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HEAR THIS: Tanya Stephens “Tonight” Prod by Fatis Burrell

HEAR THIS: Tanya Stephens "Tonight" Prod by Fatis Burrell

XTM Nation Shares Exclusive Preview of Fatis Tapes in the Oven Vol. 1

Who can stop Tanya Stephens from singing her heart out over this classic reggae rhythm laid down by the Firehouse Crew? MASS APPEAL proudly premieres this exclusive preview of an important new compilation focusing on the late great Phillip “Fatis” Burrell—the man behind the crucial Jamaican label Xterminator Records—and before that, Vena Records. The prolific producer helped launch the careers of Luciano, Sizzla, Pinchers, and many more. Working with the island’s top session musicians his tireless work ethic yielded an abundance of classic recordings, many of which have not seen the light of day even seven years after his passing. Audio After The Jump… Read more »

PREMIERE: Rvssian Presents “Bashment Time” Riddim Megamix

PREMIERE: Rvssian Presents "Bashment Time" Riddim Megamix

Fresh Juggling From The Head Concussion Family

Tarik “Rvssian” Johnston is one of a handful of producers who has truly shaped the sound of contemporary Jamaican music. From his early hit with Vybz Kartel “Life Sweet” to the anthem “Straight Jeans & Fitted” the recent “Krippy Kush” Remix with Farruko, Bad Bunny & Nicki Minaj, his track record speaks for itself. Today Boomshots proudly premieres his Head Concussion label’s latest juggling, the “Bashment Time” riddim, distibuted by 21st Hapilos. “I was in studio with Konshens and I told him I wanted to give him the original elements of Dancehall,” Rvssian recalls of the creative process. “I made the riddim in like 5 minutes literally. He wrote ‘Tan Up’ and I decided to make it a riddim with various artistes.” Of course his longtime bredren Chan Dizzy represents on the riddim. “Chan Dizzy is a Head Concussion artiste. We first linked in 2007 and history from there. He had his first major hit ‘Strange Face’ in 2009 then ‘Hello Badmind’ etc…” The rest of the riddim features heavyweights like Tarrus Riley, Chris Martin, Charly Black, Savage, and Shenseea. “She is super fast and talented,” says Rvssian of the hottest new girl in the game. “Always easy and great to work with.” Unfortunately his old sparring partner Kartel wasn’t able to join in on this one, but Rvssian looks forward to the day whent he Worldboss touch the road again. “It would help the entire industry.  Because we will have another major act to the industry available to help push the genre to new boundaries.” Check out the new juggling and remember to support the ting. Audio After The Jump…
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HEAR THIS: I-Octane ft. J. Boog “Pretty Loud”

HEAR THIS: I-Octane ft. J. Boog "Pretty Loud"

World Premiere of a Wicked Combination

“As a fan of reggae music, I have long admired and actually been a fan myself of I-Octane,” says two-time Grammy nominee J. Boog, the soulful crooner who was born in Long Beach and raised in Compton, CA by Samoan parents. “I’ve had the pleasure of working with some great artists and now I can count him among those names. What makes it sweeter is not only our collaboration, but the fact that we will perform it together when he joins my L.O.E tour in Cali. One Love.” Today MASS APPEAL premiered a new track from Octane’s highly anticipated third album Love & Life, which is slated for release March 30th, 2018. Tune in. Audio After The Jump…
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WATCH THIS: Kabaka Pyramid ft. Stonebwoy “Borders” Lyric Video

WATCH THIS: Kabaka Pyramid ft. Stonebwoy "Borders" Lyric Video

Kabaka Connects With Ghanaian AfroBeats Ambassador On A Damian Marley Production

Today MASS APPEAL premieres the official lyric video for “Borders,” a collaboration between Jamaica’s most accurate lyricist Kabaka Pyramid and StoneBwoy, the Ghanian artist whose style of AfroBeats shows a strong dancehall influence. Amidst ongoing battles over the expiration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and the implementation of border walls, this song could not be more on time. “We are one human family and we haffi raise the awareness,” says Kabaka of the project. “When we pree the whole refugee situation and the debasement of people around the planet, especially Africa, the Middle East and thing.” The track was produced by Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, who recently won a Grammy for his latest album Stony Hill, and who is executive producing Kabaka’s forthcoming album Kontraband. Peep the visuals, and then check our full interview with Kabaka. Video After The Jump…

