Rolling Stone Speaks with Snow on the Return of “Informer”, Daddy Yankee & New Music
In the tell-all article, Canadian MC teases first album in 17 years and explains how his 1992 hit “Informer” got a second life in Daddy Yankee’s “Con Calma.”
Iconic Canadian reggae artist, Snow recently sat down with Rolling Stone to discuss his recent resurgence in the music industry and the unforgettable 1992 single that started it all, “Informer”.
When no one was looking, “Informer” — with its pumping beat, spit-fire patois and “licky boom-boom down” hook — has refused to go away. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler danced to it in the 2015 comedy Sisters, Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon included it in one of their “History of Rap” medleys on The Tonight Show, and Drake sang a portion of it during a recent Juno Awards tribute to Canadian music… – Rolling Stone
Last year Snow made his return to music with Radikal Records as he celebrated the 25th anniversary of the release of “Informer”. Snow teamed up with the award winning London-based production group, Audiofreaks, for a completely new and re-worked recording of his worldwide #1 hit with, simply titled “Informer 2018”. The music video has racked up nearly 2 million views on YouTube and was supported with the release of 6-track exclusive remix package, ‘Informer 2018 (Remixes)’.
Watch the video for “Informer 2018 (Audiofreaks Mix)” below:
Despite the massive success of “Informer 2018,” the hit song took on an entirely new life this year with Daddy Yankee’s monster hit, “Con Calma”. A Spanish-language remake of “Informer,” “Con Calma” also features what Yankee calls “a surprise factor,” newly recorded parts by Snow himself. The song has hit #1 on various charts, with the music video now at over 875 Million views on YouTube and over 400 Million streams on Spotify alone. Last week Daddy Yankee and Katy Perry performed a remixed version of the song together on the American Idol finale.
“I wanted to pay tribute to the classic,” Daddy Yankee says, “and the best way to do that was to bring the man who made it.”
“When I heard it, I got chills,” Snow, who will turn 50 later this year, says of the original “Con Calma” record. “I said, ‘Let’s see if this can pass the original,’ and then I looked at the views on YouTube and was like, ‘Holy shit, no joke!’” – via Rolling Stone
Watch the official video for “Con Calma” below:
Written by Snow, M.C. Shan, and Edmond Leary, “Informer” was the lead single from Snow’s debut album, 12 Inches of Snow, which sold over 8 million records worldwide and was certified RIAA Platinum in the U.S. and CRIA Triple Platinum in Canada. The infectious Nineties Classic “Informer” made U.S. history in the Guinness Book of World Records as the best-selling and the highest-charting reggae single ever. The song’s enduring popularity has continued from 1994, where Snow won a Juno Award for Best Reggae Recording, to 2017, when he received a SOCAN Lifetime Achievement Award.
Snow ended his interview with Rolling Stone hinting at a new album, which would be his first LP in nearly two decades. He says he has 60 to 70 tracks finished or in the works, including collaborations with Fat Joe and other hip hop acts, plus a few reggaeton cuts.
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