Fresh from an exhilarating stint in Poughkeepsie, New York, over the weekend and now back in Jamaica, dancehall star Aidonia has hit the ground running with some exciting news. After months of teasing the hashtag "#occupiedmind," the 4th Genna head honcho has finally revealed the cryptic message's significance. This Friday, December 1, the entertainer will unveil a new 23-track compilation with the same name.
While the announcement has fans of the artiste salivating in anticipation of a new album, Aidonia, in a statement to the media, vehemently declared that despite the overabundance of music, the project is not an album but merely a body of work compiled from offerings recorded during that difficult period with his late son Khalif Lawrence, who passed away almost a year ago from a protracted battle with cancer.
"This is not an album; the official album a forward next year. This is just a project, not a mixtape, more like a compilation of some songs we recorded this year. You know what we were going through, so we just occupied our minds with music. It's basically that; we are just releasing some songs."
The "Frsh Drop" hitmaker also stated that following the release of the Occupied Mind project, he will be taking a hiatus from music for a few months to focus on family and the birth of his forthcoming child. Hence, this compilation will serve as something to keep the fans' insatiable appetite for new music filled.
"I will be taking a break from recording music over the next couple of months. I just want to give the people something they can vibe to because the birth of my son is approaching, and I am going to take some time to focus on that and my family," Aidonia added.
Executively produced on the Banger House Music Group imprint, the 23-track set features a single collaboration with campmate Govana on the single "Sorry 1," while production credits come courtesy of Banger House Music Group, Haunted House, Emudio, Darshan, Cashflow Big Project, and Mill Beatz. Upon release, Occupied Mind will become available on all major digital and streaming platforms.