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Busy Signal's New Single Will Get You 'High Like a Plane'

Hear the first single from the newly launched LargeUp Records.

Busy Signal's new song has us on a different kind of high.

"High Like a Plane" sees the artist singing about the bliss of a blunt, but it's the clean beat and bashment vibes that have us convinced.

Born and raised in Jamaica, Busy Signal is known for his dancehall-reggae sound which fuses electronic music with a distinctly Caribbean feel. His past work has included collaborations with Major Lazer and Tiwa Savage.


For "High Like a Plane," he worked with production squad Brukkout and notable hip hop engineer David Kennedy (Mos Def, The Notorious B.I.G., A Tribe Called Quest). The track was released by the newly formed LargeUp Records.

LargeUp Records launched last week, appropriately on 4/20, with the aim of bringing island music, arts and culture to the Caribbean and beyond. It comes from the same people that brought you LargeUp.com. "High Like a Plane" is the label's first release, and gives an exciting preview of a regional sound often underrepresented in the global music arena.

You can listen to Busy Signal's ganja-inspired track below. The single is available everywhere now from LargeUp Records.

Interview

A Candid Conversation With Olamide & Fireboy DML

We talk to the Nigerian stars about the hardest lessons they've learned, best advice they've ever been given and what Nigeria means to them.

Olamide and Fireboy DML have been working together for three years, but the first time they sit down to do an interview together is hours after they arrive in New York City on a promo tour.

It's Fireboy's first time in the Big Apple — and in the US — and the rain that's pouring outside his hotel doesn't hinder his gratitude. "It's such a relief to be here, it's long overdue," he tells OkayAfrica. "I was supposed to be here last year, but Covid stopped that. This is a time to reflect and refresh. It's a reset button for me."

Olamide looks on, smiling assuredly. Since signing Fireboy to his YBNL Nation label in 2018, he's watched the soulful young singer rise to become one of Nigeria's most talked-about artists — from his breakout single, "Jealous," to his debut album Laughter, Tears & Goosebumps, hit collabs with D.Smoke and Cuppy, and his sophomore release, Apollo, last year.

Even while he shares his own latest record, UY Scuti, with the world, Olamide nurtures Fireboy's career with as much care and attention as he does his own, oscillating between his two roles of artist and label exec seamlessly. His 2020 album Carpe Diem is the most streamed album ever by an African rap artist, according to Audiomack, hitting over 140 million streams. When Olamide signed a joint venture with US-based record label and distribution company, Empire, in February last year he did so through his label, bringing Fireboy and any other artist he decides to sign along for the ride, and establishing one of the most noteworthy deals on the continent.

Below, Olamide & Fireboy DML speak to OkayAfrica about their mutual admiration for each other, what makes them get up in the morning and how they switch off.

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