Collie Buddz is from the generation of reggae/dancehall artists who know no geographic or cultural boundaries. Buddz was born in New Orleans as Colin Harper, but was raised on the Bermuda Islands. Growing up on reggae, he listened intently to the work of Tony Rebel, Diana King, Mad Cobra, Tanto Metro and Devonte, Shabba Ranks, Super Cat and Patra. In 2006, Buddz signed with Sony and released the single "Come Around." The song was a smash in America and Europe's urban market, and led to Collie's collaborations with various hip-hop royalty, including Lil' Flip, Tony Yayo, Paul Wall and Young Buck. Collie's self-titled debut was released in the summer of 2007.