JAY-Z has released his highly anticipated new album 4:44 which features a banger single with reggae artiste Damian Marley.
Jay’s visit to Jamaica earlier this month bears the track “Bam” produced by American producer No I.D. which samples reggae singer Sister Nancy. The song has the potential to become a Billboard hit. Stream a preview of the album below or the full track here.
“The song ‘Bam’ with Damian Marley, it’s just jammin’, it’s just like the song,” Jay explains during an exclusive interview on iHeartRadio where he broke down the stories behind the each of the 10 tracks on 4:44. “But it’s secretly Shawn Carter saying, ‘Man, you need a bit of ego.’ It was because of me and the things that I’ve done, this is JAY-Z saying you needed a bit of ego for us to arrive at this point.”
Contains elements from “Bam” are performed by Sister Nancy, written by Winston Riley and Ophlin Russell. The song also contains elements of the song “Tenement Yard” performed by Jacob Miller, written by Jacob Miller and Roger Lewis.
Marley is currently on a European tour and focusing on his forthcoming album Stony Hill to be released worldwide on July 21.
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“We did some work in the studio recently and he wanted to come to Jamaica to get a tour of the place,” Marley told Billboard over the phone days after he was pictured with Jay in Tuff Gong Studios. “He’s been to Jamaica before, but never Kingston. So he wanted to come down to Kingston and asked us if we could have been there to show him around and give him a tour musically, in terms of our history in Kingston.”