Sizzla and Damon Dash are the same, but different - "I'm not changing



Sizzla is one of Reggae's most prolific artists. For more than 10 years, he's consistently dropped socially conscious Dancehall albums, without shying away from his Rastafarian beliefs.

So, when he decided to pair up with Hip-Hop's Damon Dash Group, people might have thought he lost his way. But Sizzla says it was a perfect union.

"Well, Damon is of a different culture, but we're from the same nation and the same nation has been through slavery and servitude so it's just we must get an overstanding and know what we're doing now," he explains.

"I'm not changing, Sizzla remains the same, you know what I mean? It's like having Damon there just pulling the links same way with people he had known for a long time, introducing them to Sizzla, introducing Sizzla to them it helps, you know what I mean? You never know what you could get out of the pipeline."

The word "overstanding" means to understand something to the highest degree. Not coincidentally, Sizzla's new album is called The Overstanding.

"The youths were there and they were saying, 'Dada, you should try get a link with Puffy, you should try get a link with Jay-Z,' and they say, 'Dada when I'm in prison, I listen to your song and your song teaches me a whole lot, it let me overstand what life is,' you know what I mean? So, I say this album is The Overstanding."

Don't let Sizzla's gentle vocals on the album's lead single, Take Myself Away, fool you - the lyrics remain as powerful as ever: "You're still taking what's not yours/You're greedy though you got more... Thought you were my friend I give a helping hand/You proved to be my enemy/I can't even truss anyone/I got to take myself away."

"It's just showing you that you're doing good, but you have haters also, and you're still helping them and they're still bringing you down," Sizzla says. "If you try to retaliate with ignorance or some brute force it could end you up in prison. So the best thing is just to step away from it."

Sizzla concludes that he works well with Dash because it's all the same music, "just a different pattern."

"I could still freestyle praises to Jah man on a hip-hop beat; there's something inside it, you know," he says.

"If we could just blend the two music, get the culture together, educate the youths of the world and let them know to step forth man, don't hold back... We're here to teach Damon and them, you know what I mean? It makes no sense, Bob come sing, come unite, Africa unite and we not united. We need to start somewhere, you know what I mean? So I step out and start somewhere. I'm not doing anything bad."