Monthly archive April, 2012

Fuzzy Jones Gets His G.O.O.D. Music Debut

That’s The Late Great Don Of Dubplate Intros Nicing Up Kanye West’s New Single “Mercy”

Kanye West has the internet going nuts with his latest G.O.O.D. Music release, “Mercy.” Aside from Yeezy himself, the song features Big Sean, Pusha T, and 2 Chainz. But the voice you hear at the top of the track may be less well known to rap heads—even though he’s a legend in the dancehall. That’s Fuzzy Jones, whose gift for manic bugged-out braggadoccio made his dubplate intros a must for any selector looking to execute a soundbwoy in a clash situation. Before his death in 2005—when he was hit by a car while riding his bike near Arrow’s dub studio in Kingston, Jamaica—Fuzzy became so well known that his voice was immortalized on numerous soundclash-themed records like the classic King Tubby’s disc seen above. Read on to find out where the “Mercy” sample came from…
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WATCH THIS: Kevin MacDonald On Making “Marley”

Check Out This Inteview With The Director Of The New Documentary, Which Debuts On 4/20

The long-awaited documentary Marley hits theaters and VOD outlets in just over two weeks. But we know you don’t want to wait in vain. So just to hold you over, here’s an interview with director Kevin MacDonald (who also directed The Last King of Scotland). He says his goal was to get beyond the legend and show us the Marley the man. “I think people have a very wrong idea of Bob,” he says. “Yes he smoked a lot of herb, as they called it in Jamaica. But he was also incredibly hard-working. In one way he’s a very conservative role-model because he shows that you have to work very very very hard to be successful. Everyone thinks he just smoked and the inspiration came to him and he strummed his guitar. No–he worked hard hard hard…. I think the reason the original Wailers split up—which was him, Peter Tosh and Bunny Livingston—is that the other two weren’t that ambitious. Bob was ambitious. He worked incredibly hard to get where he got to.” Read more »

HEAR THIS: Macka Diamond “Deh Suh Nice”

Macka Gets Slacka On Her X-Rated Counteraction To Potential Kidd

Macka “Money O” Diamond is usually all about her paper. But right now she’s got something else on her mind—and it seems to have something to do with a “Cocky so big me haffi cut and paste it.” Where Potential Kidd’s “Yah Suh Nice” was more on the humorous/suggestive tip, Macka D’s counteraction from Golden Rock Productions is straight-up slack. Not that we’re mad—at all.

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HEAR THIS: Vybz Kartel “Bubble Hard”

Ladies—Bruck Out Now, Get Mad Now

The second gift to everybody suffering from Werlboss withdrawal comes courtesy of T.J. Productions. T.J.’s given us some wicked Kartel tunes over the years. (Remember that one on the “Gaza World” riddim? Oh gosh!) But this one feels like it’s gonna bust even bigger and broader. Ladies love them some Kartel yunno.
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HEAR THIS: Vybz Kartel “Ghetto Life”

Before He Had To Go Away, Kartel Had These Few Things To Say—Listen Keenly

New music from Vybz Kartel is always a big deal, but even more so these days. The Werlboss has been behind bars for half a year now, awaiting trial on two murder cases that just keep dragging on, but he was so prolific that a few lucky producers are still sitting on a few gems that they bless us with now and then. Today’s a good day for Kartel fans as two very different songs recently hit the web. We’ll start with this UIM / Adidjaheim Production, which opens with a prayer and only gets realer from there.
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WATCH THIS: Cham ft. O “Tun Up” Video

The Video Tun Up Too

It’s only right that Cham’s lady O plays the starring role in the new video for their dancehall banger “Tun Up.” You done know what it’s all about… Maad ting!
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HEAR THIS: Popcaan “Fry Yiy”

The Whole Place Ah Say “Fry Yiy”

Yeah the party shot like an M16, but don’t get it twisted. What part of “Hot Skull a Hot Skull” did y’all fail to overstand? Well Popcaan jumped Anu Blaxx’s new “Fry Yiy” riddim just to drive his point home: “Can’t see me pon the road and gimme no speech. Gangster City bad man never grow inna creech. Bust them head pon the pulpit when pastor ah preach. If you diss me ah evil contract you ah breach.” Are we clear now?

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HEAR THIS: Richie Spice “Youths A Live Up”

Rootical Richie Sends Greetings To All Raggamuffins

You can always count on Richie Spice to sing something positive for the youths. So imagine how happy we were to hear this brand new musical biscuit from Bulby and the Fat Eyes family. Richie sounds nice and spicy singing over the riddim track from Half Pint’s dancehall anthem “Greetings.”
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Rusko Asks “Are You A Dubstep Skanker?”

Download The Latest Track From Mad Decent’s Dubstep Dada & Maybe Land A Spot In His Video

Rusko’s new album Songs is mashing up the dubstep world, and now he’s giving fans a chance to embarrass themselves land a spot in his video. Here’s the 411:

“We’ve all seen that “move” before, but what exactly is it? You’re at a dubstep show and take a look around to see one guy flailing his arms recklessly through the air, another person headbanging so hard they could break a 2×4, and then of course…the open armed wing flap. RUSKO is giving everyone the chance to embrace their inner Skanker and let their own interpretation of that feeling when you hear dubstep be shown to the world.”

Check out a helpful video demonstration featuring A-trak and Diplo after the jump.
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