Jamaica

Tetrack: Never Too Late to Get Started

Tetrack: Never Too Late to Get Started

Classic reggae album sees reissue, featuring early work of Carlton Hines

Forty years have provided more than enough perspective to confirm the name Augustus Pablo as a standard bearer in the world of dub reggae. With a catalog of over 40 albums and 200 singles, Pablo rates among the great artist-producers (musicians who ran their own recording sessions versus being strictly financiers or executives). Despite his stature, Pablo was not a prolific producer of full-length vocal LPs, so his handful of efforts in that format are significant. His Hugh Mundell album Africa Must Be Free By 1983 has rightly achieved iconic status among reggae LPs. Tetrack’s lesser-known Let’s Get Started, recorded at the same time with many of the same musicians, matches Africa Must Be Free By 1983 artistically and arguably surpasses Mundell’s album in terms of the songwriting. This is due largely to the contributions of Carlton Hines, whose later writing credits would include Gregory Isaacs’ “Rumours.” Story Continues After The Jump…
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WATCH THIS: Mojo Morgan ft. Gramps Morgan & Stephen “Ragga” Marley “Be Free” Lyric Video

WATCH THIS: Mojo Morgan ft. Gramps Morgan & Stephen “Ragga” Marley “Be Free” Lyric Video
And Now For Something Completely Different
“Hit me from the top,” sings Stephen “Ragga” Marley at the start of “Be Free,” a three-the-hard-way posse cut featuring hard bars from Mojo and smooth vocals from his brother Gramps of Grammy-winning reggae band Morgan Heritage. Bob Marley’s second son has become a reggae legend in his own write, producing top talent in the worlds of reggae, rap and R&B and rocking stages all over the world as he breaks down the walls of musical apartheid. “Let me lead the rebellion,” Mojo states over a madd track built around a vintage Wailers sample. When Mojo speaks of “One billion sons that’s full of conviction / Determination to rock the nation,” this  song sounds hard enough to do just that—and the visual featuring Trump dancing in a jail cell (which premiered today via Mass Appeal) will make your day. Free up yourself and plug in to some different vibes. Video After The Jump…

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PREMIERE: 5Star “Lightning Storm” Official Music Video

PREMIERE: 5Star "Lightning Storm" Official Music Video

Musical Shock Attack Outta The Bebble Rock

“Police lock me lyrics with a federal charge,” proclaims Five Star on his hard-striking rub-a-dub anthem “Lightning Storm,” produced by Kabaka Pyramid and Genius T. The last time we heard from the Five Star general he was dropping hits like “Warn Dem” and “3rd Eye Open” now the artist’s stepping forward with another musical shock attack. “Tell Babylon keep cool and keep calm,” the dreadlocks singer cautions, “Before them end up run up inna lightning storm.” Boomshots proudly premieres the visuals for this high voltage selection that’s guaranteed to send shock waves around the world. Video After The Jump… Read more »

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 »

Aidonia Keeps It Real: “A Lot Of These People Are Afraid Of The Streets”

Aidonia Keeps It Real: "A Lot Of These People Are Afraid Of The Streets"

Genna Boss Gets In Depth With Reshma B, Talks Dat’s A Trap Mixtape

“Growing up, ’80s, ’90s dancehall was all about the street,” Aidonia tells Reshma B in a brand new interview for BoomshotsTV. “Most of the artists them no inna the streets no more.” The Genna Boss has been heating up the streets of Jamaica with smash hits like “Breeze” and he’s now preparing to drop a new genre-busting mixtape called Dat’s A Trap, featuring his futuristic flows over trap-style beats. Passing through NYC for Hot 97’s Summer Jam stage show, Aidonia also speaks on the disappointment of having his set cut short due to scheduling problems. “It hurts because we came all the way from Jamaica to come perform for the fans,” he says. “But at the end of the day you have to take a positive out of a negative… We still deh ya say we wan’ reach the next level.” Check out the full interview for Aidonia’s thoughts on the impact of Bounty Killer and the Alliance to his own career, the importance of unity within dancehall, and why he thinks rivalry is mashing up the business. Video After The Jump… Read more »

Are You Ready For Phocas?

