Too much negativity in the dancehall right now. The internationally renowned Million Stylez speaks out on his new single “Inna Di Dancehall”.
Two international veterans, both based in Sweden, get together on the new song ”Inna Di Dancehall”. The producer “Partillo”, who worked with artists such as Sean Paul, Yellowman and Chronixx. The artist Kenshin “Million Stylez” Iryo, the man behind the international mega hit ”Miss Fatty” who has also been touring the whole world for the last 15 years. The song is released by the Scandinavian reggae/dancehall label Rudeboy Records.
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The music reminds us of the late 90´s and early 2000´s hard hitting dancehall drums and monotone harmony, on top of this Million Stylez adress the topics of many of today´s dancehall lyrics.
– “There is too much slackness and negativity in contemporary music in general, from hiphop, dancehall to pop. Its all about acting stupid and doing extreme stuff like drinking til you drop, do drugs, have sex with whoever and whenever. That is what the youths are listening to today”, says Million Stylez.
– “I wanted to make a conscious song on a real dancehall riddim that you also can dance to, with an uplifting message without negativity, violence or degrading words about women.”
In the summer of 2005, Million reached the finals in Big Break arranged by Irie FM and Red Stripe. It is an annual talent competition for upcoming artists in Jamaica with more than 1,200 talented applicants. After live shows (in St. Elizabeth, Montego Bay and Kingston), TV and radio-interviews he ended up at an honorable fourth place. He was also the only non-jamaican that ever had participated in the competition until the year after when Natasja (Denmark) won first place.
Million Stylez big break came in 2006 with the mega hit ”Miss Fatty”, a cross-over song that even reached outside of the dancehall community. Today it has over 50 million streams on Spotify and 38 million views on Youtube. Remember that the song got released before even Spotify or Youtube existed.
– I made it available for free download on “MySpace” and asked everyone to help me spread the song. It later got released in Scandinavia, but never internationally. It was 100% organic, the ripple effect. Street promotion. Eventually it reached the dj community and took off, every urban club started to play the song and they still are unto this day.
– It has opened many doors for me. Even though “Miss Fatty” is way bigger than Million Stylez, I´m ok with that because it’s still my song.
A lot has happened since then. Musically, Million Stylez kept moving towards roots-reggae more and more. He has performed all over the world, mostly in Europe but also in Africa, South America, USA och Asia. Before the pandemic he did about hundred shows a year.
– After “Miss Fatty”, my music has become more mature and spiritual. I try to show my gratitude to God more. The lyrics are more about righteousness. More love simply put.
– Back then I wrote what jamaican artists talked about because I was still trying to find my style. I listened alot to jamaican dancehall so of course I got inspired by what they sang about. I still love dancehall music and culture but I want to deliver a different message.