Usain Bolt joined Beats 1’s Julie Adenuga tonight on Beats 1 for ‘Usain Bolt Radio’. Usain co-hosts his very own radio show running through tracks from his Apple Music playlist. He shares stories about his favourite music, his new documentary ‘I Am Bolt’ and life growing up in Jamaica. Featuring tracks from Bob Marley, 2Pac and Sean Paul.
Usain Bolt: “I chose these tracks for my playlist because…they’re my favorites! Enjoy the songs that have inspired me over the years, from different genres and musicians, and not only Jamaicans! The movie I Am Bolt is now available to download on iTunes.”
Bob Marley & The Wailers ‘One Love/People Get Ready’
Beres Hammond ‘ No Disturb Sign’
Gregory Isaacs ‘Night Nurse’
Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley ‘Welcome to Jamrock
Tanya Stephens ‘What Ah Day’
Shaggy ‘It Wasn’t Me (feat. Ricardo Ducent)’
Bob Marley & The Wailers ‘Redemption Song’
Popcaan ‘World Cup’
Major Lazer ‘Blaze Up the Fire (feat. Chronixx)’
Sean Paul ‘Crick Neck (feat. Chi Ching Ching)’
Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley ‘Everybody Wants to Be Somebody
Will Simms ‘Chariot (feat. Stylo G)'
On being a music fan
I’m really into music, I almost built a studio at my house, and then I thought about it for a minute and was like, if I build a studio, there’s going to be a lot of guys at my place so let’s not do that, I was that close. I do have my DJ setup at home, I play sometimes when I’m bored.
On the track Major Lazer - Blaze Up The Fire
For me, I always focus on a good beat, I love a good beat, this is why I try to listen to all genres of music because I live for a good beat. As long as it has a good beat, sometimes it might not be the best words, but I love a good beat.
On the track Damian Marley - Welcome To Jamrock
For me, it’s all about the streets of Jamaica, it’s a raw uncut version of what Jamaican is, especially mostly focused on the ghetto, this is what this song is about. He’s a global star, he’s worked, he’s made good music for years. For me, I love when my fellow Jamaicans are breaking barriers just like me, being a part of it is an honour - and his father is one of the greatest. It’s easy.
On the track Shaggy - It Wasn’t Me
This was one of the biggest songs in Jamaica back in the day, that’s all we used to say growing up, it was everything. Growing up, people would always say, when you’re young and guys in Jamaica getting in trouble, they always say, just say what Shaggy said, “it wasn’t me” - that’s something that’s always been a part of Jamaican culture.
On his documentary, I Am Bolt
It was always weird to do the documentary, when we had to document myself at home, it was always weird, but sometimes I would just sit down and something would pop into my head and I’m like you know what, let me talk about this. I always tried to talk about things about me, what I think track and field is, try and talk about inspirations, so for me it was good but also fun, it was different but it was fun.
On playing old tracks - (Barrington Levy - Here I Come)
The first couple of times I started playing music, there’s a DJ called Jazzy T, and he’s the one who introduced me to these songs, really proper old school songs, and this is when I started learning about these songs, so for me, this is where it all started for me as a DJ. We made a playlist and I would play it everywhere and people would love it, because I didn’t know all these old school songs like were fire. I remember we went to Europe, and we were playing at a party, playing new songs and people were like ehhh, then you drop these old songs and they go ahhhh! I couldn’t believe it.
On the affects of 2pac
Growing up in Jamaica, everybody knows that it’s always, who is the best? 2pac or Biggie? There’s always that question that lingers, so it’s who you love more, but they make great music both of them, but for me, 2pac was slightly my favourite person, so for me, just listening to him, not even just his music, it’s watching his interviews, and the way he spoke about life itself, and that for me is one of the most important thing that really made more of an impact, not just his music, but when watching his interviews, the way he speaks about life, what he thinks and how life should be was just brilliant. I was just a fan.
On picking songs for races
I just listen to music, I genuinely just listen to music, I am the type of person that just loves music, I will sit at home, and one of my friends DJ Burns, we just sit and home and he plays music and I just listen, all types of music, he plays anything and I listen and we just vibe to it, because I love hearing music so much, I always hang with him and he just always plays music, and loves it also. It doesn’t matter what it is.
On Gregory Isaacs - Night Nurse
This is like a round robin type of thing, and in Jamaica, they have round robins, it’s like an old school dance, mostly old people go to, and again, this is one of the songs I picked up from Jazzy T, it’s on my playlist, it’s a good beat, slow, easy, you can rock it. It all depends on the mood you’re in, you just turn it up and it’s a good baseline. This is a song in the dance in Jamaica they tune the baseline.
On hearing a Bob Marley tune
All my life, as soon as you understood what music was, you would hear Bob Marley in Jamaica. For me, this is always a song, one love is always a song that is in my sets all the time, when I used to play anywhere, after the mix, this was always the song I would end my sets with, no matter what I played before this, this was my last song. Always the finale, and for me it’s great because, people are now saying you’re bigger than Bob Marley, I’m like no, I’m just happy to be a part, be in the same sentence as him. But I would never say I’m bigger than Bob Marley, he’s made an impact on the world, and it’s just wonderful, and to get to know his kids, it feels great.