Monthly archive July, 2009

HYPE TV Top 20: The Queen Makes It Reign

What’s really poppin’ in yard? Queen Ifrica’s “Far Away.”

Public Enemy told you “Don’t Believe The Hype” but when it’s HYPE TV, Jamaica’s hottest entertainment network, you best believe it. Read more »

Sumfest 2009 Highlights bubbling backstage in MoBay… Keep it locked.

Here’s a little taste of what I caught on the FlipCam…. Tarrus Riley onstage mashing it up right now. Toni Braxton plus Junior Gong and Nas tonight. Much more to come.

HEAR THIS: JaVinchi “Prayer”

Portmore Empire Singer Flexes On Izes’ “Full Blast” Riddim

“Full Blast” is the latest juggling from Izes, the young producer responsibile for the “Applause” riddim, which sparked Sean Paul’s #1 smash “Temperature” as well as hardcore favorites like Sizzla’s “Run Out Pon Dem” and Shane-O’s “Lightning Flash.” Read more »

WATCH THIS: Jr. Gong & Nas “Road To Zion” Live

Distant Relatives rock on and on and on…

“Out in the streets they call it murder.” Last year Nas and Jay-Z rocked the bells. This year it’s God’s Son and Bob’s son. Raw footage from the RTB press preview. Shout to 2 Dope Boyz. Let it go…

HEAR THIS: Baby Wayne & Leroy Smart ‘Money Friend’

Special request to all hypocrite and parasite.

Sometimes the trials and tribulations of life are really blessings in disguise. For one thing they let you know the real people around you, and help you weed out the hypocrites and parasites. Case in point: I was a founding editor of a little magazine called VIBE. Maybe you’ve heard of it. Put in mad work there for 16 years. If you don’t know, ask somebody. Read more »

HEAR THIS: Beenie Man “Stack An’ Pile”

The Doctor is not above a likkle bit of boastin’

Beenie was never one to back down from a challenge. Read more »

HEAR THIS: Mavado “Mockingbird”

The Gully Gadd no inna the boastin’

Fire Links “Street Team” riddim is bringing the drama, and the track inspired Mavado to deliver another tough piece of tune. Read more »

HEAR THIS: Christopher Martin “Vibes Is Right”

The “other Chris Martin”… no longer just a Rising Star.

No he’s not married to Gwyneth Paltrow. This is not the Chris Martin of Coldplay. Nor is he the Christopher Martin from House Party and Kid N Play fame. But judging by his track record, the Jamaican crooner Christopher Martin is already much more than a Rising Star.

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DUNGLOAD: Sting Intl. remixes Michael Jackson

“They Don’t Really Care About Us” on the Street Bullies riddim

Big Yard’s latest juggling is the Street Bullies riddim. The track was built by Tony Kelly, who’s worked with some of the biggest names in dancehall and pop. But you never heard the King of Pop shock out in the dance like this before. Read more »

Mutabaruka Distressed Over Daggerin’

Dub poet sez: “Some wild beast animal ting ah gwan inna Jamaica.”

“This no civilized Rasta,” says the bare-footed dub poet famous for classics like Outcry and Dis Poem. Read more »