Monthly archive April, 2013

WATCH THIS: Etana “Reggae” Official Video

The Strong One’s New Video Takes a Tour of Historic Sites in Jamaican Music  

In February, Etana released her third studio album, Better Tomorrowon VP Records. The visuals for her latest single “Reggae” were recently premiered on MTV’s international imprint, MTV Iggy. It was only right for her to profess her love for reggae with landmarks like the Kingston Dub Club, Tuff Gong studios and the Rockers International record store. Check out “Reggae” and let Etana take you on a journey in JA. Video After The Jump… 

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WATCH THIS: Mr. Vegas “Whenever You’re Lonely” Official Video

Mr. Vegas Strolls Through The City of Love 

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A few months ago, Boomshots hit you with Mr. Vegas’s ode to long distance relationships, “Whenever You’re Lonely.” Recorded on the Suriname riddim, Vegas took his talents to Paris to reassure his love that even when they’re thousands of miles apart, nothing can divide them. Check out MV Music’s latest. Video After The Jump… Read more »

HYPE TV Top 20: I-Octane Holds It Down 4 Weeks In A Row

I-Octane Isn’t Walking Away Anytime Soon


I-Octane has been at number one for the past four weeks but it seems as it has been longer. His hit single, “Gal A Gimmi Bun,” has been burning up the charts everywhere and fans just keep requesting it!

The Reggae/Dancehall artist performed at SOB’s last Wednesday and had the crowd going wild when he performed, “Gal A Gimmi Bun.” It is quite obvious that he isn’t stepping down from number one anytime soon.

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Bunji Garlin & Fay-Ann Lyons Mash Up Tobago

Bunji Garlin & Fay-Ann Lyons Mash Up Tobago

The Royal Couple of Soca Reign At Tobago Jazz Experience

When Trini superstars Bunji Garlin and Fay Ann Lyons got married back in 2009, they became the Royal Couple of Soca—Trinidad & Tobago’s answer to Jay & Beyonce. Bunji got his start as a ragga soca artist and has emerged as a consistent hitmaker, having won Trinidad’s soca monarch title on numerous occasions. Fay-Ann is the daughter of calypso monarch Super Blue and her mom is an artist who goes by the name Lady Gypsy. Let’s just say they’ve both got showbiz in their blood. Like Jay & B, they each have their own thing going on and they know how to support each other and make the family business even stronger. Just wait till their daughter Syri gets in the mix! Interview coming soon, but for now behold Bunji & Fay-Ann in action as they tear up World Music Night at the Tobago Jazz Experience.  Video After The Jump… Read more »

Melanie Fiona Rocks Tobago Jazz Experience

Melanie Fiona Rocks Tobago Jazz Experience

The Grammy-Winning R&B Star Channels Her Caribbean Roots

Last night the heavens opened up on the island of Tobago, just as the Tobago Jazz Experiencec was trying to kick off World Music Night featuring Jamaican reggae legend Freddie McGregor, Fayann Lyons and Bunji Garlin—Trinidad & Tobago’s Royal Couple of soca—and internationally acclaimed R&B star Melanie Fiona. But this Guayanese girl from Toronoto was not about to miss her chance to perform for the Tobago massive.  So the two-time Grammy winner strapped on her mile-high Louboutins and put on the show of a lifetime. She even dipped into her old dancehall catalog and blessed the place with a Supa Dups selection from back in the day when she used to go by the name Syren Hall. Musical thing called “Somebody Come Get Me Before I Kill This Man,” and Melanie sings it like she really means it. Just after stepping off stage, Melanie explained why Syren Hall will always be a part of her. Video After The Jump… Read more »

WATCH THIS: Snoop Lion & Gyptian Freestyle

Gyppy & Snoop Got The Studio Kinda Cloudy
SnoopGyptianFreestyleLast week Snoop Lion passed through V.P. Records HQ in Jamaica Queens for an in-store signing of his album Reincarnated. Moments before his in-store appearence, Snoop took time out to bless the mic alongside Gyptian and the vibes were just the way they’re supposed to be: crazy. Video After The Jump… Read more »

