DJ Frass Sees “No Limit” for Dancehall in 2021

Moyann & Shenseea Power The New Sunroof Riddim

“Artists like Koffee and Shenseea are opening the door for younger artists like myself,” says rising dancehall star Moyann, who covers the March edition of Tidal’s Murda She Wrote dancehall column by Reshma B. “Everything starts from somewhere.” It’s been three years since Moyann first broke onto the scene as a fresh-faced teenager, but she’s been on her musical journey for a lot longer than that. “This has always been a passion for me, from a tender age,” Moyann tells Reshma B. “I’d always be singing in the mirror, visualizing myself as an artist, performing in front of my mom, my sister, my dad.” In 2018 the Montego Bay native borrowed her sister’s phone and recorded a video of herself spitting lyrics while playing a riddim on her own phone. Thankfully she didn’t overthink anything and DM’d the homemade demo to producer DJ Frass. “I was like, ‘OK, I’m just gonna send it and if it happens, it happens.’” Frass soon hit her back and the rest is history. Her latest song, a massively catchy collab with Shenseea, lifts Moyann to a new level and defies the narrative that female artists don’t support one another. “Haters vex ca’ me bless but me nah stress,” the girls sing. “Me have one live fe live and me nah have one fuck fi give.” Say it louder, girls! Audio & Video After The Jump…

“It has been great, honestly,” Moyann says in her Murda She Wrote cover story. “[T]hat was the first time I was ever going into a studio. Getting it right was a challenge, but it’s really a great experience.” Songs like “Fren Dem Good”  and “Bruck Pocket Man” featuring Teejay helped to cement Moyann’s name as a rising star. Her emergence has arrived at a great moment for female dancehall artists, with Koffee becoming both the youngest artist and the first woman to win a Grammy for Best Reggae Album in 2020. “I’m really happy for her,” Moyann says. “I definitely think the females in dancehall are doing extremely good.”

The Moyann and Shenseea track leads off the brand new Sunroof Riddim produced by Grammy-winning Billboard hitmaker DJ Frass, known for his collabs with a galaxy of Jamaican stars including Morgan Heritage, I-Octane, Mavado, Alkaline, and Sean Paul to name a few. “There is no limit for this riddim,” says Frass. “Sunroof has that dancehall bounce with that international flavor. Every song on this juggling could be released as a single.” The lineup boasts a range of top-shelf talents, ranging from Govana to Teejay and Tarrus Riley. “In general I don’t have a problem voicing artists in terms of what they’re gonna come with. They know how me stay already. When they’re voicing on a DJ Frass riddim they have to do their best. Big Up every artist who voice on the riddim, and we have a couple more who voice already but fi them tune tune nah release yet,” says Frass, mentioning names like Intence and African dancehall star Shatta Wale. All if you go to the best barber shop in Jamaica you can’t get tha lineup yah.”

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