Kickraux has our vote for breakout dancehall deejay and producer of 2015. Since we last covered the Jamaican artiste, he was busy playing festivals and working on new projects. As we well know, his Jamaican roots run deep and are an integral part of his sound. He is not afraid to take risks when pushing the boundaries of dancehall/reggae, which has spearheaded the motion of his success in 2015.
His breakout mix was this summer’s banger, “Nobody Has To Know,” mixed in conjunction with Major Lazer. The hypnotic song, sung by Atlantic Record’s reggae artist Kranium featuring rapper Ty Dolla $ign, reached number 14 for reggae song of the year on Audiomack, and number three on iTunes most downloaded reggae song for 2015. The combination was so juicy, like a fresh pineapple (Raux’s favorite fruit & signature symbol). Why the pineapple you ask? It is on the Jamaican Coat of Arms, so he uses the piña to represent his roots. An ode to his island culture.
The fruits of his labor are paying off, as his collaborations and mashups continuously topp the charts. He recently mixed “Light it Up” with his talented side kick from Germany, EFF3CTS. The song was originally produced by Major Lazer, but Raux and his crew’s remix has gotten nuff additional love around the globe.
Working with Walshy Fire of Major Lazer has been a dream come true for Raux, and the feeling of admiration seems to be mutual; as Major Lazer has been essential in solidifying Raux’s name in the electronic-dance music scene. His single, “Ganja Man,” recently premiered on 95.7 KISS FM’s Fresh Friday show in San Diego. Then his mixtape, “Shabba Raux,” was selected as number three on LargeUp’s Toppa Top ’15 Caribbean Mixes of the Year. Raux has also been working closely with DJ Khaled on a new project, we are patiently waiting for. Are you convinced when we say it has been a great 2015 for Raux? We are.
Recently, his record label Future Dancehall signed an eclectic mix of artists and deejays to fill an already interesting roster. One artist we are excited for is Ras-I, who’s conscious sound will be delivering a roots reggae influence to the label. Raux is also currently finishing up his EP, which will include collaborations with other dancehall artists, deejays and producers. This too will be released by his label, Future Dancehall.
Raux lives for cross genre collaborations and enjoys pushing the limits of global music, and dancehall in particular. His desire to spread island culture is what has made the world stop and take notice in 2015. We are looking forward to his new endeavors in 2016 as we continue to catch up with his busy 2015.
Enjoy Raux’s current reggae mashup here on KingstontoLA., and ring in the holidays with some fresh island roots vibes.
Photos courtesy of @kickraux on Instagram