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HEAR THIS: Spragga Benz ft. Bobby Shmurda & Red Square Crew “Switch It Up”

HEAR THIS: Spragga Benz ft. Bobby Shmurda & Red Square Crew "Switch It Up"

When It Comes To Bad Man Ting, Real Recognize Real

This tune arrived in our inbox with the following message from the Red Square crew, which we are reprinting here verbatim: “ITS HARD TO BE FROM THE INNERCITY AND SING ABOUT LAYING IN SUNRAYS ON DAFFODIL FIELDS”….EVERYTHING DO HAPPEN ACCORDING TO THE SUPREME DESIGN…. ‘AT THE HEIGHTS OF HIS HIP HOP CAREER AND IT WAS AT THIS TIME THAT “BOBBY SHMURDA” SHOWED DANCEHALL MUSIC REAL LOVE BY COLLABORATING WITH SPRAGGA BENZ AND UPCOMING RED SQUARE TALENT… AND…ON AN AUTHENTIC DANCEHALL RIDDIM AS WELL… I HOPE THAT WE CAN STAND IN SOLIDARITY NOW THAT HE IS IN A DARK MOMENT AND PRAY THAT JAH GUIDE THROUGH HIS ORDEAL…MEANTIME FULLJOY THE MUSICAL VIBE AS RED SQUARE PRODUCTIONS PRESENT THE “BACK BITE” RIDDIM WITH THE FIRST SINGLE.. “SWITCH IT UP”..ft..BITTAH SOSICKA..+..BRIGGY BENZ..+..KWALIT-E REDSQUARE..+..BOBBY SHMURDA..+..SPRAGGA BENZ Not much more to say, but let the music play. Audio After The Jump… Read more »

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Flashback Friday: Red Rose For Gregory

Flashback Friday: Red Rose For Gregory

The Unexpected Gift 

On December 6, 2008,  I arrived at the Hammerstein Ballroom and met  a  large crowd, which gathered together  on a snowy night, for the  Jamrock Magazine, 4th Annual Vintage Fest, promoted by David “Squeeze” Annakie. Unfortunately, the line to purchase tickets  at the door was so long that security announced, “No one else can come in, ”  after a threshold point. A photographer standing next to me said follow me.  As we walked towards a back entrance, she  said “Who do you want to meet, I know everyone.” My first time being back stage at a concert definitely came as a surprise and  I was introduced to several  living legends, including, Frankie Paul,  Sugar Minott,  Brigadier Jerry, Carlton Livingston, Nadine Sutherland and Coco Tea. More After The Jump…

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WATCH THIS: No-Maddz “Shotta” Official Music Video

WATCH THIS: No-Maddz "Shotta" Official Music Video

Dah One Yah Bad To The Bone

From their bugged-out Puma commercials (which somehow managed to snatch up sneaker money while subtly taking the piss) to their star turns in the film Better Mus Come, the acting, singing, and always laughing No-Maddz lads are undeniably brilliant. But there was always a sense amongst their hardcore fans that the rest of the world just didn’t get it. The lovingly scathing social commentary of their 50th anniversary tune “Sort Out Yuh Life Jamaica”—not to mention the whole “Poo Puku Poo” madness—did not exactly make it easier for them to “buss” in a traditional sense. Not that they really seemed bothered. But ever since their slightly skewed sensibility connected with the legendary drum and bass duo Sly & Robbie, the band has evolved from an underground sensation to an outernational vibration. First came the tune “Romance,” which sounded anything but soft, and now we have a selection called “Shotta,” which manages to condemn gun violence, big up musicianship, and still make the hair on the back of your neck stand up. In short, it’s a certified Boomshot. Video After The Jump… Read more »

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Popcaan Pop-Up Shop Poppin’ Off in Kingston

