Monthly archive September, 2012

WATCH THIS: Wayne Wonder “Drop It Down Low” Video PREMIERE

Brand New Visual From The Album My Way

The smooth singer who brought us dancehall classics like “Saddest Day of My Life” and “No Letting Go” is finally back with a new album called My Way on his own Singso Music imprint. His latest video, also featuring Triple-D and DJ Mo-A-Lee, finds Wayne in the club with champagne poppin’ and hot girls twerkin’. What’s not to like?
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Lee Jaffe Speaks On Peter Tosh

“Legalize It,” An Exhibition Of Jaffe’s Tosh Photos, Is On View Now At Dem Passwords Gallery in L.A.

Lee Jaffe was born in the Bronx but always felt right at home in Jamaica. The man who played harmonica on Bob Marley’s “Three O’Clock Roadblock” was also a great photographer who shot the cover of Peter Tosh’s 1976 solo debut, Legalize It. Many of Jaffe’s images are collected in his indispensible photographic memoir One Love: Life With Bob Marley & The Wailers. But as Tosh’s lyrics said “Half the story has never been told.” Earlier this month an exhibition of remarkable photographs and video footage shot by Lee Jaffe opened at at Dem Passwords gallery in Los Angeles. The show captures images of the Bush Doctor during the Spring of 1976, just months before the release of Legalize It and 11 years before his assassination.  Interview and photos after the jump. Read more »

Dub Champions Festival Kicks Off Tonight In NYC

 The Past, Present & Future of Bass Music: From Scientist & Lee “Scratch” Perry to Kode9 & Appleblim

These days everybody seems to be raving about electronic dance music—or “EDM.” There are too many different subgenres to list here, and more are being invented as we speak. But the true heads know that it all started with another three-letter word: dub. Subatomic Sound’s second annual Dub Champions Festival is all about rewinding back to the reggae roots of dub and then fast-forward into the future of bass music. It all begins tonight with Deadly Dragon Sounds free Downtown Top Ranking kick-off party at Happy Endings. As always, the Downtown Top Ranking session is free. For everything else, you may want to register at  www.DubChampions.com for a discount code. Full schedule of events after the jump.

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WATCH THIS: Jah Cure ft 2Pac “All By Myself”

Cure unleashes A Thought Provoking Tune Alongside The Rap God

Having served a long stretch himself, Jah Cure has always championed the cause of deterring the youths away from a life of crime by showing them that life behind prison walls is no paradise. In this recent cut, Iyah chronicles his lonely days while behind bars and how his faith in God never wavered even when he contemplated breaking out. Even though the track is name All By Myself Cure is aided by none other than the Rap God himself 2Pac who explains that the life of a celebrity isn’t as grand as it seems – hey, thugs get lonely to. R.I.P Tupac Shakur. Read more »

WATCH THIS: Gappy Ranks “West Coast” Video

Brand New Visuals From The Cookies EP

Gappy Ranks just got back from a tour of California in support of his herbalicious Cookies EP. Wondering what the UK Bad Bwoy did on his road trip? Enjoy close-up shots of freshly rolled blunts and high-grade in mason jars? Then you’ll want to check out Gappy’s brand new release “West Coast.” Video After The Jump

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Massive Attack To Reissue “Blue Lines” Album

Take A Fresh Listen To The Seminal Debut Disc From Bristol’s Wild Bunch

Back in the late 1980s, before terms like “trip hop” and “dubstep” were ever uttered, a sound system called The Wild Bunch decided to start producing their own music. DJs Daddy G and Andrew Vowles joined forced with graffiti artist-turned-rapper Robert “3D” Del Naja. Their 1991 debut album, Blue Lines, was co-produced by the late great Jonny Dollar and Cameron McVey, who became the group’s first manager. Geoff Barrow, who went on to form Portishead, was an intern and tape operator at Bristol’s Coach House studio when the album was recorded. Future solo star Tricky was introduced on the track “Five Many Army.” The album also featured vocals by McVey’s wife Neneh Cherry and the renowned Jamaican reggae singer Horace Andy on songs like the majestic, ethereal “Hymn of the Big Wheel.” The single “Unfinished Symphathy” became a big hit in England, but more importantly Blue Lines introduced a whole new sound and a new way of making music, with a looseknit crew—similar to the Jamaican sound system model—rather than a strictly defined band. Massive Attack are currently working on a new record in Bristol, which is cause for celebration to a certain generation of music lovers. But if you missed the Blue Lines phenomenon the first time around, fret not… Read more »

HEAR THIS: Miguel Feat. Konshens “Adorn Remix”

Konshens Jumps On Miguel’s Chart Topping Single With His Own Words For The Ladies 

