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WATCH THIS: K’Coneil “Feel So Right” Official Music Video PREMIERE

WATCH THIS: K'Coneil "Feel So Right" Official Music Video PREMIERE

No Inna No Long Talking

In this summer of dancehall/pop fusion, everybody seems to be jumping on the reggae bandwagon—with mixed results. Born in Jamaica and raised in New York City, K’Coneil makes music that reflects this blend of cultures organically without feeling forced or contrived. The latest single off his debut EP, LOVE/LUST, is an R&B/dancehall cut called “Feels So Right” produced by New Yorker DJ Calli B. “I wanted to make a feel-good song that spoke about a relationship that just felt great and didn’t require any effort it was just easy and natural,” says the artist. “All the stars aligned and it’s just a perfect match ‘made in heaven.'” Today Boomshots proudly premieres the music video for the track, directed by Zurisaddair, which was shot in Coney Island and Times Square with choreography by the International Danca Family. Like K’Coneil, it’s a perfect blend. Video After The Jump…

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HEAR THIS: Kranium x Tory Lanez “We Can”

HEAR THIS: Kranium x Tory Lanez "We Can"

From Toronto To Queens Pum Pum Reigns Supreme

A half-Bajan R&B/hip hop artist from Toronto who’s been doing his thing for a few years now, Tory Lanez has recently begun exploring Caribbean sounds. When Tory’s “LUV,” a reworking of Tanto Metro & Devonte’s worldwide dancehall hit “Everyone Falls In Love,” was described as “Terrible” by OVO stalwart Boi 1da, Tory proceeded to remix Drake’s “Controlla” in a fairly murderous fashion and tweeted that he was “bout to have Jamaica on fire.” Today he drops “We Can,” a sexed-up combination with Kranium which sounds more like Kranium jumping on a Tory Lanez #Swavey R&B track than vice versa. Still their icy machismo nicely complements this gauzy beat from Sak Pase and DJ Marley Waters as two young players pledge allegiance to the pum pum. Audio After The Jump… Read more »

WATCH THIS: K’Coneil “Hot Like You” Official Music Video PREMIERE

WATCH THIS: K'Coneil "Hot Like You" Official Music Video PREMIERE

Nothing Beats A Fly Chick In A Fast Whip

We first noticed K’Coneil when he dropped “Me One,” a humorous counteraction to Dexta Daps’ “7Eleven.” Since then the MoBay-born singer who attended college in the U.S.—and once sang at Madison Square Garden as part of a contemporary gospel group—has carved out his own lane within the music space, with a “genre fluid” style that’s sure to catch the ear of the wide world as he prepares his debut EP for release this year. While Seanizzle’s popular “90s Don Dada” riddim (distributed by the might 21st Hapilos Digital) is technically a “throwback” within modern dancehall, KC’s excursion on the version is 100% fast forward. “As a blend of Sean Paul and Usher, I see K’Coneil as the promissory voice of the future,” says the producer. “His dancehall flavor mixed with the pop yet edgy appeal is one that makes you want to dig a little deep and hear more.” Always on the lookout to champion the best and brightest new stars on the horizon, Boomshots proudly premieres the whiptastic video for “Hot Like You.” From the moment those Lambo doors lift up you know you’re in for something special. Leggo! Video After The Jump… Read more »

WATCH THIS: Lady Saw “Summer Love” Official Music Video PREMIERE

WATCH THIS: Lady Saw "Summer Love" Official Music Video PREMIERE

Muma Saw Gets Her Groove Back

You already know whenever Muma Saw drops a track it’s going to be hot. But this Summer Saw is on fire. When the first line of a tyne is “I wanna fall deeply in love”…soon followed by “I wanna get so damn drunk!”—well, you get the picture. “This summer me ah touch ‘pon the beach” Saw spits on her latest track. “A new boyfriend me ah cop fe the summer.” After all the catfights, clashes, heartbreaks, and high-heel shoes, she’s just trying to exhale and show she’s still the baddest B in business. It seems like Saw is on some YOLO vibes at the moment. Listeners rarely have to do much reading in-between the lines with Saw’s lyrics and this song is no exception. Let’s just say the Queen of the Dancehall is out and about and she don’t care who knows it. Oh, and the summer heat has got her needing a new man in between the sheets. Saw proudly shows off her her beach bod in the video, surrounded by some very fit semi-naked males or effortlessly chilling in the sunset with the likes of the new legendary duo Bounty and Beenie. #NotMad Video After The Jump… Read more »

Reasoning with Kreesha Turner:
“I Wear My Benz Punany with Confidence”

Reasoning with Kreesha Turner: "I Wear My Benz Punany with Confidence"

Jamaican-Canadian Pop Star Reconnects With Her Dancehall Roots

Kreesha Turner’s debut album Passion was an instant smash in her native Canada. Back in 2008 her single “Don’t Call Me Baby” became the most played song on Canadian radio and hit number one on Billboard‘​s U.S. Hot Dance Club Play. Nominated for “Best New Artist” and “Best Pop Album of The Year” at that year’s Juno Awards, her future seemed all mapped out for her. But there is another side to this perfect pop princess, a girl who grew up between Edmonton, Canada and Spanish Town, Jamaica. “Before I got signed I was in the underground hip-hop scene, and everything I did was a mixture of dancehall, hip-hop, and R&B,” she explained to the Reggae Girl About Town over lunch at Strawberry Hill. “When I got signed, the label took me all the way opposite to what I was. They got me to start straightening my hair. I went to media training and they told me not to speak in Jamaican dialect.” Now managed by Nick Cannon and signed to Universal Republic, Kreesha’s third album brings her full circle, diving into the dancehall, hip-hop and R&B sounds she loves. Her first single, “Sexy Gal,” features the Jamaican dancehall supergroup T.O.K. Watch for the official music video premiere March 31 on Mass Appeal. In the meantime, check out Reshma B’s exclusive interview, and enjoy the view! Video After The Jump… Read more »

HEAR THIS: Mink Jo ft. Konshens “No Friend Zone”

HEAR THIS: Mink Jo ft. Konshens "No Friend Zone"

Who’s That Girl?

