Dancehall fans were filled with excitement and some, simply with intrigue, as they awaited the release of Rvssian’s newest single, IDKW, with Shenseea and featuring American artistes Swae Lee and Young Thug. The track, which was produced by Rvssian was teased on Shenseea’s Instagram page and her followers just couldn’t wait for another song from the Shenyeng boss, which thankfully, came along with a music video featuring all three artistes and Rvssian as well.
IDKW was released on January 17, claiming the number one spot on the Jamaican YouTube trending list and has gained over 1 million views in just three days. The visuals are filled with the wonders of digital technology and show Swae Lee envisioning how he would desire his perfect woman to look, as doctors work to create her through cosmetic surgery.
When Shenseea announced that the video was being released, social media users were on the alert, and soon enough, Rvssian shared the visuals on his official YouTube page.
As soon as listeners heard the song, it was clear that the chorus was a rendition of I Don’t Know Why by the late Reggae singer, Delroy Wilson, originally released in 1961. I Don’t Know Why has also been covered by Jamaican music legends Buju Banton and Wayne Wonder.
Many who listened to the Rvssian’s new release weren’t pleased and believed the iconic song shouldn’t have been touched. They also felt Shenseea’s voice, which was heard on the hook of the song didn’t fit and that someone with a softer tone should have sung her part.
In response to the song, one user on Instagram wrote, “point is the song no mek it with shenseea voice. The roughness alone kill d song.”
Another user had this to say, “The only part that sounded like it has potential, was Swaelee’s part. Everything else trash”.
Many others shared this sentiment as well which rose the concern that if it were an American who redid the song’s famous hook that Jamaicans would be in full support. It is believed that the scorn towards the single is as a result of the alleged dislike for Shenseea amongst many Jamaican Instagram users.
The producer for the song, Rvssian, had foresight of the attacks against Shenseea saying prior to the release, “Jamaica. Let’s build our stars and future. Stop trying to tear down our own artistes… too much negativity. Let’s get it.”
Jamaica. Let’s build our stars and future. Stop trying to tear down our own artistes… too much negativity. Let’s get it!
— Rvssian (@Rvssian) January 15, 2020