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  • Writer's pictureGuy Gillboa

In the name of dancehall: Rvssian fights to save its authenticity

With several popular releases in recent months, using his creative mind and identifying opportunities, the super-talented producer maintains Dancehall’s authenticity


Rvssian alongside Tommy Lee Sparta and Valiant, dancehall fighter? (Prod By Nick)


It seems like the super producer, Rvssian, is fighting to save the authenticity of dancehall. The producer/singjay has set sights on the goal of creating catchy beats and songs that preserve the genre’s particular sound that has captivated the world in the past decades.


In recent months, the 35-year-old producer has released several songs that have become particularly attractive in the local and global dancehall space. Most recently, he has been working with dancehall heavyweights such as Vybz Kartel, Tommy Lee Sparta and Shenseea, as well as trendy and hot prospects such as Valiant, Teejay, Jada Kingdom and 9ine (known as Ninecea).



With his extensive connections and exploits in the Jamaican, American & Latin markets, he has developed a lot of experience in the field of production with great success at his young age. Rvssian combines production between his own Label; Head Concussion Records, along with Rich Immigrants and has since built a partnership with the major American label, Interscope.


Rvssian (Born Tarik Johnston), during his production process, uses a notable sound to go along with his creative mind, as well as the ever-present Vybz Kartel intro tag, “Yo Rvssian” to reap significant rewards in the music industry. This was evident once again on one of his latest single with Tommy Lee Sparta, immediately after his release from prison, as he produced another viral song; 'Tic Tac Toe', which featured himself (Rvssian) as an artiste on the track, as well as current dancehall frontrunner Valiant. Also, in a creative fashion, Dancehall artiste Kemar Highcon, who also made controversial headlines with his felony charge in the US, collaborated with Rvssian for the single ‘Grand Theft Auto’ featuring Dancehall hitmaker, Teejay.



It's never a surprise when Rvssian releases projects with international superstars, as he is as formidable in that market as he is on the local scene. On the track, ‘Sixteen’, a triple collaboration between him and his longtime friend, dancehall legend, Vybz Kartel and the American rapper, Trippie Redd, he combines both cultures to create another viral masterpiece to add to his already super impressive resume.


His latest release, sees him linking up with rising talent, 9ine while in the US, to generate a bouncy track alongside dancehall female sensation, Jada Kingdom for the ‘Turn Me On’ collaboration, which has potential summer anthem written all over it. His ability to produce infectious beats mixed with the right energy and vibes is something that has propelled him years to conquer trending charts globally. sometimes he just adds some pop-influenced beats to generate success.



Rvssian rose to fame initially after working on numerous projects with Vybz Kartel including: ‘Life Sweet’ and ‘Jeans and Fitted’; as well as the global dancehall hit, ‘Pull Up To Mi Bumper’, featuring Konshens and the late J Capri.



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