Ed Sheeran, featured on two tracks with Alonestar, “Raise 'Em Up” and “Real Life,” has a longstanding familiarity with reggae and Caribbean music, as he explained in a brief statement sent to Billboard through his cousin Jethro. “I’ve always been influenced by Caribbean music. The first set I ever did was a medley of reggae and hip-hop, Jethro wrote the raps and a reggae band from Bristol (England) called Laid Blak had a song called 'My Eyes Are Red,' which I incorporated in the medley.” Regarding the “Real Life” collaboration with his cousin Ed, Alonestar -- who co-wrote and produced the track -- says, “Recording 'Real Life' was a very creative process; I was impressed with how quick Ed wrote the chorus in the studio as soon as I put the beat up and laid my verse down. It was a very memorable, incredible day and I am very proud of the song, it came from our hearts."
The compilation’s other tracks include Sean Paul’s signature rapid fire rhymes on the dancehall fueled “Regular Thing,” produced by Gary Green; VH1 Love and Hip Hop star Safaree (Samuels) featuring Sean Kingston on their co-production “Paradise”; Swiss reggae artist Cookie The Herbalist and the legendary Lee “Scratch” Perry on the easy-skanking reggae tune “Eaze” produced by A. Ruettger and P. Barro; Rollie Fresh and Chronixx longing for a “Good Life,” produced by Paul Gordon; and veteran Rastafarian chanter Sizzla and Tony D on the empowering “Rise Up,” produced by Swiss Ivory and Gino XXL Entertainment.
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