BY KEVIN JACKSON—-
TEN years after collaborating with Buju Banton on the Can’t Be My Lover remix, American R&B singer-songwriter John Legend is again teaming with another dancehall artiste.
Legend has collaborated with on-the-rise deejay Stylez on Light Up the Night. Produced by Phat Boi, the track is due for release on February 3 via Blaze Entertainment Records.
In an exclusive interview with the Jamaica Observer, Stylez explained how the collab came about.
“Well, the management team that I’m currently putting together now has to definitely get all the credit for this coming to life. So, John is basically a big fan of our music and culture as you know from his previous collaboration with Buju, so this is no surprise that he is at it again. This time with a little twist, his people had reached out to my management team inquiring about the next big thing that will emerge from Jamaica on to the mainstream and at the same time I had got my manager to also seek out major collaborations for me as well. So, long story short, it’s right timing, great teamwork and perfect execution was the order of this coming into existence,” he said.
Stylez, whose real name is Sheldon Ellington, is from Portmore in St Catherine. Prior to relocating to Portmore, he resided in several areas including Grants Pen, Rollington Town, Nannyville, Stony Hill and Dunkirk in East Kingston.
He has been doing music professionally for the past 10 years.
“There is nothing new I can bring to music other than elaborative creativity. Like the saying goes, nothing is new under the sun so everything we hear and see has already been done. But to be politically correct and to answer your question, I’m bringing me, Stylez,” he said.
He is currently promoting the songs It’s a Pitty, Tic a Little and Wrong Energy.
Stylez recently performed at the LA Calibash Radio Fest in California alongside Latin artistes Farruko, Nicky Jam and Daddy Yankee.