New to Your Ears: Selah Sue, Raggamuffin

“This track symbolizes me” she explains. “It shows my soulful and singing side, but also my hard side, between rap and reggae.” -Selah Sue on her track Raggamuffin.

Funny how fate works, you can’t really avoid it no matter how much you may try to down play it. Selah Sue, a Belgian songwriter and guitarist didn’t grow up with a line of musicians in her family. Writing lyrics and playing the guitar was just something she did when she had a lot on her mind.  Her influences are none other than Bob Marley, Eykah Badu, and Lauryn Hill, which you can definitely hear in her voice and on the guitar. However once she put her recorded music on Myspace, fate made it known that a musical career is what Selah Sue was meant to do. Songs like Ragamuffin received millions of listens on the seemingly defunct social site. Selah Sue is the real deal though, opening up for the legendary Prince, and sharing a song with Cee-Lo. Now one of her most intimate tracks, Raggamuffin, gets a make over by J. Cole.  Selah Sue’s debut album was released in March of 2011 in Europe, and will be released in the U.S. on August 21st.  With the U.S. album release hopefully more U.S. tour dates will follow. Be sure to check her out.

Raggamuffin remix ft. J. Cole