Monthly archive November, 2010

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 »

HEAR THIS: Ricky Blaze feat Jim Jones & Nicki Minaj “I Feel Free” (REFIX)

Ricky Blaze. Jones. Nicki. Send Three More Bottles to Table Five…

Brand new refix from the one Ricky Blaze. Dipset. Young Money. Read more »

HEAR THIS: Miguel & J Cole “All I Want Is A Mad Collab” (Mike D Remix)

Wah Gwaan Popcaan? ZJ Chrome Big Riddim Sell Off… (Again)

Big tune + Big riddim = Mad Collab still breaking down barriers. Read more »

HEAR THIS: Nelly “Just A Dream” Mad Collab Riddim (Mike D Remix)

Wah Gwaan Popcaan? ZJ Chrome Big Riddim Sell Off….

Big tune + Big riddim = Mad Collab still breaking down barriers. Mike D on the Remix. Turn it up… Read more »

HEAR THIS: Serani & Tony Matterhorn “Again & Again”

Daseca’s New Riddim Takes It Back To The “Dancehall Again”

Let me let you in on a little secret: I’m still not sure what the proper term would be for all that other stuff folks have been rocking to in 2010. But Daseca’s new riddim is called “Dancehall Again”—thank goodness—and this time they kept it simple. No Auto-Tune. No pop pretensions. Read more »

Reasoning With Lady Saw, Raw & Uncut

Muma Saw Talks Nicki, RiRi, Foxy… And Doing Things “Her Way”

Born in the powerful parish of St. Mary, Marion Hall burst on the Jamaican sound system scene in the early 90s, changing the dancehall game forever with her blend of razor-sharp skills and shameless bedroom bravado. Long before Nicki and RiRi first stepped on a stage, Muma Saw was putting it down raw and uncut. Read more »

Lil Wayne Walks; Buju Still In Bondage

Weezy Freed After Eight Months; Banton Weighing Bail Options

After serving eight months of a one-year gun charge, Lil Wayne was released from Rikers Island this morning, and will soon be on his way to Miami for a massive welcome home party. “FREE AT LAST!!!” tweeted his manager Cortez Bryant at roughly 10am as fans around the world—including President Bill Clinton—celebrated. “I was never scared, worried nor bothered by the situation,” Lil Wayne said Tuesday through his official fan site Read more »

WATCH THIS: Ricky Blaze “Just You And I” Video

Do You Know How It Feels To Be Ricky Blaze? It Feels So Real

Not only did Brooklyn’s own Ricky Blaze come out of nowhere to produce the year’s biggest hit with Gyptian’s smash “Hold Yuh,” he’s also got the next-biggest tune on that riddim, a love song that wins on the strength of apparent sincerity rather than vocal dexterity. Read more »

WATCH THIS: Anthony Cruz “Back Downtown”

Them Say State Of Emergency, But That Can’t Stop The Hustling

Last time we bucked up Anthony Cruz he was at Kingston’s Carib Theater taking in the premier of Storm Saulter’s crucial new film Better Mus Come. (More about the film tomorrow!) Now the singer’s about to have reggae lovers under Cruz Control once again with his tough new tune “Back Downtown.” Read more »