Monthly archive May, 2017

Chronixx Confirmed As Opening Act For Nas & Lauryn Hill North American Tour

Chronixx Confirmed As Opening Act For Nas & Lauryn Hill North American Tour

Not a Bad Way to Roll Out Chronology!

MASS APPEAL reports that Nasty Nas and L-Boogie aka Ms. Lauryn Hill will embark upon a North American tour this fall, with Jamaican reggae star Chronixx as their opening act. The Queensbridge rapper and the former member of the Fugees famously collaborated on the 1996 anthem “If I Ruled the World (Imagine That)” off of Nas’ chart-topping sophomore album, It Was Written, and have remained close friends since. For over 20 years these two artists have proven themselves to be some of the most distinctive and influential voices in hip hop. Both artists have also show a strong respect for reggae music—Hill having collabed with Bounty Killer as a member of The Fugees, and with Bob Marley on the classic duet “Turn Your Lights Down Low.” Nas meanwhile joined forces with Damian Marley for the classic album Distant Relatives. Chronixx debut album, Chronology, is set to drop June 30th on all digital platforms. The tour will kick off in Chicago on September 7 and end in Vancouver on October 11. Tickets go on sale via Live Nation on June 2. Video & Tour Dates After The Jump… Read more »

The Worst of the ‘Best Of The Best’ Instagram Comments After Epic Mavado Fail

The Worst of the 'Best Of The Best' Instagram Comments After Epic Mavado Fail

How Them Fi Deal With The Gully Gad So?

This past Memorial Day Weekend the Best Of The Best music festival put on their 11th annual stage show at Miami’s Bayfront Park. Just like every year the show kicked of in the early afternoon and went on until midnight presenting many of “the best of the best” acts in the reggae and dancehall fraternity. Over they years BOTB has brought some amazing musical moments. However this year’s show ended on a rather sour note. When midnight rolled around without Mavado—the show’s headliner—setting foot on stage to perform. Acts billed for this year’s show included the likes of Jahmiel, Spice, Konshens, Aidonia and Christopher Martin—not to mention veteran acts like Barrington Levy, Mad Cobra, Josey Wales and Brigadier Jerry. However the Gully Gad’s non-performance was a major disappointment to say the least. During the final hour of the show, MC and promoter Jabba paced the stage as Mavado’s band tried to set up as the final moments ticked down. Then at just a few minutes to midnight he called Mavado to the stage, then after a few moments returned to the stage to announce that due to Miami Police and  curfew regulations Mavado would be unable to perform. Confused?! Most of the thousands of patrons in the park were definitely unhappy. (One eyewitness spotted a heated argument going down backstage after the unpopular announcement.) Everybody including artists, promoters, and fans and patrons (who paid as much as $170 for VIP tickets) wasted no time taking to social media to vent their frustrations. Team Boomshots was in the park too. Here’s how the drama unfolded. More After The Jump… Read more »

WATCH THIS: Jah Cure “Telephone Love” Official Music Video

WATCH THIS: Jah Cure "Telephone Love" Official Music Video

The World Singa On Line One

The visuals for Cure’s latest boom tune,  premiered today on MASS APPEAL. IyaCure tells ReshmaB that the album is all finished, and that last year’s Grammy nomination was “very inspiring” for him artistically. As they say in Jamaica “nothing before the time. “I feel like a winner still because I couldn’t travel the U.S. at the time,” Cure states.Due to visa restrictions Cure’s physical movements may be limited but as he once sang, “We don’t need no visas to come through your speakers.” The gorgeous video was directed by Jus Bus from Jamaica (who previously directed “Rasta“) and shot in Antigua. “He’s a guy that I work with all the time,” Cure tells Reshma B. “He’s a producer, friend of mine. He’s part of my team.” Check the fruits of their labor. Video After The Jump…
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HEAR THIS: Kiff ‘Mix N Ting’

HEAR THIS: Kiff 'Mix N Ting'

Jersey’s Kiff started making waves last year with a style he had coined Jersey soca; a unique blend of Jersey club and the island sounds he grew up on. The pairing picked up on similar traits between the two, specifically Barbados’ style of crop over. The remix culture that such a big part of both soca and Jersey club led to his expansion into broader, less definable, but more deeply Caribbean styles that make up Mix N Ting. From dancehall, to soca, to just straight vibes, Kiff has the cure for your post-Memorial Day tabanca right here.

WATCH THIS: Who Pulled A Knife On Fantan Mojah?

WATCH THIS: Who Pulled A Knife On Fantan Mojah?

Violent Threat Causes Lion To Roar

Recently, a controversial video surfaced where Fantan Mojah accuses an un-named artist of pulling a knife on him. Fanton Mojah sees the violation as a major disrespect because it is someone that he respects and had a friendship with. Fantan Mojah  demands a public apology from said artist, causing many to speculate about who the artist is referring to as “The Kid” and “God”.  Fantan Mojah never mentions what precipitated the argument, just states “Why you get offended over truth?” More After The Jump…

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HEAR THIS: Vybz Kartel -“Euphoria”

HEAR THIS: Vybz Kartel -"Euphoria"

Vybz Kartel Makes A Sentimental Tribute To His Long Time Love

Adversity teaches appreciation for  life and relationships. Vybz Kartel lays out heartfelt lyrics to the woman who has been there for him through thick and thin, in a new track, entitled,  “Euphoria.” The tone of the song is a melancholy one despite the title. The World Boss reflects on his relationship with Tanisha Johnson, mother of his children. The lyrics sway ironically between various emotional tones: “You’re my Euphoria and I’m so sorry.”  More After The Jump…

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HEAR THIS: Cham ft. O “Get Drunk”

HEAR THIS: Cham ft. O "Get Drunk"

Reasoning with Cham: ”No! We never pay! We lawless.”

