Troublemekka Music releases ‘Hands Up’
Hands Up, a collaboration between Beenie Man and Singer J, has been making the rounds on radio.
The song is inspired by the COVID-19 pandemic and is a plea for Jamaicans and persons around the world to come together and unite to control the spread of the virus.
Dominic 'Troublemekka' McDonald, who produced the song, explained how the collaboration came about.
"Beenie Man actually linked me at my house. We had been working on some songs so at first I thought we were going to finish them. He had received news that one of his long-time friends had passed after he contracted the COVID-19 virus and instantly felt compelled to do a song about the pandemic," he said. "We went to my studio and started writing to a drum track at first. After hearing the lyrics he was singing, I started playing the piano and instantly the vibe in the studio made me realise that this song is just what the people needed, and I knew it would have a strong and meaningful impact."
McDonald is known for producing the Double Trouble rhythm, which was released earlier this year. It featured songs from artistes including Jahvillani, Rygin King, and Chi Ching Ching.
McDonald said, "I wanted to start the year with a bang. I worked on the Double Trouble riddim late last year and since its release in January, the response has been great. It sort of set the tone that this was going to be a good year for me."
McDonald initially wanted to become a professional football player. He was introduced to music in 2012 by producer Tarik 'Rvssian' Johnston.
"I started messing around on the turntables in high school and then later on I linked with Rvssian and I began to go to his studio. That's how I got drawn into the whole production thing," he explained.
McDonald's first production was Ever Blessed by Vybz Kartel.