Often, when dancehall hits arrive in New York, they've already spent months fermenting in the West Indies. That wasn't the case for "Hold Yuh, the ping and snare mega-track voiced by Jamaican loveman Gyptian that was born and popularized in Brooklyn. "Hold Yuh" was crafted by Ricky Blaze, an East Flatbush-born boy wonder (his first pan-neighborhood anthem, "Cut Dem Off", hit when he was 19) who's produced genre defying dance records for Jazmine Sullivan, Chelley, Major Lazer and Vybz Kartel. Blaze's new My Name is Ricky Blaze EP is out now on Atlantic. We talked to him about picking songs apart, the evolution of dancehall's production flow in the internet age and how good it feels to create cool, mellow-vibed pop for other people.
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