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Jay-Z Brings Damian Marley Out to Rock Meadows Festival

Jay-Z Brings Damian Marley Out to Rock Meadows Festival

Zilla Joins Hov to Perform “Bam” and “Jamrock”

Last night at the Meadows Festival in Queens, NYC, Jay-Z brought only one guest out on stage. Tidal shareholder Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley and his trust flag waver Donovan stepped out in front of a massive crowd to perform “Bam” with Jay-Z. The song went over so well that Damian stuck around to perform his signature smash “Welcome to Jamrock,” with Hov serving as his hypeman. The two previously performed together at the Made in America festival in Philadelphia, but somehow everything just feels bigger in NYC. Video After The Jump…
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PREMIERE: Ricky Blaze Presents The “Boom Riddim”

PREMIERE: Ricky Blaze Presents The "Boom Riddim"

Featuring Mr. Easy, Mr. Lexx, Cecile, and Majah Hype as “Mitzy”

Everything about Ricky Blaze’s brand-new Boom Riddim, which Boomshots proudly premieres today, screams classic dancehall. Just take a look at the artwork. If you don’t know why the yellow coloring is lighter at the corners of the square then you don’t know much about true dancehall culture. When you carry mad disco 12-inches inside your crate, and spend years flipping through them in the heat of the dance, sometimes the corners will get a little bit worn. As a matter of fact, that worn look is actually a badge of respect. Just as long as the disc inside stays nice and crispy, you’re good. Speaking of which, let’s get to the music itself, which is reminiscent of the late 80s early 90s that used to rock BK’s Biltmore Ballroom, fresh from yard. Ricky Blaze cooked up this particular digital riddim in his East Flatbish basement studio—the same humble soundlab that birthed timeless sounds like Gyptian’s “Hold Yuh,” Kartel’s “Touch a Button Nuh” and Ding Dong’s “Badman Forward”—and he knew just the right artists to voice for this particular mood and feel. So he reached out to veterans like Mr. Easy “Like Sunday Morning” himself as well as Mr. Lexx aka Lexxus and dancehall’s original Bad Gyal, Cecile. There’s also a next bad gyal in the juggling—she goes by the name of Mitzy. You’re just going to have to listen with your own ears to see what she’s dealing with.  No more long talking, time to let Mr. Blaze Blaze it up.   Audio After The Jump…

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WATCH THIS: Kranium “Meet & Beat” Official Music Video

WATCH THIS: Kranium "Meet & Beat" Official Music Video

Just Living That Star Life

Ever since he shook the world with that “Nobody Haffi Know” joint, Kranium has been living a different kind of life. The Queens dancehall artist has been grinding for years to reach this point and while he still works hard every day, he’s all about enjoying the ride. Today he dropped the visuals for his latest dancehall cut “Meet & Beat,” a humorous look at what really goes down at those meet and greet sessions. Because he loves his fans so much, Kranium will be hitting the road this fall. After you catch the new visuals, check out the Meet and Beat tour itinerary and maybe he can pencil you in.  Video After The Jump… Read more »

New Artist Azia Crosses Cultural Barriers

New Artist Azia Crosses Cultural Barriers

 Haitian Artist Azia Releases Powerful Music for Change 

We met up with new artist, Azia during her Labor Day Weekend Tour, which included a series of shows at local venues in New York City and a live performance on the Haitian Allstarz and WBAI 99.5 FM truck, at the West Indian American Day Carnival. We started off our interview with a brief conversation about fashion and we quickly moved into an in-depth conversation about life, music, politics and societal dividers. It was clear that the 22 year old,  Virginia State University alumnus, mastered the art of communication and now wants to use music as a platform to educate and empower. In this article, check out the World Premiere of her video for “Pull Up On Ya,” followed by an up-close and personal interview.   More After The Jump…

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HEAR THIS: Elesia iiMura ft. Agent Sasco “Come for Me”

HEAR THIS: Elesia iiMura ft. Agent Sasco "Come for Me"

Dancehall Heat From Down Under

Born and raised in Australia, Elesia iiMura  moved to Japan with her rock star father as a teenager. Making music was pretty much her destiny. Today Boomshots premieres Australian  artist ELESIA iiMURA’s new song “Come For Me.”  Produced by Travis Lee, ELESIA’s sultry pop vocals ride over the bouncy dancehall-fused beat and Jamaica’s own Assassin a.k.a. Agent Sasco delivers a powerful guest feature. Last year ELESIA and Assasin collaborated on his single “Crazy” and she played his love interest in the song’s video. A new visual for “Come For Me,” shot on location in Kingston, Jamaica, will soon premiere on MASS APPEAL For now, get familiar with the tune. Audio After The Jump…
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WATCH THIS: Freezy “Split In Di Middle” Official Music Video

WATCH THIS: Freezy "Split In Di Middle" Official Music Video

The Boomshots Choice for Top Club and Carnival Banger

When this song comes on, there is a cheerleader reaction.  First you see a lunge followed by a series of forward tumbles, handstands and splits. Anywhere this song plays – whether at a dance party or behind a carnival truck, there is the same response. Rising star, Johnick “Freezy” Leo, from Saint Lucia has created a song, which sends people into a soca frenzy.  The tanatalizing, Khrome produced, Malay Way riddim, in conjunction with Freezy’s commanding vocals  interpolated with Creole makes “Split In The Middle” Boomshots Choice for Top Carnival Track. Now we present the video for this great Dennery (Kudoro) track, directed by Acid Kreationz. More After The Jump…

