Reggae singer Warrior King says it was a bad situation that led to his fruitful partnership with Ill-Logical Linguistics, a hip-hop group out of Bermuda.
The pair collaborated on the hip-hop/reggae collaboration, I Know, which was released on May 31.
“I had issues with my visa when I tried to leave Bermuda after myself and Aaron Silk performed at a Bob Marley Tribute Concert in Bermuda last year February. I was forced to stay there for an additional week until my travel documents were sorted out,” the Virtuous Woman singer said in a press release.
Explaining the birth of the collaboration, I Know, Warrior King goes on to share “If it wasn’t for Aaron “Shortman” Carveezy, who took real good care of me while I was there, I don’t think I would have met Fatz and Craig [Ill-Logical Linguistics]. It created the start of a priceless friendship. Craig shared the beat for the song with me and it inspired me.”
So inspired was the singer, born Mark Dyer, that he penned the humble lyrics, used on the hook, while in Bermuda. Dyer’s melodious sound chants positive life lessons about the value of friendship, patience, making the best of bad situations and other philosophical messages.
Complimented by Joshua “Fatz” Simons’ hard hitting rap technique on the verse, I Know is a fusion of talent, genres and cultures showcasing the power of positivity.
Fatz, known to write his own music, is pleased with the partnership.
“He [Warrior King] is so inspiring. I have been listening to him since he first came out… We have plans to perform the song together on upcoming shows,” Fatz said.
Ill-Logical Linguistics will release a mixtape entitled Hung and Drunk Over, including more than 50 free songs, this summer. Craig Simons, the exclusive producer of the hip-hop, rapping duo, said the pair will continue to put out tracks that are not typical sounds for music lovers.
“I love reggae for the bass line but I always gravitate to hip-hop music because of the drums.
Reggae and hip-hop are similar but different. My goal is to create a sound that’s unique and not
out there. We have a lot more in the making,” said Simons.
Meanwhile, on the heels of a sold out performance at the Afro-Phingstein Festival in Winterthur, Switzerland on June 2, Warrior King became the first Jamaican singer to perform at the Sankofa Days Block Party in Buffalo, New York on June 11, part of the upcoming 42nd annual Juneteenth Festival.
At the event, Mayor of Buffalo, Byron Brown, proclaimed June 11 as Mark “Warrior King” Dyer Day.