NEW MIXTAPE: @JaijHollands - IRAYMENTAL
Earlier this month we saw the arrival of rising Afrobeats star, Jaij Hollands, brand new mixtape 'IRAYMENTAL'. Jaij has seen his art level up, and go from height to height and, with this new body of work, it looks like his name is going to grow even more.
The talented artist is a part of London’s 'IRAY Movement' and a key member of the flourishing UK Afrobeats and Bashment scene, Jaij Hollands has come a long way since dropping his well received single ‘PINGA’ which has collected an impressive 700K views. All from his own independent platform. Now the young artist releases his first mixtape ‘IRAYMENTAL’ through NVA Music, alongside the long awaited visuals for his banger ‘Ngozi' which features Samini.
With ‘Ngozi’, Jaij delivers a trademark floor filler showcasing his unique flow and deep, dancehall driven vocals which are expertly delivered over the beat which also saw him showcase his talents as a producer.
Jaij informed us that it was a natural choice for 'Ngozi' to be the lead single;
“Ngozi is the only song on the album which has 3 producers on it; myself, Mundo and MB. It has elements of dancehall, bashment and afrobeats, so to me, I think it really stands out that way - The whole video is based around the message in the chorus 'looking for the fine baby girl called Ngozi' the rest is the mandems creativity.”
1. Still Werkin ft. Tim Westwood
3. Genesis ft. GB
4. Give It To Baba 3000
5. My Story
11. All To Me
12. Thinkin That
16. Confidence ft. Naira Marley
17. Ngozi ft. Samini
18. Obaa Yaa ft. Tim Westwood
As Afrobeats inspired music continues to grow in the UK, a new breed of dynamic, hungry young producers and MC's have been honing a sound which mixes elements of Bashment, Dancehall, UK Rap and Grime into their own brand of music. This sound has taken the nation by storm, and all stems from the roots of Bashment and Dancehall which Jaij sounds so comfortable on,
Following the release of the critically acclaimed compilation album ‘MOVES’, curated by Afro B which features at the heart of the flourishing scene, including Jaij Holland’s ‘Gbelemo’, it’s an exciting time for all those involved as Jaij describes:
“Afrobeats as a whole is growing and the African influence on music and pop culture is really great to see. I'm inspired by the scene here in UK also and that motivates me and the team to push on and to make the dream work.”
If you haven't done so already then make sure you check out the 'IRAYMENTAL' mixtape from Jail Hollands below.