Popcaan Pop-Up Shop Poppin' Off in Kingston

The Unruly Boss Links With Reshma B Chains and We Are Massiv At Base Kingston

Nuff things a gwan in Kingston this week. Tuesday night is Ghetto Splash at Waterhouse Mini Stadium, with an all-star lineup that gets heavier by the day. This weekend it’s all about Live From Kingston featuring Protoje, Kabaka Pyramid, and No-Maddz But the exclusive jump-off is going down on Thursday December 18th, when We Are Massiv joins forces with Reshma B Chains to host a Popcaan pop-up shop at Base Kingston in Kingston, Jamaica—Upper Manor Park Plaza, Shop #11 to be exact. You may have seen Reshma B Chains’ new Look Book, which just premiered on The Fader. [Check the gallery above to get a flavor for the new “stoner chic” designs.]’ The RGATxPopcaan TR8 and TR8NESS chains, as seen on @PopcaanMusic’s personal Instagram, will be officially available for the first time in Jamaica. The night will feature a live performance by Popcaan as well as legendary DJ Skrillex passing through to rep his OWSLA line. In short, the ting Tun Up! Video After The Jump… Read more »

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Quarantine Inna Dancehall: The Ebola Riddim Is So Sick

Quarantine Inna Dancehall: The Ebola Riddim Is So Sick

When Current Events Meets Dancehall: How important is the name of a riddim?

The Ebola epidemic is the largest in history, claiming numerous lives since 1976. Just recently, two Americans died from the deadly virus, upon returning from Africa. Health care workers returning to the US from altruistic service in Africa, with viral symptoms have been quarantined in isolation. Luckily,  many received treatment which proved life saving, however, Africans continue to die  in alarming numbers from the deadly virus. Since its release in November 2014, the “Ebola” riddim has become a topic of controversy in dancehall.   The infectious riddim by renowned producer, Andrew “Anju Blax” Myrie of UIM  records, features a dozen top-rated dancehall artists. In the  riddim cover art, a micrograph of an Ebola virion appears superimposed over an animated image of  Anju Blax with supinated palms. Many on social media believe the riddim should be quarantined because of the “insensitivity,” in regards to its naming. Opposers refute this argument, stating that social commentary in dancehall is a norm, What’s in a name? While the jury is still out on this complex issue,  we present six songs featured on the Ebola riddim, because from a musical stand point,  the riddim itself is well produced.  Audio After The Jump…

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WATCH THIS: DeMarco “Loyal” (Royals Remix) Official Music Video

WATCH THIS: DeMarco "Loyal" (Royals Remix) Official Music Video

Mek Me Tell You This…

Where does the time go? As we find ourselves in the middle of December (already!), it’s time to have a look back over the past year and take stock of the music, the vibes, the moments that stood out during 2014. There’s been a lot of good songs, but few that hit home quite as hard or rang quite as true as Demarco’s broadside against “badmind, grudgeful, envious people.” Sure it’s a cover version of Lorde’s 2013 worldwide smash “Royals,” but just because the song was originated by a teenage girl from New Zealand, does that mean it shouldn’t ring out in Cassava Piece, Cockburn Pen, and Tower Hill? “Me don’t care—me gun dem never deh far, it deh near.”  (Kapiche?) “From you pree me life me delete you.” Simple. Video After The Jump… Read more »

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WATCH THIS: Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley “Is it Worth It? (Gunman World)” Official Music Video

WATCH THIS: Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley "Is it Worth It? (Gunman World)" Official Music Video

Nabil Directs a Dark mini-Epic for Gongzilla’s Shotta’s Lament

From the moment Jr. Gong hopped on the Rootsman Riddim, it was a major statement. For an established reggae superstar to join forces with a juggling that featured up-and-coming Jamaican artists like Chronixx, Jesse Royal, and Tarrus Riley. It didn’t hurt that Damian’s new song itself, “Gunman World,” ranks as perhaps one of Gongzilla’s deepest pieces of songwriting ever. “I’ve had that idea before working on the Welcome to Jamrock album actually,” says Damain of the tune, which is featured on the upcoming EP Ghetto Youths International Present: Set Up Shop Vol. 2.”The concepts and thoughts of what’s happening on the song. And I’ve kinda finished putting it together over the last year or so. And I decided that I would put the song on the Rootsman riddim because of wanting to support that movement and that energy. Cause the Rootsman riddim is produced by my keyboard player, Winta. So I wanted to support what he was doing as well as support that movement of new Rasta youths you see coming up in the music. I wanted to give some of my energy toward that also. That’s why I chose to go on that juggling. And we have a new video coming out for that real soon that was shot in Morocco. I’m not even in the video. It’s a nice kind of story based upon the lyrics and whatnot.” Directed by Franceso Corrozini & Nabil, we present the visual interprtation today for the first time. Video After The Jump… Read more »

