Last year it was Doan Like Rameses but now, a year later, Rameses Brown’s fortunes seem to have changed since he declares: She Liking Me in his recently released song.
The song, which is written and produced by Jus D, is swiftly becoming a favourite after only two weeks after being released. During an interview with Bajan Vibes, Rameses said he wanted something witty, different and catchy. He believes the song has all those elements.
“I wanted something that would make you move, make you dance. So we have gone from not liking Rameses to someone actually liking Rameses. It was moving from the social commentary, Doan Like Rameses, to finding something witty.
“Now, people have accepted me and I found out last year about support I had. I never knew I had that kind of support. After all the positive response I got and the support leading up to the finals and at the finals, I wanted to release something that would have people thinking about it and talking about it.”
Rameses explained: “We were working on some vibes. I had sent him a riddim that I had to write a tune on. Everything just took a different direction, and we conceptualised something new altogether.
“The vibe was like from the speed of Jus D’s Whine Something with a different flavour, with an international kind of flair. There is no Crop Over this year and I wanted something that would be very, very listening friendly.
“I wanted a nice radio tune, something that has an international feel so the song could propel these oceans and do well overseas. It has an African kind of hip hop influence in terms of the beat.”
Rameses said things went smoothly and swiftly in the studio, and he had nothing but praise for Jus D.
“Due to COVID, Jus D had sent the song to me with him singing it and I played it a lot to learn it properly. This meant that when I went to the studio, the recording was very short because of the COVID-19 restrictions. It took about two months to complete the entire project. I have to say kudos to Jus D for the entire production.”
The singer said the new tune is a big achievement for him. He told Bajan Vibes that he feels really proud about the finished product.
“I felt the song would do well, but still didn’t expect this reaction. From the time I played it in my car, my daughter said: ‘Daddy, this is a really good song. My son is really particular, and he was talking about the song. He said it has an international feel. I am very thankful to God cause you know without God we cannot do anything at all.”
But it is the reception from some of his peers since the song was released that has reaffirmed his children’s sentiments. The feedback he said has been “amazing”.
“I honestly didn’t expect this kind of response. People have been posting, sending me messages from the time it was released. I got some calls from some prominent artistes as well. Hypasounds called me and said: ‘This song real hard’. Fadda Fox called me as well. He told me he really likes the song and the vocals are really clean. Peter Coppin even shout me. It felt good getting that good feedback from your peers.”
Rameses said he has been using social media to promote the song given the shortage of live events. He is also looking to do some radio interviews given that they were not allowed before. A music video for She Liking Me is in the works and will be finished and released shortly.
The artiste who sings in the House of Soca tent, admits that he was planning to enter the Pic-O-De-Crop finals again this year. He said since last year he has received positive feedback about his contribution to social commentary.
“People have been saying you better do commentary again, commentary suits you. Being at the Pic-O-De-Crop finals was amazing. Singing a social commentary song at Soca On the Hill and people responding to it was like wow. I have to thank my sponsors who helped as well – Mount Gay, Remy Martin, RMJ Agencies.
“It was a learning curve for me. I was disappointed in some of my peers. They accused me and insulted me. It made me stronger and showed me don’t dwell on the negative and that out of every negative, there is a positive. Out of the negativity came great strength.”
Actually, Rameses said he was planning to enter all the competitions, but news of the cancellation of the national festival changed those plans. He isn’t too concerned though since he will take the break this year to “reflect”.
“I took the cancellation of Crop Over as a sign for me to take a break, reflect, sit back and relax. Unlike others, it had a different effect on me. It is a big miss in terms of the festival and people on the island, but at the end of the day, God has a reason for everything. Hopefully, things will change soon and next year we will have a bigger and better Crop Over.”
And while the COVID-19 restriction period was challenging, there was a huge silver lining for the performer. He was able to spend more time with his children.
“I was trying to keep myself mentally sane. I found at first I could not sleep. I would watch TV and go to bed like six or seven in the morning. It was tough for me when the beach was closed. As a surfer, I love the beach and I always go to the beach. I would go down by 5 a.m. and stay till the 9 a.m. time allowed.”
He added: “My daughter lives in Canada. She came to surprise me for her birthday and when she was leaving, the flights got cancelled. I asked her mum to let her stay, so she was here with me a lot during the curfew.
“I got to spend more time with my kids because a lot of times I am not at home, whether I am travelling or at work. I cooked a lot. I cooked every single day, a different dish every day. [We] watched movies together, did home-schooling on the devices. It brought me closer to my kids,” he told Bajan Vibes.
For Rameses there were quite a few lessons learnt during the lockdown and he was eager to share his thoughts. “Don’t put off what you can do today for tomorrow. You don’t know what you have until it’s gone. Anything can happen. It is all about survival and learning how to cut and contrive. Learn to live with what you have. It’s also about learning to adapt. Try to always make yourself happy ‘cause you don’t know how long you have here. Thank God for life. You can’t give up; you got to keep pushing,” Rameses said. (IMC)