Bounty Killer, Vybz Kartel and Busy Signal collaborate on new single
Social media is abuzz following news that Bounty Killer, Busy Signal and Vybz Kartel will appear on the same track, DatsGadzilla, scheduled for release on December 17.
The single, part of the track list for Bounty Killer's upcoming King of Kingston album, is reminiscent of the glory days of the formidable Alliance, a factor that has many dancehall enthusiasts excited.
The project came to fruition thanks to main producer Esco and co-producer Yo Christon, and was mixed by Tekktroniic.
"I've been working closely with Killer on the King of Kingston album on over 15 tracks so this is just my brainchild, my submission to the whole project," Esco told THE STAR.
"Being a selector-turned-artiste and producer, I'm just using my knowledge from all three facets: the creativity of a selector, know-how of a producer, and the links of a big artiste to pull together the big names in the industry... It's spreading like wildfire now and it's only testimony to what the album is gonna be like," he added.
Esco said he got the concept while listening to Kartel's Chip Glock song months ago where he heard the lyric " Bounty Killer, my daddy, that's Gadzilla."
"I decided to sample a line from it and turn it into an entire song," Esco explained. "As a big producer in the industry, big producers record everybody and I feel like that's what's missing... The collaboration between our biggest names is definitely needed so that's one of the reasons I fought for this project and that's one of the reasons Killer even agreed to do it and accepted the pressure of pulling together these names."
He described the track as a homage to the dancehall icon, adding, "He has paved the way for a lot of us".
"A lot of us are offspring in some way of Bounty Killer. We've been strengthened and co-signed by him so this song is letting people know that Killer a really 'Gadzilla of dancehall' from a bigger, godfather perspective, and not just from an artiste perspective," he said.
Esco is no stranger to working with Bounty Killer, neither is he a newcomer when it comes to orchestrating dream collaborations. He produced Legendary in 2014, the first collaboration between Bounty Killer and Beenie Man. Esco related working on King of K ingston to working on that of a "big, international artiste".
"I worked with DJ Khaled, Dexta Daps and his camp, Professor, Busta Rhymes, a lot of people," he said. "I went to writing camps with Jnr Gong and Bling Dawg and Baby G. We went up on the hills to Chronixx and it was amazing. It's hard to put into words the kind of experience it was but it was all joy and blessings and mi just grateful," he said.
Esco, who runs Tall King Productions, was recently signed to Warner Music. He's working on an album titled Northern Lights with DJ Ikone.