International superstar Barrington Levy has once again tapped members of Hip-Hop community to assist him as he makes another push for the mainstream spotlight.
The Reggae legend has released two versions of the first single from his forthcoming album, one of which features Busta Rhymes and President-elect Barack Obama.
The new track, titled Ã¢â‚¬Å“No War,Ã¢â‚¬Â interpolates an Obama speech with lyrics by Busta Rhymes, CanadaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Kardinal Offishall, and of course Levy himself.
The alternate version, which is currently making rounds online, adds multi-platinum rapper Lil Wayne to the line up.
Over the last few months, Levy has been touring the U.S., Europe and Asia promoting the new album ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s About Time, which will be his first major release since collaborations with Shyne introduced him to a generation of MTV and BET viewers in 2000.
Both the album and its lead single have enjoyed a warm reception from fans old and new.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Loyal Barrington Levy fans have waited a long tie for a new album,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Daddy Biggs, president of Platinum Camp Production which is partnering with the Tsunami Group, Inc. on the release. Ã¢â‚¬Å“We are excited to promote the new single and finish the album. Barrington Levy is scheduled to continue touring through the early part of next year in support of ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s About Time.
A release date for the 30-year-veteranÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s latest offering has not yet been announced.