Monthly archive October, 2012

WATCH THIS: Mr. Vegas Talks Bare Tingz

The Singer Chops it up with Winford Williams at “OnStageTV”

 Mr. Vegas has had a bittersweet year. Between releasing his 8th studio album, Sweet Jamaica, and finding out that his wife had cheated on him, Mr. Vegas has been on a complete roller coaster ride. But the trials and tribulations of his failed marriage has not held him back from speaking out in a positive manner and continuing the promotion of his album that was released in honor of the 50th Anniversary of Reggae and the Jamaican independence. Winford Williams invited Mr. Vegas to sit down “OnStage”  and discuss the situation with his wife, his daughter and the new album. After the interview, Mr. Vegas performed his most recent singles, “Bare Tingz,” and “Rise Again.” Video After The Jump

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WATCH THIS: Gyptian “True Colors” Video

Gyppy Covers The World With His Colorful New Tune

The man called Gyptian never stops. Earlier this week he dropped his EP SLR, which stands for “Sex, Love & Reggae.” Who could ask for anything more? But now he’s back with an outernational tune so large and heavy it’s sponsored by Chevy—and MTV Iggy, so it must be a biggie. His smoothed reggae cover of Cyndi Lauper’s 1986 classic was produced by Shane Brown of Jukeboxx and Rellee Hayden of the A-Team as part of the “Cover The World Music Challenge.” The ting tun up. Video after the jump.
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HEAR THIS: Major Lazer ft. Johnny Osbourne & Flux Pavillion “Jah No Partial”

Ooh What A La La—Flux Pavillion In Yuh Area

Major Lazer signed up UK dubstep demigod Flux Pavillion—the same dude who was sampled on Watch The Throne—to hook up the earthshaking basslines on the latest Major Lazer release. This tune was inspired by a classic Johnny Osbourne selection. Now we get to hear the fullness. Judge it without partiality.

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WATCH THIS: How To Mix A Blackwell Rum Cocktail

The ReggaeGirlAboutTown Makes A Big Splash At The UK Rumfest 

Reshma B passed through the UK Rumfest in London last week and headed straight for the Blackwell Rum shack. Yes that’s right—Chris Blackwell himself, the man who founded Island Records and signed Bob Marley—now has his own brand of rum (and it’s actually quite tasty). At the Rumfest, master mixologist Jay Zinzan showed RGAT the finer points of mixing signature rum cocktails like the Goldeneye and the Blackwell Stormy. So check the video, practice your wrist action, then grab yourself a few bottles of Blackwell Rum and start mixing up a storm. Video after the jump…
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HEAR THIS: More Spiritual Riddim Mix

Download Mr. Williamz Blazing New Track “Herbzman”

Our first taste of the Green Lion Crew’s easy-skankin’ More Spiritual Riddim came via a maad tune called “We Run England” by Mr. Williamz. His hilariously outrageous lyrics about the Queen giving him a foot massage had us wanting more. Now comes this tasty preview of the full riddim featuring Perfect, Kabaka Pyramid, YT, Million Stylez & some crazy intros by the original pioneer Joe Lickshot of Youthman Promotions crew. Get familiar with this big new juggling, and download a free preview of Mr. Williamz second tune on the riddim before the thing drops on Soul of the Lion Records. Audio and Download Link After the Jump…
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HEAR THIS: Wickerman “Gone Tomorrow”

A Tribute to Captain Barkey—Gone But Not Forgotten

One of the most under-rated duos in the dancehall business, Captain Barkey and Wickerman are veteran entertainers who could always be counted on to deliver powerful tunes year in and year out. And of course now that we can’t see them live anymore, folks seem to have a newfound appreciation for their talents. (As the old saying goes, you never miss your water till the well runs dry.) Since Barkey’s tragic murder last weekend, the whole dancehall diaspora has been plunged into mourning and sadness with everybody asking “Why?” but nobody moreso than his longtime sparring partner Wickerman. Last night Wicker was locked up inside Kingston’s Truckback Studios putting the finished touhes on this heartfelt tribute to his bredren. Boomshots presents it with deep condolences to all Barkey’s friends, family, and fans. Anybody who’s lost somebody will be able to relate to this one. Audio after the jump…
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WATCH THIS: Leftside Feat. Sean Paul “Want Yuh Body Flip”

Leftside Enlists Sean Paul For The Remix Of His Ever Popular “Want Yuh Body”

Leftside links up with the Dancehall massive himself Sean Paul to lend his talents to an already blazing track. The pair took their talents to south beach and did what they do best, not to mention being surrounded by a bevy of beauties in the process. The song is infectious and you’ll find yourself humming this tune in no time – Peep the vid after the jump. Read more »

HEAR THIS: Johnny Osbourne “Mr. Marshall”

Check Out Where Major Lazer Got The Vocals For Their Soon To Be Released Single “Jah No Partial”

While we anxiously await the release of Major Lazer’s new single (set to drop Monday 22nd October), we thought it would be nice to take a listen to the song that inspired it all. Johnny Osbourne’s 1980’s classic “Mr. Marshall” chronicled the daily struggle with police violence in the ghetto.  Take a trip down memory lane after then jump. Read more »

Watch This: Bitty McLean & Josey Wales “Running Over”

Bitty McLean And The Outlaw Josey Wales Link Up Over A Sly + Robbie Production

We’re excited to announce the soon-to-be released “Running Over” single by Bitty McLean featuring non other than “The Outlaw” himself Josey Wales, and if you think that wasn’t enough the track is produced the legendary foundation duo Sly & Robbie. The will also be released on a 12 inch 45RPM “Disco 45” single on 180g vinyl with a heavy cardboard picture sleeve, with a discomix version of this cover of Freddy McKay’s hit with foundation dancehall legend Josey Wales.  The riddim was built by sampling Black Uhuru’s “Shine Eye Girl,” however for Bitty’s upcoming album another version of the riddim will be used which was recorded recently in Kingston with the Taxi crew. Check out the trailer after the jump. Read more »

HEAR THIS: Mr. Vegas “Rise Again” And “Bare Tingz” World Exclusive

Vegas Show Us He Will Rise And Be Stronger Than Before

October has been a trying month for Dancehall artist Mr. Vegas. Since news of his then girlfriend’s infidelity broke Vegas has weathered the storm and even though after publicly voicing his feelings on the matter he has shown a resilience not easily matched by many in the same situation. The times are still tough for Mr. Vegas, but  he has latched on to the one thing that has always brought him happiness, his music, which has proven to be a great asset is his healing process and now with a new sense of purpose he has been knocking down hours in the studio. Fresh off the press Vegas blessed Boomshots with two new cuts, “Rise Again” an acoustic version based on the one he recently performed at the Rockhouse Foundation benefit in New York City. and a special bonus track “Bare Tingz” both guaranteed to get heavy rotation. Audio After the Jump Read more »

HEAR THIS: Mavado “Disrespect”

Gully Gad Spits Fire On The Face Off Riddim

This morning Di Genius dropped his Face Off riddim, featuring a blend of badman and bedroom tunes. No question which category Mavado’s “Disrespect” falls into. The opening line offers a hint: “Yo Ragga, some bwoy ah labba, man a mek dem blood run like agua.”  Audio After The Jump

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HEAR THIS: Cocoa Tea Pon Radio Lily

Cocoa Calls In To The Strictly Boomshots Show

We don’t usually do phoners on the Strictly Boomshots show—but we made an exception for Cocoa Tea. The fisherman from Clarendon has caught more than a few classics in the stormy seas of reggae music. Think about all the eras this classical reggae dancehall superstar spans—from Junjo to Jammys to  Music Works to Bobby Digital to Xterminator and most recently his own Roaring Lion productions—we’re talking hits pon top of hits. Long story short, the Miss Lily’s fam was more than happy to have Cocoa ring up this Monday. We reasoned about his forthcoming album Ina Di Red, and his big collabo with D’Angel—which has folks speculating whether he’s really resting in her nest. (For the record he has the utmost respect for her DJ skills, as for the rest of the rumors… draw your own conclusions.) He even dropped some science on Christopher Come-Rob-Us, broke down the true meaning of “dancehall,” and made a plea to free up his bredren Buju Banton. You don’t want to miss this one. Interview And Live Session After The Jump…

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