Fresco. (Source: Fresco)
Texans unite as Dallas resident ETX and Austin’s Fresco join forces on this exclusive remix of Akon‘s 2006 single “Smack That.” To date, the hit song has sold 15 million-plus copies worldwide and reached #2 on America’s Billboard Hot 100 chart.
“ETX and I have been throwing ideas around for this remix for quite some time,” Fresco says. “The original song is a club classic, and we wanted to bring the energy much higher with a 4/4 beat while keeping some of the elements from the original. The result has a heavy tropical influence with a percussive drop that’s worked great on the dance floors.”
“’Smack That’ was a global success in its day,” ETX adds. “I felt it was time to give the track a fresh new sound. We wanted to raise the energy level with bigger drums which make it fit nicely in a club set.”
Preview the remix below and download it exclusively on DJcity.
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Produced by Akon, the original version of “Baby, I’m Back” peaked at No. 19 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. Thombs’ rework gives the hip-hop and R&B track a Latin twist.
Launched in 2017, DJcity’s Puro Pari series is focused on remixes and party breaks that combine Latin and non-Latin genres.
Preview Thombs’ “Baby, I’m Back” remix below and download it only on DJcity.
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Akon sat down with the Drink Champs show earlier this week for an inspiring interview. The Senegalese-American, who has been busy bringing electricity to Africa and developing his own cryptocurrency, discussed a variety of topics.
Akon discussed why he signed Gaga, whose label at the time, Interscope, didn’t see her as a priority. He also discussed signing Montana, only to let him leave for Bad Boy Records.
“I built my career off making other people’s careers,” Akon said. “If we all did that, we’d be good.”
Watch the inspiring interview above.
Despite plans to release five albums within the course of a year, R&B singer Akon is also working to provide 600 million Africans with solar electricity.
The multi-platinum artist has launched Akon Lighting Africa, a solar academy that will train Africans in “every aspect of installing and maintaining solar-powered electric systems and micro-grids”.
Partners with the Mali-based company include Solektra International, an African firm specializing in solar energy and water treatment.
Co-founder Samba Bathily told Huffington Post: “We have the sun and innovative technologies to bring electricity to homes and communities. We now need to consolidate African expertise and that is our objective.”
Bathily added: “We are doing more than just investing in clean energy. We are investing in human capital. We can achieve great milestones and accelerate the African transformation process on condition that we start training a new generation of highly qualified African engineers, technicians and entrepreneurs now.”
In terms of music, Akon was featured on Chris Brown’s single “Came to Do” — the 25th most downloaded song on DJcity in 2014.
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