Are You Ready For Phocas?

Roots And Culture Singer Says Its’s “Time For Change”

Phocas aka LT honed his musical talents within the studios of Jamaica, and has been doing shows throughout the island while being featured on Irie FM as well as many  stations in England and France. He was first recorded on Manatee Records’ famous “Sattamasagana” Riddim, along with hits like Anthony B’s “Dreader Than Dread” along with a track from original Abysinnian Bernard Collins, making Manatee’s the only Satta riddim personally endorsed by the Abysinnians. The new Phocas album, R U Ready For Me, consists of tracks like “Guide Me oh Jah,” “Clean Out your Heart,” “Living Dead,” and “Dark And Miserable”—all on the ManateeRecords imprint. More strong sounds from the globally charted reggae artist include cuts like “Real Rasta” and “Time For Change.” Additional production talent can be heard on “R U Ready For Me” and “Who Jah Bless.” Touted as the comeback of a talented artist, Phocas continues working dilingently, laying down fresh tracks for release throughout 2018. Video After The Jump…
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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 »

PREMIERE: Richie Spice ft. Chronixx “Unity We Need”

PREMIERE: Richie Spice ft. Chronixx "Unity We Need"

It’s a Universal Unification

Kickin’ Productions is back at it with ace producer Bulpus on the boards. In comes a brand new rub-a-dub riddim called ‘In My Brain’ featuring a big bad combination from Richie Spice alongside the Chron Dada. “Some ah go up, some ah go down—Natty Dread inna the middle still safe & sound.” In other words, unity is strength—ah just that we need right now! Check the sounds and listen keenly.  Audio 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 »

WATCH THIS: Raging Fyah “Rebel” Official Music Video

WATCH THIS: Raging Fyah "Rebel" Official Music Video

Big Up All Young Rebels

Grammy-nominated Jamaican reggae band Raging Fyah continue to blaze a trail with the release of the visuals for their latest hit single “Rebel.” (Boomshots premiered the song, which was produced by Llamar “Riff Raff” Brown). Directed by Nicki Kane, the vibrant video features DJ Yaadcore and his son Streme. “This video is all about the youth of tomorrow fighting for their dreams,” says Raging Fyah vocalist Kumar. “In the video you see how the kid has a daily routine, but it doesn’t always consist of what he loves which is music. So, the moral of the story is that you should always fight to achieve your heart’s desire.” Video After The Jump… Read more »

HEAR THIS: Tanya Stephens “Tonight” Prod by Fatis Burrell

HEAR THIS: Tanya Stephens "Tonight" Prod by Fatis Burrell

XTM Nation Shares Exclusive Preview of Fatis Tapes in the Oven Vol. 1

Who can stop Tanya Stephens from singing her heart out over this classic reggae rhythm laid down by the Firehouse Crew? MASS APPEAL proudly premieres this exclusive preview of an important new compilation focusing on the late great Phillip “Fatis” Burrell—the man behind the crucial Jamaican label Xterminator Records—and before that, Vena Records. The prolific producer helped launch the careers of Luciano, Sizzla, Pinchers, and many more. Working with the island’s top session musicians his tireless work ethic yielded an abundance of classic recordings, many of which have not seen the light of day even seven years after his passing. Audio After The Jump… Read more »

PREMIERE: Raging Fyah “REBEL”

PREMIERE: Raging Fyah "REBEL"

Ah No If Nor Because

Raging Fyah, one of the fastest rising roots reggae bands from Kingston, Jamaica, are moving from strength to strength. The Grammy-nominated ensemble just leaked a new single produced by Llamar “Riff Raff” Brown for Nebilus Records. The riddim is warm and easy, the melodies bright and the mesaage is righteous. “The road of life get rocky,” sing Kumar “Kumz” Bent. “You know you’ve got to trod.” This is real roots rock reggae straight out of Jamaica. Listen up. Audio After The Jump…
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