Monthly archive February, 2014

The Evolution of Lieutenant Stitchie

The Evolution of Lieutenant Stitchie

Interview & New Music From The Dancehall Governor Turned Gospel Artist

Twenty-five years after he became the first Jamaican dancehall star to drop an album for a major U.S. record label with his debut album The Governor (Warner/Atlantic), Lieutenant Stitchie continues to govern our thoughts. He delivered an electric performance at Rebel Salute, 2014 and released his autobiography, Power of Determination, contiguously. The book release event attracted such celebrities as Maxi Priest (Click on images above in photo gallery).  In the days leading up to the publication of his book,  I conversed with Stitchie and his friends regarding his journey from humble beginnings in Kingston, Jamaica, to having his voice heard around the world. Exclusive Interview After The Jump…

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FLASHBACK FRIDAY: The Mighty Sparrow “Jean And Dinah (When The Yankees Gon)”

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: The Mighty Sparrow "Jean And Dinah (When The Yankees Gon)"

Yankee Gon’ So Sparrow Take Ova Town

It’s Carnival Friday! So what better way to celebrate (since we can’t be there) than to dedicate today’s Flashback Friday to one of the originators of the artform. “Jean and Dinah” (When The Yankees Gon) is a Calypso from Grenadian born Mighty Sparrow. The song became an international hit in 1956 and would be his first of eight Road March titles. This calypso, Sparrow’s first hit, commented on the large-scale prostitution that the bases once supported and the desperation of these ladies following the closure of many American military bases in Trinidad in the post-war period. Take A Little Wine After The Jump… Read more »

HEAR THIS: Major Lazer Feat. Sean Paul “Come On To Me”

HEAR THIS: Major Lazer Feat. Sean Paul "Come On To Me"

Lazer And Sean A Perfect Combination

Fresh off the release of his own album “Full Frequency,” Sean Paul links with Major Lazer on a wicked tune entitled “Come On To Me” off their EP “Apocalypse Soon.” Paul spits his usually braggadocios style over Lazer’s infectious drum melodies. With just the right amount of EDM and Dancehall this is sure to win over fans from the yard to the festivals. “Full Frequency” and “Apocalypse Soon” both available now, Tune After The Jump… Read more »

WATCH THIS: Wayne Marshall & Jr. Gong “Go Hard” in NYC

WATCH THIS: Wayne Marshall & Jr. Gong "Go Hard" in NYC

The Last Time Marsheezy Came to NYC the Whole Ghetto Youths Crew Came Along

Wayne Marshall celebrates the Release of his latest album TRU Colors in NYC tonight at the Delancey. Packed with hits  like “I Know,” “Stupid Money,” and the mega-posse cut “Go Hard,” TRU Colors is easily Marshall’s greatest album yet—a must have for reggae and dancehall fans worldwide. Here at Boomshots, we’ve been rocking with Marshall since 2000 and better—so we’ve anticipating this particular project for quite a while. We first heard  Marshall had linked up with the Marley Bros back in 2012, and as the project took shape the Boomshots massive has stayed up-to-date on its progress. Congratulations Marsheezy and the whole GYI fam. As the celebration kicks off, let’s rewind back to Labor Day weekend 2013 when the Ghetto Youths crew took over Radio Lily (peep the photograph above by Mark Shaw) then rolled to SOBs for a historic performance courtesy of Boomshots Reggae Mondays. Do you remember? Bust it! Video AFter The Jump… Read more »

WATCH THIS: Jahdan Blakkamoore & Kabaka Pyramid “For The Children (Official Video)”

WATCH THIS: Jahdan Blakkamoore & Kabaka Pyramid "For The Children (Official Video)"

This One Is For The Children

Jahdan Blakkamoore teams up with Kabaka Pyramid on this roots reggae banger. “For The Children” is a positive reggae anthem encouraging the ghetto youths to rise up and take a stand while charging them with the responsibility for self-reliance and awareness. Shot on location in California last Summer while both artists were performing at The NW World Reggae festival and Reggae on the River. Video After The Jump… Read more »

WATCH THIS: Major Lazer Feat. RDX & Moska “Lose Yourself” Official Music Video

WATCH THIS: Major Lazer Feat. RDX & Moska "Lose Yourself" Official Music Video

Diplo Jumps Behind The Lens To Direct Major Lazer’s Latest Video

Yesterday we gave you a behind the scenes look at Major Lazer’s latest vid “Lose Yourself” featuring RDX, Moska, the beautiful Lazer dancer and  how could we forget a couple goats. Today Lazer drops the official video for the track of their “Apocalypse Soon” EP (available now on iTunes). Beautiful beaches, women and yes, goats, Check The Video After The Jump… Read more »

