Yes, in “The Big City” New York, which has a large Caribbean community, there is “of course” also a dancehall star, called Kranium. Nevertheless he is of Jamaican origin, as he was born as Kemar Donaldson in Montego Bay (Jamaica). At the age of 12 he emigrated to Miami (Florida) and he got in contact with his uncle there, who was a former dancehall star called Screwdriver (during the 1980s). His uncle became his mentor and a kind of “Music Academy” for him. Kranium visited him every weekend and his uncle taught him “everything”. After learning “everything” he could from his uncle, he moved to (Queens) New York, where he discovered the reggae scene that was existing within the large Caribbean population in New York. This was the place, where he recorded his breakout hit “Nobody Has to Know” in 2013.
Kranium has reached the status of one of the hottest international dancehall artists in a very short time. Everything started actually at the parties in the nightclubs around his area in Jamaica, Queens and the NY dancehall culture. Around 2008, when started recording in New York, he ‘earned’ the name Kranium for his ability to record songs “straight off the head” with no pen or paper”. He says: “I knew every single DJ that was playing out every night, and I would never stop giving them new songs. Every summer in Queens I had a hot song.” In 2013 he has signed for the Frequent Flyers label and his music began to pull attention internationally. While he was enlarging his network, he came one day along at the home studio of the producer Lamar Michael Reynolds aka LMR Pro. When they have started working together, they felt a “natural connection”, and the second song they produced together became the big hit. Their song “Nobody Has to Know” has skyrocketed into the iTunes Reggae chart and had several million plays on SoundCloud and YouTube. The song’s success has helped Kranium to make history as the first New York-based dancehall artist and to sign for a contract at Atlantic Records. His first song at this label was a new version of “Nobody Has To Know” featuring Ty Dolla $ign. Following this success, Kranium brought also the songs “Lifestyle” which also became a major dancehall hit. He says: “I’m trying to record as much as possible” working mostly with LMR and Billboard producer Ricky Blaze from Brooklyn. Further quotes from Kranium’s: “When me sing, you gonna hear the authenticity of the record. I leave Chris Brown to be Chris Brown. I leave Trey Songz to be Trey Songz. I’m just me—a proud Jamaican raised in New York. And whether I’m performing in England or Jamaica I get love same way.” Kranium proves his passion for the “dancehall” genre with his upcoming debut album Rumors. This album is about the truth regarding all the rumors that have continuously surrounded him both past and present. He says: “To be honest, I’m just gonna be myself and make music to the best of my ability,” he says. “I’m taking guidance from the right people. I’m here to work and I’m happy to have a platform like Atlantic Records to push it further. I’m here to stay not just to come and go. The rest is in God’s hands.”