Monkey Marc Presents No Surrender
No Surrender is a ragga hip hop EP by Melbourne producer Monkey Marc. Recorded in Kingston, Jamaica with reggae and dancehall legends as well as artists from the burgeoning ‘reggae revival’ movement, Monkey Marc combines the sounds of Jamaican reggae with classic hip hop production.
The title track, ‘No Surrender’ featuring Sizzla, Capleton and Fantan Mojah (with additional production by Australian reggae producer Mista Savona) is the first release from the project. With an energetic and unrelenting music video featuring some of the top dancehall dance crews in Jamaica, the single has received close to one million views in a week.
The track begins with Capleton chanting down Babylon and Fantan Mojah welcoming the listener to ‘the streets of the tough life’. The track takes its name from Fantan’s impassioned vocals declaring, ‘To survive in the streets, them ask how we do it? We tell them, No surrender, no retreat!” Sizzla voices a war-cry for the poor and oppressed in Jamaica, as he calls on both the young and old to stand up and ‘make your life better’, encouraging his Jamaican community to stay positive, work hard and find a way out of poverty and sufferation.
In an era of throwaway digital production throughout the modern music industry, Monkey Marc’s production stands out for its analog studio quality, hearkening back to the classic sound of golden era hip hop and the raw energy of 90s dancehall. No Surrender was produced on an MPC3000 and an ATC1 analog synthesizer, and tracked through a vintage BBC broadcast mixing console.
No Surrender is the first riddim release off the Soundclash Inna Kingston Town full-length album, slated for release in late 2017. Other artists on the album include Iba Mahr, Dre Island, Ninja Man, Turbulence, Lutan Fyah, Prince Allah and more.
01 No Surrender feat. Sizzla, Capleton, Fantan Mojah & Mista Savona
02 Babylon Days feat. Capleton
03 Blessed feat. Sizzla
04 In the street feat. Fantan Mojah
05 Homelessness feat. Spring Wata
06 Mosquito feat. Jah Thunder
07 Riddim version feat. Mista Savona
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