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The Worst of the ‘Best Of The Best’ Instagram Comments After Epic Mavado Fail

The Worst of the 'Best Of The Best' Instagram Comments After Epic Mavado Fail

How Them Fi Deal With The Gully Gad So?

This past Memorial Day Weekend the Best Of The Best music festival put on their 11th annual stage show at Miami’s Bayfront Park. Just like every year the show kicked of in the early afternoon and went on until midnight presenting many of “the best of the best” acts in the reggae and dancehall fraternity. Over they years BOTB has brought some amazing musical moments. However this year’s show ended on a rather sour note. When midnight rolled around without Mavado—the show’s headliner—setting foot on stage to perform. Acts billed for this year’s show included the likes of Jahmiel, Spice, Konshens, Aidonia and Christopher Martin—not to mention veteran acts like Barrington Levy, Mad Cobra, Josey Wales and Brigadier Jerry. However the Gully Gad’s non-performance was a major disappointment to say the least. During the final hour of the show, MC and promoter Jabba paced the stage as Mavado’s band tried to set up as the final moments ticked down. Then at just a few minutes to midnight he called Mavado to the stage, then after a few moments returned to the stage to announce that due to Miami Police and  curfew regulations Mavado would be unable to perform. Confused?! Most of the thousands of patrons in the park were definitely unhappy. (One eyewitness spotted a heated argument going down backstage after the unpopular announcement.) Everybody including artists, promoters, and fans and patrons (who paid as much as $170 for VIP tickets) wasted no time taking to social media to vent their frustrations. Team Boomshots was in the park too. Here’s how the drama unfolded. More After The Jump… Read more »

Beres Hammond & Cocoa Tea Headline 10th Annual Best of the Best Music Fest 2016

Beres Hammond & Cocoa Tea Headline 10th Annual Best of the Best Music Fest 2016

Miami’s Premiere Reggae Festival Celebrates Its 10-Year Anniversary

For the past decade, Best of the Best has been transforming Miami’s Bayfront Park into a massive party. Although the early years were characterized by a wide-ranging blend of reggae, dancehall, soca, hip hop and R&B, in more recent years the promoters have focused on Caribbean sounds. Over the years BOTB has emerged as Miami’s premiere reggae festival, and this weekend’s 10th anniversary staging looks to be no exception. Looking for news for Best of Best 2016? Boomshots is the right place for press and information on this year’s event in Miami, Florida. As an official media partner of BOTB 2016, we’ll keep you updated with the movements. Follow boomshots on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. Full Rundown After The Jump…
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Shabba Ranks to Headline Best of the Best 2015

Shabba Ranks to Headline Best of the Best 2015

Miami Welcomes The Big Dutty Stinkin’ Dancehall Emperor

There are few entertainers in any genre who can match the raw energy of Shabba Ranks live on stage. But when A$AP Ferg shouted out Shabba a couple of years ago many younger fans had never seen the dancehall legend do his thing live. This Memorial Day weekend May 24 in Miami, everyone will get the chance to witness the Dancehall Emperor ripping up Best of the Best alongside the likes of Capleton, Beenie Man, and Lady Saw. Shabba’s prediction: “Underpants wet, sweat man come fi sweat, money get!” Video After The Jump… Read more »

Jabba Pledges Best of the Best 2014 Will Be 100% Caribbean, Says Reggae and Hip-Hop “Come In Like Oil and Water”

Jabba Pledges Best of the Best 2014 Will Be 100% Caribbean, Says Reggae and Hip-Hop "Come In Like Oil and Water"

Promoter Promises to “Learn From His Mistakes” at BOTB 2014: Reggae & Soca—but NO Hip-Hop

For the past eight years Best of the Best has been a fixture of Memorial Day Weekend in Miami, a big outdoor reggae and soca show that normally features top hip-hop acts as well. But this year, Reshma B caught up with Jabba who explained that this year he’s “learned from his mistakes” and made BOTB 2014 a 100% Caribbean festival. That’s right, for the first time the festival will feature reggae and dancehall and soca but NO hip-hop. “Me get back to my roots,” say Jabba. “This year we involve more soca into the show more than just keep mixing the hip-hop and the reggae, because it come in like oil and water. We notice it’s eight years going in. When I first begun I just, you know, coming from a big urban radio station, I feel like hip-hop is part of my culture as well. Because you done know is a Jamaican man who started hip-hop in the Bronx—Kool Herc big up yourself anywhere you deh. So I felt like I can take that mission to a next level and just know say, Hear wah gwan now, let me mix up hip-hop onto reggae on the next level like it’s never been done before. And big respect to all the rappers, but it come in like the worst idea we coulda ever do. But you learn from your mistakes. Because when you come to a Caribbean culture festival, nobody no wan’ hear say “Yo, turn the motherfuckin mic up!” and  “Where’s my niggas at?” You understand?” Video After The Jump… Read more »

Best of The Best 2009

Bounty, Beenie, Ross & Jeezy rip Miami’s biggest reggae/rap stage show.

The Doctor meets The Bawse: All photos by the man called Wayne Lawrence. Read more »

Shaggy & Sting Win Grammy for Best Reggae Album, And Also Burn Badmind

Shaggy & Sting Win Grammy for Best Reggae Album, And Also Burn Badmind

“It’s nice to be nominated… But it’s better to win!”


