Directed by Debbie Deer, the visuals for Say Hey Girl not only embody the spirit of the 416 and 876, which both artists represent, but takes on a more cosmopolitan feel, with various nationalities and backgrounds on display throughout to appeal to fans of Jamaican music worldwide.
The dancehall-enthused intro used in the video, Money Haffi Count by KrymeBoss on the ZJ Liquid-produced Fix Up Riddim, sets an authoritative tone to get the viewer’s adrenaline pumping from the get-go in anticipation of what’s to come.
From the dancing sequences, including a few smooth moves from Dudsymil himself, to the beautiful women of all persuasions featured, to the song title-inspired tattoo, artistry is peppered across the video, giving it the right flavour to leave music lovers with a good taste in their mouths.
Produced by D1 Recording Studio in collaboration with Bugatti Beats, Say Hey Girl tells the story of a man captivated physically and mentally by a special lady he meets, expressing affection for her style and beauty and how grateful he is for the bliss she has brought to his life.
Dudsymil has been riding a strong wave of momentum from his recently-released single, Oh Ye, which is featured on Good Good Production’s Liquor Riddim, which boasts dancehall heavyweights Vybz Kartel, Mavado, Alkaline, I-Octane and more. The vibrant party anthem has been enjoying significant airplay and capped off a successful summer for the artist.
In Say Hey Girl, he continues his vocal transformation, softening his tone yet maintaining clarity; charming the ladies with a combination of witty metaphors and timely pop culture references, “Christian Grey, done tell yuh, is a man like me you want to touch yuh keys…piano, I’m the boss…Soprano.”
Knight, known for singles such as Oh So Natural and At Last (alongside the legendary Dean Fraser), and also a producer and engineer by trade, sets the mood and moral behind the song. “It’s a blessing in this time to find a good woman you know, long time mi a search and mi glad you find me now,” he sings as his soothing sounds add a romantic touch to the track, featuring an infectious beat fit for the clubs, outdoor parties or just a one-on-one rendezvous with the significant other.
The colours, effects and old school session type of vibe makes for a simple, yet effective video, taking viewers back to the 90s and 2000s eras of dancehall when the scene was at its most refreshing.
Say Hey Girl is featured on DJ Kenny’s recently-released Party Buck dancehall mixtape as well as DJ Don Kingston’s Dancehall Kick Out mixtape and has already been garnering a strong buzz across Jamaica and Canada.
The release of this single and the accompanying video marks another step in the respective careers of these artists as they head into the fall season looking to continue their rise towards stardom in the international music community.