-says international recording artiste Warrior King
Since the May 31, 2017 release of the hip-hop/reggae collaboration ‘I Know’ by Bermuda’s Ill-Logical Linguistics featuring acclaimed reggae sensation Warrior King from Jamaica, the latter explains it was a bad situation which forged the beautiful partnership.
“I had issues with my visa when I tried to leave Bermuda after myself and Aaron Silk performed at a Bob Marley Tribute Concert in Bermuda last year February. I was forced to stay there for an additional week until my travel documents were sorted out,” says the ‘Virtuous Woman’ singer.
Explaining the birth of the collaboration ‘I Know’, Warrior King goes on to share “If it wasn’t for Aaron “Shortman” Carveezy, who took real good care of me while I was there, I don’t think I would have met Fatz and Craig [Ill-Logical Linguistics]. It created the start of a priceless friendship. Craig shared the beat for the song with me and it inspired me.”
So inspired was the singer, born Mark Dyer, that he penned the humble lyrics, used on the hook, while in Bermuda. Dyer’s melodious sound chants positive life lessons about the value of friendship, patience, making the best of bad situations and other relatable philosophical messages.
Complimented by Joshua “Fatz” Simons’ hard hitting rap technique on the verse, I Know is a fusion of talent, genres and cultures showcasing the power of positivity.
The single ‘I Know’ was produced and mixed by Fatz’ cousin Craig Simons’ I Vibes Productions, while Brian Lucy mastered the song for Magic Garden Mastering. The lyric video, released on Youtube, was produced by Black Sheep Media.
Fatz, known to write his own music, is pleased with the partnership. “He [Warrior King] is so inspiring. I have been listening to him since he first came out… We have plans to perform the song together on upcoming shows,” shares Fatz.
Popularly known for winning the Best Rap/Hip Hop category at the 2012 Hollywood Music in Media Award, for their song ‘Go Slow’, Ill-Logical Linguistics will release a mixtape entitled Hung and Drunk Over, including more than 50 free songs, this summer.
Craig Simons, the exclusive producer of the hip-hop, rapping duo, shares that Ill-Logical Linguistics will continue to put out tracks that are not typical sounds for music lovers.
“I love reggae for the bass line but I always gravitate to hip-hop music because of the drums. Reggae and hip-hop are similar but different. My goal is to create a sound that’s unique and not out there. We have a lot more in the making,” says Simons.
Meanwhile, on the heels of a sold out performance at the Afro-Phingstein Festival in Winterthur, Switzerland on June 2, Warrior King became the first Jamaican singer to perform at the Sankofa Days Block Party in Buffalo, New York on June 11, part of the upcoming 42nd annual Juneteenth Festival. At the event, Mayor of Buffalo, Byron Brown, proclaimed June 11 as Mark “Warrior King” Dyer Day.
With five studio albums: Virtuous Woman (2002); Hold the Faith (2005); Love is in the Air (2009); Tell Me How Me Sound (2011) and The Rootz Warrior (2016), among numerous singles; Warrior King will commence his European Festival Tour in July, followed by performances on the United States’ west coast which includes a performance at Reggae on the River on August 5.