Monthly archive June, 2017

Greensleeves Records Celebrates 40th Year Anniversary at B.B. Kings Blues and Grill in New York City

Greensleeves Records Celebrates 40th Year Anniversary at B.B. Kings Blues and Grill in New York City

Star-Studded Event Captures Music in A Time Capsule

The founders of Greensleeves Records, Chris Sedgewick and Chris Cracknell launched the record label in 1977 and sky rocketed the careers of many foundation artists and cross over artists, including: Barrington Levy, Shabba Ranks , Beeenie Man, Mr. Vegas, Shaggy, Elephant Man, Vybz Kartel and more. Partnering with VP records in 2008, only strengthened the label’s international ties. On Wednesday, June 21, 2017,  the two powerhouses came together at B.B. King Blues and Grill, to celebrate Greensleeves’ 40th year in the music business. On the summer soltice at New York City’s hottest musical venue, the label showcased it’s shinning stars: Alborosie, Queen I-frica, and Addis Pablo.More After The Jump…

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Reasoning With Estelle: “Reggae Is In My Soul”

Reasoning With Estelle: "Reggae Is In My Soul"

West London Singer Delves Deep Into Her Reggae Roots

The first time most of the world heard about Estelle Fanta Swaray, she was collaborating with Kanye West on the Grammy-winning smash “American Boy.” That song, which featured Kanye spitting his best soundboy slang—”Here comes the number-one champion sound!”—appeared on her 2008 album Shine, along with a handful of straight-up reggae tracks, like “Magnificent,” featuring Kardinall Offishall. Although she’s often described as an R&B artist, this West London girl, the daughter of a reggae session drummer, has always been as musically diverse as the city she grew up in, freely exploring genres from grime to dancehall. “Come Over,” her collab with Sean Paul showed another side of her versatility. After fielding requests for years, she’s finallyembarked on a full-on reggae album, with production by the likes of Supa Dups. Our first taste of the project, a collab with Tarrus Riley called “Love Like Ours” is nothing less than remarkable. After her surprise appearance alongside Tarrus  at Groovin’ in the Park 2017, Estelle invited Reshma B to hop inside her black SUV for  100% real interview. No subject was off-limits. Video After The Jump…

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PREMIERE: Konshens “Beautiful” Lyric Video

PREMIERE: Konshens "Beautiful" Lyric Video

To All The Ladies, With Maximum Respect In Every Aspect

You already know Konshens as the man who loves to see “Gal A Bubble.” He’s not even mad at a “Bad Gal” who might even “Bruk Off” supm. But with his latest release, Konshens shows another side of his character. On this sweet rub-a-dub selection, courtesy of 21st Hapilos Productions, the DJ delivers something different. Something “Beautiful.” As the artist himself puts it, this is “a song for every woman to be reminded beauty starts from the inside, not defined by the opinion of strangers or social media.” As the devoted daddy to a young son and daughter himself, Konshens knows the importance of positive reinforcement and self esteem. And so today BOOMSHOTS proudly premieres RD Studios’ official lyric video for “Beautiful.” Video After The Jump…
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EXCLUSIVE: Busy Signal Addresses The Disruption of His U.S. Debut

EXCLUSIVE: Busy Signal Addresses The Disruption of His U.S. Debut

The Turf President’s Historic Set Got Cut Short at Groovin in the Park—We Spoke With Him Right Afterwards

Yesterday Busy Signal made history by performing his first ever show in the U.S.A. at this year’s Groovin In The Park festival. But re-writing history is not always an easy road—sometimes there are a few potholes along the way. On this day one of the most dreamed-about days of Busy’s life turned out to be a somewhat bittersweet reality. Bolting onto the stage Busy opened with his breakout track, “Step Out.” Bouncing around the stage like a ball of energy, he segued into “Nah Go Jail Again” before transitioning into a moment of thanksgiving as Buju Banton’s voice rang out in the park “Oh our Father, Who Art In Zion…” while Busy counted his blessings for being given the opportunity to perform for his American fans. “A foreign mi deh,” he said with pride. “Big foreign!” This was the moment he had been waiting for all his life—a moment that over 30,000 people spent their money to witness, some traveling in from all over the world. His fans wanted to witness the moment when Busy’s incredible journey—building his career for over 12 years, being released from prison, getting his visa back, getting an approved work permit—came to fulfillment. “You are looking at a walking miracle,” he told the audience, almost in disbelief. But just when it seemed things couldn’t get any better, they took a sudden turn for the worse.  Video and Full Story After The Jump… Read more »

