Ayo Jay Recognized By Rolling Stone Magazine – Singer Ayo Jay has been listed by Rolling Stone magazine as a new artiste to know and watch out for.
The magazine described the Gimme Kiss singer’s sound as “Afropop meets Caribbean dancehall and soca by way of New York.”
Ayo Jay spoke to the magazine about getting how his debut hit Your Number was recorded, and how it got more recognition outside Nigeria.
He said: “That song was actually recorded in the projects in Brooklyn, East New York, in [producer] Melvitto’s room. I used to go there because my cousin lived in the same building. One day he played me these beats, because he just came back from Nigeria and he had a bunch of beats that were free, that no one was using. I did a freestyle, and the first thing I sang was “Can I get your number?” And we built around that. I think the process took two days, we recorded the whole thing. And that was it, put it out.”
“It was a difficult song to push in Nigeria because it’s not the usual vibe that we vibe to in Nigeria,” he added. “But online, when I put the song out, a lot of the comments weren’t even from Nigeria — from the UK, from the United States, from the Middle East. So we knew it had international potential.”