Monthly archive February, 2013

Reasoning with Protoje “After the Itch Comes the Affair”

Reshma B Interviews Diggy About His New Album “The 8 Year Affair”
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Just after his performance on Reggae Sumfest 2012, Protoje took time out to reason with Reshma B for Boomshots TV. Click above to hear this rising reggae star tell the ReggaeGirlAboutTown about the meaning behind his mixtape The 7 Year Itch (inspired by the 1955 Marilyn Monroe movie of the same name) and the inevitable followup, his debut album The 8 Year Affair. Video After The Jump…

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Watch This: Lee “Scratch” Perry’s “Vision of Paradise” Kickstarter Trailer

It’s Not Just a Movie—It’s a “Fairytale Documentary”
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The story of Lee “Scratch” Perry has been told many times before, and it’s already been the subject of one outstanding documentary. But that’s not stopping Swiss filmmaker Volker Schaner from working on another Scratch movie. Schaner, who befriended the artist over a decade ago, has journeyed with Pipecock Jaxson around the globe documenting his day-to-day experiences while gaining personal insight into the artist’s enigmatic personality. With the creation of Vision of Paradise, more of Scratch’s wisdom will be introduced to the world but it can’t be done before the creators raise funds for the doc’s post production process. Video After The Jump…

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Reasoning With Black Am I “We Come Prepared”

Reshma B Chops It Up With The Latest Ghetto Youth Recruit
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Black Am I hails from Nine Mile, the same rural Jamaican village where Bob Marley was born. After auditioning for Damian Marley back in 2007, he put in a full year of practice before Jr. Gong decided he was ready to become a Ghetto Youths International artist. Since then he’s dropped a music video for his tune “Modern Day Freedom” and contributed two tracks to the Ghetto Youths album Set Up Shop Vol. 1. Watch Black Am I performing his signature song at London’s IndigO2 and then chatting with Reshma B about how he’s making his dreams of reggae stardom come true. Video After The Jump…

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Damian Marley Pon Radio Lily

Gongzilla Calls In To The Strictly Boomshots Show
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Last night on RadioLily.com, Damian Marley dialed in to the Strictly Boomshots show to reason with Rob Kenner about the new Ghetto Youths International album Set Up Shop Vol. 1  He also gave his thoughts on the recent Bob Marley tribute at the Grammys and his latest release, “Dem Neva Mek It.”  Audio After The Jump…

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HEAR THIS: Stephen Marley ft. Buju Banton & Akon “My Conclusion”

Brand New Music From the GYI Album Set Up Shop Vol. 1
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The big bad Ghetto Youths International album Set Up Shop Vol. 1 hits iTunes today. One of the standout tracks is also a preview of Stephen Marley’s long-awaited Revelation Part 2: The Fruit of Life. The classical rub-a-dub selection (a track reminiscent of the “Sun is Shining” riddim) features vocals by Akon as well as a verse from the Gargamel himself. Whosoever have ears let them hear. Audio After The Jump… Read more »

HEAR THIS: Damian Marley “Dem Neva Mek It”

Brand New Gongzilla Selection From The Ghetto Youths Album “Set Up Shop Vol. 1”
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Time and again Damian Marley has demonstrated his versatility with tunes like “Affairs of the Heart” and collabos with everybody from Bruno Mars to Skrillex, but his latest release takes him right back to the dancehall and it’s sure to be all bashment girls’ number one request for some time to come. Gongzilla’s talking to his baby love on this one, letting her no she has no competition when it comes to image, style, class, and overall sexiness. This certified boomshot is taken from the Ghetto Youths International album, Set Up Shop Vol. 1, which hits stores tomorrow. Gong drops nuff lyrial gems on this one, but our favorite would have to be the line he uses to dismiss dutty gals: “This carry-go-bring-come weh only get the lignum.” Audio After The Jump…

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Buju Banton Juror Turns Over Computer for Investigation

Could The Banton Be On His Way To A New Trial?

