Monthly archive December, 2010

HEAR THIS: Stephen Marley featuring Jr. Gong & Buju Banton “Jah Army” (REFIX)

The Banton Is Back And Moving Like A Soldier Pon The Battlefield

Buju Banton’s Grammy-nominated album Before The Dawn was all recorded prior to his year-long incarceration, but the DJ’s been back at work since his November 10 release, which was of course made possible by Stephen Marley. So when the former Pinellas County Prison inmate touched down on Stephen’s illmatic version of the “General Penitentiary” riddim, he had to go hard:

“Them lock me inna jail. And talk bout dem nah gimme no bail…” Read more »

WATCH THIS: Ishawna “Legendary”

This Girl’s About To Drop Something Heavy

Foota Hype’s been telling us about this artist for a minute. And now here she comes with a new video (directed by Icey Jace) for her tune on the “Badda Dan” riddim. She says she’s “Legendary,” and who are we to argue? Read more »

HEAR THIS: Dr. Dre feat. Collie Buddz, Snoop Dogg & Akon “Kush” (Refix)

Hold Up, Wait A Minute—Let Me Put Some Dancehall In It

Is this the same Dr. Dre from N.W.A who swore “I don’t smoke weed or sess” on “Express Yourself”?!! Cause ever since 1992 the man has been reppin that Chronic real hard. And if you thought Detox was about cleaning up his act, think again. Read more »

And Now, A Word From His Imperial Majesty, Emperor Haile Selassie I

“With Faith, Courage And A Just Cause, David Will Still Beat Goliath”

Well said. But how was the King of Kings really living? Read more »

HEAR THIS: Damian Marley “Just Ain’t The Same”

Jr. Gong Switches Up His Flow, Kicks The Half That’s Never Been Told

From birth, Damian Marley has been exposed to real situations that most of us could never even imagine. But every once in a while he lifts the curtain and lets his fans glimpse the innermost thoughts of a champion in action. His remarkable new tune “Just Ain’t The Same,” is as real as it gets, treading on all sorts of touchy topics with righteous abandon. Read more »

Buju Announces “Before The Dawn” Show Lineup

First Concert In A Year To Take Place Jan. 16 At Miami’s Bayfront Park

(Photograph by Marlon “Ajamu” Myrie)

After spending the past year behind bars on drug charges, Grammy-nominated Reggae star Buju Banton is free on bail and making plans to return to the stage at Miami’s Bayfront Memorial Park one month from today. Read more »

Keri Hilson Busts A Quick Bogle Dance

“No Boys Allowed” Star Takes It Back To ’92 At VIBE Cover Launch

Interscope Records artist Keri Hilson was in NYC this week celebrating her first VIBE magazine cover and preparing for the launch of her sophomore album No Boys Allowed on December 21. The event at HK Lounge—sponsored by AKOO clothing and Smirnoff Masters of the Mix—was packed by the time Keri took the stage to perform her signature songs like “Turning Me On” (featuring Lil Wayne), “Knock You Down” (featuring Kanye West), as well as her new hit single “Pretty Girl Rock.” Keri also took time out to bust a quick Bogle dance… Read more »

HEAR THIS: Natalie Storm “A Perfect Storm”

Hot Young DJ Steps Her Game Up Off The Meter With New Mixtape

Alongside her sistren Timberlee and Tifa, Natalie Storm is the nitroglycerine of TNT, the Charlie’s Angels of Dancehall. But last week Natalie stepped to the Big Apple one away, bringing all types of heat to freezing NYC. Read more »

PEOPLE’S CHOICE: “Phat Punani” or “Want Yuh Body”?

Which Version of Leftside’s Tune Is Badder: The Raw or The Remix?

This past June KeepLeft Records released the raw, uncut version of “Phat Punani” a tune that set dancefloors on fire. The song’s unforgettable hook displayed Leftside’s bold sexuality as well as his trademark start-stop cadence. But the producer/artist was just getting started….

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WATCH THIS: Shaggy feat Alaine “Yur Eyes Only”

Peep The Brand New Video From Mr. Boombastic Alongside Alaine

Last night at New Kingston’s SportsMax club, Shaggy and Alaine premiered the video for “Yur Eyes Only,” their Tony Kelly-produced smash. The song grabbed my ear first time I heard a few months ago, and now it’s #1 pon the New York charts. And Jay Will’s new clip is set to take the tune to another level… Read more »

HEAR THIS: Bounty Killer “The Message” (Done Talk)

The Poor People Governor Turns It Up Again With Madhouse

Gully Gaad, Warlord, Timberlee, Cham and Chase Cross at Big Yard Studio.

Madhouse Productions’ new “Turn It Up” riddim has been making noise for a couple of weeks already. But the mission was not complete until late last night, when Dave Kelly and Rodney Price finished off “The Message,” a powerful statement that Killer and Madhouse were back in effect—”the link seal and the link real.” And the new lyrics in the full version go even harder…

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HEAR THIS: Busy Signal “Spliff Tail”

Next To Fresh Air, What’s The Best Thing To Inhale? HottHead!

This cut off the new Hi Grade Ganja Anthems anthology ranks as my favorite Busy Signal weed tune, which is no small statement… Read more »