Kofi Kingston sends out an 'SOS' to Collie Buddz
In the latest Superstar to Superstar, ECW's newest Superstar, Kofi Kingston, talks to Collie Buddz. The reggae artist recently recorded the Jamaican Superstar's theme song, "SOS." The track will be available on WWE: The Music, Vol. 8, which is in stores March 25.
Kofi Kingston.: Everything's good, man. Let me just start off by saying that I'm a very big fan of you and your album and the music that you're making, man.
Collie Buddz: Yo man, same respect. I've seen a couple of things on YouTube, but I haven't gotten the chance to watch it live. I love how you do your thing, for real.
Kingston: I appreciate that, I appreciate that. Let me start off by saying that recently you recorded my entrance music, coming out on WWE: The Music, Vol. 8. In my opinion, it's the hottest song on the album, you know.
Buddz: Yeah man, I appreciate that, for real. It's a joy to see you come out to the music too, man. It's crazy, man, for real. Yo, a lot of my friends are like, big, big, big wrestling fans, they appreciated seeing when, you know, enough respect for taking this song you know what I'm saying and stepping out to that there, for real.
Kingston: I appreciate that, man. Now tell me a little about your approach in recording the track.
Buddz: Well, you know, the song that they sent me it was done by a mix artist from Queens. As soon as I heard the tune, I knew it was a big tune, with the "SOS" and everything. But you know, I got Black Chiney to look over the beat. Yeah, Supa Dups from Black Chiney redid the beat, and as soon as he did it, I just freestyled the verse and I just vibed.
Kingston: You believe it's a good fit then for Kofi Kingston.
Buddz: What! When I saw it on YouTube and saw all the people "SOS," yo, yeah man, nice vibe. I hope it gives you energy when you enter the ring, for real.
Kingston: The fans definitely react. I have many comments on my MySpace, people asking me where to get the song, you know, who sings the song and where it comes from and everything.
Buddz: For real, I get the same thing, people from everywhere write me on my MySpace and e-mail me "Yo, where can I find the tune?" Yeah, craziness.
Kingston: When we come back from the match we go out in the back and everybody got the song stuck in their head, its like "SOS, SOS" all day long, all night long.
Buddz: Yeah, yeah, for real man, enough respect. It's doing a lot of things like touching down on a different fan base, you know? You know what I'm saying like, wrestling -- a lot of people hear the tune and they start messaging me like, "Oh I didn't know you sang ‘Come Around,' too, you know what I'm saying?
Kingston: It's a whole new avenue of fans, a whole new avenue of people.
Buddz: Yeah man, but I respect the ring for real.
Kingston: Also you came out with your self-titled, debut album, Collie Buddz, which was fire. I listened to it from the first song all the way to the last song, and it was very dynamic. It was the first thing I noticed, that it was very dynamic. You had your club bangers in there, you know, "Mamacita," "Wild Out" and the hard track, "Come Around." You had a few love tracks in there for the ladies. You gave a positive message -- "Tomorrow's Another Day" -- a personal message to all the haters out there, you know. … You set the bar pretty high for yourself. Now as far as '08, what do you have in store? What do you have in the pot burning?
Buddz: The success of the first album… We're over in Europe right now, we're doing the European tour, but right now I'm working on a new album, which we has some production by Black Chiney again, who did "Tomorrow's Another Day" and "Blind To You." Also we're working with Konvict Muzik… Yeah, Akon's camp, a youth named Gibson who does a lot of the production side of things from their camp. We're working with them closely. But we just stared working on it, so that's the only two so far. But I'm looking to get more from Massive B, you know Bobby Konders and Jabba, they play Sundays on Hot 97. We're just promoting right now -- it's the only thing right now -- it's just promoting, getting the name out there and linking up with you and the whole WWE team. It's been a great start to the year.
Kingston: For sure, for sure. Let me finish up by asking, do you have any messages that you want to, you know, tell the WWE fans or people listening to the song, you know every week on ECW. Do you have any message that you want them to know? I know you want to put your name out there, and they're definitely going to know at the end of the day when it's all said and done, but do you have any other messages for them?
Buddz: Yeah, man. Well, you know what I'm saying, Kofi, you're the best right now, you're the best. To the fans and the whole WWE team, and to you, thank you. This is amazing for my career, you know, reaching out to a whole other spectrum of fans. The album's in stores right now and they can check me out on CollieBuddz.com. The new album will be in stores this summer. So you know, it's nothing but respect to the whole WWE team and you, especially. Just keep doing your thing, man, you know what I'm saying?
Kingston: True, true, and thank you very much for taking the time for this interview. I appreciate you making that song because the music is so important. Before you even step out there, the music is what sets the tone for you to come out, and for me to debut and to have a song that grabs people's attention right away was very helpful. Hopefully I'll be able to do some big things in my career and it all starts with the music. I thank you, again. I really appreciate that.
Buddz: Yo, nothing but respect, Kofi, man, and I wish you all the best, for real, success in your career and let's keep the link, man.