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INTERVIEW: Reasoning With Gappy Ranks

The Big Bad UK DJ Tells The ReggaeGirlAboutTown Why He Loves Dancehall

This week Gappy Ranks debuted a brand-new world exclusive with Federation Sound. The tune is called “Love Dancehall” and if you haven’t heard his plea to free Kartel from the prison cell, you might want to get familiar. Gappy’s been keeping the dancehall full of niceness for a good likkle while now. His first two albums, Put The Stereo On for V.P. and Thanks & Praise for his own Hot Coffee Music imprint, are both must-haves for any respectable reggae collection. This year he added the herbalicious Cookies EP. And as he told Reshma B just after stepping off stage at London’s IndigO2, he’ll soon begin working on his third album, to be called Breakfast in Jamaica. So what’s he gonna cook up next? Video interview after the jump…
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HEAR THIS: Tifa “Show Me The Bubble”

Tifa Gets Wild & Loose On ZJ Chrome’s New “Wild Bubble” Riddim

You’ve gotta love a girl who knows what she wants. And Tifa leaves nothing to the imagination, providing her man with motivation to tan tuddy and wine pon her body. ZJ Chrome’s Wild Bubble Riddim is loaded with hits—Voicemail with the title cut, plus Popcaan, Konshens, Elly, Aidonia, Bugle, Black Diamond, Tommy Lee, a Kartel & Gaza Slim duet, and two outrageous tracks from Tony Matterhorn—but Tifa’s sexy selection ranks right up near the top. She already told y’all bout “Swaggin“, and showed you how the “Hot Gal Sit’n” goes. Now she wants somebody to show her the bubble. So who’s up to the job? Audio after the jump.
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DOWNLOAD: Tommy Lee vs G Starr Mixtape

The Gaza Spartan and The Gully Starr Go Head to Head On New Mixtape

Tommy Lee has had the dancehall world polarized since he stepped on the scene. Some love him for tunes like “Pussy Mechanic,” “Uncle Demon,” and “Psycho.” Other wonder if he really is psycho—like for real. But there’s no doubt that he’s repping hard for the Gaza. Meanwhile G Starr has been repping the Gully for a minute now and even dropped his own mixtape back in 2010. He hasn’t quite blown up yet—maybe it’s the dancehall illuminati‘s fault—but now Selector Jiggy has him going track for track with one of the hottest youths in the game. So who badder? Let the people decide. Audio after the jump. Read more »

DOWNLOAD: Project X: The Mixtape

Fattis Burrell’s Son Kareem Celebrates His Father’s Musical Legacy With This Xterminator Megamix

The late great Phillip “Fattis” Burrell helped shape the sound of modern reggae music with the classic records released on his Xterminator label. Since Fattis’ death last December his son Kareem Burrell has kept the family’s musical legacy alive, producing a new wave of artists like Jesse Royal. He also put together this megamix of some of his father’s most powerful productions. Photographic portrait by the one David Corio. Audio after the jump. Read more »

Gallery: Ajamu Photographs The West Indian Day Parade

Brooklyn We Go Hard

From Port of Spain in Trinidad to Notting Hill in London, Carnival is a worldwide phenomenon. We all need a time and place to get on bad, right? Of course every city has their own unique way of wilding out—but you already know nobody goes harder than Brooklyn USA. You’ve got zombies and stilt walkers and bugged out Brooklynites and hot girls in their barely theres as Grand Marshalls Harry Belafonte and Machel Montano rub shoulders with Andrew Cuomo and police commissioner Ray Kelly. Unfortunately this year’s event was marred by violence—with two people stabbed to death and two others wounded by gunfire. Despite those tragedies, the rest of us had a great time. Marlon “Ajamu” Myrie has been shooting (with a camera) on Eastern Parkway for years, and he’s not only got an artist’s eye, he’s got a special gift for charming the ladies, as you’ll notice in this massive 2012 gallery. Photo Gallery after the jump.

