Dancehall

K Queens: Dancehall Royalty

K Queens: Dancehall Royalty

 

Dancehall’s Regal Twins Discuss Their Career and Their Collaborative New Single

Twin sisters, Kaydine and Kerrine Francis, K Queens, have sung in close harmony from a young age. Sharing the stage for over a decade, K Queens have earned dancehall’s highest ratings. Their latest single “Jamdown Ranking” produced by Sugar Bear, on Rayvon’s GTC (Get That Cheddar Entertainment) Label; distributed by Tuff Gong International, is a remake of Althea and Donna (Althea Forrest and Donna Max de Reid)’s “Uptown Ranking.” The song’s “I’m Still in Love” riddim, was originally produced by Joe Gibbs in 1977. Alton Ellis hit song “I’m Still In Love” on this riddim, was later covered by Marcia Aitkens in 1987. In 2002, Sean Paul and Sasha revitalized the song, “I’m Still in Love” on the album, “Dutty Rock.” In the summer of 2018, Jay-Z and Beyonce used Aitken’s version of “I’m Still in Love” in the promotional ad for their second tour. In November 2018, K Queens laid down Up-to-Date lyrics over the Sugar Bear remodeled beat, for the modern, “Jamdown Ranking.” We caught up with the Duo, K Queens to discuss their music over time and their latest musical projects. Interview After The Jump

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Kakaba Pyramid Torched the SOB’s Stage with Blazing Lyrics

Kakaba Pyramid Torched the SOB’s Stage with Blazing Lyrics

Kabaka Pyramid Kontraband Tour Hit New York City

On Friday, November 23, New York City fans endured the frigid weather for the highly anticipated, Kabaka Pyramid, Kontraband Tour at SOB’s. New York City renowned selector DJ Gringo of Stateside Revolution and Host of Sirius XM, “The Joint,” warmed up the crowd awaiting the revolutionary artist. Next up, the Bebble Rockers excited the crowd with an electrifying, symphonic rendition of “Make Way” (the song features Pressure Buss Pipe on the Kontraband album), as Kabaka Pyramid joined the stage. More Concert Highlights After The Jump

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Dubbin’ with Bulby: Exclusive ‘Master Blaster’ Mixdown

Dubbin' with Bulby: Exclusive 'Master Blaster' Mixdown

Legendary Producer and Engineer Dubs Beres, Busy & Kartel Live in the Studio

A graduate of King Tubby’s Dub University, Colin “Bulby” Yorke has done his teacher proud. Over the course of nearly 30 years in the music industry, Bulby has produced, mixed, and engineered a plethora of certified boomshots—recordings by most of the top artists in dancehall and reggae pantheon—both as part of the Fat Eyes camp and under his own banner. Having worked with the likes of No Doubt and Rihanna as well, it was only right for Bulby to begin releasing albums himself. His solo debut, Epic & Ting, was so well received that he recently dropped a follow-up entitled Master Blaster. During a recent promo run through NYC, Bulby invited Boomshots up to Grey Noise recording studio in Times Square for a very special musical treat. Sitting down next to Reshma B at the mixing board, Bulby ran through an exclusive dub mixdown of three crucial tracks from Master Blaster: “Freedom” featuring Beres Hammond, Marcia Griffiths, J Boog & Lutah Fyah, “Cherry Oh Baby” featuring Busy Signal and Patrice Roberts, and “Cyan Dween Like We” featuring Vybz Kartel alongside Lola Monroe and Candy Gloster. In between tracks, Bulby dropped knowledge about the art of Dub while RGAT witnessed a master at work. Video After The Jump… Read more »

HEAR THIS: Jo Mersa Marley ft. Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley “Point of View” PREMIERE

HEAR THIS: Jo Mersa Marley ft. Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley "Point of View" PREMIERE

