Monthly archive March, 2014

Mavado, Popcaan, Blak Ryno & Diplo Speak on Kartel

Mavado, Popcaan, Blak Ryno & Diplo Speak on Kartel

As The World Awaits The Verdict In The WorlBoss’s Murder Trial, Friends and Associates Weigh In

More than two and half years since Adidja Palmer aka Vybz Kartel was taken into custody on a ganja charge, the final verdict in Kartel’s final court case is expected soon. Charged with the murder of Clive “Lizard” Williams, Kartel gave an emotional statement in court last week, Busta Rhymes has been hanging out with Kartel’s family as crowds have gathered downtown on a daily basis awaiting word on the most closely watched trial in Jamaica. While we await word on Kartel’s fate, Boomshots correspondent Reshma B gathered up some recent comments by friends, associates, and even former rivals of Kartel as they weigh in on the Worlboss. Video After The Jump… Read more »

Diplo and The Clash Talk “Paper Planes,” Reggae Music

Diplo and The Clash Talk "Paper Planes," Reggae Music

The Seminal UK Punk Band and the Producer Reason with The Reggae Girl About Town

Combat Rock was the last studio album by seminal UK punk band The Clash. Released in 1982, the disc contained two of the band’s biggest hit, “Rock the Casbah” and “Should I Stay Or Should I Go.” But 25 years later another cut from the album—the reggae-tinged cut “Straight To Hell”—would top the charts around the world. M.I.A. and her DJ Diplo sampled The Clash original to make “Paper Planes,” which became the biggest hit in either artists’ career. The track became so popular that Kanye West sampled the M.I.A. record to make another record called “Swagga Like Us,” which he performed on the Grammys with Jay Z, Lil Wayne, T.I., and a very pregnant M.I.A. It was kind of a big deal. Video After The Jump… Read more »

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: I-Octane “Stab Vampire”

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: I-Octane "Stab Vampire"

Octane A Bad From Long Time

His new album “My Journey” dropped this week and is already getting rave reviews. I-Octane has been burning up charts for a while now, but when did it all start? Let’s take it all the way back to 2007 right after I-Octane previously known as Richie Rich dropped this bun out pagan tune “Stab Vampire.” It was with this tune that people began to take notice and realize that I-Octane wasn’t just a flash in the pan. Tune After The Jump… Read more »

WATCH THIS: Popcaan “Everything Nice” Official Music Video

WATCH THIS: Popcaan "Everything Nice" Official Music Video

Jah Cure, Gyptian, Mavado, and Ace Hood Join Papi As He Goes On A High-Grade Flight

Popcaan has been poppin’ for so long it’s hard to believe that The Raving King has yet to release a proper album, but that will change this May when his debut LP drops on Mixpak Records. Months ago we brought you the first single, “Everything Nice,” a somewhat sullen slow-burner produced by Dubbel Dutch, in which Papi contemplates mortality while sipping Henny and blazing high-grade. Now comes the music video, in which director Jay Will gets it poppin in a Hype Williams minimalist style. Iyah Cure, Gyppy, and the Gully Gaad (plus his rap bredren Ace Hood) pass through to show love. Video After The Jump…

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Miley Cyrus Inna Dancehall Style

Miley Cyrus Inna Dancehall Style

When Pop Culture Gets Down and Dirty, Dancehall Doubles Down

Who can forget the most provocative performance of 2013? Miley Cyrus at the MTV Video Music Awards, fully equipped with a foam finger, wagging tongue and twerking dancers in oversized teddy bears costumes. Robin Thicke wore black and white pin stripes which became “Blurred Lines” when Miley let him know the time was 6:30pm. 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar kept the twerking vibes flowing and the conglomerate made for a memorable performance. Check The Dancehall Remixes after the Jump…

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WATCH THIS: Collie Buddz “Light It Up” Official Video

WATCH THIS: Collie Buddz "Light It Up" Official Video

Collie Buddz blasted onto the scene with his hit single “Come Around,” and followed it up with another acclaimed hit “Mamacita.” Since then the Bermudian born singer has put out tunes, but none to the level of the previous two, none until now. Deviating from his usual route, Collie Buddz brings us “Light It Up,” his latest energy filled tune guaranteed to the have dancefloors worldwide shaking. With a newly signed label deal and a truckload of music on the way don’t be surprised if Collie Buddz becomes the next big thing. Watch out Pitbull – Video After The Jump… Read more »