PREMIERE: Eesah “Run Ova Dem” Official Music Video

PREMIERE: Eesah "Run Ova Dem" Official Music Video

Mind The Company You Keep

The wide world got its first good look at Eesah last year, when Chronixx dropped the video for “Perfect Tree,” a standout single off his Roots & Chalice mixtape. Not that the youth born Ackime Nephew was one of those just-come artists. He actually dropped his first EP five years ago, but 2017 is looking like the year his music career kicks into overdrive. Raised in the McGregor Gully section of Kingston’s Vineyard Town,  Eesah has seen his fair share of hard times, but his aptitude for music offered a way to channel those experiences into personal expression and forward progress. The artist’s nickname derives from Jamaican slang. When hiring  “dat bad eeh, sah?” The meaning of “Eesah” is an expression of excitement upon hearing something enjoyable. Today BOOMSHOTS proudly premieres the music video for “Run Ova Dem,” a song produced by Khemis for VybzNation Records with visuals by JussBussTV. “RunOvaDem is about being aware of the company you keep,” says Eesah. “‘Some boy mek hypeness take over dem,’ personifies how to differentiate the real from the fake. It’s about being aware of a wolf dressed in sheep’s clothing. The song touches on the fact that once you have encountered genuine camaraderie, a poser can’t fool you. True friendship stands to the test of time.” Video After The Jump… Read more »

DJ Khaled Drops New Video With Sizzla “I’m So Grateful”

DJ Khaled Drops New Video With Sizzla "I'm So Grateful"

Kalonji and Khaled and Asahd Giving Thanks and Praises

If you’ve been following DJ Khaled since before his Snapchat days, you know that he’s been deeply immersed in reggae and dancehall culture for years. If you’ve been paying attention since the days when he used to compete in sound clashes like Fully Loaded, you know Sizzla is one of his favorite artists. When Boomshots paid a visit to his studio not long ago, he proudly played his collection of Sizzla dub plates. If you’ve been following his Snapchat lately, you know he’s been in the studio with Sizzla working on a song called “I’m So Grateful,” which apparently moved him to tears while he was working on it, and which happens to be the opening track of his highly anticipated album Grateful, which drops tomorrow. Earlier this evening Khaled posted five consecutive Instagram video clips, revealing the music video for that song. Big up Khaled for representing a true hardcore dancehall artist like Sizzla.  Video After The Jump…
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PREMIERE: The Holdup “Solid”

PREMIERE: The Holdup "Solid"

What Would Make You Solid?

Last December San Jose, California reggae band The Holdup topped the Billboard Reggae chart with their album Leaves in the Pool, Six months later, the ban’s lead singer and songwriter Mike Garmany is opening up about his battle with anxiety and depression—which left him “nearly suicidal”—in a new song called “Solid,” which Boomshots proudly premieres today. “This is not a call for sympathy nor is it an attempt to gain attention,” says Garmany. “This is an attempt to relate to other people who may be going through or have gone through similar experiences to mine. You’re not alone. Everything is okay. Just keep living.”Audio and Full Statement After The Jump…

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HEAR THIS: Busy Signal “Honor Roll”
(Quiet Storm Riddim)

HEAR THIS: Busy Signal "Honor Roll" (Quiet Storm Riddim)

