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Assassin Collaborates With Kanye And Kendrick Lamar

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"Assassin has one of the most amazing voices in music," Toronto rapper Kardinal Offishall, a friend and collaborator, told me by email. "Me and Bunji Garlin always say how his voice is just unfair, because when he opens his mouth, it's like the whole earth shakes."


Recently, that timbre has asserted itself beyond dancehall, thanks to Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar, who featured Assassin on I'm In It (Track 6 on Yeezus) and The Blacker The Berry, respectively. For Assassin, an artist who'd labored for years in dancehall's trenches with little recognition from the wider music market, the features have been game-changing, leading to front-page news coverage in Jamaica and interviews in Complex, XXL and The FADER, not to mention other guest opportunities like an appearance on the official dancehall remix of Lil Jon's Turn Down For What.

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