This tune is the first we’ve heard of Mink Jo. All we can say for sure is that the Jamaican chanteuse is easy on the eyes—and she and Konshens definitely have some, um, creative chemistry bubbling on this track, courtesy of Dre Day Productions. Something about her voice sure sounds familiar. Critics have branded her a Rihanna wannabe, but with the BNM team in her corner she’s aiming to blaze her own trail. Keep an eye out for Mink’s Boy Girl Love mixtape and meanwhile keep this tune Pon di Replay.  Audio After The Jump… Read more »

HEAR THIS: Shaggy “I Need Your Love” Remix

HEAR THIS: Shaggy "I Need Your Love" Remix

Shaggy’s Outernational hit Gets a Dreamy Valentine’s Day Refix

Ever since 1993, when he and Sting International transformed an ancient reggae song by the Folkes Brothers into a global hit called “Oh Carolina,” Shaggy has demonstrated an uncanny ability to come up with Boomshots heard round the world. His latest guilty pleasure was made in collaboration with Swedish Afro-pop singer Mohombi,Australian singer Fayde, and Romanian co-writer Costi Ionita. “I did a song with Costi, ‘Fired Up’ with Pitbull, and I wanted to get together again. I heard this track and thought it was wonderful. So I did some lyrics and we got a song people really like.” Shaggy recently remarked. You’ve probably seen the video showing the Shagsman cavorting on a yacht somewhere on a twinkling sea of blue. Now, just in time for Valentine’s Day, here comes a dancefloor-ready remix of the tune courtesy of the GameBoyz. Shaggy he will surely perform this one at his V-Day shows—along with Maxi Priest and Sanchez—in New Jersey and New York this weekend. Audio After The Jump… Read more »

HEAR THIS: Denyque “Smile For The World” (Raise Your Hand For The Deejay)

HEAR THIS: Denyque "Smile For The World" (Raise Your Hand For The Deejay)

Johnny Wonder Breaks Down The Making of Another 21st Hapilos Production.

New Single by Denyque. Adde Made the Riddim and I produced the song. Had Dreday mix it. He did a damn good job, LOL. My Songwriter Dice wrote the song. Also have a nice Jah Vinci on the same Riddim. Audio After The Jump… Read more »

WATCH THIS: Mr. Vegas “Round The Clock/Down Down” Medley

WATCH THIS: Mr. Vegas "Round The Clock/Down Down" Medley

Dancing A Gwan An Di Party Shot 

Dancing time come back again, Vegas drops not one but two tunes for de dancers dem. Vegas, Keiva and crew introduce us to two new dances, “Round The Clock” and “Down Down” both exactly what their names imply. Better start practicing these moves, they’ll be taking over the dance floors in no time – Video After The Jump… Read more »

WATCH THIS: Major Lazer Feat. Sean Paul “Come On To Me” (Official Music Video)

WATCH THIS: Major Lazer Feat. Sean Paul "Come On To Me" (Official Music Video)

Bomb Bomb Diggity Gyul Come Bring It To Me

When it comes to a Major Lazer one thing is for sure its going to be full of energy, and like their videos before, a little weird. For the third single of their “Apocalypse Soon” EP Lazer links up with none other than mister dutty himself Sean Paul and are aided but a dance crew of Kubuki dancers? Yes you read that right, but If you’ve been a fan of the Major that wouldn’t come as much as a surprise. Just come on to me and check the Video After The Jump…

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WATCH THIS: Behind The Scenes Mavado Feat. Jadakiss “Just Like Magic” Video Shoot

WATCH THIS: Behind The Scenes Mavado Feat. Jadakiss "Just Like Magic" Video Shoot

A Sneak Peak Of Mavado And Kiss’ Latest Single “Just Like Magic” 

Musical Masquerade TV gives us a behind the scenes look at Mavado featuring Jadakiss’ upcoming video for the single “Just Like Magic.” Filmed at Miami’s G5 club both Mavado and Jada are vying for the attention of this particular dancer. Guess we’ll have to wait for the official video to see who ends up taking her home. Video After The Jump… Read more »

WATCH THIS: Major Lazer’s “Bumaye (Watch Out For This)” Ft. Busy Signal on ABC’s “Dancing With The Stars”

WATCH THIS: Major Lazer's "Bumaye (Watch Out For This)" Ft. Busy Signal on ABC's "Dancing With The Stars"

Dancehall With The Stars

Last night’s episode of ABC’s highly popular series Dancing With The Stars featured a welcomed addition in terms of song choices. Even though it was “Latin Night,” dancers Danica McKeller (who played Winnie Cooper on the TV show The Wonder Years) and professional dancer Val Chmerkovskiy decided to spice up their salsa routine with Major Lazer’s Busy Signal–assisted banger “Bumaye (Watch Out For This).” Props to Major Lazer and Busy for breaking new ground for dancehall… Forward ever, backward never. Video After The Jump…   Read more »