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Murda She Wrote: August 2023

Summer never ends with hot new tracks from Mýa & Bounty Killer, Rvssian & Byron Messia, Trippie Redd & Tommy Lee Sparta, and Armanii, Kranium & Dj Mac.

The end of August typically means summertime is almost over, but don’t believe the hype. The reggae and dancehall season is just reaching its pinnacle — and when you’re living in the moment, as the Trini soca stars Kes once sang, “summer cyah done.” If you missed London’s Notting Hill Carnival this year, TIDAL has you covered. And with Brooklyn’s Labor Day Parade just around the corner, the party doesn’t stop. Here at MSW, we’re all about that new new, so let’s go ahead and press play without delay. What better time than right now?

Mýa & Bounty Killer


Ever since she burst onto the scene as a teenage star in the late ’90s, Mýa has proven that her creative versatility knows no limits. From R&B to hip-hop to pure pop, she can do it all — collaborating over the years with the likes of JAY-Z, ODB, Dru Hill and Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim and P!nk. With her latest independent release, Mýa reminds us that she’s just as comfortable singing her heart out — and wining up her body — in the dancehall.

“Jamaica is like my second home at this point,” the singer told me while passing through TIDAL’s NYC office earlier this month. She certainly looks right at home in the sensuous new video for “Whine,” which features her first-ever collaboration with the Dancehall General, Bounty Killer. “So come and catch a vibe,” she sings. “Flex on me, don’t get shy / Flow with the rhythm and desire.” And Mýa knows how to ride the riddim, because she isn’t new to this. Back in 2000, she connected with Beenie Man on “Girls Dem Sugar,” an irresistibly fresh Neptunes production that hit the charts in the U.S. and the U.K.

If you’re familiar with our Fine Wine playlist, then you know that most dancehall fans appreciate a good wine — and not the kind you pour in a glass. “Wine is a cultural dance in Jamaica,” Mýa explains. “Caribbean culture, it’s all about good vibes and togetherness. There’s a sense of family and a sense of freedom. I come from a choreographed career, so on this one I just wanted to feel loose and natural. I hope that the video captures those real vibes authentically.”

But let’s get to the wine! “Wining is very sensual,” Mýa elaborates. “It’s very sexy. And you know, it involves some hip movements and gyrating, but also isolation. You can cast spells with the wine.” Read More

TIDAL ARTICLE | August 30, 2023 by Reshma B

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