in Germany.
SOURCE: STREET CRED JAMAICA