Zilla Links With His Nephew To Defend The Innocent Youths

“Gotta do what I gots to,” sings Jo Mersa on his hard-hitting reggae-matic track “Point of View,” which Boomshots proudly premieres today. Tragic headlines of atrocities committed against a 14-year-old girl earlier this year inspired the new song, which happens to be Mersa’s first collab with his uncle Damian. Young Mersa sings the hook and drops some rhymes reminscent of 2Pac’s “Keep Your Head Up.” Aside from spitting fire bars, Gongzilla worked with Jo on the production—followed by a final mix by Stephen “Ragga” Marley. (Producer Rellee Hayden of A-Team also worked on the track along with D.C. Soul.) “You done know Pops is very specific like that,” says Jo Mersa with a smile. “Him and Uncle Damian are both very specific.” As a father himself, Jo Mersa was distressed to hear of the rape and murder of Yetanya Francis, also known as ‘Princess’, in Kingston’s Arnett Gardens community. “Just reading about it upset me so much,” he recalls. “I was like, ‘Bwoy if that was me I’d probably go crazy…’ Them things can drive somebody insane. You bring a life into this world, and somebody just violate them so many ways. It’s not like we’re telling people to turn to violence, but me feel like me woulda kill somebody. Being behind a mic is like being behind a gun for us.” Check the sounds. Audio After The Jump…
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WATCH THIS: Popcaan: Wine for Me, Official Video

WATCH THIS:  Popcaan: Wine for Me, Official Video

The Unruly Boss, Drops New Video For “Wine for Me”

 

Popcaan, Andrae Sutherland, shared new video for the single, “Wine for Me” off his latest project entitled “Forever,” executively produced by Dre Skull of Mixpak Records. The album is currently, one of the top contenders for nominations in the category of Best Reggae Album, for the 2019 Grammy Awards. This artist continues to grow exponentially in terms of his mainstream appeal and global popularity. On December 6, the artist will embark on a “Forever Tour” in the United Kingdom. He will then return to his hometown of St. Thomas, Jamaica to host the first “Unruly Fest” at Lyssons Park on December 22. More After The Jump

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Hold Tight Party Rocks NYC

Hold Tight Party Rocks NYC

“Alpha Lion” Jason Panton Hosts a new Reggae, Dancehall, R&B Event

Co-Founder of Dubwise Jamaica (along w/ International selector Yaadcore and Reggae/Hip Hop Artist, Protoje) and innovator in music, fashion and art, Jason Panton held a toe-to-toe, bursting-at-the-seams, “Hold Tight New York City” event at Lover’s Rock this past Saturday, September 29. The Nova Southeastern University alumnus has mastered the skill of showcasing talent and hosting cultural events. With Dubwise sessions in California, Miami, Trinidad and Tobago and New York,  Panton is also a selector himself with an ear for emerging talent. Panton held an event in New York for his birthday, with a mix of musical genres including reggae, dancehall and rhythm and blues. We caught up with him to not only to congratulate him but also to find out more about the cultivation of this successful event. Interview After The Jump

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WATCH THIS: Addis Pablo ft. Shanique Marie “From Morning” Official Music Video

WATCH THIS: Addis Pablo ft. Shanique Marie "From Morning" Official Music Video

Boomshots Premieres A Hot Dub Collaboration

We last met up with Addis Pablo in 2017, at the Greensleeves Records 40th Anniversary on his dad, Augustus Pablo’s birthday, June 21.  He spoke of how his dad taught him all the basic chords and melodies and how he was working very hard to become his “own creative force.” Since then Addis Pablo paid tribute to his father in 2018, alongside his sister, Isis Swaby at the Apple Store New York in Williamsburg, drawing a diverse crowd of VP Records executives and “The Nomads.” Now he releases the visual for “From Morning,” a collaboration with Shanique Marie, and a single off his Majestic Melodies EP.   Interview and Video After The Jump

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DANIIBOO ft. ESCO “Shake Body” Official Music Video PREMIERE

DANIIBOO ft. ESCO “Shake Body” Official Music Video PREMIERE

“The song is simply about what the title says,” explains Esco of “Shake Body,” his seismological new collaboration with dancehall diva Daniiboo. “It’s a feel good song, a fun song. We encourage ladies to show off their skills, twerks, dance.” In case you don’t know, Dannii Boo is one of the premiere dancers in the dancehall arena and a social media influencer, so she called on some of her friends for the video shoot, which features cameos by Rene Six Thirty, DHQ Cuban and Unruly Panda. “There’s been a big gap when it comes to girls songs and segments in the parties,” adds Esco, a veteran artist and producer. “I had this song and realized that Daniiboo has multi-talents besides dancing—she’s also a great deejay.” Directed by Pon Di Spot and Esco and edited by Icey Jace, this Starstruck / PonDiSpot production is sure to have the whole place vibrating. “Daniiboo is known for her natural body,” says Esco. “When she twerks and shake it’s something special!”  That must be what Esco means when he says “Earthquake, Earthquake, Earthquake, Earth Quake Quake Quake Quake Quake!” Video After The Jump…
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Estelle Talks ‘Lovers Rock’ and Why Reggae Should Never Be Called “Tropical Music”