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Dre Island Speaks On “We Pray” Collab With Popcaan

Dre Island Speaks On "We Pray" Collab With Popcaan

“They Don’t Want To See The Unity Between Dancehall and Reggae”

“It’s a joy to see what Rastafari has done, said Dre Island shortly after stepping off the main deck stage of the Welcome to Jamrock Reggae Cruise. Having joined Popcaan to perform their hit duet “We Pray,” Dre Island was in a reverent mood when he spoke with Reshma B backstage. “For me it’s not even having faith in God it’s knowing that Jah is real,” the singer and producer explained. “Pocaan is my bredda, as he would say, family with a capital F. So it’s only fitting that we should do a song together.” When others questioned his choice of the Unruly Boss for the collab, Dre Island dismissed their doubts. “Unity is strength. Divided we fall. And we’re not going to fall we’re going to stay up forever.” Video After The Jump…
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PREMIERE: Jah9 ft. Chronixx “Hardcore (Remix)” Official Music Video

PREMIERE: Jah9 ft. Chronixx "Hardcore (Remix)" Official Music Video

Put Some Positivity Inna Your Thoughts More

It’s been a few years now since this whole reggae revival thing jumped off (shout out to Dutty Bookman for coining the term!) and the excitement continues to build. Last March we saw the first collaboration between Chronixx and Jah9. Ever since the “Hardcore” Remix dropped (as featured on VP Records’ Reggae Gold 2K17 album) we’ve been looking forward to a visual interpretation of the tune and today BOOMSHOTS proudly premieres the official music video. Shot on location is São Paulo, Brazil by director Premier King, the video features Jah9 in various parts of the city with an all-female crew including members of the Feminine Hi Fi. posse. Additional footage was shot in California. Chronixx, who is currently nominated for a Grammy for Best Reggae album, joins Jah9 in the primary scene atop a city rooftop. “It was a long awaited pleasure for me to make my first visit to South America and Brazil,” says Jah9. “This has been calling to me for some time now and I was honored to connect with so many beautiful spirits and have the opportunity to work with some of the best local talent.” On meeting the director, Jah9 states, “we were fans of his work before we met him so when Premier King reached out about collaborating in Brazil it was just a matter of what song to choose. We are very happy with product of this collaboration and with all the seeds we were able to plant in Brazil.” Video After The Jump…
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WATCH THIS: The Green “All I Need” Official Music Video

WATCH THIS: The Green "All I Need" Official Music Video

Set Sail To Hawaii Navigating By The Stars And Powered By Love

The Green is a well-respected Hawaiian Reggae band who merge rock, pop and R&B sounds with Jamaican roots and Hawaiian culture. They have won three Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards in their home state of Hawaii. Today MASS APPEAL premiered the visuals for “All I Need,” off the band’s latest album ‘Marching Orders.’

“Love is all we need This song is about me recognizing my blessings and was written for my wife and daughter,“ says lead singer Caleb Keolanui. The concept for the clip was developed by Director Keli’i Grace and Producer Jesse Yonover. “For the visuals, we wanted to create something very real that would transcend the meaning of the song to the deepest level possible. So it’s not just about love between two people, but love for your craft, love for your culture, and love for your home. We were really inspired by the Polynesian Voyaging Society’s Mālama Honua World Wide Voyage. For those unfamiliar, this was the recent four-year long sail across the world by the traditional Hawaiian sailing canoe, Hōkūle’a, navigated only using the ancient Polynesian art of Wayfinding (celestial navigation). We saw so many parallels between the ocean voyages of Hawaiian Wayfinders and the musical voyage of the band so we thought the music video would be a unique opportunity to try to connect these storylines in a creative way,” says Jesse Yonover. “The vision was to produce a film piece that tied these two worlds together and illuminated how not only love but also culture passes through time. It was also important that we shed light on the other side of love, which are often the difficult sacrifices made by the families and loved ones of those left behind in the pursuit of these journeys.” Video After The Jump…
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Best 2017 Reggae Album Grammy Nominations Announced

