Monthly archive December, 2011

HEAR THIS: Agent Sasco “More Dem A Fight We”

Big Ship x Assassin Connect To Drop The 2012 Progressive Youth Anthem

Big Ship’s new Tenement Yard riddim is full up of bad selections. But we have to emphasize Agent Sasco’s tune this New Year’s Eve. “More Dem A Fight We, ah de stronger we get…” Read more »

A Politics Time Playlist

Election Or Not, We Don’t Have To Fire Shot

Today Jamaica will go to the polls for the first general election since the siege of Tivoli Gardens and the Dudus extradition raised troubling questions about who really runs things. But if you listen to reggae music, you already know… Read more »

HEAR THIS: Toni Braxton & Shaggy “Xmas In Jamaica” + “Jamaican Drummer Boy” & 3 More Rappa-Pam-Pams

What Is The Meaning Of Rappa Pam Pam???

Mr. Boombastic must really love Christmas. Ten years ago he gave us “Christmas In Jamaica with Toni Braxton. Was that Toni whispering something about “Sex on the beach?” Read more »

HEAR THIS: CERTIFIED BOOMSHOTS Vol. 1

21st Hapilos Distribution Presents A New Dancehall Reggae Compilation

The new Dancehall Reggae compilation CERTIFIED BOOMSHOTS Vol. 1 has now hit iTunes. Distributed by 21st Hapilos and fully endorsed by Boomshots magazine, Certified Boomshots is evolving the genre and changing the game. Read more »

A Warm Jamaican Christmas Time

Just Seven Days Left To Download Your Madhouse Collectors’ Box Set

“Where there is no snow, where the good sensimilla grow.” It’s no surprise that Wayne Wonder and Baby Cham made the best dancehall Christmas song ever—after all, it was a Madhouse production. If you’re looking to party all the night away this holiday season, you might want to download this mega Madhouse Collectors’ Box Set. For just $49 supm you get 27 different titles—most of them full albums, including classic Madhouse riddims like the Pepperseed, Action, Arab Attack, Showtime, Y2K Bug, and more. Read more »

Tivoli Gardens Massacre Was Caught On Tape

Official Documents Reveal U.S. Spy Plane Was “Filming Continuously”

An article in The New Yorker magazine titled “A Massacre In Jamaica,” states that an American spy plane monitored the incursion into Tivoli Gardens on May 24, 2010—a failed attempt to capture Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke, the Tivoli don facing drug and weapons charges in the U.S. At least 74 people were killed during the joint police/military operation. Read more »

WATCH THIS: Gappy Ranks “Me No Ready Fi Die Yet” Video

The UK DJ Wants To Live Till He’s Old And Grey, OK?

In case you never know, Gappy Ranks is not a puss, he don’t carry nine lives. Big bad reality tune on Push A Yute Music’s Pree Dem Riddim. More life we say. Read more »

HEAR THIS: Popcaan “Only Man She Want”

Fresh Cut From The Brand New Compilation Certified Boomshots Vol. 1

What this girl thinking? So has her own man, he gives her love and provides her with a house and car—but it seems Popcaan is the only man she wants. The Empire capo gets it poppin’ on a bright and bouncy track courtesy of So Unique Records—taken from the blazing compilation Certified Boomshots Vol. 1 dropping today. Read more »

HEAR THIS: Tanya Stephens “Fire Burning”

She’s Blazing Out Of Control. Send For The Strawberries And Cream!

You can’t say Tanya Stephens never warned you. Way back in the “Joyride” days, she was the one who said “You Nuh Ready Fi Dis yet.” And Tanya’s still talking the truth about women’s wants and needs while putting these tough-talking dudes to the test. Like the song said, “Hot fire deh ya but the wood nah blaze” etc. etc. Well some things never change, and Tanya’s fire is still hot. If you thought her latest song was some sort of remake of the Marcia Griffiths classic of the same name—think again. This fire is a whole ‘nother matter (and the beat is crazy). We’re talking foot pon shoulder, pedal-and-wheel, roast duck, lizard lap, bedrom mazuka. You get the picture. Read more »

WATCH THIS: Major Lazer “Original Don” Video

Take Em To The Butcher Shop—Chop, Chop, Chop!

Further proof that Major Lazer runs the world. Them and that blasted Partysquad have taken over the suburbs. They’ve got grandma rocking dark glasses while the kids swing Jian swords and perform strange synchronized dance moves. They’ve even got Diplo serving sandwiches. Read more »

WATCH THIS: Jimmy Cliff “Many Rivers To Cross” LIVE

40 Years After Starring In The Harder They Come, He’s Still Coming Hard

As Vivien Goldman observed in her excellent review of Jimmy Cliff’s recent unplugged set at Miss Lily’s Variety, for Mr. Cliff “every night is like a first night.” Standing three feet away from the 63-year-old living legend—watching him strum his guitar and feeling him nail every high note while perched on a bar stool with his cap to the back—was enough to make me forget half the live shows I’ve ever seen. Thankfully, LargeUpTV captured the moment for posterity, so you don’t need to be mad if you were unable to squeeze in there with the Miss Lily’s posse that night, or you somehow missed the live broadcast (including Pat McKay’s irie interview) on Sirius Satellite Radio. Read more »

HEAR THIS: I-Octane “Falling”

Brand New Lovers’ Selection Coming “Straight From The Heart”

I-Octane’s in love again. And it sounds like he’s truly falling. Here’s something smooth to play for your baby “inna the miggle of the night,” fresh off the new EP, Straight From The Heart. Read more »