Spragga Benz shares new project ‘Chiliagon’
Acclaimed Jamaican Dancehall pioneer Spragga Benz releases CHILIAGON (Easy Star/Buttercuts/Red Square Productions) on September 27th. His first album in nearly a decade, CHILIAGON arrives as a seminal work from one of the most influential artists of the Dancehall movement.
Featuring some of the UK’s most groundbreaking and celebrated talent across Grime, Hip-Hop and D&B plus international phenoms such as Sean Paul and Agent Sasco, CHILIAGON is not only a celebration of culture, music and legacy but a musical lesson of roots and riddims. The 15-track album itself features the likes of Tanika, General Levy, Rodney P, Killa P and Harry Shotta as well as productions from Cadenza, Toddla T, JAMirko, Sukh Knight and Zed Bias making it a diverse kaleidoscope of infectious beats.
Kingston-born Spragga Benz rose to prominence in the early ‘90s with a number of underground hits that would help define the Dancehall genre. His Jamaican success led to a major label deal and diverse crossover collaborations including game-changing parings with KRS-One, Wyclef Jean, Foxy Brown, Pras, Stephen Marley and Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley. His appearance in the cult-classic Jamaican gangster film Shottas further elevated his reputation as an iconic presence who mindfully represented the entire reggae culture, inspiring a generation of upcoming artists, actors and film-makers.
Produced by Andrew Oury, Paul Fowler, Cristy Barber and Spragga, CHILIAGON melds his formidable delivery with some of the top UK producers and artists working today. Multiple tracks have already set the table for the coming album, including “Differ Remix” featuring Sean Paul, Agent Sasco, and Chi Ching Ching and produced by Toddla T; “If Yuh Ready,” featuring the trademark chops of General Levy; and the recently released “Wicked Love”, also produced by Toddla T.