Legendary Reggae producer, Philip ‘Fattis’ Burrell may no longer be here physically but his music and legacy live on thanks to his son as a new tribute album has been released to honor his hit making father.
Kareem 'Remus' Burrell, a well-respected producer in his own right, recently unveiled an album dedicated to his father entitled Living Heart, an eight-track compilation features tracks from former collaborators and friends of ‘Fattis’ as they honor his contributions to the Jamaican music industry.
Some of those collaborators include Reggae legend, Beres Hammond who features on Living Heart with his track, Do It Now while emerging Reggae artiste and a former protégé of ‘Fattis,’ Kayla Bliss contributes the single, Love Rebel, her last single for the Xterminator Records founder. Other artistes who appear on Living Heart include Lutan Fyah, Richie Spice and another Xterminator protégé, Jesse Royal.
Kareem Burrell, who turns 23 later this year, revealed that it’s been difficult trying to follow his father’s path but insists that he will keep Fattis’ legacy afloat and strengthen his family’s musical lineage.
"My dad was a perfectionist and this was highlighted through the music he produced. He was authentic and stayed true to the roots, which is why I intend to produce only clean, authentic music as he was a firm believer in good reggae/dancehall music," Burrell told the Jamaica Observer.
Living Heart hails as the third project completed by Burrell since the summer began as he released his first mixtape under the newly branded XTM Nation label entitled, Project X, in July to celebrate what would have been his father’s 58th birthday. Additionally, Burrell unveiled the Six String Cutlass Riddim which features artistes like Cali P and Mikey General as well as the aforementioned Jesse Royal and Kayla Bliss.
Philip ‘Fattis’ Burrell died on December 3 last year at the age of 57, two weeks after he reportedly suffered a mild stroke as well as a blood clot near his lungs.
Burrell’s Xterminator label has been hailed as one of Reggae most decorated outlets as he’s worked with several Reggae and Dancehall patriarchs such as Luciano, Gregory Isaacs, Cocoa Tea, Sizzla, Sanchez and Ninja Man.