Respected Reggae artiste Dawn Penn is crying foul after being scarred by her past experiences. Though her single No No No is regarded as a worldwide hit, she decided to pen the song Never Hustle The Music because she is yet to receive payment for some of her biggest songs which are over a decade old.
The iconic rocksteady/reggae crooner says her experience has led her to form her own record label, Da-Beat Limited, which is now responsible for the production of the majority of her new music, because she wants more control of her material.
“I am putting out more music under my label Da-Beat Limited, so that I can be in control of my music. I have seven albums and Dawn Penn’s music is on downloads,” she said.
Her new single called Never Hustle The Music, speaks about the downside of being a recording artiste. It is no secret that several veteran reggae artistes were stiffed out of royalties due to bad business practices during Jamaica’s earlier music eras.
Despite being low-keyed Penn plans to release a new album, also titled Never Hustle The Music.
She has since produced Vintage One and Vintage Two using catalogue music. Those projects will also be marketed to the public, along with her more contemporary work.
No, No, No has been sampled and covered by international artistes like Kano, Hexstatic, Jae Millz, Ghostface Killah, Mims and Eve, featuring Stephen Marley and Damian Marley.