Collie Buddz (born Colin Harper, August 21, 1981) is a Bermudian reggae and dancehall artist best known for his single “Come Around”. Although born in New Orleans, Louisiana, he was raised in Bermuda. He studied audio engineering at Full Sail University in Orlando, FL.
In 2006 Collie Buddz signed with Sony BMG. He is also a part of Harper Digital. He declined a contract from Interscope. His first album was released in late May 2007, He also performed on Shaggy’s 2007 album Intoxication on the track “Mad Mad World”.
In 2008, he performed the song “SOS” on WWE The Music, Vol. 8 as the entrance theme for wrestler Kofi Kingston. He also appeared in a 2009 remix of Kid Cudi’s single “Day ‘n’ Nite”. His name is based on slang for cannabis. He launched his own record label ‘Harper Digital.’ Collie Buddz first critically acclaimed album had strong sales internationally and included strong sales in Canada as well which he credits as his home away from home, which is one of his main inspirations for his album as he wrote all of his songs with the exception of three in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Collie Buddz openly represents “Bermy” in his music and has an innovative style that has been compared to Gentleman and Sean Paul. Singles include “Come Around”, “Mamacita”, “Ring The Alarm Remix” with Beyoncé, “Tell Me” with Lil’ Flip, and “Come Around Remix” featuring Busta Rhymes.
Collie Buddz employs a style that is strongly rooted in 1990’s era conscious and dancehall style reggae, using beats and vocal techniques reminiscent of the iconic stars of that day – including Sizzla, Buju Banton, Bounty Killer and Beenie Man. The singer has attributed the defining influences on his music to lyrical clashes (such as those between Beenie Man and Bounty Killer) and dubplates, particularly those of Kilimanjaro, that were core to the sound clash culture of the 90’s.
Buddz is an avid fan of Buju Banton and cites that artist’s “Mr. Mention” has one of his favorite albums.
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