HEAR THIS: Protoje “Blood Money”

HEAR THIS: Protoje "Blood Money"

Real Talk Without Any Apology

From “Kingston Be Wise” to “Sudden Flight,” Protoje has made a habit of speaking unspoken truths without apology. His latest release “Blood Money” takes that fearless outspoken-ness to new heights. “Police cancel operation, cause no real badman go a station,” states (who changed his Twitter handle to BLXXDCLXT), dropping lyrical truth bombs over Winta James’ stark rub-a-dub riddim, which has been bubbling on Jamaican radio for the past several weeks. “Blood money run the nation,” he chants on the chorus. “This song is so socially relevant, people connect to it on first listen,” he told the FADER who premiered the video.” It’s speaking about things that are collectively on all of our minds, that we all want to talk about, and I’m using my voice to bring these topics to the forefront of conversation… With all that is happening in Jamaica, criticism is often one-sided and directed to the have-nots—the people who have less are made to seem like the problem in society. This is unfair, hypocritical, and widely inaccurate. This song seeks to bring about certain conversations, to talk about what is really happening in our society.” Check the red-hot visuals courtesy of Taj Francis. Video After The Jump… Read more »

Rico Tayla “Gunman Inna Uniform” PREMIERE

Rico Tayla "Gunman Inna Uniform" PREMIERE

From Charlotte to Kingston, Too Much Blood Ah Run

“Another mother bawl when she see her son,” sings Rico Tayla in his new song, “spread out in him own blood on the ground.” As each new day seems to bring another horrific news report about police officers abusing their authority and killing the very people they are sworn to serve and protect, Tayla’s tune reminds us that there are good cops and bad cops all over the world—but some police are just plain bad news. With a system in place that protect its own, the problem is deep-rooted. “In every society worldwide those who don’t have power are always abused,” says the singer. “In some countries it is who have money and who don’t. In some it’s about color or race while in others it’s by religion. But the police or any other military force always abuse those in the society that aren’t considered important.” The tune hits iTunes tomorrow, but Boomshots is proud to premiere it today—because the way things are going, 24 hours might be too long to wait. Audio & Interview After The Jump… Read more »

HEAR THIS: Dexta Daps “Trigger Finger”

HEAR THIS: Dexta Daps "Trigger Finger"

Dexta Empties A Full Clip of Lyrical Ammo

Although he’s known for sweet love songs, Dexta Daps isn’t afraid to let his haters know which part him come from when necessary. So think twice before you decide to cross him; otherwise, you’ll end up drowning in a bloodbath—at least according to the grisly new “Trigger Finger,” produced by TJ Records. In his latest underground cut, the Daseca Productions signee has more than a few choice words for any bwoy who nuh put some respeck pon him name. The end result is far from pretty. Audio After The Jump… Read more »

HEAR THIS: Stephen “Ragga” Marley ft. Bounty Killer & Mad Cobra “Ghetto Boy”

HEAR THIS: Stephen "Ragga" Marley ft. Bounty Killer & Mad Cobra "Ghetto Boy"

Ragga links the Warlord & Helta Skelta on this Musical Boomshot 

Twanging guitars straight out of a Wild West cowboy movie open the latest track from musical mastermind Stephen “Ragga” Marley, which soon transforms into a hard-hitting dancehall cut featuring Ragga, Killer, and Mad Cobra kicking lyrical ballistics. “I think we need to open up the conversation more,” Stephen Marley explained in a recent Esquire interview. “Why is gun violence happening on a global scale? When, where, and what age does it start? We see the U.S. media addressing it now to a certain degree, but this is happening all over the world, with or without the cameras rolling. We need to get to the root of the problem, starting from the top down to break the cycle.” Revelation Part 2: The Fruit of Life coming soon!  Audio After The Jump… Read more »

HEAR THIS: Cutty Ranks “Nah Hitch”

HEAR THIS: Cutty Ranks "Nah Hitch"

The Lyrical Rocket Launcher Still Uses Dibby Dibby DJs For Target Practice

Wait deh man—Mr. Six Million Ways to Die, the lyrical rocket launcher, the original Cutter is back to put all dibby dibby DJs in check. Just bucked up Cutty Ranks at a dance in Kingston the other day and he blessed us with some crazy new war tunes—and this is only the first of many. The Ranks talks reckless about Gage, Alkaline, I-Shawna, even Ninjaman and some other big-time DJs. Sounds like this could get nasty. Audio After The Jump… Read more »

HEAR THIS: Popcaan “Fix Tings”

HEAR THIS: Popcaan "Fix Tings"

PopSkull Buss Some Bwoy Head Inna Many Style

Over the past four years Popcaan’s artistry has grown by leaps and bounds. Not so long ago he was considered one of Kartel’s more promising proteges, poppin’ off with “Clarks” and moving forward into “Raving” and “Party Shot” before the big buss that was “Only Man She Want.” Since that time the Unruly Boss has been in fast forward mode #TR8. Although his 2014 debut album was criminally slept on by Grammy voters, Where We Come From is our consensus pick for dancehall disc of the year. And on newer cuts like “R.I.P.” Andrae Sutherland revealed a more sensitive side. But do not get it twisted. This is the same youth who used to name Fry Yiy. And Just in case you forgot why him name “Unruly,” Popcaan linked with Baby G to flex some wicked bad- man lyrics over a tasty update of one of King Jammy’s vintage digi riddims that’s dripping with delicious delay.  As Poppy explains on “Fix Tings,” he will still “crawl pon him belly like a crocodile / Fi buss bwoy head inna many style.” He relates his tales of murderous mayhem with a light-hearted touch of good humor, but the message comes through loud and clear. Don’t make him pick you up pon dah telescope yah. Him have links all over. Audio After The Jump… Read more »