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WATCH THIS: Chino “High Grade” Video

Chino Sings The New Herbalist Anthem
Where there’s smoke there’s got to be fire, and Chino’s blazing this tune for all the real herbalists—something fresh from Gappy Ranks’ Hot Coffee Productions. Video after the jump.
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WATCH THIS: Beenie Man “Dweet Again” Video

The Doctor Wheels Out The Big Benz For His New Video

Ras Tingle directed the video for Beenie Man’s hit tune on Jah Snowcone’s Mercury Riddim. The video—which just premiered on Worldstar yesterday—delivers the raw uncut street dance vibes featuring plenty of girls, a fuzzy Kangol, bottles of Henny and a black Benz. Oh, and a John Hype cameo. Good thing Beenie Man has plenty of charisma to make it work. Video after the jump…
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HEAR THIS: Blak Ryno “Why Life Nuh Sweet”

We haven’t heard near enough from Blak Ryno since he stepped away from the Gaza under a cloud of controversy. Here Ryno teams up with Buju Banton’s son Markus Productions to create a powerful acoustic reggae ballad. This is one of the singer’s best ever, a track of startling beauty. Audio after the jump.
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WATCH THIS: Aidonia “Teach Me How To Tan Tuddy”

Didi Offers The Reggae Girl About Town Some Private Lessons

Right after Aidonia ripped the stage at Reggae Sumfest Dancehall Night 2012, the ReggaeGirlAboutTown caught up with Didi backstage. She asked about his video “Tan Tuddy,” which premiered on Boomshots, and he offered to give her private lessions. Another exclusive.
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WATCH THIS: Aidonia & Deablo “Run Road” Video PREMIERE

DiDi & Deablo Run It Red

Aidonia has been spitting hard lyrics for years now, but more recently the JOP boss has been stepping it up with even catchier tunes and slicker videos. (I know you remember that “Tan Tuddy” clip from a few weeks back.) Now Didi has returned to bless us with another boom visual for his song with Deablo called “Run Road.” From the motorbike stunts to the hot girls, you know they run it red. World premiere of the new video after the jump.
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HEAR THIS: Tidal “Squeeze My Girl”

Some Man Love Squeeze Trigger, But Tidal Has A Better Idea

Remember that old Black Sheep song about “you can get with this, or you can get with that?” Tidal’s on the same meds. When other dudes go for their gun, Tidal goes for his girl. The choice is yours.
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Interview: Reasoning With Storm Saulter

The Director of Better Mus Come Talks New Caribbean Cinema

After apprenticing with Lil X and attending film school in Los Angeles, Storm Saulter returned to Jamaica to jump-start a movement that he calls “New Caribbean Cinema.” His first feature length film, Better Mus Come, is a gritty period piece is set within the politically charged turf wars of 1970s, when Kingston, Jamaica was on the front lines of the Cold War and poor ghetto dwellers were manipulated like pawns on a much larger chess board. The film tells the story of a young father who must choose between turning his back on the gangster life and making a better life for his five-year old son. It’s also a story of forbidden love that entices a boy and a girl to tempt fate and cross over the borderlines that crisscross the streets of Kingston. Loosely based on real events, the film courageously breaks an unwritten code of silence about depicting controversial events like the Green Bay Massacre—a landmark event in Jamaica’s political history during which government forces ambushed and shot to death a group of gunmen aligned with the opposition political party. This do not go unnoticed by the powers that be in Jamaica, who closely monitored the production and even sent spies to the set.

But all the drama was well worth it. After a successful run in Jamaica, Better Mus Come went on to win the Audience Award for Best Feature Film at both the Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival and the Bahamas International Film Festivals. It’s been screened at the Toronto international film festival, L.A.’s Pan-African film festival and at Lincoln Center in New York. Tomorrow Better Mus Come will be seen for the first time in the UK at the British Film Institute. (The following day BFI will host the world premiere of Ring Di Alarm, a compilation of seven short films that Storm calls “a true experiment in guerilla film making in the Caribbean.”) Reshma B caught up with Storm to talk about his first film and how the movement is coming along. Read more »