Protoje




Oje Ken Ollivierre popularly known as Protoje, is a contemporary reggae singer, and songwriter from Jamaica. His mother is Jamaican singer, Lorna Bennett, best known for her 1972 rendition of “Breakfast in Bed”. His father is a former calypso king from the island nation of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. Protoje first gained notice for his 2005 mixtape Lyrical Overdose Volume 1, featuring mostly hip hop-influenced songs. With a guest appearance by Busy Signal, however. His future career was leveled as a reggae and dancehall artist. In 2010,

Protoje began working with Don Corleon Records, run by his cousin and popular Jamaican producer Don Corleon. After releasing “Dread”, “JA” and “Roll” in 2010, Protoje’s debut album, entitled The Seven Year Itch, was released on 25 January 2011. The first single off the album, dubbed “Arguments” (2009), was responsible for his early popularity in Jamaica. In 2011, he released another single off the album entitled “Rasta Love” featuring Ky-Mani Marley. His second album, The 8 Year Affair, was released 12 February 2013. “Who Dem a Program” was the first single released from the album in January 2012, with “This Is Not a Marijuana Song” following mid-year. “Kingston Be Wise” was heavily promoted via traditional and social media. On the day of its release, 5 November 2012, the music video became the most viewed YouTube.

His third album Ancient Future was initially set for release in September 2014, but was put back until March 2015. Produced by Phillip “Winta” James, the album includes the song “Who Knows”, a collaboration with Chronixx, which was released as a single. Two tracks from the album, “Answer to Your Name” and “Criminal” were released ahead of the album as exclusives on the England Be Wise mixtape for BBC 1xtra DJ Toddla T. Two weeks after its release it topped the Billboard Top Reggae Albums chart. On 14 June 2016, Protoje released Side B of his fourth studio album, Royalty Free, as a free download to the public on his website.



Discography

Artist: Protoje
Title: Who Knows
Album: Ancient Future
Buy MP3: £0.99 (2015)
Buy Album: £6.99 (2015)
Artist: Protoje
Title: Kingston Be Wise
Album: The 8 Year Affair
Buy MP3: £0.99 (2013)
Buy Album: £7.99 (2013)
Artist: Protoje
Title: Rasta Love (Explicit)
Album: Seven Year Itch
Buy MP3: £0.99 (2011)
Buy Album: £7.99 (2011)
Artist: Protoje
Title: After I’m Gone (Jah9)
Album: Seven Year Itch
Buy MP3: £0.99 (2011)
Buy Album: £7.99 (2011)

Mixtapes
England Be Wise (Toddla T Meets Protoje) (2015), Music from My Heart (2013), This Is Protoje (2011), Lyrical Overdose Volume 1 (2005).

Albums
Royalty Free (2016), Ancient Future (2015), The 8 Year Affair (2013), The Seven Year Itch (2011).

Singles
“Sudden Flight” (featuring Jesse Royal and Sevana) (2015), “Bubblin'”(2015), “Answer to Your Name” (2015), “Stylin'” (2014), “Who Knows” (featuring Chronixx) (2014), “Resist Not Evil (Militancy Riddim)” (Overstand Entertainment) (2013), “I&I” (2013), “Kingston Be Wise” (2012), “This Is Not a Marijuana Song” (2012), “Who Dem a Program” (2012:), “Rasta Love” (featuring “Ky-Mani Marley”) (2011), “Roll” (2010), “JA” (2010), “Dread” (2010), “Arguments” (2009).



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