Monthly archive April, 2014

Natty Dread Rides Again: Ziggy Marley’s “Fly Rasta” Tour Rocks NYC

Natty Dread Rides Again: Ziggy Marley's "Fly Rasta" Tour Rocks NYC

Before  the Fly Rasta Tour touched down at SOB’s, Ziggy Marley explored  Miss Lily’s Variety and reloaded with a veggie punch from Melvin’s Juicebox on Houston Street. The bursting-at-the-seams SOBs crowd, geared up for his arrival with  blazing musical selections of  DJ Lady Fyahramma Thomas.  Pat McKay from Sirus XM Radio brought more feminine fierceness into the building, showing her support in the crowd. Ziggy hit the stage fully energized and began the concert with the song, “Love is My Religion,” from his second solo album. The universal message disseminated through the crowd, as members of the audience shouted the lyrics in unison. “The main thing,” Ziggy said of this song, “its not the title where Ras Tafari fits into life or where Christianity fits or where Islam fits. Where does love fit?” Video & Review After The Jump… Read more »

WATCH THIS: Gyptian “Stuck” Official Music Video

WATCH THIS: Gyptian "Stuck" Official Music Video

Ricky Blaze & Gyppy Are Ready For Their Closeup

The first time Gyptian ventured into Ricky Blaze’s basement studio in Flatbush, Brooklym, he emerged with a certified-gold heard-round-the-world hit single called “Hold Yuh” which peaked on the Billboard charts in May 2010. Despite this massive success, the singer and producer haven’t made another record since—until earlier this year when Ricky Blaze unveiled a hypnotic new track as “Stuck.” Shot on a freezing-cold night at Rain nightclub in Jamaica, Queens, the visuals are nevertheless full of heat. Video After The Jump… Read more »

WATCH THIS: Major Lazer’s “Bumaye (Watch Out For This)” Ft. Busy Signal on ABC’s “Dancing With The Stars”

WATCH THIS: Major Lazer's "Bumaye (Watch Out For This)" Ft. Busy Signal on ABC's "Dancing With The Stars"

Dancehall With The Stars

Last night’s episode of ABC’s highly popular series Dancing With The Stars featured a welcomed addition in terms of song choices. Even though it was “Latin Night,” dancers Danica McKeller (who played Winnie Cooper on the TV show The Wonder Years) and professional dancer Val Chmerkovskiy decided to spice up their salsa routine with Major Lazer’s Busy Signal–assisted banger “Bumaye (Watch Out For This).” Props to Major Lazer and Busy for breaking new ground for dancehall… Forward ever, backward never. Video After The Jump…   Read more »

WATCH THIS: Kabaka Pyramid “Never Gonna Be A Slave” Official Music Video

WATCH THIS: Kabaka Pyramid "Never Gonna Be A Slave" Official Music Video

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In comes the original rootsman chanter Kabaka Pyramid with some brand new musical sounds to make you jump & rave called “Never Gonna Be a Slave.” Kabaka spits hot fire pon the warm & easy Can River Riddim produced by the man called DJ Frass the bigga boss. Zeen? Video courtesy of DJ Frass and the man dem from Royalty Productions and Bebble Rock Music said speed—an Eric Christian King film. Way up an’ stay up—Uzeet! Video After The Jump… Read more »

HEAR THIS: Elliphant ft. Bunji Garlin & Diplo “All Or Nothing”

HEAR THIS: Elliphant ft. Bunji Garlin & Diplo "All Or Nothing"

Vikings Roll Like Elephant

Bunji Garlin continues to make good on his promise of spreading soca music worldwide by linking up with Swedish pop artist Elliphant on her stand out track “All Or Nothing.” It’s hard to deny the M.I.A comparisons, but Elliphant definitely holds her own, and it never hurts to have Bunji adding lyrical support to take the track to another level. Tune After The Jump… Read more »

Popcaan Gets Unruly in Ocho Rios, Says “Most Jamaicans Will Be Surprised” By His New Album

Popcaan Gets Unruly in Ocho Rios, Says "Most Jamaicans Will Be Surprised" By His New Album