HEAR THIS: Agent Sasco “Tell Unnuh”

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Agent Sasco the Deejay formally known as Assassin hops on another Genius track and spits his usual dose of lyrical badness. Sasco reminds us if anyone who tries to violate he ago shell dem. Tune After The Jump… Read more »

WATCH THIS: I-Octane Performs In Hot 97 Studio

I-Octane Sits Down With Hot97’s Cipha Sound And Speaks On The Current State Of Reggae Musicoctane

I-Octane swings by the Hot 97 studios to have a sit down with Cipha Sounds and speak about the direction Reggae music is headed. When asked about what he thinks about Snoop Lion Octane responds with nothing but support and goes on to explain the choice is not for the music, but for the soul. Watch The Full Interview After The Jump… Read more »

HEAR THIS: Snoop Lion “Reincarnated” Full Album Preview

The Lion’s Coming With That Heat
We’ve been hearing about this album that Snoop Lion has been working on with Major Lazer for months now, and today Reincarnated is finally here. Was it worth the hype? After hearing the full thing, we have to say yes. There are definitely some bangers on this album that real reggae fans need in their life. Standout tracks include “Fruit Juice” featuring Mr. Vegas, “Smoke The Weed” featuring Collie Buddz, and “Remedy” featuring Chris Brown and Busta Rhymes. Oh, and how could I forget “Boulevard” featuring Jahdan Blakkamore? But don’t take my word for it, check the full album preview and then go to iTunes, buy Reincarnated, and support reggae music. Audio After The Jump… Read more »

HEAR THIS: Olatunji “Bam Bam (Corleone Remix)”

Corleone Blends The Carnival Hitola


One of the beauties of the internet is that its filled with stuff you never knew existed and once in a while you stubble upon a gem or two. This is the case with Corleone’s “Bam Bam” Remix. Having a relatively quiet Carnival, Olatunji’s hit has become they go to song for many a selector for dubplates and clashes and from that birthed many blends and remixes. Corleone pairs the track superbly with Juicy J’s “Bandz Make Her Dance” instrumental creating one the better blends of soca and hip hop in recent memory. Take A Listen For Yourself After The Jump… Read more »

HEAR THIS: Shaggy ft. Beres Hammond “Fight This Feeling”

Sly & Robbie On The Riddim + Shaggy & Beres On The Mic = Total Niceness
Since last year, Shaggy has been working on a very special roots rock reggae project with riddims laid down by the legendary Sly & Robbie and guest vocals by a who’s who of reggae superstars. When a Jamaican-born dancehall DJ who’s taken street music to the top of the pop charts joins forces with the greatest drum and bass duo in reggae history, you can expect a game changer. Today we proudly present Beres Hammond and Shaggy on the riddim Dennis Brown used for his immortal classic “Sitting and Watching.” When Beres and Shaggy sing about a love that makes you lose control, it feels like the first time. Audio After The Jump… Read more »

WATCH THIS: Beenie Man & Sean Paul “Greatest Gallis” Official Video

WATCH THIS: Beenie Man & Sean Paul "Greatest Gallis" Official Video

The Sneak Preview Riddim’s Superstar Collabo Finally Gets A Video

Every once in a while, a juggling drops that stacked from top to bottom with certitifed boomshots. Claims Records’ Sneak Preview Riddim is one of those. From the big artists like Mavado to the rising stars like Chase Cross, every cut on the juggling is a must-play. But the Beenie Man / Sean Paul collabo “Greatest Gallis” just kinda stands out for obvious reasons. I mean, when’s the last time these two dancehall superstars joined forces on one tune? Not since that Neptunes track “Boss Man,” and you know that was a classic too. Not sure why the video took so long to drop. Probably Beenie and Sean’s schedules were fully booked. Of course once you get those two on a video set, the girls just seem to roll out. Video After The Jump… Read more »