Kabaka Pyramid has officially announced May 25th, 2018 as the release date of his debut album Kontraband. The Jamaican artist is set to drop Kontraband as a joint release via Ghetto Youths International and Bebble Rock Records. Kabaka also revealed the artwork for the upcoming album, designed by Trinidadian artist Qadir Maharaj.
Speaking of the concept of the album and its title, Kabaka Pyramid says, “In this day and age, music that question society and questions the system, is considered Kontraband in my eyes. Its being blocked out, its being prevented and is dat we a push pon di people – it we a give the people KONTRABAND.”
Kontraband is expected to contain features from some of reggae’s biggest stars, including Damian Marley, Chronixx, Protoje, Stonebwoy and more. Last word was a 14-track album, with potential for a bonus track. Kabaka Pyramid is also gearing up to begin his US spring tour on 4/20 in Austin, TX. Talks of a world tour supporting Kontraband this summer and fall have also been discussed, although currently no dates have been announced yet.
Earlier, Kabaka expressed his excitement for the release of Kontraband, saying, “I’m really excited to drop my debut album because the 1st one is the one all the others will be compared to, and I think Kontraband will set a foundation for me for many years to come. My aim is to take conscious lyricism in reggae music to another level and connect with listeners from all walks of life across the globe.”
Be sure to check back with The Pier for further updates around the May 25th release, which is anticipated to be one of the biggest reggae albums of the year. You can check out the new music video, shot in Miami’s Wynwood Art District, for the third single off of Kontraband, titled “Kaught Up.”
Watch: Kabaka Pyramid – “Kaught Up” (Official Video)