Dancehall reggae hitmaker Shaggy was honored twice at the 61st Grammy Awards, held yesterday in Los Angeles. Honor #1: The seven-time Grammy nominee was tapped to host the Grammy Premiere Ceremony, the day’s first round of award presentations, which was live-streamed from the Microsoft Theater, directly across the street from the Staples Center where the televised portion of the Grammy Awards took place. Honor #2: Shaggy’s collaborative project with Sting, 44/876, won the Grammy for Best Reggae Album. It was Shaggy’s second career win (his Boombastic album won the Grammy for Best Reggae Album in 1995) and Sting’s 16th. “They always say about the Grammys that it’s nice to be nominated,” Shaggy said while accepting the award. “I’m telling you right now, it’s better to win!” Interview After The Jump… Read more »

Best 2017 Reggae Album Grammy Nominations Announced

Best 2017 Reggae Album Grammy Nominations Announced

Jr. Gong, Chronixx, Join Two Repeat Contenders And One Newcomer

Critics be damned! Year in and year out, people say this and that about the nominations for Best Reggae Album. It’s true that the UK MOBO Awards are more in tune with the streets. But this year The Grammys mostly got it right. Two of the very best reggae/dancehall albums of the year—Stony Hill and Chronology—were amongst the nominees announced this morning by the Recording Academy via Grammy Awards’ official website. Two contenders return from last year as well as a first-time noimnee. Full Details After The Jump… Read more »

This Year’s Best Dancehall Christmas Songs

This Year's Best Dancehall Christmas Songs

Reshma B Selects The Sounds To Get Your Holiday Party Poppin’

The Reggae Girl About Town’s new Murda She Wrote column just dropped on Pigeons & Planes, and it’s right on time to help your Christmas jam tun up: “There’s nothing better than Christmas in Jamaica—not just because the balmy Caribbean weather beats a polar vortex every time, but because Jamaicans love Christmas with a passion. The parties start in early December and run all the way through the top of the new year… and the most festive thing of all is the music. Over the years, thousands of reggae Christmas tunes have flooded the internet, but here are Murda She Wrote’s picks for the hottest this year. Full List After The Jump… Read more »

Kartel Tops Billboard 10 Best Reggae Albums List

Kartel Tops Billboard 10 Best Reggae Albums List

The best of times and the worst of times for lovers of Reggae Music

For the second year in a row Billboard asked Rob Kenner, founder of Boomshots Media, to pick the 10 Best Reggae Albums of the year. The assignment was particularly significant in this year where Jamaican sounds were all over the airwaves, the pop charts and the Grammy nominations, except that most of the records were not done by Jamaican artists. You could hardly turn on the radio without hearing a half-hour block of dancehall-style tracks, all too often classified under misbegotten names like “tropical house” and “Caribbean bass.” With both Justin Bieber and Rihanna briefly sporting dreadlocks and Drake publicly referring to himself as “the don,” it would be difficult for longtime fans of the music not to catch feelings this year….Consider this list a crib sheet to catch you up on everything you missed while tropical house flooded the airwaves.  Full List After The Jump…
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WATCH THIS: Vybz Kartel “Best Place Pon Earth” Official Music Video

WATCH THIS: Vybz Kartel "Best Place Pon Earth" Official Music Video

If You Could Go Anywhere Right Now, Where Would It Be?

Close your eyes and imagine paradise. What does it feel like? How do you get there? The latest visuals from the Dancehall WorlBoss explore the mysteries of that inner sanctum from whence all men are born—and where many wish to return. An Xtremely X-rated tune, released last August on the artist’s own Adidjaheim imprint and distributed by the mighty 21st Hapilos, “Best Place Pon Earth” is surely one of Kartel’s best tunes of the year. Speaking about one of his favorite topics, the artist sounds like he’s in the zone on this one. Enjoy the video but be prepared for a rude awakening near the end.  Audio After The Jump… Read more »

MOBO Awards Announce 2016 Best Reggae Artist Nominees

MOBO Awards Announce 2016 Best Reggae Artist Nominees

Will Popcaan Continue His Winning Streak?

This morning in London the nominees for this year’s MoBo (Music of Black Origin) Awards were announced. Now celebrating its 21st year, the MoBos have often done a better job reflecting the sound of the streets than the Grammy’s, particularly in the Reggae award category, honoring not only the Best Reggae Album (like the Grammy’s) but the overall Best Reggae Artist. Last year’s nominees included UK-based Stylo G, Chronixx, Protoje, Omi [who might have been amused to be included in this category since the Jamaican-born pop artist always made clear that he’s not a reggae artist], with the award going to Mr. “World Cup” himself, Popcaan—who got the nod this year as well. His last trip to England resulted in a MixPak victory at the Red Bull Culture Clash. Check out his competition. Nominee List After The Jump… Read more »

WATCH THIS: Kelissa “Best Kept Secret” Official Music Video

WATCH THIS: Kelissa "Best Kept Secret" Official Music Video

Kelissa McDonald “Best Kept Secret” Video Celebrates Her Earthstrong and Women’s History Month

Big up to Kelissa, one of the Caribbean’s favorite rising talents of the reggae revival. You may remember this lovely young empress from her Vogue feature on Jamaica’s resurgence of conscious music. Lately, this African queen has taken a break from touring to record more classic music and create engaging visuals for fans. In the latest video for her single “Best Kept Secret” Kelissa demonstrates her outstanding vocal ability, youthful appearance, and queenly character for the ladies seeking love in the Spring. Video After The Jump… Read more »