By Jack Barnes
One of modern reggae music’s most prolific artists, Collie Buddz has shared his latest Mary Jane-inspired anthem, “Wake and Bake.” Joined by HBK Gang’s leader Iamsu! and Taylor Gang rapperBerner, the 420-friendly hit is the first single from an upcoming compilation album, General Hydroponics Vol. 2, which is set to release on Oct. 30th. The song debuted via Billboard, who noted that it’s “a catchy track that guarantees you’ll only have one thing on your mind while listening to it.” Airy synths and fat bass licks combine with verses that feel as refreshing as a sip from your early morning coffee, or as smooth as a pull from a fresh-cleaned piece. “Two sugars and a wake and bake,” echoes Buddz. Enjoy this audio stream below after the jump.
Billboard talked to Buddz about the track and he said at first he had a familiar face in mind for the track. “At first I sent the song to Wiz (Khalifa) thinking it would be a perfect fit,” he explained, “but then I got a call from Iamsu! who heard the rhythm and immediately laid down his verse. We still felt that something was missing and enlisted Berner to finish it off for us.”
“Wake & Bake” follows Collie Buddz’ recently released Blue Dreamz EP, which debuted at #3 on Billboard’s Reggae Album Charts. As he explained to The FADER, the EP is a product of a visit to Jamaica where he focused on “getting back to the roots, that raw Reggae sound.” Buddz’ homage to the original Reggae sounds shine through in tracks like the EP’s fist single “Like Yuh Miss Me” or the crowd-bumping track “Go Hard.” That reggae vibe is embellished with features from hip-hop vets Riff Raff andSnoop Dogg, bringing their own talents into the mix.
Known for his demanding tour schedule, Collie Buddz has spent the past few years supporting the likes of Cypress Hill, Rebelution, and Matisyahu, and still has dates until the end of this year through 2016. You can get tickets for any of his shows.
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