Rejjie Snow has shared his latest single “Disco Pantz” feat. Tinashe and grouptherapy. from forthcoming album Baw Baw Black Sheep out 9th July. On the Irish rapper’s latest single he collaborates with the enigmatic R&B singer Tinashe and L.A. rap-pop collective, grouptherapy. Fused with funk and interlaced with Tinashe’s honeyed vocals, the slowed down boogie number is a heady soundtrack for the small hours of the night. Rejjie says on the track, ‘“Disco Pantz” is a feel good record for the old heads to get down too.’
“Baw Baw Black Sheep” is Rejjie’s third studio album which shows off his hyper-visual world building capabilities as he creates a cinematic soundtrack full of colour and joy working alongside Cam O’bi (as Executive Producer) and frequent collaborator Dee Lilly.
‘I approached the album light heartedly from the point of view of making a short film through music,’ Rejjie explains. ‘I always loved Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. I watch it all the time. I thought of “Baw Baw Black Sheep” like a soundtrack to it. I put the movie on with my album, and they synced up perfectly. I tried to tap into all of these feelings. The music is really colourful, and the lyrics are often happy, because that was my state of mind.’
Never one to shy away from collaborations Rejjie set the stage for the album releasing “Cookie Chips”, which features the late and legendary MF DOOM, followed by single “Mirrors” with Snoh Aalegra which pairs sun-soaked production with laidback bars before Snoh turns up with slick and soulful cameo on the chorus. ‘It’s very nostalgic,’ Rejjie elaborates. ‘I’m diving into little things that stood out from when I was younger. They’re tiny snapshots. I’m trying to paint a story with the lyrics. It’s got a happy vibe.’ The album also features the languorous vocals of Tinashe and grouptherapy. for the sultry “Disco Pantz”.
Elsewhere a trap bounce underscores the chilled-out energy of “Relax” also with collaboration from grouptherapy. before a moment of intimate dialogue. Cymbals simmer beneath tense verses and the double entendre-driven hook of “Oreos”. On the finale “Shooting Star”, a frenetic beat darts across the sky as his vocals soar amidst spacey zips and bleeps. ‘Everyone is a star in their own way,’ he states. ‘I’m touching on this idea and trying to inspire on the last track.’
The bliss that Rejjie felt in that moment courses through the entire body of work.
Originally hailing from Dublin, Rejjie always felt he always stood out. Beyond the fact he rapped in a country that lacked a vibrant hip hop scene, he never quite fit in with his friends and family either. ‘I’m still the one who’s a bit goofy and different from everybody else,’ he affirms. ‘People always said I was odd, so I turned into the “Black Sheep”. I use those differences to my advantage though. Things like my ADHD became superpowers, not weaknesses.’
In the end, “Baw Baw Black Sheep” might just be the answer to the escapism you’ve been needing. ‘I’d love for you to experience this the same way you’d watch a movie,’ he leaves off. ‘Hopefully, you’re immersed in it. I also want everyone to know—especially people from my neck of the woods—that you can do the same thing. It’s really crazy what you can make when you’re having fun.’