Monthly archive November, 2010

Bling Dawg Turns It Up

Haters Suck An Egg! Ricky Rudie’s Rallying Back Again In 2010

Remember when Ricky Rudie was telling folk to “Gwan Suck An Egg” and linking Kartel via “Phone Call“? Seems like the DJ has been cooling out for a second, until he touched down on Breadback’s “Tan Bad” riddim the other day, and things started percolating… Read more »

HEAR THIS: Vybz Kartel “Clarks Mixtape” Sampler

Adi Di Teacha Droppin a New Mixtape… Say Oh!

Di Teacha and Tads Records have teamed up to create one criss new mixtape, dropping December 10th. DJ Wayne on the mix. Check the sampler here….

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HEAR THIS: Cham & Timberlee “Tump Mi”

From You No Pop Down Make Me See De Hand Dem… Madhouse Again!

“How you cute so? How you hot so?” Cham inquires while Timberlee eases into the Goodas role on this Certified Boomshot from Madhouse’s new “Turn It Up” riddim. Don’t draw her out…

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Giving Thanks & Praises Itinually

It’s Not About Turkey & Gravy, Seen? Rasta Attitude Is Gratitude…

 

As the one Rebel Tony put it: “Ungrateful worser than Obeah. Nuff ungratefulites bout yah… Pretend as if them no memba, gwan like them have amnesia.” Don’t let it happen to you. Here’s 21 ways to remember. Run tune! Audio After the Jump… Read more »

WATCH THIS: Icientcy Mau & The Mau Mau Warriors “Works To Do”

Another Good Thing About Music… Trenchtown Rocks On

Where, you ask, is the real rootsman? Look no further than Trenchtown, the musical hotbed that brought talents like Joe Higgs and The Wailers to the world. After all these years, it’s time to add one more name to the list of Trenchtown Rockers. Read more »

HEAR THIS: Rihanna “Man Down”

Don’t Make Her Reach For That Firearm… Rum-Pa-Pum-Pum!

“My favorite artists are all reggae artists,” Rihanna recently told MTV News, and on her latest cut “Man Down” the Barbados-born singer is “embracing her island roots”—by letting off some lyrical shots! You thought “Rude Boy” was rough? When she sings “What started out as a simple altercation turned into a real sticky situation,” we can’t help wondering if she’s thinking about one night with Breezy? As if to say, I got your Deuces right here! Read more »

DUNGLOAD: Protoje Sampler “The Seven Year Itch”

As Protoje gears up for the Spring 2011 release of his debut album, The Seven Year Itch (Produced by Don Corleon), fans are as impatient as they are excited for what’s expected to be a landmark record. Read more »

HEAR THIS: Stephen Marley & Jr. Gong “Jah Army”

Marley Brothers Moving Well Militant On The Big Bad Foundation Riddim

Stephen “Ragga” Marley and his brother Gongzilla just served up another musical heatrock. Chopping up a dubbed-out slice of Black Uhuru’s extra-heavy “General Penitentiary” riddim, the brothers deal with it wicked, chasing all crazy bumpheadz out of town. Last time we heard these not-so-distant relatives rocking like this was “The Mission,” and you know that was a next Certified Boomshot. Read more »

WATCH THIS: Meta & The Cornerstones “Cornerstone”

Roots Rock Reggae Straight Outta Senegal By Way of Brooklyn

The realest video we’ve seen in a long while comes from Senegal-born Meta Dia and his BK-based ensemble The Cornerstones. Refreshing, upful, truthful in so many ways. But it’s not for the ADD generation. Got to give this one time… Read more »

And The Winner Is… Gyptian

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer Bigs Up Soul Train Awards Best Reggae Artist for 2010 “I come all the way from a place called Jamaica,” said Gyptian during his acceptance speech at this Wednesday’s taping of the Soul Train Awards in Atlanta. “From a far distance, very very far…” Read more »

The Envelope Please…

Who Will Be Named Best Reggae Artist At The 2010 Soul Train Awards?

Nuff respect to the original Don (Cornelius). The Soul Train Awards ceremony takes place this Wedensday in Atlanta. And while Usher and Alicia Keys lead all nominees this year, we’re focused one of the newer categories. Last year Sean Paul walked away with the first ever Soul Train Award for Best Reggae Artist. This year’s nominees include Gyptian, Mr. Vegas, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Vybz Kartel, Gramps Morgan, and Jah Cure—a diverse mix of roots reggae, soul, lovers’ rock and straight-up dancehall, and a better representation than most other major awards shows. Plus not only will the Best Reggae Artist trophy be awarded during the broadcast, but Gyptian is scheduled to perform live. Read more »

Tribute To The Late Great Sonia Pottinger 1931-2010

8 Certified Boomshots From Reggae’s Foremost Female Producer

To say the reggae industry is male dominated might be the understatement of all time. Jamaica’s first, foremost, and arguably only serious female producer was Sonia E. Pottinger, who died last Wednesday November 3rd at the age of 79. Introduced to the music biz by her husband Lyndon Pottinger, she opened the Tip Top record shop in 1965 and started producing the following year. Serious selectors covet all the rock steady and roots classics released on her Tip Top, Highnote, and Gayfeet labels. In 1974 Pottinger bought Duke Reid’s Treasure Isle label shortly before his passing (and she won a big court case just last year retaining her rights to the legendary imprint, which she soon made available online). She was eventually recognised with the Order of Distinction for her contribution to the development of Jamaican music

“Ms. Pottinger, I rate her highly,” legendary soundman Winston “Merritone” Blake told this Sunday’s Jamaica Observer. “For her to enter the music scene at the time she did, going up against the giant record producers in Coxsone and Duke Reid, required tremendous courage. And the kind of music that she produced was unquestioned. They have stood the test of time.” On that note, let’s rewind back some of Ms. P’s Certified Boomshots… Read more »