Sean Paul Praises the legendary King Addies
Updated: Dec 17, 2022
Sean Paul, Praises the legendary King Addies
Sean Paul's Dutty Rock album recently turned 20, and while he was in NYC celebrating the milestone he paused to acknowledge where his story overlaps with the legendary King Addies legacy.
Established in Brooklyn NY in 1983, King Addies has a proven, 40-year niche of being an influential and integral springboard platform for emerging Jamaican talent, going all the way back to the 80's era when mainstream radio didn't spin Reggae Dancehall.
Their story encompasses the early beginnings, early career milestones, and the story of so many legends, icons, selectors, sounds, artists, producers, influencers, culture curators, and game changers. From iconic selectors and producers like Danny Dread and BabyFace, to artists like Sean Paul, Bounty Killer, Beenie Man, Buju Banton, as well a slew of who's who artists whom went on to become international music legends.
King Addies, Brooklyn Giants
A music dynasty built on the foundation of family and friends, the legacy of this prolific collective of owner, managers, producers, engineers and selectors is multi-generational and also includes the sound system production set up for Lauryn Hill's "Killing Me Softly" music video; the sound system production set up for Doug E Fresh and Likkle Vicious' "Freaks" music video; production and promotion of Sean Paul's first ever show in New York City and so much more.
Also respected for their mammoth catalog of custom-commissioned song recordings, the tastemakers are internationally revered for mashing up mainstream genres like R&B and/or Hip Hop with Reggae Dancehall. Artistic milestones include: the production of Nas' first ever dabble in reggae dancehall on their "Don't Hate Addies" dubplate (a play on the iconic "Hate Me Now" Hip Hop banger); likewise for The Fugees, Snoop Dogg, Raekwon, Ol' Dirty Bastard, Black Rob, Anita Baker, McFadden & Whitehead, along with a vast library of iconic reggae, dancehall dub plate productions developed during the sound's earlier years, which continues on today.
Gearing up to kick off a year-long (2023), commemorative series of digital activations and events in celebration of their 40th Anniversary, King Addies recently debuted their “Blessed” Pandora playlist in Dec 2022, highlighting buzzy Reggae Dancehall picks.
Celebrating their 40th anniversary
The legendary sound also launched the TruMoneyMusiq record label in 2020 to give Jamaica's current crop of talent access to the American music arena in today's music climate. Working and releasing music with various young artists and producers in Jamaica, King Addies keeps their 4-decade niche thriving in projects like their "Antics" song release with newcomer Marksman whose music video recently hit 1 million YouTube streams and is blazing full steam ahead.
King Addies was the first to bring Sean Paul to New York City, very early in his career, and facilitated a 2-week introduction tour in the region.
Watch Sean Paul share the details on his early career King Addies story here