Blessed to release new EP | Entertainment

Reggae artiste Blessed has put his heart and soul into his latest body of work, New To You. Produced by his own Iron Balloon Records, the EP officially drops on May 30.

“This EP was inspired by the pandemic and current events. Music is essential and is needed in these unpredictable circumstances,” the artiste explained. Completed in six months, the nine-track EP features contributions from Grammy-winning producer Walshy Fire, The Expanders and Smoke Shop Studios. The songs feature a mix of reggae and dancehall.

“I expect it to go as far as the universe allows! I believe great music lives forever, there is no timeline or limit on its success,” he said. The artiste gave a taste of what’s to come with the release of the first single, Black Man.

Current state of black people

“The inspiration to write Black Man came from the current state of black people around the world. It seems as if the justification for killing us is us killing ourselves,” he stated.

Currently based in Canada, the Jamaica-born artiste has been in the industry for over 30 years. His past releases include the mixtapes G.C.P., Love, Shelved and Blessed Meets Irie, which were released in 1997, 2001, 2008 and 2020, respectively. His self-titled album, Blessed, was released in 2010.

“My music is message-based; it’s strongly influenced by Bob Marley, Dennis Brown and Super Cat, to name a few. It always tells a story,” he explained.

Other than the new EP, Blessed has a host of projects and appearances in the pipeline.

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