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Flashback Friday: Tenor Saw “Lots of Sign”

Flashback Friday: Tenor Saw "Lots of Sign"

Tenor Saw Dies Tragically, Leaving Behind An Anthology of Dancehall Poetry

           Clive Bright aka Tenor Saw was a prominent Jamaican singer with an exceptional voice and a conscious, spiritual vibe to his music. Discovered at 19 years old by dancehall legend, Sugar Minott of YouthMan Promotions, who describes the first time hearing Tenor Saw’s voice as powerful. The late icon speaks about this magical moment and the excitement of cutting the Pumpkin Belly Dubplate which ended up on Vinyl:  More After The Jump…

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Marlon James Interview: “I Might Stay Away From Jamaica for a Little Bit”

Marlon James Interview: "I Might Stay Away From Jamaica for a Little Bit"

The Author of A Brief History of Seven Killings  Has Had No Reaction from the Marley Family

Marlon James was born in Kingston, Jamaica, the son of two police officers. After earning a living designing album covers, he developed his interest in creative writing via the Calabash Literary Festival writer’s workshop. His debut novel, John Crow’s Devil, was published in 2010 by the Brooklyn-based indie press Akashic Books. His second, The Book of Night Women, about a slave rebellion on a 19th century plantation, won several awards, while the third, A Brief History of Seven Killings, published this October by Riverhead Books, has been hailed by the New York Times as “epic in every sense of that word: sweeping, mythic, over-the-top, colossal and dizzyingly complex.”  Interview after the Jump… Read more »

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WATCH THIS: Tarrus Riley ft. Zagga “Free Up” Official Music Video PREMIERE

WATCH THIS: Tarrus Riley ft. Zagga "Free Up" Official Music Video PREMIERE

Singy Singy and Zagga Got No Time For Bad Vibes

Chimney Records’ Happy Hour riddim had a strong start out the box with Mavado setting the pace on “Nah Use Them” (aka “Mama son lock down”.) Now here comes another hit off the juggling—this time it’s Tarrus Riley and Zagga joining forces to banish all badmindedless as they remind youth and youth to “Free up!” All the action in the video, produced by Zojak Distribution, unfolds at a video-game arade rather than some old “up in the club” cliche, with random oversized cartoon characters lending a playful vibe to the proceedings. Like the DJ says, “We don’t give trouble we give thanks.” Video After The Jump… Read more »

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Flashback Friday: Terror Kid “Loose She Man”

Flashback Friday: Terror Kid "Loose She Man"

For Flashback Friday, Boomshots Features A Grenadian Soca Song (2011)

A balanced relationship is analogous to a pendulum in a resting, equilibrium position. Any disruption (disagreement, separation etc.), displaces the pendulum sideways, causing vulnerability to a restoring force, due to gravity. In former Grenada Soca Monarch, Shem Bernard aka Terror Kids’ song, “Loose She Man,” sultry vocals over a symphonic production (Don Omar Riddim) by Lyndon Pope of YoungStarz Production, provides a refreshing soca sound. More After The Jump…

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WATCH THIS: Specialist Moss ft. Mr. Williamz “Dubby Dubby” Official Music Video

WATCH THIS: Specialist Moss ft. Mr. Williamz "Dubby Dubby" Official Music Video

Dubplate You Know That Is The Artillery—And Gwan Go Mek Dem Know It’s In Abundancy

First they gave you that “Herb Man Skank” and now Specialist Moss and Mr. Williamz are back with a criss new video off the big bad Dub Style EP. With live footage direct from London’s Notting Hill Carnival, the visuals delve into the roots of UK sound system culture. This is what happens when two UK lyrical badman buck up pon one ill drum and bass riddim. Field Marshall no partial.  Video After The Jump… Read more »

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