PRESS RELEASE: Wyclef Jean, Dre Island push for ‘Justice’ in new single

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Wyclef Jean, Dre Island push for ‘Justice’ in new single
International star Wyclef Jean called on Jamaican singer Dre Island to release the stirring
visuals for his single, ‘Justice’. The track, which will form part of the upcoming Deluxe version of
Dre Island’s recently released ‘Now I Rise’ Album is especially powerful as it relates to the
current societal climate. ‘Justice’, as its name suggests is about promoting an entire systemic
reform – not just in America but across the Caribbean and the entire world. Wyclef described the
George Floyd killing as being the catalyst for a ‘great awakening’ in the world as it relates to
racial inequality and that it inevitably sparked a revolution that was years in the making. “This
song came to me when, a year and a half ago, I was stopped by the police in LA. They assumed
I was a Blood and that I was robbing the gas station. Automatically, they wanted to shoot me
and the excuse was that I was going for something in my trunk [which I wasn’t]. Imagine if
they had shot me?” Wyclef mused. “It would have been another case of mistaken identity – it
happens. This video shows us that what they’re doing now has always been a consistency ; the
idea of modern day lynching has moved from the noose to the police actually carrying a gun.”
In order to add that extra ‘voice’ to the messaging behind ‘Justice’. Wyclef called on Dre Island
who is described as one of Jamaica’s most powerful messengers. “I reached out to Dre Island
because the higher consciousness that comes from Jamaica, inspires me to sing about what
comes from Haiti. When I hear Dre Island speak, there is no difference with what’s going on in
Jamaica or America or Haiti. I wanted him because he will paint an overall view because
what we’re chanting in the song is justice EVERYWHERE.” In fact, Wyclef reached out after
listening and ‘vibing’ to Dre Island’s recently released debut album ‘Now I Rise’. “When I
listened to the song and heard all he was speaking about, I said wow: I may not be living in
America facing all of this but I am a Black man living in the world,” Dre Island said. “Wylclef,
as a legend in his own right, speaks to the injustice he sees in his own country over and over ;
he has always been the person to touch on these topics in his music. It’s what we do as singers
and musicians – we take a stand through the music.”
The video was directed by Ray Flaco and musically produced by Wyclef himself. Also,
powerhouse Jamaican talent manager and president of The Solid Agency (and longtime friend of
Wyclef) took on the role of coordinator. It paints a picture of uprising and is indicative of the
painful history associated with the current climate in the world; that it has been happening for
far too long and that it has just taken on different forms. “The idea is justice for all and not just
in words but in order to get to justice, we have to get them to reform the system.”
Watch the music video for ‘Justice’ here NOW. Dre Island’s ‘Now I Rise’ Album, distributed via
a joint partnership between Solid Agency and US-based Dubshot Records, is out now across all
DSPs with a deluxe version to follow this month.

Abigail Rowe | PR Rowe Agency
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