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In the latest crazy plot twist surrounding The Banton’s federal trial, Terri Wright, a juror who was part of the original trial has turned over her personal computer for investigation. After the trials proceedings concluded in February of 2010, Wright admitted to Florida-based media outlets that she researched Buju Banton and his music while serving jury duty. This fault could grant Buju and his legal team the mistrial they’re looking for. Find Out Why After The Jump…

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HYPE TV Top 20: I-Octane Stands Strong at Number One

I-Octane Takes Over The Countdown

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I-Octane has made it yet another week at number 1 and he is holding on strong. “More Money,” has been hitting the airwaves and listeners are enjoying what they hear. It won’t be long till his newest single is on the countdown as well. Hopefully he won’t have to fight Tommy Lee or Mavado for the number 1 spot the next time around. But since he has already 4 singles on the countdown, I doubt he will have much of an issue.  Read more »

HEAR THIS: Stylo G “Soundbwoy” Original Version + Di Genius Remix

HEAR THIS: Stylo G "Soundbwoy" Original Version + Di Genius Remix

Smell Something Burning? Must Be Them Speaker Boxes

“Tell them to pick up the pace—we a run the place” are the opening lines to Stylo G’s new single, and he ain’t wrong. Without a doubt, Stylo’s stuff has continued to escalate to the next level —I’m sure he’s keeping his competition on constant tiptoes. From “Call Mi a Yardie” to “Dash Out” to “Press Up” this dancehall South Londoner ain’t half bad yunno! On a serious note Stylo’s catalogue is shaping up to be a very good variety of very good music—which, frankly, is what it’s all about—but we’re not mad at the swag that comes with itThe new track is his first release on the 3Beat Records/Universal label, same team behind the recent success of such artists as Skepta, Sway & Duck Sauce. The original mix was produced by the Dutch crew Diztortion, and as an extra treat Stylo teamed up with Di Genius for a yardstyle remix. I gotta feeling things in Stylo’s world right now ain’t half bad either… Audio After the Jump…

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Brit Reggae Awards 2013

Brit Reggae Awards 2013

The UK Reggae Biz Honors its Own

February is reggae month, so what better time of year for the British Reggae Industry Awards to take place? Last night a who’s who of reggae artists and shot-callers came together at the IndigO2 to give recognition to the workin’ peeps in the biz. The evening was packed with good vibes from award presentations to stage performances. One of My fave’s of the night was watching the Scottish band I Foundation. It’s been a minute since Scottish reggae’s been on the radio! They were super cute and they have a sense of humour too: walking past them backstage I overheard one of them saying “I think we need to go to Scotland to get some sun.” Maybe they were serious!?! Anyone who was out on the town in London last night knows it was bloody freezing!

David Rodigan turned up to collect his award for “Best Male Radio Personality.” Maxi Priest won “Best Male Vocalist.” Alton Ellis’s daughter Lovella picked up “Best Female newcomer” and she also collected “Best Male newcomer” for her brother Christopher Ellis—who was nominated for not 1 but 3 categories. His single “English” was up for best single, and he was also up for best British Video for his cover of his father’s “Williow Tree.” Looks like the Ghetto youth is makin’ moves, just in time for the launch of the Ghetto Youths album next Tuesday. Skibu bagged Best Album & Video, Gappy Ranks received Best MC and Best Single and Jah Shaka took home the award for “Best British Sound System.” Overall it was a night of good vibes and happy sounds in the place. As the compere said, “We nah pay fe scream—it free!” Full List of Winners & Video Interviews After The Jump…

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Nikki Z’s Hot 20 Pick: Beres Hammond Sings His Way to the Top

Beres Hammond Snags the Number 1 Spot

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It is obvious that Beres Hammond’s latest album, One Love, One Life, has made quite the impact on his fans. Released almost 4 months ago, the single is still giving listeners the feel good vibe that it was giving when it first came out. Though Rihanna and Chronixx don’t fall too far behind, Beres Hammond is going strong! Countdown After The Jump… Read more »

Ghetto Youths International “Set Up Shop Vol. 1” Cover Art & Track Listing

First GYI Compilation Set to Drop Next Tuesday set_up_shop_vol_1_itunesBOOMSHOTSScheduled for an Itunes WORLDWIDE release on February 26, the 14-track compilation Set Up Shop Vol. 1 will feature talented GYI artistes like Jo Mersa and Daniel ‘Bambaataa’ Marley, the third generation of Marley performers, as well as Wayne Marshall, Black-Am-I, Christopher Ellis, and new music from the Marley brothers – Stephen, Julian and Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley. Also featured are noteworthy collaborations from the likes of Jah Cure, Bugle, Bounty Killer, Buju Banton, Akon, Tarrus Riley and T.O.K. GYI, which is owned by brothers Stephen, Damian and Julian, have put extensive work not only in developing the compilation but the artistes themselves and in the last 18 months have worked on full length albums with Wayne Marshall, Christopher Ellis and Black-Am-I. Track List After The Jump… Read more »