Bunji Garlin, the 37 year old soca singer whose 2013 single “Differentology” became one of the genre’s few crossover successes (he even played Hot 97’s landmark hip-hop festival Summer Jam), is on his way to more intergenre accolades with a little help from fellow Trinidadian artist Jillionaire — best known as one third of dance powerhouse Major Lazer.
Together, along with New York producer Richie Beretta, they’ve come together for brand-new single “Television” (premiered exclusively on Billboard below). The edgy, soca/hip-hop/dance hybrid tune features Bunji showing off a flow that might inspire a little nostalgia: “It kinda reminds me of something Flipmode Squad might have done,” Garlin tells Billboard. Similarly, Jillionaire describes the song’s ragga vibe as “in the Busta Rhymes [who is cited in the lyrics]/Fu-Schnickens attitude of the late ’90s.”
“As a soca artist, doing these kinds of things isn’t considered normal — but I’m ready to have some fun with it,” Bunji adds. “I’ve been a fan of Bunji’s freestyling since the first time I saw him perform, back in the early 2000s. We wanted to make a song that showcased his lyrical approach,” Jillionaire says of the collaboration.
Listen to “Television” below, and look for a seven-song Feel-Up Records (Jillionaire’s label) EP by the two artists to drop this summer.