After being wooed by “Love & Reggae” last summer, Collie Buddz is now ready to chase that paper. The Bermudian reggae star returns with his catchy new single “Bank,” which Billboard is exclusively premiering below.
Buddz effortlessly flows on the self-produced melody as he muses about his endless supply of money, while throwing in references to Olympic icon Usain Bolt and interpolating Busy Signal’s 2006 dancehall breakout “Step Out.” British rapper B Young and New Jersey’s own Russ also make appearances on the track as they each boast about their knack for hustling.
“Bank” is the latest taste of what’s to come on Hybrid, Buddz’s upcoming self-produced third album (out May 24). Also featuring artists like Tech N9ne and Dizzy Wright, the project follows 2017’s Good Life. Back in January, the singer catered to the ladies with the club-ready “Bounce It” alongside Grammy-nominated Ghanaian singer Stonebwoy.
“[Bank] might be my favorite song off of the upcoming Hybrid album. I love the way the record turned out but particularly enjoyed the creation process of how everything came together,” Buddz tells Billboard about the new single. “I produced the riddim and originally laid down the hook and two verses. Felt like something was missing so I reached out to B Young (one of my current favorite artists) via Instagram to add his touch. He responded immediately and blessed the track within a couple of days. His verse was so fire I decided to adjust my own verse and rearrange the song structure.
“A few months later Russ came by my Oakland studio to work on music, and I played him a few tracks from the album. Soon as he heard the beat he wrote and laid down his verse,” he continues. “We are both producers/engineers and it was refreshing to work with someone who knows their way around a studio like Russ. I remember laughing so hard my side hurting from all the jokes and thinking, ‘Did this really just happen?’ I’m really proud of this one and dedicate it to everyone out there working hard and handling business!”
Russ also comments: “Collie Buddz is a legend and has been one of my favorite artists for a long time. Bank was the first thing he played me the first night we met. I knew it was the one. His cadence and penmanship is unbelievable. B Young killed his verse too.”
Check out the “Bank” single, along with Buddz’s upcoming tour dates, below.
Collie Buddz Summer 2019 Tour
5.26.19 – California Roots (Monterey, CA)
6.23.10 – Les Schwab Amphitheater (Bend, OR)
6.27.19 – Outlaw Field at the Idaho Botanical Garden (Boise, ID)
6.28.19 – Cuthbert Amphitheater (Eugene, OR)
6.29.19 – Marymoor Amphitheater (Redmond, WA)
6.30.19 – KettleHouse Amphitheater (Missoula, MT)
7.12.19 – The Pacific Amphitheatre (Costa Mesa, CA)
7.13.19 – The Pacific Amphitheatre (Costa Mesa, CA)
7.31.19 – Metropolitan Opera House (Philadelphia, PA)
8.1.19 – Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion (Boston, MA)
8.2.19 – Maine Savings Pavilion at Rock Row (Portland, ME)
8.4.19 – Stone Pony Summer Stage (Asbury Park, NJ)
8.6.19 – Salvage Station (Asheville, NC)
8.8.19 – MECU Pavilion (Baltimore, MD)
8.9.19 – Red Hat Amphitheater (Raleigh, NC)
8.10.19 – Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater (Virginia Beach, VA)
8.11.19 – Brittlebank Park (Charleston, SC)
8.14.19 – St. Augustine Amphitheater (St. Augustine, FL)
8.15.19 – St. Augustine Amphitheater (St. Augustine, FL)
8.16.19 – Riverfront Park (Cocoa, FL)
8.24.19 – Red Rocks Amphitheater (Morrison, CO)
8.29.19 – Mesa Amphitheater (Mesa, AZ)
8.30.19 – The Beach at Mandalay Bay (Las Vegas, NV)
8.31.19 – The Beach at Mandalay Bay (Las Vegas, NV)
9.1.19 – Dry Diggings (Placerville, CA)