Miguel’s latest single has been burning up the charts as well as putting the ladies in a frenzy. Not the be left out and we know how much Konshens loves the ladies (and they love him) rude boy jumps on the Tropical Blends assisted remix of Adorn. Konshens speaks directly to the ladies on this one and gets straight to the point, as he said “no bag a long talking” – Run tune. Read more »

INTERVIEW: Diana King Speaks on Putting Out Her Own Album and Coming Out as Gay

KingSinga Nuh Fraid Fe Talk; In This Muma Shilo Exclusive, She Puts All Her Business Outta Door 

With unparalleled vocal power and passion, diverse style, edgy lyrics, exotic beauty, and a sharp, opinionated mind, Diana King is quite simply a star. Known to her fans as ‘KINGSINGA,’ she’s responsible for chart topping hits like “Shy Guy” from the soundtrack of the movie Bad Boys, “Say a Little Prayer” from the soundtrack to My Best Friends Wedding, “Spanish Town Blues” from Anniversary, Sly & Robbie’s Grammy-nominated album. She also co-wrote and was featured on “Treat Her Like a Lady” from Celine Dion’s Let’s Talk About Love album. She’s even flipped a fierce dancehall style on “Respect” from The Notorious B.I.G’s debut album Ready to Die. After selling more than 5 million copies of her debut album Tougher Than Love, King went on to establish her own ThinkLikeAGirl imprint, which will release her album AgirLnaMeKINGwhich maintains her unique style of blending reggae with R&B, soul, dance and straight-up pop. As a woman in the reggae business, she’s no stranger to adversity. But she developed a resiliency that helped her when she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis a few years ago. After a long bout with depression she rejected the drugs that her doctors prescribed, tried natural remedies, and literally willed herself to walk again. More recently she made headlines around the world when she decided to proclaim her sexual identity as a lesbian—breaking a major taboo in Jamaican cutlure. As you can see from our exclusive interview, Diana has always believed in staying true to herself, both as an artist and as a person. Read more »

WATCH THIS: Mr. Easy & Spragga Benz “Nuh Response Fi Dat” Video

A Backyard Dance Turns Into A Matey Sabotage Saga

It’s been a minute since we heard from Mr. Easy, the ultra-cool singer who used to mash up Saturday night dances in Brooklyn by strolling onstage singing “Easy like Sunday morning.” Easy went on to give us hits like “Funny Man” and “She Drives Me Crazy” and now he’s back with two cuts on the hard-hitting Speak Out riddim—”Badmind Prayer” and a crazy collabo with Spragga Benz called “Nuh Response Fi Dat.” They’ve just dropped the video, which is full of hot girls carrying on at a backyard dance. Before long the jerk chicken, dominoes, and dancing turns into one bag of drama. We’re not exactly sure what all the excitement is about—something to do with who has “the Ziploc punash.” Take in the visuals and let us know your thoughts in the comments. Video after the jump.
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Beres Hammond Set To Drop New Album

The Double Disc “One Love, One Life” Will Show Both Sides of Hammond’s Artistry

A new Beres Hammond release is always cause for celebration. From love songs like “What One Dance Can Do” and “Tempted To Touch” to reality tunes like “Warriors Don’t Cry” and “Putting Up Resistance” the maestro’s catalog runs the gamut of styles and sounds, and the classics never seem to stop coming. Read more »

INTERVIEW: “Swagga Dem” Stylo G Speaks On Style

Reshma B Reasons With Stylo G: Part 1 of 3

Last summer when “Call Me A Yardie” seemed to blasting out of every passing car in London, we caught up with Stylo G for an in-depth interview. Since that time, the song has only gotten bigger, and Stylo’s continued to solidify his position as the next big breakout star from the UK. Most recently he released a video for “Dash Out,” his hot collabo with Chip. In this first part of a three-part series, Stylo talks about how he got his name, how he made the adjustment from Jamaica to England, and why you ain’t saying nothing if you don’t have your Air Force One trainers.

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THROWBACK: Garnet Silk “Nothing Can Divide Us” Live

The Archangel Testifies To The Power of Love

From “Splashing Dashing” to “Mama Africa” to the “Lion Roars,” Garnet Silk blessed us with some amazing records during his brief, brilliant time on earth. The LPs and 45s trace the outlines of a stellar career, but if you never got the chance to experience Garnet live, then you’ll never fully overstand why so many people believed his voice would lead reggae to the promised land. Just check out this classic performance on Buju & Friends stage show, as Garnet sings about a love so powerful that nothing—and no one—can stand in its way. Anyone who’s ever been kept apart from the one they love by powers beyond their control will be sure to feel Garnet’s fire when he sings: “I was born to love you. And you were born to love me too. And I can’t deny it, for I love you more each minute.” One look at the ladies in the crowd and you can plainly see the’re feeling it too. Hard to believe it’s been so long since the archangel flew away home. Read more »