Jamaican-born, Miami-bred and NYC-based dancehall singer Kranium rose to prominence with his breakthrough hit single Nobody Has to Know, which catapulted him onto A&R’s radars. It was originally released on small independent label Frequent Flyer and became a summer anthem in 2014, and it’s the closest to a smash dancehall hit since Gyptian’s monster tune Hold Yuh. And that was in 2010. Dancehall hits doesn’t come often these days.
The success of Nobody Has to Know soon led to a major label contract along with a ton of remixes. The best version – together with Major Lazer’s cut – is the remix with Ty Dolla $ign, and that track is also available on Kranium’s debut album Rumors, a set where he teams up with Ricky Blaze, who was responsible for Hold Yuh, and Lamar “ LMR Pro” Reynolds, who produced Nobody Has to Know.
Rumors is urban and contemporary, but not the usual dancehall album. It’s slower, darker and more atmospheric. It doesn’t have the pedal to the metal and party-frenzied riddims often associated with dancehall. It has several slower jams and most songs are melancholic rather than joyous.
It’s just as dark and introspective as its cover sleeve and probably better suited for an oozing after-party rather than crazy clubbing.