The Turf Prez Pays His Respects to The Late Great Prodigy

“Turf President represent for the street,” says Busy at the top of his latest release, uploaded to his Soundcloud less than 24 hours ago. “All these hardcore niggas. Real niggas. Me ah no one a dem just-come boys deh. We no just talk this. We do this. Muthafucka we live this.” Then Busy proceeds to spit fire over Mobb Deep’s “Quiet Storm” beat, name-checking legendary dancehall artists from Baby Cham to Shabba to Bounty Killer and Capleton. This Sunday Busy will perform his first ever show in America at Groovin’ In The Park. It’s hard to imagine how he feels right now, but if this track is any indication of his mindstate at the moment this Sunday ah go maaaaadAudio After The Jump… Read more »

WATCH THIS: Christopher Ellis “Here We Are” Official Music Video

WATCH THIS: Christopher Ellis "Here We Are" Official Music Video

:Alton’s Big Son Sings Songs Of Praises On a Foundation Riddim

“It’s a lineage thing,” says Christopher Ellis, the youngest son of legendary Jamaican vocalist Alton Ellis, of his link with the Ghetto Youths International crew. “It stems back to when I met Stephen and Damian Marley. And more than that, it stems to our fathers and the whole Trenchtown thing.” Trenchtown, of course, is the economically downpressed but musically blessed area of downtown Kingston immortalized by The Wailers in their song “Trenchtown Rock.” Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, and Bunny Wailer all hailed from Trenchtown, as did many other Jamaican musical heroes including the aforementioned Alton Ellis, a soulful vocalist who made his name with countless rock steady classics, including “Rock Steady” and “I’m Still In Love.” Carrying on his father’s legacy, Ellis is currently recording his debut album, slated for release on the Ghetto Youths label later this year. MASS APPEAL has just premiered Ellis’ latest reease, “Here We Are,” on Stephen Marley’s “All Natural” Riddim. Ellis uses his silky voice to deliver words of wisdom and inspiration. Directed by Jay Will (Game Over), “Here We Are” video was filmed in Portland, where the UK native seems right at home amidst the country vibes. Audio After The Jump…
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HEAR THIS: Mr. Vegas “Terrorist In A England”

HEAR THIS: Mr. Vegas "Terrorist In A England"

Prayers For Manchester And A Plea For Unity

Like so many people all around the world, Mr. Vegas was deeply upset by the recent terrorist attacks in Manchester and London. He decided to channel his anger into a song and here it is, over Steely & Clevie’s version of the classic ‘Far East’ riddim. Originated by Jamaica’s ace saxophonist Roland Alphonso at the legendary Studio One, and recorded by producer Clement ‘Coxsone’ Dodd, the “Far East” was brought to further fame by Barry Brown’s classic song ‘Far East.’ Steely & Clevie’s version dates back to 1989 when they recorded a string of singles for their own Steely & Clevie label, including the hits ‘Stop Loving You’ by Freddie McGregor and ‘Spanish Harlem’ by Richie Stephens.  Audio After The Jump… Read more »

BuzzRock’s New Album: “Nobody’s Fool”

BuzzRock's New Album: "Nobody's Fool"

New Solo Album From One of Trinidad and Tobago’s Finest Roots Artist

Sadiki also known as BuzzRock, releases his new album today, a solo album entitled “Nobody’s Fool” on his own label, Ministry of Dub. BuzzRock released four albums as part of a group but this time he is taking his baritone vocals and conscious lyrics to the world. This article contains an interview we conducted two days prior to the album release followed by an album review. More After The Jump…

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PREMIERE: Noise Cans ft. Jesse Royal “No War”

PREMIERE: Noise Cans ft. Jesse Royal "No War"

The Small Axe Don’t Want No War No More

“Part carnival, part incantation, and pure celebration,” is the way Dim Mak Records describes the collision of Bermudian tradition and futuristic production that is Noise Cans. Today BOOMSHOTS premieres “No War” a new track from the forthcoming album Masquerave.  “I would love for ‘No War’ to be an anthem for the times we are living in,” says COLLAS, the Gombey-masked mystery man behind Noise Cans. “My goal was to add a joyful approach to a serious time in hopes that people understand and listen to the message. Music is the one thing that brings us together, I’m just here trying to do my part.” Tune in to the signal. Audio After The Jump… Read more »