Estelle Talks 'Lovers Rock' and Why Reggae Should Never Be Called "Tropical Music"

100% Real Talk When Two Girls From West London Link

Estelle’s brand-spankin-new Lovers Rock (released her own label Established 1980 Inc and VP Records) has been described as the Grammy-winning UK singer’s most personal album to date. We’ve been looking forward to this one since last year, when she first told us about it. The album is not only a retelling of her parents’ love story, but also her first time tapping fully into her West Indian roots with a full-fledged reggae album, with touches of Afro-beats, dancehall and soca and features from the likes of Tarrus Riley, Chronixx, Hood Celebrityy, Kranium, and Konshens. Just don’t call the sounds “tropical” or “island pop”! Having grown up steeped in England’s reggae culture—her father produced on Louisa Mark’s debut album—Estelle is not jumping on anybody’s bandwagon, and being a West London girl she is not one to hold her tongue or to suffer fools gladly. Every time Reshma B and Estelle link up it’s 100% real talk. Don’t believe us? Check out the reasoning right now. Video After The Jump… Read more »

Hot 97 On Da Reggae & Soca Tip 2018

Hot 97 On Da Reggae & Soca Tip 2018
Massive B Family Kicks Off Labor Day Weekend Inna Fine Style
Labor Day Weekend in New York City is Caribbean culture at its finest. And Hot 97’s year to year On Da Reggae and Soca Tip, hosted by Bobby Konders & Jabba of the Massive B family, has become the official jump off for the biggest stars from Jamaica, Trinidad, and the whole Caribbean to come mash up NYC. This year the Ford Ampitheater in Coney Island was the location for mind-blowing performances by top ranking artists like Aidonia, Konshens, Masicka, Tifa, Dovey Magnum, Nailah Blackman, and Di Energy God Elephant Man who brought plenty of firepower to the stage. Photos & Video After The Jump…

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PREMIERE: Chi Ching Ching ft. Hanging “Rope” Official Music Video

PREMIERE: Chi Ching Ching ft. Hanging "Rope" Official Music Video

Watch The Tall Man Ropin’ In the Open

From Josey Wales to Clint Eastwood the Lone Ranger and the Wild Apache, Jamaican dancehall stars have enjoyed playing cowboys and Indians for years. The latest artist to draw inspiration from the Wild Wild West is Chi Ching Ching, whose latest dance craze anthem is called “Rope,” taken from the album Turning Tables coming this September from Dutty Rock Productions. Today Boomshots proudly premieres the visuals for the song, shot in a dusty saloon straight out of Dodge City or maybe Westworld. Featuring a cameo from the Dutty boss himself, the “Rope” video will teach you and your whole street—from Canada to Slovakia—exactly how to rope. Maybe that’s why Sean Paul says “Rope is Hope.”  Video After The Jump… Read more »

WATCH THIS: Tosh Alexander Busts Her “Bubble”

WATCH THIS: Tosh Alexander Busts Her "Bubble"

Talking Hair Curlers And Fluffy Miss Kitty With The Reggae Girl About Town

Born in New York and raised in Jamaica, Tosh Alexander loves the best of both worlds, shooting videos with Busta Rhymes and making tracks with Sasco, Tifa, and Wayne Marshall. Her sexy new single “Bubble” featuring Fluffy Miss Kitty dives straight into dancehall culture. Chilling on a park bench in NYC, she spoke with Reshma B about looking hot with hair curlers, the unfathomable richness of Jamaican talent, and why Buju Banton’s return is is cause for all reggae and dancehall fans to celebrate. Video After The Jump… Read more »