By Benjamin Flowers
Chart topping rapper Shyne Barrow has signalled his return to mainstream music with his latest feature on the remix to Popcaan’s 2016 hit “We still ah win”.
Shyne explained that the remixed version of the song was released in Jamaica last week and has been well received by radio listeners.
The original version was one of the most popular dancehall songs of 2016 and was used during the 2016 World Cup games.
Shyne says Popcaan was the one to reach out about the collaboration on the remix and two other songs, which have yet to be released.
The collaborative work is the prelude to several projects currently in the making, he shared with the Reporter, including a Belizean Sounds and Rhythms album, a rap/dancehall collaboration album, and his highly anticipated upcoming third solo rap-album.
The Belizean Rhythms and Sounds album, which had a tentative September 2017 release date will feature Shyne in collaboration with popular Belizean artists and producers such as Ivan Duran, Leela Vernon, Paul Nabor, Cecil “Cocono Bwai” Jenkins, Tanya Carter, Supa G, and T.Y.
For the rap/dancehall collaboration album, Shyne hopes to feature top Jamaican artists such as Damian Marley, Popcaan, Aidonia, Tarus Railey, and Vybz Kartel.
Shyne said he is expecting a 2018 release date for his third solo album. “Then, Now and Forever; that will be the theme,” he told the Reporter.
“I’ll go back and deal with certain issues that have affected me; deal with what’s happening now and deal with where I want to be,” Shyne added.
He said he intends to address several social and world issues on the upcoming album.
Barrow’s career launched in 1999 with his signing to the famous Bad Boy Records imprint, which under Sean “P Diddy” Combs, launched the careers of legendary rap icons like the Notorious B.I.G, Lil’ Kim, Junior Mafia and a slew of others. Shyne was featured as a part of last year’s Bad Boy Reunion tour via a pre-recorded performance of his classic “Bad Boys” hit.
His self titled album achieved platinum status and he has worked with several multi-platinum artists and producers such as Swiss Beatz and Kanye West, who produced the single “More or Less,” off Barrow’s 2004 album “Godfather Buried Alive.”
His two albums, 2000’s self-titled Shyne and 2004’s Godfather Buried Alive peaked at numbers 5 and 3 respectively on the Billboard Top 200 chart.