Published Aug 27, 2009K'naan recorded much of his second album Troubadour at Bob Marley's legendary Tuff Gong studios. But on this recently released new track he outwardly plays tribute to the reggae pioneer.
"Belly Full" is actually taken from The Messengers EP, a new collaborative project between K'naan and J. Period. For those unaware of J. Period, his meticulous and conceptual approach to mixtapes puts the DJs who yell over tracks to shame.
The Messengers EP is a tribute to iconic and legendary musicians. As well as Bob Marley, Bob Dylan and Fela Kuti are also honoured in the first tracks to surface from the mixtape that will be gradually released online in five parts.
"Belly Full" reworks Marley's "Them Belly Full" and features K'naan alongside Duck Down's Steele and Kardinal Offishall for a notable collaboration between two of Canadian hip-hop's most visible figures. Kardinal starts off the track in a stern and righteous mood and later passes the baton to K'naan who maintains the theme, but isn't averse to injecting a little humour into the proceedings either. It would be interesting to hear a collaboration on an 'official' project but in the meantime it's obvious both enjoyed taking advantage of the artistic freedom The Messengers project affords.
Listen to and download "Belly Full" here.