Reasoning With Philip Smart “Music Is My Life”

Reasoning With Philip Smart "Music Is My Life"

Exclusive Interview With the Late Great Producer Who Was The Cornerstone of NYC’s Reggae Scene

This has been a rough month for reggae music. After the untimely deaths of Bunny Rugs and Wayne Smith comes news that legendary producer Philip Smart has died after a battle with cancer. The humble, soft-spoken genius learned his trade from the great King Tubby and played a crucial role in the development of the NYC reggae scene, producing classic sides by Shaggy and Super Cat and nurturing countless other producers at his studio and on his Get Smart radio show. Last year Boomshots stopped by HC&F Studio in Long Island where Philip was keeping one of his usual late-night sessions. He didn’t feel very well that day—said he had a cold—but luckily he found the strength for a long conversation with Reshma B. To say that Father Phil will be missed is a serious understatement. Respect in all aspect. Music alone shall live. Video After The Jump… Read more »

50 Tips Everyone Should Know For Carnival

50 Tips Everyone Should Know For Carnival

Tips To Make Sure You Have A Safe And Enjoyable Carnival Experience

It’s less than one week to the greatest show on Earth, Trinidad and Tobago Carnival 2014. Veteran masqueraders are already descending upon the twin island republic this week along with a slew of Carnival virgins who really don’t know what they’re in for. The good folks over at Lazymas.com compiled a solid list for the first timers and a few pointers for the more seasoned.  Everything from what to wear, what to eat and even how to party is all covered in these helpful tips. Check Them Out After The Jump… Read more »

WATCH THIS: Major Lazer feat RDX & Moska – Lose Yourself (Behind The Scenes)

WATCH THIS: Major Lazer feat RDX & Moska - Lose Yourself (Behind The Scenes)

Take A Behind The Scenes Look At The New Major Lazer Video “Lose Yourself”

Diplo steps behind the lens to direct the new Major Lazer video for “Lose Yourself” featuring RDX and Moska in Jamaica with the Karmaloop Media crew. It’s a family affair with the ML dancers, Walshy, Jillionaire and…a goat. Or two. Take a quick vacation to the world’s most loved island with your favorite artists, beautiful ladies and more beautiful ladies twerking on a golf cart. Video After The Jump… Read more »

HEAR THIS: I-Octane “Trendsetta”

HEAR THIS: I-Octane "Trendsetta"

Octane Flips Drake and Solja Boy’s Turnt-Up Anthem

Earlier this week, I-Octane revealed the track listing for his next album, My Journey, which can best be described as an evolution of his sound towards straight-up roots & culture reggae music. But lest we forget the dancehall flair that made Octane’s name, he’s just dropped an ill hip-hop remix. What a way the man versatile. Audio After The Jump… Read more »

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Buju Banton “Wanna Be Loved”

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Buju Banton "Wanna Be Loved"

Dedicated To The Lovers

It’s that dreaded day, Valentine’s Day, the day most people find out where they stand with their significant other. Heartbreak for some but a day to rejoice in the emotion that is love of to feel loved for many. Let’s focus on the latter (sorry side pieces). Love is a beautiful thing and everyone deserves to be loved, but more importantly loved for who they are, isn’t that right Buju? Gargamel himself stated these words on his hit tune “Wanna Be Loved” of his 1995 classic “Til Shiloh.” Buju expressed these same sentiments, he wants love, but only if his lady loves him for him or as he put it “not for who you think I am or who you want me to be could you love me for me?” Tune After The Jump… Read more »

WATCH THIS: Spankers Feat. Machel Montano & Fatman Scoop “Party Time (Lyric Video)”

WATCH THIS: Spankers Feat. Machel Montano & Fatman Scoop "Party Time (Lyric Video)"

Spankers Takes Soca Music Global With This One

Paolo Ortelli and Luke Degree, collectively known as Spankers are an Italian DJ group set to put dance music on tilt. For  their first single  Paolo and Luke grabbed Soca King Machel Montano and “The Voice Of The Clubs” Fatman Scoop for an appropriately titled “Party Time.” This tune is definitely a party starter and superbly blends the genres of Hip Hop, EDM and Soca music making sure there’s something for even the most discerning of tastes. Their single is steadily moving up the charts, its now #9 on Japan iTunes dance chart after being released a day ago. Signs of bigger things to come, Tune After The Jump… Read more »