Monthly archive July, 2012

Interview: Tommy Lee Mashes Up Sumfest “Like A Monster”

The Hottest New Name In Dancehall Chops It Up With The Reggae Girl About Town

Right after mashing up Dancehall Night at Reggae Sumfest, MoBay native Tommy Lee sat down with Reshma B for a quick interview. “How did it feel performing tonight?” she asked him. “Wonderful. Feel like a monster.” Check the video after the jump to hear how Tommy Lee keeps in touch with Vybz Kartel, and how he’s working to keep the Gaza alive. Read more »

HEAR THIS: Snoop Lion “La La La”

Major Lazer Leaks The First Single From Snoop’s Reggae Album Reincarnated

If you didn’t know that Snoop was a reggae head, then you just haven’t been paying attention. But after linking with Diplo and taking a trip to Jamaica Snoop made up his mind to record his first reggae album. Now after all the talk comes our first listen to Snoop Dogg’s new reggae alter-ego, “Snoop Lion” in this rootsy rub-a-dub duet with Jovi Rockwell. So can you teach an old Dogg new tricks? Let’s find out…
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HEAR THIS: Tommy Lee “Tom & Jerry”

No Cartoon Thing

Last night PG-13 representer Tommy Lee mashed up Reggae Sumfest with a copy of Vybz Kartel’s new book in his hand. This morning we received this UIM production from Johnny Wonder at 21st Hapilos. Coincidence? Read more »

Final Reggae Sumfest 2012 Lineup

Shabba Ranks, Junior Gong, Beenie Man, Lady Saw, R. Kelly, Trey Songz, Bunny Wailer, U Roy, and More… 

After months of waiting and anticipating, the 20th anniversary edition of “The Greatest Reggae Show on Earth” is all set to kick off in Montego Bay tomorrow night. Check out the full lineup and promo videos after the jump… Read more »

Shabba Ranks Arrives In Jamaica For Reggae Sumfest

The Ranks Gets A Heroes Welcome As He Steps Off The Plane

It’s been a long time since Shabba Ranks touched the stage in Jamaica, so when the “Dancehall Emperor” touched down in MoBay for the 20th anniveersary staging of Reggae Sumfest, he got a hero’s welcome. It’s only right. Check the video after the jump.
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HEAR THIS: Beenie Man ft. Beres Hammond “Pull Up Selecta”

The Doctor And Beres Connect For An Instant Classic

When Beenie Man passed through NYC earlier this month, he told us his new album King In Control had a wicked tune featuring Beres Hammond, and now we get a chance to hear it. Summer just got a little bit hotter.
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HEAR THIS: Vybz Kartel ft. Action Bronson “Money” Remix

The Werlboss And  The Mad Albanian Genius Team Up For A Brand New Remix

“It’s all about making that money while I’m in the limelight,” said Vybz Kartel in an interview last year—before he was jailed on two counts of murder. “At the end of the day, when I retire, I want to know that I retired with enough money to take care of my family. Because I was born poor and I can die poor. But as long as my family’s okay and my kids are good, I’m good. I don’t take nothing that is happening in the music business personal. It’s just business to me. If I can capitalize on it, that’s what I’m going to do and make that extra buck.” Even now that he’s behind bars, Kartel’s business keeps going and going like the Energizer Bunny. The Werlboss just released his long-awaited book, and soon a deluxe edition of his album Kingston Story—produced last year by Mixpak Records—will be out on VICE Records, boasting a few never-before-heard tracks like “Money,” On this brand-new Dre Skull remix, it sounds like Action Bronson hit the Volcano before he stepped up to the mic—maaad. Read more »

The Top 20 Lady Saw Songs

All Hail The Queen

Photographs by William Richards

Happy (belated) Birthday Dancehall Queen. You’ve heard the phrase “Bad Bitches Bomb First”? Well I fink it was originated by this Lady here. Over the years Marion Hall, aka Lady Saw, has taken the reggae industry by storm, blazing a trail for females in a field that’s supposedly dominated by the boys. Despite being a “lady,” her chat has been tough enough to compete with—and in many cases, excel—her male counterparts. Of course she’s created her fair share of controversy along the way—revolutionaries always do. Read more »

WATCH THIS: Aidonia “Tan Tuddy” Video PREMIERE

Your Girl May Be Hot, But Can She Tan Tuddy?

The wait is over. For the first time online. Read more »

Junior Gong To Set Up Shop at London’s Indig02 TWICE

Damian, Stephen, and Julian Marley—With The Whole Ghetto Youths Crew—Kick Off Respect Jamaica 50

The UK’s gonna be ram-a-jam this summer. Not only will London be hosting the 2012 Olympics but it’s also the site of 12 consecutive nights of reggae shows at the Indig02 in celebration of Jamaica’s 50th anniversary of independence. Kicking off the string of concerts on Wednesday July 26th will be Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, who will be joined by his brothers Stephen and Julian as well as the Ghetto Youths crew—Wayne “Go Hard” Marshall, Christopher Ellis, Black Am I, and Joe Mersa. They recently added an extra show on Thursday the 27th due to popular demand. If you were at the Marley concert at the Best Buy Theatre in NYC this Spring, then you already know this show is going to be A-MazingRead more »

PREVIEW: Aidonia “Tan Tuddy” Video

Didi Dedicates This One To The Strong Ladies Who  Really Stand By Their Man—Uzeet!

Location: Kingston, Jamaica. An auto repair shop, staffed by thick ladies in tight shorts. Aidonia and his bredrens roll up on motorbikes just as DreDay Productions’ Arabian Nite Riddim kicks in. Mad new video directed by Michael Birbridge. Premiering at 8pm on HypeTV Tonight. For now peep the screenshots. Maaad. Read more »

WATCH THIS: Beenie Man “Hot Like Fire” Video

The Doctor Has Plenty Of Patients Who Need Treatment

When Beenie talks, the girls listen—and then they start with the nonstop wining. Want proof? Just check out this video for his tune on the big bad Loudspeaker riddim. Mixpak productions pulled out all the stops on this one, hiring some of the hottest dancers on the island—from the inimitable Mystic Davis to Carline Brown, Remeisha Richards, Shanique Williams, Ashleigh Martin, and Latoya Malcolm. Their wardrobe and styling is crazy and the high-def cinematography is off the chain. You’ve got to see this one to believe it. It’s all about the girls.
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