77-Klash: A Positive Klash of Cultures


77-Klash _sept 24.JPGArtiste and producer 77 – Klash (pronounced two-seven clash) has put Jamaica on the global video game map as he is the only Jamaican artiste featured on Madden 08, the biggest selling video game in the world. Churning out his signature unique blend of dancehall and grime enabled 77 – Klash to not only make that historical mark, but also to dominate the reggae music scene in a big way.

Having produced smash rhythms like the "Scallawah Riddim" and underground hits like "Brooklyn Anthem," 77- Klash gives the credit for his hit musical flavor to the wide range of influences that he has been exposed to through family, friends, art and especially through music, that has played a significant role in his life.

A student of reggae dancehall and international music for as long as he can remember, 77 – Klash claims influences such as Yellow Man, Super Cat, Bob Marley, The Clash, Lil John, Notorious BIG, Count Ossie, Junior Reid and many more. Being inspired by such a wide range of music forms is what forces 77-Klash's eclectic style.

"My style of music is an amalgamation of sounds mixed up, passa passa, upfull and uplifting," 77-Klash explained. In 2007 his "Swarm Riddim," that contains heavy influences of electro-rock and old school dancehall, overpowered the scene. It features notable artistes like: Lutan Fyah, Idonia and Vybz Kartel.

Working with Rza, Dready, Cougar, Afu Ra, M1 (Dead Presidents), Matt Shadetek, Jahdan, Turbulence, Jah Mason, Norris Man, Kid Kurup and others has afforded 77-Klash much success over the years. He wants to continue in that same vein with both known and unknown artistes.

"I see my music opening up a lot of doors that have been held shut for a while now, I see my music providing a missing link in Jamaican music and pushing our music and culture forward," Klash expounded. He is now planning his next project that will be a completely original compilation album with artistes from Jamaica and abroad.