Dancehall

Ras Kaneo Inspiring Others Through Music

Ras Kaneo Inspiring Others Through Music

In Depth Interview with New Artist: Ras Kaneo

Ras Kaneo is a rising star in 2018, with a great vocal range, conscious lyrics and a growing fan-base. The Jamaican artist is looking forward to the release of his highly anticipated debut EP, “Emotions of Life,” which does not have a set release date, but some lyrically heavy singles so far. This is a up-close and personal interview with this artist to learn about his music and mission.   Interview After The Jump…

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Music Is A Mission:
David Rodigan Speaks His Mind About Today’s Sound Clash Culture

Music Is A Mission: David Rodigan Speaks His Mind About Today's Sound Clash Culture

Will Sir RamJam’s Recent Soundclash On The Sea Be His Last?

UK radio presenter David Rodigan has been described as the “outside world’s greatest ambassador of Jamaica’s musical heritage.” He’s been honored with an MBE by the Queen of England for his contributions to British broadcasting and recently published his memoirs, entitled My Life in Reggae —”the unlikely story of an Army sergeant’s son from the English countryside who has become the man who has taught the world about Reggae.” This year David Rodigan will be touring the globe once more to celebrate his 40th year in the business. He’s cut countless dubplates and won many clashes in his time, but had largely “walked away from clashing” prior to his participation in the recent Soundclash on the Sea during the 2017 Welcome To Jamrock Reggae Cruise. In this exclusive interview, Rodigan speaks to Boomshots about the roots of sound system culture, explains the difference between dub plates and specials, shares his thoughts on the true role of selectors and DJs within the reggae industry, reflects on whether modern clash culture has “spun out of control,” and speaks frankly about where he thinks the music that now inspires so much of the mainstream is heading. Interview After The Jump…
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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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Patoranking Mesmerizes Fans with New Visual for “Available”

Patoranking Mesmerizes Fans with New Visual for "Available"

New Patoranking Video Creates A Frenzy On Social Media

The song “Available,” by International artist, Patoranking, hit the airwaves in November 2017.  It contains an appealing conglomerate of musical sounds with a palpable Qgom rhythm.  Patoranking’s music encompasses multiple genres of music including reggae, dancehall, afrobeat, hip hop and pop.  His vocals resonate over the DJ Catzico and Vista production, as he sings the chorus,  “I’m available, I’m available,” with a stuttering reverberation. This use of his voice as an instrument fuses with the rhythm, creating an exhilarating sound.  More 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: 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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Busy Signal To Headline The American Friends of Jamaica Gala In NYC

Busy Signal To Headline The American Friends of Jamaica Gala In NYC

The Turf Prez Represents Yard A Foreign

The annual Hummingbird Gala hosted by The American Friends of Jamaica will take place this Monday 23rd October at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Manhattan’s Columbus Circle. This year all attendees will have the pleasure of a live performance by the Turf President, Busy Signal. Supporting the foundation’s important philanthropic work on behalf of Jamaica, Busy is carrying on a long tradition of giving back. Continued After The Jump… Read more »

World Clash Arrives In Canada As “The Superbowl Of Sound Systems”

World Clash Arrives In Canada As "The Superbowl Of Sound Systems"

Rumble Series Winners Get Their Shot At The World Title

Irish & Chin shook the world when they announced the move of their preeminent sound clash brand, World Clash, to Canada. In an even bigger surprise, fans are now faced with a whole new formula for this famed 19-year-old event, which will see World Clash held on the winner’s home turf each year, instead of in New York. This long awaited event arrives in Toronto, Canada this weekend—Saturday, October 14,  home of defending champion King Turbo. Each staging of the preliminary Rumble Series in United States, Canada, Japan, United Kingdom and Germany have decided which hungry contenders  will take the World Clash stage to face off against King Turbo. With anticipation building throughout the year clash fans will converge to see Platinum Kids, King Attarney, Fujiyama, Platinum Cartel, and Northern Lights, in what has been dubbed “the super bowl of sound clash.” In typical Irish and Chin fashion they’ve upped the ante with the wild card entrant Poison Dart from Antigua, as the Caribbean representative adding to more excitement. A Rumble Series was not staged for the Caribbean, so this shocker has sparked a frenzy amongst clash fans! Story Continues After The Jump…

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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 »

PREMIERE: Ricky Blaze Presents The “Boom Riddim”

PREMIERE: Ricky Blaze Presents The "Boom Riddim"

Featuring Mr. Easy, Mr. Lexx, Cecile, and Majah Hype as “Mitzy”

Everything about Ricky Blaze’s brand-new Boom Riddim, which Boomshots proudly premieres today, screams classic dancehall. Just take a look at the artwork. If you don’t know why the yellow coloring is lighter at the corners of the square then you don’t know much about true dancehall culture. When you carry mad disco 12-inches inside your crate, and spend years flipping through them in the heat of the dance, sometimes the corners will get a little bit worn. As a matter of fact, that worn look is actually a badge of respect. Just as long as the disc inside stays nice and crispy, you’re good. Speaking of which, let’s get to the music itself, which is reminiscent of the late 80s early 90s that used to rock BK’s Biltmore Ballroom, fresh from yard. Ricky Blaze cooked up this particular digital riddim in his East Flatbish basement studio—the same humble soundlab that birthed timeless sounds like Gyptian’s “Hold Yuh,” Kartel’s “Touch a Button Nuh” and Ding Dong’s “Badman Forward”—and he knew just the right artists to voice for this particular mood and feel. So he reached out to veterans like Mr. Easy “Like Sunday Morning” himself as well as Mr. Lexx aka Lexxus and dancehall’s original Bad Gyal, Cecile. There’s also a next bad gyal in the juggling—she goes by the name of Mitzy. You’re just going to have to listen with your own ears to see what she’s dealing with.  No more long talking, time to let Mr. Blaze Blaze it up.   Audio After The Jump…

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