Best 2017 Reggae Album Grammy Nominations Announced

Jr. Gong, Chronixx, Join Two Repeat Contenders And One Newcomer

Critics be damned! Year in and year out, people say this and that about the nominations for Best Reggae Album. It’s true that the UK MOBO Awards are more in tune with the streets. But this year The Grammys mostly got it right. Two of the very best reggae/dancehall albums of the year—Stony Hill and Chronology—were amongst the nominees announced this morning by the Recording Academy via Grammy Awards’ official website. Two contenders return from last year as well as a first-time noimnee. Full Details After The Jump… Read more »

PREMIERE: Mavado “Mama” Official Music Video

PREMIERE: Mavado "Mama" Official Music Video

The Gully Gaad Shows Love For Mama Africa

Mavado’s track on JA Productions’ Lighthouse riddim shows a side of the Gully Gad that he doesn’t usually choose to reveal. “Mi never left you in the board house on the Gully, me take you out,” he sings to his mother, recalling the humble beginnings he overcame when he became a Starbwoy. But the song’s official music video—which BOOMSHOTS proudly premieres today—reveals another level to the song. “It was just the right thing to do, filming in Africa for a song called ‘Mama,'” says Mavado, “since Mama Africa is mother to us all.” During a recent tour of the motherland, Mavado’s team captured these powerful visuals. “For me the riddim is close to my heart because it is dedicated to my son,” says producer Justus of JA Productions. “The video is very special as well as it was my first trip to mama Africa and we shot it on my 30th birthday, which also happened to fall on Mother’s Day.” Plenty of reggae artists makes songs bigging up their mother, but this song and video take the concept to another level. “We don’t care who no like me,” he sings. “Them is not God almighty.” Video After The Jump… Read more »

HEAR THIS: Popcaan “Family”

HEAR THIS: Popcaan "Family"

Unruly Boss Don’t Trust No Bwoy Or Gyal

Andrae Sutherland is a family man. That includes his mom and dad, grandma, brothers, sisters, youths, as well as the “real real bredda dem” who know how struggle feel. “Can’t trick me and kill me,” Popcaan sings over this warm-and-easy bubbler, “No way, you mussi bloodclaat mad!” Delly Ranks’ full “Cotton Swab Riddim” drops on iTunes November 17. In the meantime hold on to this one. Audio After The Jump…
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PREMIERE: I-Octane x Ginjah “One Chance” Official Music Video

PREMIERE: I-Octane x Ginjah "One Chance" Official Music Video

Octane & Ginjah Keep It Real Amongst Real People

Fans of I-Octane will never forget his tune that begins with the words “Hustle round a Coronation Market.” For the video that BOOMSHOTS proudly premieres today—a big conscious combination tune featuring Octane and Ginjah—the artists visited May Pen Market  in Clarendon with director BlingBlang. What better way to tell a story of real people with ambition seeking an opportunity to overcome the trials and tribulations of day-to-day life? The  “One Chance” riddim was produced by BigA of Irie FM fame. Check the visuals and take the chance to count your blessings.  Video After The Jump… Read more »

Mavado, Alkaline and Jahmiel are Dancehall’s MVPs

Mavado, Alkaline and Jahmiel are Dancehall's MVPs

Three Stars Align to Change the Game

Toronto’s Woodbine Shopping Centre and Fantasy Fair has never seen anything quite like this. Thousands upon thousands of Rexdale yutes—hood-fresh guys in their best kicks, chains, and jackets; bashment girls sporting multicolored hairstyles and dressed in garments ranging from skin-tight to see-through—flood the massive mall’s parking lot on Saturday, August 19 for Fresh Fest.

Only a few minutes’ drive from Pearson International Airport, this venue sits in the working class Scarborough district of Ontario. Nearby neighborhoods like Rexdale have their fair share of government housing projects and experience more crime and violence than most of this relatively peaceful city. Putting on a dancehall show here means a lot to this community. Especially an outdoor concert featuring three of dancehall’s biggest stars—Mavado, Alkaline, and Jahmiel. Story, Photo & Video After The Jump… Read more »