Outernational

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 »

HEAR THIS: Jimmy 2Timez ft. Fatboy SSE, Demetri & Spice “Slow Wine”

HEAR THIS: Jimmy 2Timez ft. Fatboy SSE, Demetri & Spice "Slow Wine"

Producer Richie Loop Drops Off A Summer Banger

“’Slow Whine’ is not only a song and Movie but a movement for this culture,” says NYC artist Jimmy 2Timez (not to be confused with the Goodfellas gangster). He recently joined forces with FatBoy SSE, dancehall queen Spice, Demetri, and producer Richie Loop to create the soundtrack to your summer party, which Mass Appeal premiered today just in time for July 4 rotation. “Every Artist on this Track Came from different backgrounds and storylines to create history together. Our talent and hard work speak for itself on this one.” Audio 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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HEAR THIS: I-Octane ft. J. Boog “Pretty Loud”

HEAR THIS: I-Octane ft. J. Boog "Pretty Loud"

World Premiere of a Wicked Combination

“As a fan of reggae music, I have long admired and actually been a fan myself of I-Octane,” says two-time Grammy nominee J. Boog, the soulful crooner who was born in Long Beach and raised in Compton, CA by Samoan parents. “I’ve had the pleasure of working with some great artists and now I can count him among those names. What makes it sweeter is not only our collaboration, but the fact that we will perform it together when he joins my L.O.E tour in Cali. One Love.” Today MASS APPEAL premiered a new track from Octane’s highly anticipated third album Love & Life, which is slated for release March 30th, 2018. Tune in. Audio 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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WATCH THIS: The Green “All I Need” Official Music Video

WATCH THIS: The Green "All I Need" Official Music Video

Set Sail To Hawaii Navigating By The Stars And Powered By Love

The Green is a well-respected Hawaiian Reggae band who merge rock, pop and R&B sounds with Jamaican roots and Hawaiian culture. They have won three Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards in their home state of Hawaii. Today MASS APPEAL premiered the visuals for “All I Need,” off the band’s latest album ‘Marching Orders.’

“Love is all we need This song is about me recognizing my blessings and was written for my wife and daughter,“ says lead singer Caleb Keolanui. The concept for the clip was developed by Director Keli’i Grace and Producer Jesse Yonover. “For the visuals, we wanted to create something very real that would transcend the meaning of the song to the deepest level possible. So it’s not just about love between two people, but love for your craft, love for your culture, and love for your home. We were really inspired by the Polynesian Voyaging Society’s Mālama Honua World Wide Voyage. For those unfamiliar, this was the recent four-year long sail across the world by the traditional Hawaiian sailing canoe, Hōkūle’a, navigated only using the ancient Polynesian art of Wayfinding (celestial navigation). We saw so many parallels between the ocean voyages of Hawaiian Wayfinders and the musical voyage of the band so we thought the music video would be a unique opportunity to try to connect these storylines in a creative way,” says Jesse Yonover. “The vision was to produce a film piece that tied these two worlds together and illuminated how not only love but also culture passes through time. It was also important that we shed light on the other side of love, which are often the difficult sacrifices made by the families and loved ones of those left behind in the pursuit of these journeys.” Video After The Jump…
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Best 2017 Reggae Album Grammy Nominations Announced

Best 2017 Reggae Album Grammy Nominations Announced

Jr. Gong, Chronixx, Join Two Repeat Contenders And One Newcomer

Critics be damned! Year in and year out, people say this and that about the nominations for Best Reggae Album. It’s true that the UK MOBO Awards are more in tune with the streets. But this year The Grammys mostly got it right. Two of the very best reggae/dancehall albums of the year—Stony Hill and Chronology—were amongst the nominees announced this morning by the Recording Academy via Grammy Awards’ official website. Two contenders return from last year as well as a first-time noimnee. Full Details After The Jump… Read more »

HEAR THIS: Jah Cure “Lion In The Jungle”

HEAR THIS: Jah Cure "Lion In The Jungle"

New Music From Reggae’s High Priest

Jah Cure has been hypnotizing the soul of all who have listened to his universal healing voice, through putting out boatloads of romantic cuts and testimonials of inner city struggles, all done in his signature rasp. His records have shattered the global airwaves, and as he’d put it, “his only remaining goal for the rest of his life is to spread love and to promote peace and healing, universally through his music”  But what makes this new song particularly stand out from previous works is how commanding and strong it is. In some ways, it plays like the aural equivalent of a chest pound. Listening to the song, his authority yet humble duality sticks out and sees Cure making some strong claims, but finding comfort within the reverence of His Majesty as “the Lion in the jungle.” The shackles that defined his early career, with noted multiple run-ins with the law, sort of represented the themes his music was confined to. This is his new liberation, and its not just taking place in the music; it’s in his life as well. This new side of Jah Cure’s material will only fuel his new music overall vibe. Cure again! Audio & Video After The Jump…

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World Clash Arrives In Canada As “The Superbowl Of Sound Systems”

World Clash Arrives In Canada As "The Superbowl Of Sound Systems"

Rumble Series Winners Get Their Shot At The World Title

Irish & Chin shook the world when they announced the move of their preeminent sound clash brand, World Clash, to Canada. In an even bigger surprise, fans are now faced with a whole new formula for this famed 19-year-old event, which will see World Clash held on the winner’s home turf each year, instead of in New York. This long awaited event arrives in Toronto, Canada this weekend—Saturday, October 14,  home of defending champion King Turbo. Each staging of the preliminary Rumble Series in United States, Canada, