Monthly archive August, 2012

WATCH THIS: Sean Paul Talks “Tomahawk Technique” And Hits Back At Haters

Dutty Paul Speaks On The International Response To His Latest Album—And Brushes Off The Backlash
Backstage at the NYC release party for his 5th album, “Tomahawk Technique,” Dutty Paul took time out to reason with the Reggae Girl About Town. Sean has sold more albums in his career than 99% of the rest of the dancehall fraternity combined. But as we all know, great success often comes with a side order of hate. Some longtime fans have complained that his new album blends international pop sounds and production to his usual dancehall recipe. But Sean defends his work here, saying it’s all part of his campaign to take dancehall to the next level. Sean Paul also talks about working with Kelly Rowland, looks forward to mashing up this weekend’s Notting Hill Carnival, and explains what motivated his Twitter rant. Read more »

HEAR THIS: Bonafide ft. Damian Marley “Start N Stop”

Las Vegas Based Reggae Group Tangles With Gongzilla 

“Reaching out to humanity at large,” says Damian Marley near the end of this tasty one-drop tune, “Big Gongzilla in charge.” Or is he? Gong’s blustery bravado notwithstanding, this deceptively simple song is all about people stubbornly sticking to their own point of view. One thing’s for sure—the track is anchored by rock-solid live instrumentation courtesy of this Mobay-by-way-of-Vegas rhythm section. Yet there’s no denying that Gongzilla takes it over the top, peppering the pot as only a champion DJ can do. The bristling banter between Bonafide lead vocalist Jr. Rootz and Gongzilla lends “Start N Stop” a humorous tone that gives way to more thought-provoking, universal issues such as mankind’s apparent inability to cooperate. “You keep on doing the same old thing, I keep on making the same mistakes—so we keep on getting nowhere. Move on for goodness sake.” Check this tune for greatness sake. Once it starts you won’t want it to stop.
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HEAR THIS: Gyptian & Khari Kill “See The Heathen From Far”

Lion King Muzik Pon Them Case Again

As the legendary selector—formerly for King Addies sound system—Babyface knows great reggae music when he hears it. And he’s applied that knowledge as the producer behind Lion King Muzik. His latest production brings together Windell Beneto Edwards aka Gyptian out of Jamaica and Khari Obafemi Williams aka Khari Kill out of Trinidad & Tobago to bring forth an uncompromising roots plus culture tune called “See The Heathen From Far.” This one sounds like an instant classic. Every knee shall bow and every tongue shall tell. Audio after the jump.
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HEAR THIS: Don’t Sleep On The Brand New “SWA (Sleep With Angels)” Riddim

Spragga Benz, Tarrus Riley, I-Octane Featured On The Brand New Juggling From 21st Hapilos

Johnny Wonder and our peoples at 21st Hapilos just dropped their own production today, and it’s full of #CertifiedBoomshots. The riddim is called SWA (Sleep With Angels) and it’s anchored by Spragga Benz, who once did a tune by the same name in honor of his dearly departed son Carlyle. Spragga’s come back with a brand new song for the SWA juggling, but the meds is just as deep. I-Octane also chips in with a conscious tune. Tarrus “Singy Singy” Riley delivers a song about standing—rather than falling—in love. There’s nuff more artists on the riddim, but you can preview a few of our favorites after the jump. Read more »

Happy Birthday Bogle

Mr. Wacky Is Gone But His Dancing Lives On

His name first got big thanks to Buju Banton’s 92 smash “Bogle,” but over the years people learned that “Bogle” was not just a dance, but a human dancehall phenomenon. Simply put, no other dancer has had a greater impact on dancehall culture than Gerald “Bogle” Levy. Shortly after making his transition to recording artist, the longtime member of the Black Roses Crew was gunned down shortly after leaving the popular dance Weddy Weddy Wednesdays. On the day he would have turned 48 Boomshots celebrates his life and legacy. Fashion over style. Read more »

WATCH THIS: DJ Khaled ft. Mavado “So Suicidal” / “Aktion Pak” Video

The Gully Gad Drops A Double Video, Repping We The Best / YMCMB To The Fullest

The waiting is over. Check the official video for Mavado’s latest piece of work with DJ Khaled after the jump. This one goes out to all the haters.
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HEAR THIS: Tifa “Hot Gal Sit’N”

Tell Some Girl: It Ah No Easy Sit’n

Putting all the Sumfest drama behind her, Tifa steps up with a big new tune on Fresh Ear Productions’ Eva Ready Riddim. With a few more songs like this, you can bet she’ll get booked on prime time for next year’s Dancehall Night. “You wan’ match up to me? Gal that ah suicide!”

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HEAR THIS: General Degree Album Sampler

The Snapple Dapple Is Back, And Not A Moment Too Soon

It’s always nice to see a certified dancehall legend return to the game. We haven’t heard nearly enough from General Degree lately, but the veteran DJ who gave us classics like “Traffic Blocking,” “When I Hold You Tonight,” and “Pianist” is back and not a moment too soon. His all-new album, Snapple Dapple Vol. 1 drops in September and he’s now booking dates for a European Tour  from November 22nd to December 16th. So how does the music sound? Just cool—with productions by Bobby Digital, Calibud Music, Notnice, Germaica Digital, and Tony “CD” Kelly, Degree is turning up the heat. But don’t take our word for it. Check the album preview after the jump and judge for yourself.

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DOWNLOAD: Heatwave Carnival Bashment Megamix 2012

Which Tunes Will Control Notting Hill Carnival This Weekend?

This just in from the Heatwave UK massive: “We literally spend ALL YEAR going mad splashing rum and dancing to incredibly loud bashment and soca… FINALLY the time has come for the rest of London to jump on our wave. Wherever you live and whoever you live next door to, you need to download this mix and learn it off by heart, and make sure you and all your neighbours know the biggest tunes for carnival.”
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HEAR THIS: Inner Circle ft. Touter “Drum Song”

Keyboard Master Touter Harvey Drops A Dubstep Update of The Jackie Mittoo Classic “Drum Song”

“Reggae influence a lot of music,” says Bernard “Touter” Harvey, and he should know. He’s played on classic cuts by Bob Marley and Inner Circle, among others. “Look at it this way, reggae have many babies. A man say in Jamaica you have the roots. Every tree have to have roots and it have to have branches. And from branches, sometimes you get seeds. Sometimes even the root push out another plant or a baby plant.” One of the  new musical babies would be dubstep. “Where we used to have dub, now we have drum and bass and dubstep.” The good people at Dubshot Records have teamed with Inner Circle to produce Dub Planet X, a tribute to Jackie Mittoo, reworking some of his classic compositions inna “Steppin Dub” stylee. Audio after the jump.
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DOWNLOAD: Konshens “This Is Your Konshens” Mixtape

A Brand New Mixtape From The Subkonshus Sojah

If you caught Konshens Sojah’s recent appearance on the Strictly Boomshots Show, you know how much lyrical havoc the DJ is capable of wreaking. During that interview segment he spoke of a mixtape in the works, and now VP Records, Boomshots and Complex Media are proud to premiere it to the world. “This Is Your Konshens” includes a selection of crucial cuts from his debut album Mental Maintenance as well as some more recent Boomshots. Bottom line: you need this in your life. Thank us later.

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Interview: Mavado Talks We The Best Projects, “Suicidal” Video, Shuts Down Haters & Shouts Out Vybz Kartel

The Gully Gad Reasons With Reshma B In This Boomshots Exclusive

Last week we got our first look at Mavado’s latest video, “So Suicidal” off DJ Khaled’s new album, Kiss The Ring. Tonight at 6pm, the Gully Gad will appear with Khaled and a bunch of other hip-hop stars on BET’s 106 & Park, then he’ll jet back to Miami, where he’s been working on some collabos with Birdman—not to mention Fabolous, Busta Rhymes, French Montana, and the list goes on. Why is he grinding so hard since signing with We The Best Music Group? As one of the few dancehall artists in the game with a major label deal, Mavado feels as though he’s carrying an entire genre on his back right now. And even though he’s been away from home while he handles his biz, trust and believe that Jamaica is never far from his thoughts. The Reggae Girl About Town caught up with Mavado last night for an exclusive half-hour interview, and he had a lot on his mind. And you’ll never guess which fellow dancehall artist he keeps in his prayers.
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