WATCH THIS: Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley “Is it Worth It? (Gunman World)” Official Music Video

WATCH THIS: Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley "Is it Worth It? (Gunman World)" Official Music Video

Nabil Directs a Dark mini-Epic for Gongzilla’s Shotta’s Lament

From the moment Jr. Gong hopped on the Rootsman Riddim, it was a major statement. For an established reggae superstar to join forces with a juggling that featured up-and-coming Jamaican artists like Chronixx, Jesse Royal, and Tarrus Riley. It didn’t hurt that Damian’s new song itself, “Gunman World,” ranks as perhaps one of Gongzilla’s deepest pieces of songwriting ever. “I’ve had that idea before working on the Welcome to Jamrock album actually,” says Damain of the tune, which is featured on the upcoming EP Ghetto Youths International Present: Set Up Shop Vol. 2.”The concepts and thoughts of what’s happening on the song. And I’ve kinda finished putting it together over the last year or so. And I decided that I would put the song on the Rootsman riddim because of wanting to support that movement and that energy. Cause the Rootsman riddim is produced by my keyboard player, Winta. So I wanted to support what he was doing as well as support that movement of new Rasta youths you see coming up in the music. I wanted to give some of my energy toward that also. That’s why I chose to go on that juggling. And we have a new video coming out for that real soon that was shot in Morocco. I’m not even in the video. It’s a nice kind of story based upon the lyrics and whatnot.” Directed by Franceso Corrozini & Nabil, we present the visual interprtation today for the first time. Video After The Jump… Read more »

Marlon James Interview: “I Might Stay Away From Jamaica for a Little Bit”

Marlon James Interview: "I Might Stay Away From Jamaica for a Little Bit"

The Author of A Brief History of Seven Killings  Has Had No Reaction from the Marley Family

Marlon James was born in Kingston, Jamaica, the son of two police officers. After earning a living designing album covers, he developed his interest in creative writing via the Calabash Literary Festival writer’s workshop. His debut novel, John Crow’s Devil, was published in 2010 by the Brooklyn-based indie press Akashic Books. His second, The Book of Night Women, about a slave rebellion on a 19th century plantation, won several awards, while the third, A Brief History of Seven Killings, published this October by Riverhead Books, has been hailed by the New York Times as “epic in every sense of that word: sweeping, mythic, over-the-top, colossal and dizzyingly complex.”  Interview after the Jump… Read more »

Gunman World: Inside Jamaica’s Shotta Culture

Gunman World: Inside Jamaica's Shotta Culture

Exclusive Excerpt from Mass Appeal Mag Cover Story by Rob Kenner, Photography by Ruddy Roye

Jesquan Spence was not quite two years old when he saw the police kill his father. “The soldiers come in and take ’way the phones and say everybody fi sit down,” says the child’s grandmother, Michelle Davis, recalling that fateful Monday, May 24, 2010. “Then some police come in. Them say, ‘How many man in here?’ And them point ’pon me son.”

Jesquan’s dad, Errol Spence, was 22 years old, the only adult male in the Tivoli Gardens household where 17 family members and neighbors had been waiting out a government-imposed state of emergency for a week. Michelle Davis and Jesquan’s mother Jesean Williams will never forget the cops’ chilling words: “Them turn to us and say, ‘You know the good haffi suffer for the bad.’”

“But me no badman,” Errol Spence protested as three heavily armed police officers ordered him out of his seat and walked him into the kitchen. “Dat you say?” one of them replied. “You gwan dead today.” Continues After The Jump… Read more »

HEAR THIS: Addies Intl Presents: Mark Myrie AKA Buju Banton Dubplate Salute

HEAR THIS: Addies Intl Presents: Mark Myrie AKA Buju Banton Dubplate Salute

Addies Intl Reminds Us How Deep Their Dub Box Really Is

Addies bad from how long? Isn’t that how the saying goes. Addies Intl drops a wicked tribute to Gargamel better known as Buju Banton entitled “Mark Myrie AKA Buju Banton Dubplate Salute.” Their new selector A1 digs deep into the crates and pulls out some of the most lethal dubs ever played in a sound clash. Take our word for it, you won’t be disappointed – Shellings After The Jump… Read more »

WATCH THIS: M.I.A. “Double Bubble Trouble” Official Music Video

WATCH THIS: M.I.A. "Double Bubble Trouble" Official Music Video

Maya & Partysquad Connect On a Reggae-Flavored Matangi Raveup

Remember that song you used to sing when you were a kid? “Uh-ohhh you’re in trouble.” Well MIA and Partysquad have updated it for her latest album, Matangi, adding a reggae backbeat and some grown up lyrics: “I step up in the game and burst your bubble.”  This week she dopped the vid, which was directed by MIA herself. Looks bad girls do it right. The new visuals shows the making of fully functional guns using a 3D printer at home? Sound far fetched? They can burst more than a bubblle. Welcome to the future, circa 2014. This ain’t no kids stuff. Video After The Jump… Read more »

HEAR THIS: Vybz Kartel & Shabba Ranks “Bulletproof”

HEAR THIS: Vybz Kartel & Shabba Ranks "Bulletproof"

Bulletproof Vest, But We Nah Shoot Chest

Two of the most lyrical dancehall artists collide on one amazing track. Vybz Kartel and Shabba Ranks unleash a barrage of individual wordplay not rivaled by many, in fact you can probably count on one hand. Both artist trade verses/warnings to those who wa try test over the “Rolling Mad” Riddim and are quick to remind us how deep their arsenal really is. Tune After The Jump…

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