Nailah Blackman’s new single “We Ready” featuring Jamaican Dancehall singer, Shenseea, was released via YouTube last night, January 21, 2019. The music video, which has garnered over 120,000 views in less than 24 hours, is Blackman’s second visual release for the year—Bang Bang, being her first. The singer also ended 2018 with the release of her music video for the song, Games, on December 26, 2018.
Soca lovers across the Caribbean have been praising Blackman for her back to back video releases. “It is heartwarming seeing Nailah continuously moving up in the world of music… Every song is a hit and speaks to all age groups, her videos are fresh and contemporary,” one supporter said on an online forum. “Trinidad to di world! Nailah is such a unique artist, her style is different from most SOCA artists. Go girl…” was the declaration of another.
Within the past two years, Blackman became one of Youtube’s most viewed soca artists out of Trinidad and Tobago. In an interview with Kerra Denel for Du Soliel Magazine, Blackman said, “I always saw myself as being this prolific performer, that was always my goal… from since [sic] I could speak I knew what I wanted to be. So, if I’m waiting all my life to do this and I have my chance, how could I not take it? I can’t not wake up in the morning and think, ‘ok, let me finish this song [or] let me finish this video.’ My brain is just wired like that. I’m just happy to be working.”
A fact widely known in the soca fraternity and among the genres top enthusiasts, is that Blackman –as her name suggests – is a descendant of Trinidadian royalty. She is the granddaughter of Ras/ Lord Shorty, the inventor of soca music and the daughter of Abbi Blackman, who is a well known calypsonian in her own right.
With her budding career on course for 2019, the 21-year-old songstress says while she enjoys fashion and music in general, she is most excited about adding a new-age flare to the Caribbean soca music scene. “I feel like it’s a time for something new; a time for change. I’m excited to be somebody people look at as the next generation doing that right now.”