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Garrison Hawk – Photo Credit: Kaisa Salmi
Garrison Hawk (a.k.a. Hawkman) is back with his latest single ‘Pretty Pussycat, bringing his special brand of high energy-infused dancehall to video with the help of director Jacques Lang.
“The meaning of this song lies in the beauty of a woman, not only by sight but at heart. Lyrics-wise, it’s about the king and a queen in their castle. Amidst all the service maids and entertainment, one girl catches the king’s eyes. He stares at her because of her beautiful cat-walk and her beautiful eyes. She has a very unique style so the king can’t help but staring and the queen notices that he is caught up in her cat-walk, causing him great trouble with the queen,” says Garrison Hawk.
In the music video Hawk performs the song to the camera while a bevy of beauties seductively dance and prance in various other clips. The heart isn’t what’s on display in the video, but ample corporeal visuals are… Which one in the many women will catch Hawk’s eye?
This song can be found on his new album The Adrenaline, which finds this legendary artist returning to his roots with a fantastic dancehall and reggae collection. Having made a solid name for himself in alternative rock, pop and progressive rock for many years, on this LP, the listener can grasp hardcore Jamaican dancehall and a welcome return to the root of dancehall while giving you an adrenaline rush.
Each of the 13 tracks have a stealth intensity that speaks for itself – songs with a feel and meaning that will take you on an imaginary trip. Renowned dancehall deejay (and Janet Jackson collaborator) Beenie Man also makes a special appearance on the track ‘Gal Have Wants’.
After Garrison Hawk’s extensive work with triphop legend Tricky, including on his 2001 album Blowback, the UK artist having told Billboard magazine “Hawk is my partner, musically.” Garrison Hawk also gained wide recognition for ‘Gangsta Roll’, which nudged him on to the world stage, reached #9 on the HYPE TV top 20 chart, and received radio airplay around the world. Hawk’s charting club remix of ‘Sweet Music’ is also notable, having been leaked to radio and subsequently climbing to #11 on the UK pop charts.
“By doing work in different genres of music, I now have a bigger appreciation for loving my roots, which is dancehall and reggae, the real stuff like Shabba Ranks, Ninjaman, Beenie Man, Bounty Killer and Capleton. I just felt I needed to go back to my authentic roots and that return to the roots is the central theme for my new album,” says Garrison Hawk.
Born in Mandeville, Jamaica, Hawk was a teenager when his family relocated to the Bronx, New York. There, he cultivated a distinctive singing and rapping style, and began performing with local sound systems. By the time he was 17, he was touring the U.S. East Coast with key reggae stars, eventually sharing the stage with Shabba Ranks and Super Cat in the late ’90s.
After asserting his presence with a vengeance to those with an ear for hip-hop’s jagged, ragga-laced edges, Hawk landed an ill-fated deal with Warner Brothers, with inner label politics seeing his album shelved. This has not stopped his growth, having released his previous Survive album with legendary reggae musicians Sly & Robbie (produced by bass legend Bill Laswell and released via NYC label M.O.D. Records), in addition to collaborating with producers Roger Sanchez and Armand Van Helden, DJ Excel and Smoothe da Hustler, the Method Of Defiance collective, Teddy Afro, Gigi, King Jammy and dancehall legend Joe Lickshot, among others. His previous release is a testament to such collaboration
One of the brashest, most versatile and recognizable young voices to emerge from Jamaica in a generation, through his exciting but arduous journey, Hawk has honed a nuanced style that merges singing and rhyming into a soulful mix, radiating life here in the dancehall chants of The Adrenaline.
The Adrenaline is available everywhere digitally.
All rights reserved to Ian Bromfield, Marathon Records
(Elaine Hawk music) ASCAP
Produced, produced and arranged by Garrison Hawk at Marathon Studio, except
‘Gal Have Wants’ produced and mixed by Bill Laswell and Garrison Hawk.
Mixed by S. Medz Reid at Beat Star and Wacky Studio, except Tracks “Good Girls Love Bad Guys’ and ‘Humanity’ mixed by Smokey; Track ‘Love in a Mi Heart’ mixed by J. Dingo, A.Hylton and S.Hylton.
Mastered by Castek Mastering
Artwork by Kayla Bromfield and Nevaris
Cover photo by Augustine Crawford
Enjoy the full album here:
And enjoy his past incarnation with the king of triphop himself – Tricky
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