When crafting an anthem that is so big it rings out from Kingston to New York City, it helps to enlist lyrical heavyweights. Major Lazer’s Walshy Fire was asked to curate the soundtrack for the highly anticipated ski film BE Inspired and the recently released title-track features an explosive collaboration between Raekwon (of the Wu-Tang Clan) and Jamaica’s Kabaka Pyramid. The film is directed by Eric Iberg and has been in the making for the past 23 years. It is slated to finally release sometime in Fall 2016 and Inspired Media put together a must-watch trailer explaining the project’s backstory. But for hip-hop and reggae fans the film’s soundtrack is said to consist of ten original tracks that bring together American rappers with Jamaican artists.
If the title-track is any indication of what’s to come, Walshy Fire appears to have cooked up an early contender for the year’s most exciting reggae release. The Major Lazer DJ tapped Phillip “Winta” James to produce the break-heavy riddim that both artists toast over with ease. James is the mastermind behind Protoje’s Ancient Future album and is one of Jamaica’s most consistent producers as of late. “Be Inspired” draws heavily on the interplay between the drum and horn sections giving the instrumental a bit of a Caribbean carnival feel.
The riddim eventually makes space for Raekwon’s gritty New York flow and his bars are a strong testament that the 46-year-old rapper is still a lyrical force to be reckoned with. Rae teamed up with both Jr. Reid and Assassin (aka Agent Sasco) in the past so he is no stranger to working with dancehall artists. Kabaka compliments his style nicely with melodic patois and the vocals work so well together that reggae fans are left wondering why this collaboration did not happen sooner.
Be sure to check out the track by clicking the image at the top of the page and be on the look out for more songs from the soundtrack to release as the year goes on.