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More than 100 people have been detained in Trinidad and Tobago after the country imposed a national state of emergency in response to a wave of violent crimes linked to drug trafficking, after 11 people were killed over the weekend. The move comes amid growing concern that drug gangs are using Trinidad as a transshipment point for South American cocaine heading to Europe and the United States. Arima native Squeezy Rankin was asked about the situation in Trinidad & Tobago he said “As a people we don’t obey our own laws. We need a level of order as a society”. Squeezy emphatically condemned violence, saying, “we need to stop the violence!” He said that he would, in his own way try his best to make a difference. He admitted that while in the beginning of his career he was skeptical of the words “role model,” he now understands that no matter how he perceives himself and his duty as an artist, he will always be a role model in the eyes of the young and impressionable. His message to the youths is simple, “Stop the violence and let’s make T&T a paradise again.”
Squeezy Rankin has been working with PengCo Music for the past two years and says the relationship has been a great one. “ The vibes always on point,” he assured, adding that if the vibe weren’t there, there’d simply be no hits.
In the past, Squeezy Rankin’s working relationship with PengCo Music has lent to the release of tracks like Nah Play We Tune, Part of De Struggle and Confessions on the Android riddim, which was released earlier this year- songs that were all executively produced by PengCo Music. He says since hooking up with the local production house, the style of his music has changed somewhat, explaining that he has since been able to deliver what he refers to as a more subtle sound for the benefit of radio audiences.