Rob Diesel taps into reggae

September 09, 2016
Contributed Rob Diesel

Overseas-based reggae/dancehall artiste Rob Diesel is making strides in reggae/dancehall music under the guidance of iconic entertainer Spragga Benz.

The Philadelphia-born artiste, who grew up on reggae music among other genres, told THE WEEKEND STAR that he is drawn to music that serves a greater purpose.

Using Notorious B.I.G., Beanie Sigel, A Tribe Called Quest, Spragga Benz, Sean Paul, Damian Marley, Beenie Man and Bounty Killer as his musical influences, Rob began to pursue his music career in 2010 and made a name for himself as a rap artiste in Philly. However, it was reggae and dancehall that eventually won his full attention.

"Music was a part of my everyday life with the sounds of diverse genres. I grew up hooked on the music of hip-hop legends, reggae icons, Latin beats and classical composers. However, sounds with a purpose, like social commentary laid to reggae rhythms, had a strong impact on my development, as well as party beats, which are more uptempo," he said.

Rob Diesel's venture into the reggae world was assisted by mentor Spragga Benz, who co-produced some of his records, including his new single, Every Gyal. The record was released under Red Square Productions, operated by Spragga Benz, as well as Tallawah Records.

ENERGY

According to Diesel, who has released a video for the effort, he wanted to translate the energy of the song into images.

"I really wanted to shoot the video in Miami, but I had two trips to Miami already, with a full schedule. We had to capture style and try to translate the songs vibes into a visual without the scenery I really saw. So I called two young ladies with different styles, and we just touched road. All of it was fun," he said.

The artiste also released another single titled My Love, which he will be promoting simultaneously with Every Gyal.

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