Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley’s “Make It Bun Dem,” the chart-topping collaborative effort with American producer, Skrillex has been certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
The Uprize Music artist humbly welcomes his very first berth at the top of the reggae singles chart (Jamaica Weekly Countdown). “It’s a good feeling. I’ve been trying to get here for quite a while, about six years, and it took a lot of hard work.”
“Thousand Miles” has been gaining momentum on the airwaves in Jamaica for over two months, as quality music recently garnered its fair share of airplay amidst a ban on “indecent” dancehall and soca music on the nation’s airwaves. This made room for quality and positive music such as Ras Penco’s, catapulting him into the limelight. The ensuing video lit up television sets and has also enjoyed rotation, much to the delight of reggae lovers. “I wrote it and from the moment I finished recording it in the studio, I knew it was a great song and that people would love it.”
Ras Penco is receiving the adulation from fans firsthand. He recently starred on RE-TV’s High School Tour, taking his sounds into the schools around Jamaica. “I’ve been getting crazy love from fans. The song has touched them.”
He journeys to Miami next month for the Best of the Best concert, which highlights Caribbean and hip-hop acts at the top of their game. In fact, Ras Penco is only one of two reggae artists booked for the show, and will be sharing the stage with the likes of Rick Ross and T-Pain. “It’s a great feeling to be on the show,” reveals Ras Penco. “The line-up is mostly dancehall and hip-hp artists, so it’s special to be included.”
Tune in to the special sounds of Ras Penco, check out the video for “Thousand Miles,” and look out for his upcoming singles at www.myspace.com/raspenco.