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HEAR THIS: Cocoa Tea & D’Angel “Love Is”

Cocoa Tea Makes His Case But D’Angel Nuh Easy At All

In the latest release from his own Roaring Lion label, Cocoa Tea flings down some sweet lyrics, pleading his case to rest in D’Angel’s nest. But this girl isn’t so easily impressed. I have a feeling she may be playing hard to get. Go deh Cocoa.
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WATCH THIS: Reasoning With Christopher Ellis

Alton Ellis’s Youngest Son Links With The Marley Brothers To Carry On His Own Musical Mission

Right after his performance with the Ghetto Youths International Crew at London’s IndigO2, Chris Ellis spoke with Reshma B about how he linked with Stephen and Damian Marley, his new music through the Ghetto Youths International crew, and his relationship with his legendary father, Alton Ellis, the godfather of rock steady. “It was like a lineage thing. It was more than that. Our fathers were in Trenchtown and Bob Marley was in Trenchtown. It’s that kind of ordained kind of angle I’m coming from. It was there.” Video after the jump.

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WATCH THIS: Rick Ross Bigs Up Jamaica

Ricky Rozay Rocks Alongside Maybach Music Dancehall Artist Magazeen

Ricky Rozay rocks the 2011 New Jersey Reggae Fest with a little help from his Jamaican bredren Magazeen, the first dancehall artist to get down with the Maybach Music movement. After getting offstage, Maga remembers meeting Da Boss at a Miami car wash, and Rozay talks about growing up around Jamaican culture in Miami, and shooting a music video on Hellshire Beach. Big shout to Shirea Triple C representing Boomshots the fullest. Video after the jump.
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WATCH THIS: Bushman Pon Radio Lily

The Nyah Man Nices Up The Strictly Boomshots Show And Teaches Us Some Useful New Words

On last night’s Strictly Boomshots show we were joined by the Man From the East himself—Bushman. The artist formerly known as Junior Melody is one of the most under-rated talents in the reggae fraternity, as well as an all-around irie person. He doesn’t flood the market with tunes, but when he comes he comes correct. Bushy is getting ready to drop a new album this November called Conquering Lion, and we got a chance to check out the new single “Some Where” plus a whole heap of other fresh cuts, sprinkled with a portion of classics—from “Call The Hearse” to “Fire Bun A Weakheart” and more—not to mention a Peter Tosh medley complete with a rousing rendition of “Bumbo Clat.” Video by the man called Gizmo after the jump.
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HEAR THIS: Bushman ft. Capleton “We Mean It”

Just In Case You Had Any Doubt, Bushman And Capleton Are Not Playing

The Man From The East, touches down on Stingray Productions’ tasty Tamarind Juice Riddim—with a little extra dash of hotness courtesy of the Fire Man. Total niceness. And yes, we mean it too.
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WATCH THIS: Live Stream Notting Hill Carnival

Just Because You’re Not In London Doesn’t Mean You Have To Miss All The Madness

The biggest street fair in Europe is raging right now. And you feel like you’re missing all the action cause you’re not there. Well fret not. The Red Bull Music Academy is streaming all the action right now. So what you waiting for? Read more »

WATCH THIS: Sean Paul Talks “Tomahawk Technique” And Hits Back At Haters

Dutty Paul Speaks On The International Response To His Latest Album—And Brushes Off The Backlash
Backstage at the NYC release party for his 5th album, “Tomahawk Technique,” Dutty Paul took time out to reason with the Reggae Girl About Town. Sean has sold more albums in his career than 99% of the rest of the dancehall fraternity combined. But as we all know, great success often comes with a side order of hate. Some longtime fans have complained that his new album blends international pop sounds and production to his usual dancehall recipe. But Sean defends his work here, saying it’s all part of his campaign to take dancehall to the next level. Sean Paul also talks about working with Kelly Rowland, looks forward to mashing up this weekend’s Notting Hill Carnival, and explains what motivated his Twitter rant. Read more »

HEAR THIS: Bonafide ft. Damian Marley “Start N Stop”

Las Vegas Based Reggae Group Tangles With Gongzilla 

“Reaching out to humanity at large,” says Damian Marley near the end of this tasty one-drop tune, “Big Gongzilla in charge.” Or is he? Gong’s blustery bravado notwithstanding, this deceptively simple song is all about people stubbornly sticking to their own point of view. One thing’s for sure—the track is anchored by rock-solid live instrumentation courtesy of this Mobay-by-way-of-Vegas rhythm section. Yet there’s no denying that Gongzilla takes it over the top, peppering the pot as only a champion DJ can do. The bristling banter between Bonafide lead vocalist Jr. Rootz and Gongzilla lends “Start N Stop” a humorous tone that gives way to more thought-provoking, universal issues such as mankind’s apparent inability to cooperate. “You keep on doing the same old thing, I keep on making the same mistakes—so we keep on getting nowhere. Move on for goodness sake.” Check this tune for greatness sake. Once it starts you won’t want it to stop.
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HEAR THIS: Don’t Sleep On The Brand New “SWA (Sleep With Angels)” Riddim

Spragga Benz, Tarrus Riley, I-Octane Featured On The Brand New Juggling From 21st Hapilos

Johnny Wonder and our peoples at 21st Hapilos just dropped their own production today, and it’s full of #CertifiedBoomshots. The riddim is called SWA (Sleep With Angels) and it’s anchored by Spragga Benz, who once did a tune by the same name in honor of his dearly departed son Carlyle. Spragga’s come back with a brand new song for the SWA juggling, but the meds is just as deep. I-Octane also chips in with a conscious tune. Tarrus “Singy Singy” Riley delivers a song about standing—rather than falling—in love. There’s nuff more artists on the riddim, but you can preview a few of our favorites after the jump. Read more »

Happy Birthday Bogle

Mr. Wacky Is Gone But His Dancing Lives On

His name first got big thanks to Buju Banton’s 92 smash “Bogle,” but over the years people learned that “Bogle” was not just a dance, but a human dancehall phenomenon. Simply put, no other dancer has had a greater impact on dancehall culture than Gerald “Bogle” Levy. Shortly after making his transition to recording artist, the longtime member of the Black Roses Crew was gunned down shortly after leaving the popular dance Weddy Weddy Wednesdays. On the day he would have turned 48 Boomshots celebrates his life and legacy. Fashion over style. Read more »

WATCH THIS: DJ Khaled ft. Mavado “So Suicidal” / “Aktion Pak” Video

The Gully Gad Drops A Double Video, Repping We The Best / YMCMB To The Fullest

The waiting is over. Check the official video for Mavado’s latest piece of work with DJ Khaled after the jump. This one goes out to all the haters.
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HEAR THIS: Tifa “Hot Gal Sit’N”

Tell Some Girl: It Ah No Easy Sit’n

Putting all the Sumfest drama behind her, Tifa steps up with a big new tune on Fresh Ear Productions’ Eva Ready Riddim. With a few more songs like this, you can bet she’ll get booked on prime time for next year’s Dancehall Night. “You wan’ match up to me? Gal that ah suicide!”

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