Laden back in the hunt

By Sade Gardner
Observer writer

Friday, August 17, 2018

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Laden has been noticeably off the radar for a couple of years. He is looking to revamp his career and return to the rank of dancehall's elite.

The singjay said management issues were the reasons for his absence.

“To be honest I've been working as hard as any other dancehall artiste,” Laden told Splash in a recent interview. “I've been recording for all these producers you've been hearing about; who's hot, who's not, who's whatever. I've been doing music but I don't know what's up.”

He added that, “I think the people I'm around not pushing me and not embracing me like before. I think they are neglecting my career right now to be honest with you, that's how I feel. A teamwork mek di dream work so if people hear Laden saying, 'John Tom', and they are not hearing John Tom embracing Laden and talking highly of Laden, the vibration nah go connect, it a go just drop.”

Laden (given name O'Keele Aaron) was a top 10 finalist on Digicel Rising Stars in 2006. It was not long after that he was among Big Ship Productions' top tier. Along with that label's head producer Stephen “Di Genius” McGregor, he released popular tracks including the smash hit Time to Shine as well as Really Like You, I'm Sorry, She Like It and Come Mek Mi Touch Yuh.

Laden credits McGregor for having a positive impact on his career.

“I love Stephen McGregor. I think Stephen is the best dancehall producer ever right now,” he said. “I've worked with basically everybody in the industry and they don't bring out that much like Stephen, they don't show me that genius work.”

Laden's latest single, Growing Up, is produced by Louie V Music. He has more music in store.

“I have a huge catalogue...I would say as a dancehall artiste, some solid production, timeless music. I have a whole lot of songs that's gonna be out. I just need to reconstruct my career right now and have a new system so look out for a new movement,” he said.

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