Whenever the artist who gave us classic cuts like “Ghetto Story” connects with his year-to-year sparring partner Dave Kelly of Madhouse Records, you can expect something wicked. The second official track (after the boasy “Money Wine“) off Cham’s  Lawless album just premiered  on MASS APPEAL. “Get Drunk” is a sexy, fun, flirtatious tune that Cham describes as “a fusion of dancehall and world music.” It’s also the long-awaited return of Miss O, whose previous collabs with Cham—”Back Way,” “Tun Up” and “Wine“—were straight bangers. “She had been kinda staying away from the recording booth for a minute,” says Cham “but I got her to grace her presence on this track which is a good thing.” Cham says he made her an offer she couldn’t refuse, which judging by the song may have involved some strong liquor and a few acrobatic positions.    Audio & Interview After The Jump… Read more »

WATCH THIS: Jah9 “Prosper” Official Music Video

WATCH THIS: Jah9 "Prosper" Official Music Video

“Be Confident In All We Do And Say”

Jah9 has just released the video for “Prosper,” the fourth video from her latest album “9.” The video directed by Samo Kush-I, was shot in black and white complete with a vintage 35mm camera feel, as Jah9 sings encouraging lyrics of spirituality and empowerment in a relaxed and calming voice. “Whatever is worth doing is worth doing to the highest level,” says Jah9. “And the time we spend in service to high upful endeavors serves to build. The chorus of the song is an affirmation, a mantra, a spell that can be used daily to empower. The outside world will seem less intimidating when we feel more empowered and less insecure about our value.” Video After The Jump…

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PREMIERE: Hood Celebrityy “Unlock” Official Music Video

PREMIERE: Hood Celebrityy "Unlock" Official Music Video

New Visuals From JA-Born BX-Based Artist Who Calls Herself “The Female Kartel”

We first noticed Hoodcelebrityy when she turned up on “Back It Up,” the dancehall-flavored Cardi B track that also features Konshens. Checking her Instagram profile, we noted that she described herself as “The Female Kartel” which was intriguing to say the least. Doing further research, we discovered her videos for “The Takeover” where she can be seen wilding out with Cardi’s sister Hennessy Carolina, and flipping 50 Cent’s Many Men hook over A Boogie and Don Q’s “Bando” beat. By this point it was clear that we had to reach out for an interview, which you can see below the jump—along with the brand new video for “Unlock,” a track from HC’s forthcoming project Can’t Believe It’s Just A Girl.  In this “Equal Rights and Justice” era anything is possible. Check the vibes.   Video After The Jump… Read more »

PREMIERE: K’reema “Drop It”

PREMIERE: K'reema "Drop It"

King Yellowman’s Daughter Is All Grown Up Now

Pop reggae artist Kreema has a long list of musical influences, ranging from reggae legends Beres Hammond and Tanya Stephens to worldwide pop stars TLC and Beyoncé, but if you want which artist had the biggest impact on her career, look no further than her dad Winston Foster, aka King Yellowman. In case you missed the point, she did a song with him called “Father’s Love” and has toured extensively with the dancehall legend (Reshma B caught up with them during a recent tour stop—be sure to peep the reasoning below). K’reema was formerly employed saving lives as an EMT worker, but she’s been musical since she was a child. So three years ago she decided to give her first love a try—and of course her dad’s had her back every step of the way. But there comes a time when even daddy’s little girl must grow up, and that time has come now for K’reema. The first sign is when they start telling you they don’t give a…  Then pretty soon they’re ready to step out on their own. K’reema recently made quite an impression with “Sorry You’re Not Sorry, a lovers’ rock selection on the Taxi riddim taken from her upcoming EP. Today Boomshots proudly premieres “Drop It” another section from the new project. It’s been a long time coming, but the Brooklyn-based artist is ready to make moves.  Audio & Video After The Jump… Read more »

Saba Jenga: Black Girl Magic

Saba Jenga: Black Girl Magic

New Artist With Soulful Hip Hop and Conscious Reverberations

Saba Jenga is an ambitious woman who left her hometown in Richmond, Virginia to pursue a career in music. She was determined to hone her craft with an educational foundation in New York City. She won the 2012 “Walk This Way Award” for Best MC at St. John’s University and following this she matriculated into the New York University, Clive Davis Institute of Recording Music. During her time of study, she coined a music style of her own called “Dirty Dub,” fusing various genres of music including dub, dubstep, reggae, trap and gogo. Saba Jenga evokes the “black girl magic” ensconced  in a world with a European standard of beauty and oppression of minorities; through a culmination of cultures and sounds. We spoke to Saba, following a stellar performance at The Miss Lily’s 4/20 Celebration with International Selector, Yaadcore.  More After The Jump…

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