Sunday 20 September, 2020

Protoje taps Popcaan for second single off upcoming album

Protoje's second release and video off his upcoming album, In Search of Lost Time, features dancehall star Popcaan.

"Like Royalty," produced by Ziah and Winta James, tells Protoje’s story of struggle to triumph and highlights the people in his life who have helped him along the way.

In addition to Popcaan, the Storm Saulter directed visual has cameos from In.Digg.Nation Collective artists’ Sevana and Lila Iké and its affiliate Jaz Elise.

"The song is about letting my people know that as long as I’m healthy and strong, they have nothing to worry about,” Protoje says. “Popcaan was the only person I would have featured on this song - it was him or nobody.  I knew his voice would be the perfect compliment and I think he is a great songwriter and storyteller so it was awesome to hear him tell his story about where he came from,” he said.

Popcaan was happy to collaborate on the song.

He said: "Me always a represent for the ghetto youths and want them to strive in life so this is just one of them song we push that message. Nuff struggles we go through but we make it out and we a live like royalty."

Protoje's upcoming album, his fifth studio album is on the heels of his first GRAMMY nomination for Best Reggae Album in 2019 for A Matter Of Time, his first riddim production Rock & Groove, a recent guest feature on Alicia Keys' "Underdog" remix and a major label record deal partnership with his label and artist management company In.Digg.Nation Collective and RCA Records in 2020.

Protoje from Like Royalty video. Photo: Storm Saulter

In Search of Lost Time is a pivotal moment of reflection for Protoje.

While he has enjoyed independent success that yielded international fanfare for over a decade, Protoje’s latest studio effort takes a deep look at his personal and professional evolution as a man, a father, and an artist. The title itself is an homage to the early 1900s Marcel Proust french novel about remembering the past.

The forthcoming album is a marked departure from his previous releases and showcases a wider range of collaborations with balanced display of musicianship.

The "reggae revival" contemporary colors outside the lines for a cinematic, multi-genre, stadium level LP.

Hip Hop and reggae has always heavily influenced his sound, but he raises the bar by merging these two worlds with a variety of key players on both sides.

Protoje co-produces many of the tracks, and he also taps Supa Dups (the multi-platinum producer behind timeless songs for Drake, Bruno Mars, Nicki Minaj and John Legend), his resident beatsmith Winta James, Jamaica’s go-to hit-maker Stephen “Di Genius” McGregor and more.

Vocalists from Wiz Khalifa, Koffee, Popcaan and Lila Iké also join in on this razor-sharp diverse 10-track release. Protoje shared the album's first reveal "Same So,"  on July 16.

In Search of Lost Time is available for pre-order today, August 6 and will be released worldwide on August 28 via In.Digg.Nation Collective / Six Course / RCA Records.

Get the latest local and international news straight to your mobile phone for free: