Monthly archive November, 2012

HEAR THIS: Stylo G Speaks On “Press Up”

UK Yardie Swagmaster Pays Tribute to his Father, Dancehall Legend Poison Chang

Stylo G’s “bringing back the wuk” in a tribute to his father, the late great dancehall star Poison Chang. Stylo’s always had a knack for catchy tunes, but this one sounds like it means more to him than most. So we had to holler at him to find out about the classic bedroom move that’s creating such a fuss. This boy always seems to be in the studio so if he’s playing as hard as he’s working you know some pressing up is going on in between his sheets! Stylo took a break from recording to bless us with another Boomshots exclusive. He spoke about memories of his father when he was growing up in Spanish Town Jamaica. It’s clear how much he misses his dad but also clear how much Chang inspired Stylo’s own musical career. ”I’ve always wanted to remix my dad’s track,” said Stylo, who’s moved to forefront of the UK dancehall scene since the release of his smash hit “Call Me A Yardie.” We’re sure Poison Chang would be proud. Oh, and he also says his dad was all about the ladies—so there’s no question how Stylo got his swag! Audio And Interview After The Jump…

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HEAR THIS: Inner Circle & Peetah Morgan “Broken Hearted”

Brand New Lovers Rock Selection from the album Inner Circle Dubets
Ever since the tragic death of Jacob “Killer” Miller in a 1980 car crash, the legendary Jamaican band Inner Circle has worked with a range of vocalists. But on their upcoming album Dubets, the Bad Boys of Reggae collaborate with a range of great vocalists including the reggae empress Marcia Griffiths, Mr. Rock Steady himself Ken Boothe, Ali Campbell of UB40, and not one but two members of the mighty Morgan Heritage, Gramps and Peetah. Boomshots is proud to premiere the first song off the album, Peetah Morgan interpreting Jimmy Ruffin’s Motown classic “What Becomes of the Broken Hearted?” Sad song + sweet sounds = Total niceness.  Audio & Full Tracklist After The Jump…

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Win Tickets To See Kymani Marley, Third World, and Maxi Priest Live

Jamaica At 50 Brings Roots Rock Reggae To New Jersey

Tomorrow night the New Jersey massive will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Jamaican independence in fine style with a big reggae show at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark. On the bandstand will be Third World, one of the longest-reigning reggae groups of all time; Grammy-nominated British superstar Maxi Priest, whose sexy, soulful vocal style blends a hardcore reggae vibe with mainstream jazz, pop and R&B influences; and new generation dancehall artist Ky-Mani Marley, who follows in the footsteps of his legendary father, Bob Marley, with an urban sound that’s deeply rooted in both reggae and hip hop culture. Contest Details After The Jump… Read more »

“Ring Di Alarm” Screening In NYC

New Caribbean Cinema Storms into New York Like Sandy

After premiering last September at the British Film Institute, Ring Di Alarm will have its NYC premiere this weekend as part of the Flatbush Film Festival. A compilation of seven short films by seven different filmmakers that director Storm Saulter has called “a true experiment in guerilla film making,” Ring Di Alarm is the latest production of the New Caribbean Cinema movement that also brought us the critically acclaimed period piece Better Mus Come. You don’t want to miss this one. Movie Trailer and Screening Details After The Jump…

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WATCH THIS: Cham “Lawless” Video

This Ain’t No Beach Party

 Cham’s “Stripper Pose” video looks like it had to be one of the funnest video shoots ever. Beautiful girls on a beach with big bass cabinets blasting dancehall—what’s not to like? His song “Lawless” video might be on the same Dave Kelly–produced riddim, but the visuals depict totally different situation. It’s a rudeboy tune after all, a block-by-block survey of which neighborhood in Kingston is the maddest and why. We’re talking black bandanas, high-speed chases, outwitting Babylon at every turn. Fasten your seatbelt. Video After The Jump…

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HEAR THIS: Busy Signal “Bout It” and “Defense”

Busy Stays Getting Busy, Drops Two Bad Tunes on the Church Money Riddim

Busy is not rampin’—at all. Ever since his triumphant return to Jamaica, he’s been dropping heat every single day. Today our inbox was blessed with not one but two tunes on the Church Money riddim. The first, “Bout It,” is all about the sexy ladies with a catchy Auto-Tune hook that sounds a bit Kartel-ish. The second “Defense” is a rapid-fire audio assault focusing on Busy’s lyrical prowess. “Superior is my style, some bwoy style inferior.” Any questions? Audio After the Jump… Read more »

WATCH THIS: Tifa & Spice “Why Yuh Mad?” Video

Girls Girls Girls!

One thing’s for sure: It seems to be all about the girls lately—whether they’re fighting or collaborating they are definitely representing. Mad Gyal Spice & Tifa the Princess of Dancehall drop the “Why Yuh Mad” collab video on some mad bad princess diva mashup! Hot bods, scorching lyrics, heaps of attitude and nothing less! The video for this standout cut from the big bad Dog Bite Riddim was put together by the Washroom Entertainment team with the help of director/stylist/makeup artist/fashionista Dexter 3D Pottinger. Nurse outfits (with haters strapped on stretchers), sexy housewives, fast cars & skeleton male dancers? You already know it’s about to get crazy—so don’t be mad! Video After The Jump… Read more »

Christopher Martin Live Pon Radio Lily

The Singer Stops By NYC’s #1 Chill Spot And Nices Up The Strictly Boomshots Show

Christopher Martin has a lot to celebrate. His “Chill Spot” video is chilling in the top spot on the Hype TV countdown. He and Ce’Cile have a beautiful healthy two-month-old daughter. And he’s performing a rare acoustic set tonight in Brooklyn. Just before he headed to rehearsal he took time out to nice up the Strictly Boomshots show. During the interview he spoke on his latest releases, the joys of fatherhood, and how his relationship with Ce’Cile blossomed. Video After The Jump…
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Is Lady Saw Getting Out Of The Game?

Say It Ain’t So, Saw! 

OMG! Is it really over for Lady Saw?!? They say “All Good Things Must Come To An End,” but we’re hoping this turns out to be one of those rumors that gets cleared up—fast!

Sadly this news does seem to be coming straight from the Queen herself. In a recent radio interview Saw discussed the struggles of life in the dancehall business and specifically the difficulties that she’s had with other female artists. She also discusses her calling from the Almighty and plans for a gospel collaboration with Mavado. (Which actually sounds kinda hot, come to think of it.) But still, why quit now just when she was about to shoot the video for her big single “Heels On,” and with an album of the same name on the way?

It’s not like Saw can’t mash up any dance, stage-show, or clash anytime she feels like it. Could this have anything to do with another recent interview in which Macka Diamond spoke of her issues with Lady Saw? It’s been no secret that Saw’s had her ups and downs with other females in the biz, including Spice & Tanya. But earlier this Summer, when Saw was crowned Queen of the Dancehall, she made a point of showing love for the other ladies in the business. How soon they forget. Interview After The Jump… Read more »

Vybz Kartel Is Granted J$500,000 Bail

Despite The Judge’s Decision, The Werlboss Is Still Not Free

After hitting major setbacks and having his trial postponed for next year, things are finally looking up for Vybz Kartel.

Well, on at least one of his two murder charges, that is.

Today, Justice Bertram Morrison approved a bail application that was previously filed by the Werlboss’s father-and-son attorney duo, Tom and Christian Tavares-Finson. The J$500,000 bail (approximately $5,500 U.S.) was granted on the case Kartel is fighting for the murder of Barrington Burton, a businessman from St. Catherine, Jamaica. That case will be heard December 3, but Kartel is still not a free man. Find Out Why After The Jump… Read more »

HEAR THIS: Rihanna “Diamonds” Reggae Remix

J Vibe Gives RiRi a New Riddim To Ride


You already heard Rihanna’s reggae-flavored track “No Love Allowed” from her seventh album, Unapologetic. Now J Vibe provides a tasty one-drop remix of the album’s lead single, “Diamonds,” that sounds flawless and lets Rihanna shine even brighter. Audio After The Jump… Read more »

HEAR THIS: Busy Signal “Come Shock Out”

Nuff Respect to the Turf Hi Power… Music Every Minute Every Hour

Considering all that he’s been through lately, Busy sounds happy just to be back in the studio. This particular tune is all about the sheer joy of spitting lyrics. Flinging down classic foundation styles “to make you dance pon yuh toe,” Busy touches on key topics like Selassie’s 1966 visit to Jamaica, burning out badmind and obeah, and dashing another fire on the one Lucifer. After underscoring the importance of fresh armpits and a clean heart, Busy goes on to big up the godfather Rodney Price,  and shouts out a diverse range of artists ranging from Tiger to Bongo Herman, Dean Fraser, Tippa Lee & Rappa Robert, and Sugar Minott “the sprinter-stayer long-distance runner.” Sounds like another #CertifiedBoomshot from Jukeboxx Jamaica.  Audio After The Jump…

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