Dancehall

WATCH THIS: Beenie Man “Lifestyle (Dweet)” Music Video

WATCH THIS: Beenie Man "Lifestyle (Dweet)" Music Video

Moses With The Musical Motivation

The King of the Dancehall touches down on Damage Musiq’s Safe House Riddim with some words of motivation. Distributed by 21st Hapilos, the single is available via all digital outlets. Today Mass Appeal premiered the video, directed by UK-based Kevin Hudson and shot in Tower Hill, Frens for Real studio and Author Wale Bar, site of the popular Boom Thursdays dance in Kingston, Jamaica. “’Dweet’ gives you summer, party vibes, and feel good in Jamaica,” says Beenie Man. “All the people that hustle and work hard it’s to motivate to keep going, to just DWEET!” Check the visuals right now. Video After The Jump… Read more »

Medikk: From Victim to Survivor

Medikk: From Victim to Survivor

A Rising Star Empowers Others Through Her Lyrics

Rising star, Stephanie “Medikk” Williams, found her niche in music, while seeking personal salvation in her life. Now, this 24-year old woman, aspires to have a dynamic career that involves philanthropy in conjunction with her music. Medikk’s greatest desire is to help others and in this in-depth interview, she shares her motivation for a new song, entitled “Overcome” featuring Shane O. Interview After The Jump…

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HEAR THIS: Kashie – “Twin Flames”

HEAR THIS: Kashie - "Twin Flames"

Kashie Hits The Mark With The Second Single Off Her Debut EP

A lot has changed since we last spoke to the artist, Kashie, in her first official interview in February 2017. At the time she released her first single, “Royal Romance” which mirrored her real life relationship with the love of her life and now husband, musician and producer, Jallanzo. Since then the couple welcomed their first child and have worked collaboratively on her debut EP. The latter was entitled “Seeds and Sacrifice’ but Kashie later decided that she wanted her first EP to be self-titled, as Kashie. We interviewed Kashie and Jallanzo regarding the recently released single, “Twin Flames,” on the independent label, Jallanzo Records. More After The Jump…

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Interview With Wayne Marshall Regarding His New Song, “Glory To God,” featuring Tessanne Chin and Ryan Mark

Interview With Wayne Marshall Regarding His New Song, "Glory To God," featuring Tessanne Chin and Ryan Mark

Wayne Marshall Creates A Worship Song That Mirrors His Spirituality

Widespread fans are connecting with the lyrics of a gospel infused dancehall track, entitled, “Glory to God” by Wayne Marshall featuring Songtress and Winner of The Voice, Season 5 Tessanne Chin and  Gospel Singer and Reverend of Pure Heart Ministries, Ryan Mark. We spoke to Wayne about the inspiration behind this influential song.  Interview After The Jump…

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PREMIERE: Queen Ifrica “Cease All War” Official Music Video

PREMIERE: Queen Ifrica "Cease All War" Official Music Video

I Guess I’m Not The Only Who Would Like To See…

When Troyton Music released the Queen Ifrica song “Cease All War” this past January, it was clear—even amidst the deluge of new releases that flood our inboxes each day—that this one was special. The producer who made his name with Sean Paul’s worldwide smash “Gimme The Light” had shifted into a whole different vibe with a strong sense of purpose. The warm & easy riddim track was reminiscent of Luciano’s classic “Hands & Heart & Harmony” and with an artist like Queen Ifrica on the mic, it was no surprise that she came with that lyrical fire.  “Why are we fighting and killing each other off all of the time?” Queen asked passionately, even as her hometown of Montego Bay was locked down by a military curfew in response to an upsurge of crime and violence. The song struck a chord with listeners in Jamaica and beyond. Today we proudly premiere the visuals, helping to spread an important message to the world. Video After The Jump… Read more »

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 »