DJ Legend (2014)

Papa Michigan - DJ Legend

Genre: Reggae Rub-a-Dub


Flash Hit Records in association with Manudigital & Rashanco Music are proud to present Papa Michigan’s new EP featuring 6 original tracks, from rub-a-dub to digital, with some hip hop flavour, redrawing the golden age of dancehall music, including an explosive combination with Yami Bolo, to be release in October 2014 on Itunes.
Since his beginnings, with Smiley, at Studio One, in the late 70’s, Michigan never cease entertain the reggae community and continue this effort with this new mini album, obviously untitled DJ Legend. Michigan is a true living legend for dancehall addicts. Just remember the hit songs Diseases, Nice Up The Dance, One Love Jamdown or Sugar Daddy, that became incontournable classics for reggae music.

Esce per l’etichetta francese Flash Hit Records il nuovo lavoro di Papa Michigan: DJ Legend un EP è di sei tracce che vanno dal Rub-a-Dub al Digital Sound attraversando i vari stili che hanno fatto grande la dancehall negli anni 70-80. L’ottimo lavoro di Flash Hit Records si percepisce dalla cura maniacale per i suoni che sono fedeli alle vecchie produzioni dancehall di quel periodo. Di questo nuovo progetto di Papa Michigan ci hanno colpito particolarmente l’opener Wha Me Come From e Original Inna Town che sono due ottime Rub-a-Dub tunes, insieme a People Rise, Roots tune in combo con Yami Bolo. Enjoy!



1. Wha Mi Come From ( A. Fairclough / M. Heron)
2. Original Ina Town (A. Fairclough / M. Heron)
3. DJ Legend (A. Fairclough / M. Heron / C. Ynesta)
4. Hi Grade (A. Fairclough / M. Heron)
5. People Rise feat. Yami Bolo (A. Fairclough / R. McLean /C. Ynesta)
6. Dance Nice All The Time (A. Fairclough / M. Heron)

Credits :

Produced by Flash Hit Records, Manudigital & Rashanco Music (c) October 2014
Release date : 2014, October 10th (Itunes)

Additional Musicians :
Drums : Loïc « Kilo » Wostrowski on People Rise, Romain « O’Maley’ Germerie on DJ Legend
Bass : Emmanuel « Manudigital » Heron on DJ Legend & People Rise
Guitars : Alexandre Vial on Original Ina Town, Cedrik Ynesta on People Rise, Cy’Real on DJ Legend
Sax : Mathieu Bost on Original Ina Town
Trombone : Thierry « Titi » Gau

Mixed by Manudigital
Mastered @ Translab (Paris)
Art cover by FNKASTY









About the Author

Papa Michigan

Papa Michigan

It’s the seventies and Reggae is rocking the world and Jamaicans are feasting on a steady diet of music. Each song is a potential hit. The genre is the main sounding board for Rasta and also bears responsibility for giving the world’s underclass a voice. This decade is the island’s most creative musical era. Everyone is at his peak.

Artistic rivalry is intense but friendly and the finished products will prove to be some of Reggae’s finest. Jamaica’s musical court is headed by Bob Marley, Dennis Brown Alton Ellis, The Heptones, Third World, Burning Spear, Black Uhuru, Jimmy and Jacob Miller.

The rivalry is not limited to singers and writers but also extends to the production community. Once again the fabled Studio One Label is positioned at the forefront of this, Jamaica’s newest music revolution. Head honcho, Coxone Dodd, spits out a new crop of artists and among them is the sensational deejay duo, Papa Michigan and General Smiley. The twosome eagerly accepts their roles as pacesetters of a new and exciting period in dancehall’s history.

Michigan and Smiley get out of the blocks quickly as the single, “Rub A Dub Style”, hits the local charts in 1978. It is their first commercial success. Consecutive chart toppers follow to make dancehall anthems of,” Nice up the Dance” and the monster hit, “Diseases” (all penned by Papa Michigan). As chief rockers, their rapid success is enough to establish Papa Michigan and Smiley as one of Reggae’s most prolific musical forces.

Now a solo artiste, Papa Michigan continues to write record and perform groundbreaking material. The 2004 album, "It's All Good”, yielded the hugely popular underground single "400 years” and recent releases "Barack Obama", "Hustler", & "These Streets” has served once again to reinforce his artistic brilliance. Now conscious of the need to be relevant, Michigan is employing a variety of strategies including a unique fusion of streetwise hip hop flavor that he blends with his native sound. Donning the caps of songwriter, producer and performer, it is evident that Papa Michigan has not only mastered several areas of the business but has continued to blossom over the years.

His success as a producer for such powerhouses as Luciano, Glen Washington, Tristan Palma, George Nooks and Half Pint, has done little to quell his premier his passion. Performance and recording still beckons. “Love Iz”, his current album has answered that call.

This seventeen track package is a potpourri of styles that maintains a Reggae foundation as it incorporates a plethora of twenty-first century concepts in rhythms and sounds. From “Yutz of Today”, a raw and rootsy drum and bass dancehall single to the title track,” Love Iz”, a sweet featuring a blend of vocals and deejay toasting and rap with generous sprinklings by some beautiful back up harmony this album showcases the genius of the artiste. Another track, “Best Friend” demonstrates Papa Michigan’s acute sensitivity to the changes that determines an artiste’s success or failure. “Best Friends” while heavily influenced by R&B remains an authentic dancehall piece. To put it simply; “Love Iz” a masterpiece.

After years of working behind the scenes, Papa Michigan has returned to the performing arena without losing a beat. In his own words, “it takes an experienced soldier to lead an army”. With so many fans thirsty for good music and traditional dancehall fun, who is better equipped than Papa Michigan to take command?

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