SIGNS WITH EASTSYDE RECORDS/RCA RECORDS
SOLD OUT LONDON SHOW AT O2 FORUM
Today, 24-year-old emerging Jamaican dancehall artist Skillibeng releases his new track “Whap Whap” featuring F.S. via EastSyde Records/RCA Records. The track’s infectious beat and chorus are highlighted in his new visual that also dropped today alongside the announcement of Skilli’s signing to EastSyde Records and RCA Records. Skillibeng is set to perform his first London show, which sold out within minutes, at the O2 Forum on April 2nd.
RCA SVP, A&R, Skane Dolla, the heads of EastSyde Records, Romaine McFarlene and Tajay Edwards, and the heads of BPureSounds, Sylvia Coleman and Ali Niaz, along with Skillibeng offer the following about his signing.
SVP, A&R, RCA Records, Skane Dolla:
“I was familiar with Skillibeng prior to meeting him in Jamaica, but once I met him, I knew right away that Skilli was a ‘MUST SIGN’ for RCA. Working with Skillibeng in the studio and observing his musical range, alongside his other A&R’s (Karl and Tariq), confirmed his potential to be a global star. His talent, style and sound are unique and dynamic, and I’m excited to collaborate with Skilli on this next phase of his career.”
Principals of EastSyde, Romaine McFarlene and Tajay Edwards:
“Skilli is family and we’re sharing an amazing journey with him. We always knew he had the ability to achieve global attention and we’re really proud that he’s now showing the world that Jamaica is the birthplace of the most vibrant sounds around today. We were very excited when our international business partners BPureSounds connected us to RCA, who really understood our vision for Skilli and shared our beliefs. We think that with them as our label partners, Skilli is really going to shine a global spotlight on Jamaican music. Music is our life so we’re putting in the work.”
Principals of BPureSounds (Manage Skillibeng and EastSyde’s International Business), Sylvia Coleman and Ali Niaz:
“It was fundamental to us to help Skilli and EastSyde find the right global platform for Skilli’s music and choosing RCA was a no brainer. In addition to showing huge commitment towards Skilli and massive determination to achieve global success for him, Sylvia had worked for Sony for a large part of her career and knew they would deliver. We’re looking forward to a really busy period ahead with lots of new music, several international shows already booked and currently making plans to be in the US and Canada very soon.”
Skillibeng: “I’m thrilled to have signed with RCA Records and have their global support. I have a wonderful team working with me under the leadership of Peter Edge and it’s a true pinnacle of my career to have their commitment and belief.”
Born Emwah Warmington in St. Thomas, Jamaica, Skillibeng grew up the rural town of Lysson and now resides in Bull Bay near Jamaica’s music hub, Kingston. He always loved music, but never pursued it fully; he worked a 9-5 job until he one day he was in a major car accident and came out unscathed. Seeing it as a sign, Skillibeng decided to jump into the music scene full force and had his first major breakthrough with his single “Brik Pon Brik” in October 2019. Following that hit, Skillibeng continuously dropped music, including popular tracks “Coke” and “Crocodile Teeth.” His discography includes his Prodigy EP released in August 2019, 35-track mixtape The Prodigy released in December 2020 and an alternate version of the previous project titled The Prodigy: Ladies Only Edition released in May 2021. Most recently, he released the album Crocodile Teeth, available now on all platforms – click here to listen. It features the remix of hit track “Crocodile Teeth” featuring Bobby Shmurda and has other major feature artists including Popcaan and Rich The Kid. With the addition of “Whap Whap” to his discography and more to come, Skillibeng is ready to push dancehall into the mainstream music space and give the genre the shine it deserves.
Check out “Whap Whap” featuring F.S. out now and stay tuned for more from Skillibeng coming soon.
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