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IShawna Still Fighting For “Equal Rights”

IShawna Still Fighting For "Equal Rights"

The Battle of the Bow Cats Rages On

Dancehall has long had  love/hate relationship with oral sex, but ever since Ishawna dropped her Ed Sheeran remix “Equal Rights and Justice,” a topic that’s been kept under cover for many years is not front and center. In an in-depth piece for Pigeons & Planes, the Reggae Girl About Town explores changes in social attitudes by-way-of song lyrics and insightful anaylsis.  “Most people think of dancehall as a very free and sexually charged genre, but Jamaica’s strong conservative Christian tradition extends to the music, particularly in “Bowcat” lyrics,” Reshma B writes. The story traces the origins of the Bowcat concept back to Shabba Ranks and traces it forward to Vybz Kartel and Wayne Marshall who sang: “Why you chewin’ it when you should be screwin’ it? I know you never see a curry or a stew in it!” With such a long-standing tradition Ishawna’s song was nothing less than a lyrical revolution with bars like ”Boy, me nah go compromise / Me wan’ feel how your head feels between mi thighs.” Coming 21 years after Lil’ Kim’s “Not Tonight” —the song where Queen B declared “You ain’t lickin’ this, you ain’t stickin’ this!”— “Equal Rights” has stirred up more backlash than Kim did in the ’90s.  Audio After The Jump… Read more »

WATCH THIS: IamStylezMusic “Hey Mama Africa” Official Music Video

WATCH THIS: IamStylezMusic "Hey Mama Africa" Official Music Video

New Visuals From The Back To My Roots Album

The last time we heard from IamStylezMusic, he was dropping a dancehall remix of John Legend’s “Light Up The Night.” After that international look the native of Portmore Jamaica decided return to the foundation with a new album called, Back To My Roots. “I did this album because I strongly believe the best way to make people fall in love and appreciate me as an artist was by doing a solid relatable body of work,” says the artist. “As for my inspiration, most of it came from me just self-searching. Finding and expressing myself in this album was a very important ingredient for the storyline.” Today we get the video for “Hey Mama Africa,” a song that walks the line between dancehall and Afrobeats with strong radio potential. Turn it up. Video After The Jump… Read more »

OkayAfrica Raises The Bar With D’banj, Sister Nancy, Rayvon and The Compozers in New York City

OkayAfrica Raises The Bar With D'banj, Sister Nancy, Rayvon and The Compozers in New York City

Okayafrica’s “Riddim and Beats” Fused Several Musical Genres 

On Thursday, August 10, 2017,  Okayafrica, a company which fuses music, fashion and culture, presented “Riddim and Beats” at Lincoln Center. The diverse crowd awaited the excited line up, which included D’banj, Sister Nancy,and The Compozer.  More After The Jump…

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Flexing with Mad Cobra at Reggae Sumfest 2017

Flexing with Mad Cobra at Reggae Sumfest 2017

Ewart Brown Nuh Press People Button

During the early 1990s Mad Cobra was one of the hottest new stars on Kingston’s dancehall circuit. And then his 1992 hit single “Flex,” recorded for Shang Productions and distributed worldwide by Columbia Records, made him an international star. Suddenly the voice of the youth born Ewart Brown was heard round the world on mainstream radio, becoming part of global pop culture, and yet he never lost his hardcore appea thanks to lyrics like “Press trigger we nuh press people button.” It’s been a long time since the Snake  touched the stage at Reggae Sumfest, so Mad Cobra returned to Montego Bay for the 25th anniversary edition, delivered a jolt of that hardcore 90s dancehall energy. After blazing the Catherine Hall stage Cobra took time out to kick it with the Reggae Girl About Town. They remarked on Sumfest’s renewed energy, and on the enduring power of his song “Flex.” Then Cobra explained why he used his time on stage to take a stand against domestic violence and child abuse. Real people, real talk, real things. Video After The Jump…
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Navino Next Level: New Label, Music, and Outlook

Navino Next Level: New Label, Music, and Outlook

Rising Star Overcomes Challenges and Sees Growth In Popularity

With great vocals and song concepts, rising talent from St. Mary, Jamaica, Ricardo “Navino” Fraser, is steadily gaining momentum. Recently signing to Real Live Records and releasing  the songs “Sup’n Like Suh,” “Yuh Fi Bruki, “Shallow Grave,” and “Never Touch Yet, ” Navino is seeing a steep rise in his music career. With the lyrical artillery to keep up with the best in dancehall and  new management, his fan-base is growing at a record fast pace. More After The Jump…

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HEAR THIS: Jahmiel “U Me Luv”

HEAR THIS: Jahmiel "U Me Luv"

Jahmiel Releases Sexy Summer Song

Jahmiel received rave reviews for his Reggae Sumfest 2017 performance, described by Billboard Magazine writer, Pat Maschino as a “well paced, focused and razor sharp performance.” This artist continues to supersede our expectations and his new love song shows us a softer side of this “Great Man.” In the spring, Jahmiel collaborated with Shensea for a Troyton Music produced song about challenges of relationships, in “Tell Me.” This summer the versatile artist surely knows where his heart resides, in a love ballad entitled “U Me Luv.”  Jahmiel delivers poignant lyrics over a sensational beat produced by Dunwell Productions. More After The Jump…

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