Watch the Unruly Boss Shell Down a Stage Show and Talk About His Debut Album

When we last caught up with him at the 2013 staging of Reggae Sumfest, Popcaan told Reshma B that his debut album would be coming next year and that it would be “totally different,” with more “uplifting” songs. Now that the album is completed, he can shed a little bit more light on the project, which is titled Where We Come From and will be dropping on Mixpak Records June 10. Known for hits like “Ravin” and “Party Shot” and “Only Man She Want,” Papi shows a different side on the new album, starting with the single “Everything Nice” which blends the serious realities of life with an uplifting forget-your-troubles-and-dance vibe. After years of playing his position in the Gaza camp as Vybz Kartel’s protege, Popcaan is now acknowledged as a major star in his own right who rolls with his own clique, Team Unruly. The Reggae Girl About Town recently rolled with the team to a stage show in Ochi, and got the full scoop backstage, onstage, and after the show in the parking lot. Find out why Popcaan says “most Jamaicans will be surprised,” by the new album.  Videos After The Jump…

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WATCH THIS: Aidonia “80s Dancehall Style” Official Music Video

WATCH THIS: Aidonia "80s Dancehall Style" Official Music Video

Aidonia Salutes Veterans and Vinyl

Many of Jamaica’s musical legends never predicted the millions of fans, felt the weight of money or received instant gratification through social media the way today’s artists do. These musical soldiers earned their stripes the real way, with unquestionable authenticity. One must remember , as Supercat indicated in his recent interview with Rob Kenner, the days when a DJ drew the crowd into the dancehall with nothing but a big sound system combined with sheer vocal talent and lyrical ammunition. In a cultural tradition that predates Amateur Night at the Apollo, the crowd would decide whether it was worthwhile to pay admission and enter the party. There was no hiding behind good promotion, Auto-Tune or computerized production and deejaying. Born in 1981, Aidonia may not have been old enough to hang out in dancehall sessions during that time, but he represents for the newer generation, aware of their roots and culture. Aidonia (Didi) pays tribute to this era with his new video for “80’s Dance Style.”   Video After The Jump…

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WATCH THIS: Jillionaire & Salvatore Ganacci Feat. Sanjin “Fresh” Official Music Video

WATCH THIS: Jillionaire & Salvatore Ganacci Feat. Sanjin "Fresh" Official Music Video

Fresh An Ting

Never standing still Jillionaire links with Stockholm’s own Salvatore Ganacci and Sanjin. The trio combine to create a fresh tune appropriately titled “Fresh.” Shot in NYC in conjunction with Karmaloop TV in the middle of winter (yes that’s real snow),  Jilly and crew take on the elements the best way they know how, fresh music, fresh gear and of course fresh women with dance moves to match. Everything fresh! Video After The Jump… Read more »

HEAR THIS: Vapenstien Presents: Space Camp Mixed By Bobby Dubs

HEAR THIS: Vapenstien Presents: Space Camp Mixed By Bobby Dubs

Blast Off!

I know what you’re thinking, yes 4/20 passed, but that doesn’t make this mix any less good. Trinidadian born Bobby Dubs pulls together an eclectic mix all of your favorite “get high” songs. Dancehall, Reggae, Rap and even some EDM are all present for your listening pleasure. Listen and download After The Jump… Read more »

Mr. Vegas “Selfie” Contest

Mr. Vegas "Selfie" Contest

The “Selfie” phenomenon permeated social media over the last few years and evolved into a global fixation. Short for self-portrait photograph, “Selfies” show off bikini bodies, cleavage, muscle tone, fashionable outfits, good times and high self-esteem. These shots provide a candid view of the most sort after celebrities and even regular folks receive adulation with many Instagram and Facebook likes. Mr. Vegas known for six pack ab selfies now gives us more muscle with his new tune “Selfie.”  Oh Snap! Audio After The Jump…

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WATCH THIS: I-Octane “My Journey” NYC Album Launch

WATCH THIS: I-Octane "My Journey" NYC Album Launch

I-Octane Passes Through Ms. Lily’s

Last week I-Octane celebrated the release of his latest album “My Journey” to a ram packed SOB’s crowd. While in NYC Octane made sure to vibes Ms. Lily’s and Boomshots Radio and chop it up with Rob Kenner. Video After The Jump… Read more »

WATCH THIS: Mr. Vegas “Selfie/Squat” (Official Music Video)

WATCH THIS: Mr. Vegas "Selfie/Squat" (Official Music Video)

Wait, Lemme Take A Selfie And Squat

It was only a matter of time that the “selfie” craze would crossover into dancehall music, and who better than Mr. Vegas to capitalize on the worldwide obsession with narcissism. If the selfie craze wasn’t enough Vegas hits us with a double dose tunes, this one is for the girls who focused on their fitness and who can do their “squats” right. Vegas never disappoints, Video After The Jump…  Read more »