Originally known by his given name, Reagan, the first reggae artist to be signed to Maybach Music Group (MMG), successfully labeled himself, "Magazeen." Magazeen's lyrical ammunition and phenomenal destiny allowed him to establish links with two major music families.
Growing up in Dunkirk, East Kingston, Jamaica to Christian parents, "The church is where I got my first exposure to music." Magazeen learned how to play the drums and guitar and after winning local talent shows, he decided to drop out of high school to pursue a career in music. "I began working as a chef to support myself and to buy studio time." Although his debut single, "Jeans and Timberlands" received wide airplay on the Jamaican airwaves in the year 2000, "I got frustrated that the music did not reach a wider audience." Intent on taking his career to the next level, Magazeen migrated to Miami, Florida in 2005 where he continued to hone his craft.
The every day hustle paid off and after being signed to Maybach Music Group, Magazeen saw a projectile growth in his career and various opportunities to work with his label mates which includes: Wale, Meek Mill, French Montana, Teedra Moses, Omarion, Stalley, Gunplay, Triple C's and Rick Ross himself.
The latest collaboration, salutes Miley Cyrus for her twerking efforts at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards and fuses dancehall with hip hop in Magazeen featuring Wale, "Twerkin' Cyrus." This song was produced on the Suburb Riddim by Tugz of Red Square Productions. MMG artist, Wale, gives this song hip hop flair and with echoes of Little Lenny's, "Healthy Body" and Ravyon & Red Fox, "Bashment Party," Magazeen provides step-wise instructions for twerking on the dance floor; "Work it/ Twerk It/ Bend down/ Work it/ Tic-toc/ Tic-toc/ Ya batty up/ Look at that/ Stick out ya tongue like Miley/ Twerk it like Miley/ Wine up like Miley."
Magazeen: "I give my heart to you and all you do is hurt me more!"
Wale: "It's easy to love when everything is cool/ But when it wasn't, why your love never came through?"
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Charlene Wiggins is a NYC based writer and can be reached at Charnwnyc@gmail.com.