For those 90s music fans who continue to bask in the era of Canadian reggae-rap, you'll be happy to learn that Toronto reggae-rap pioneer Snow is making a musical comeback. Born Darrin Kenneth O'Brien and hailing from the North York region of Toronto, Snow was once a self-made rap superstar, skyrocketing to fame after the release of his 1992 smash hit Informer.
After serving time in prison for an attempted murder charge, Snow earned international success for his record-breaking album sales. Informer remained number 1 on the American Billboard charts for seven consecutive weeks, earning accolades from the Guiness Book of World Records for becoming the best-selling reggae single in American history, in addition to being the highest-charting reggae single of all time.
Snow has found himself back on the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time since his song Girl, I've Been Hurt reached the number 19 spot back in June 1993. Con Calma has earned notoriety for ranking number 1 on Billboard's Latin Digital Song Sales chart and made its way onto the Hot 100 list at spot number 59 (which isn't too shabby, considering the song is mostly sung in Spanish).
Danny Yankee told Apple Music (about Informer), "It was one of my favourite songs growing up, and to do this the right way I needed the guy to be on the record. You got to give honour to a classic in order to make a new version of it." Daddy Yankee has reportedly remarked enthusiastically about the project, referring to the partnership as "a Canadian and a Puerto Rican making Jamaican music" and "two pioneers, two people pushing the cultures."
Surprisingly, Snow seems to be responding modestly to his return to the spotlight. He told the Toronto Star, "Oh, that don’t matter to me. That don’t matter. What matters is I get to see now. When I came out with ‘Informer’ we didn’t have no internet so I couldn’t see nobody dancing, I couldn’t see nobody singin’ along, I couldn’t see that little girl and her mother dancin’ together and all that kinda stuff. We couldn’t see that. But now, I can see people lovin’ it and the kids and the mothers doin’ the dances and I love it. But all the ‘fameness’ stuff? It don’t matter to me…"
"I like seein’ the people dance to it and stuff, but I don’t know. It’s just fun... I don’t have no timeline. I don’t want no record company. I don’t wanna sign to nobody,” he told the Toronto Star.
"I’m not a hustler. It’s gotta come to me. Do you understand what I mean? It’s not like I’m too good to go out and do it, I’m just not one of those ‘go-getters,’ y’know?"
"You got a hundred million dollars, you got a hundred million dollars’ worth of problems. If you’re right here, you’re good.”
We hear you, Snow. And we're ready to embrace your comeback with open arms.