HEAR THIS: Wayne Wonder “It’s Legendary” Mixtape

HEAR THIS: Wayne Wonder "It's Legendary" Mixtape

Wayne Wonder Drops A Blazing New Mixtape

Grammy nominated reggae superstar Wayne Wonder returned to Jamaica to promote the release of his brand new mixtape entitled “Its Legendary.” On why he decided to head home to promote the mixtape Wonder said:

“Right now I’m in the island to turn up the promotion on a number of projects including the singles “Let Me Love You Tonight” and “Many Reasons” which have been getting good radio airplay across the board. We will be shooting the video for both singles in a few days and we also will be releasing the highly anticipated video for “Searching For Love” which is a single I did with A.N.G recording artiste Iyara so the fans can look out for that.”  Read more »

I-Octane Speaks on “My Journey” Album

I-Octane Speaks on "My Journey" Album

I-Octane’s Highly Anticipated New Album My Journey Hits Stores Today

You’ve heard the new track “Jah Jah Warrior.” You’ve vibed to the preview mix of the album. Today the wait is over. You can cop I-Octane’s brand new album My Journey right now. Octane reached out via Skype to let the Boomshots massive know why he took so much extra care with this album—produced by reggae hit-maker Andre “DJ Frass” Gordon—and why the new project is so special to him. “Music has been my saving grace – an outlet to change the destiny of my life and a vehicle that enabled me to touch the life of others,” states I-Octane. “This album is a reflection of my journey so far and it has served as a therapeutic way for me to voice not only the blessings, but the frustrations as well. My goal is to find ways that you, as the listener, can share in my experiences, both good and bad, and use it to help you on your journey.” Stay tuned for the NYC album launch at SOBs brought to you by Boomshots. Video After The Jump… Read more »

HEAR THIS: Chyn. Wonder Presents: Soca Warm Up Mix 2014

HEAR THIS: Chyn. Wonder Presents: Soca Warm Up Mix 2014

All Of Carnival 2014’s Soca Tunes In On Big Mix

London born, Brooklyn raised, Trinidad & Tobago adopted Chynee Wonder throws together a superb mix of Carnival 2014 hits. Everything from Machel Montano, Bunji Garlin and others you may have missed are all here and available for download. You may not be in Trinidad right now, but you can at least pretend. Mix After The Jump… Read more »

Top 10 Philip Smart Selections

Top 10 Philip Smart Selections

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Childhood friends with Augustus Pablo, teenage apprentice to King Tubbys, “Prince” Philip Smart would later move from Kington to New York and establish the most important reggae recording studio in the USA. The very first song produced at HC&F Studios was a crossover hit for the band Monyaka, who’d invested sweat equity into their recording time by helping to construct the Freeport, Long Island studio with their own hands. Over the years, numerous historic recording sessions went down at Smart’s soundlab that helped to spread reggae music into the American pop charts and around the world, as did his weekly radio show on WNYU FM, Get Smart! As friends, family and music lovers mourn the man—who passed away last week—what better time to take a deep dive into the music and reflect on all the works one man in his late 50s could accomplish on earth. Many of Philip Smart’s hardest selections, including Scion Sashay Success futuristic digi-dancehall cut “The Trainer,” are includied on the hard-to-find compilation Five Borough Fire, which is well worth the effort of hunting down on eBay. In one of many tributes that appeared following the tragic news, Clinton Lindsay quotes Sting International saying, Father Phil was “a man who gave so much and asked for nothing.” Make sure to tune into the next episode of the Strictly Boomshots show on for a musical celebration of the man known affectionately by so many as “Father Phil.”  Click Through The Gallery Above To Start The Countdown

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HEAR THIS: I-Octane “Jah Jah Warrior” PREMIERE

HEAR THIS: I-Octane "Jah Jah Warrior" PREMIERE

Brand New Exclusive Preview Of The My Journey Album

I-Octane has described his forthcoming album My Journey as an evolution towards a more rootical approach to the music. The dreadlocked dancehall singjay’s music has always exercised a certain level of consciousness in terms of lyrical content and sheer songwriting ability, the rhythm tracks and production favored a digital dancehall style over traditional live drum and bass reggae tracks. On this exclusive pre-release Octane brandishes his lyrical sword atop a warm and easy DJ Frass production that bridges the gap between new and classic. If this is any indication My Journey—which will be released Tuesday on independent Reggae imprint, Tads Records—is a journey we can’t wait to begin. Check out the new tune and  then pree Livity Movements album mix after the jump…  Audio After The Jump… Read more »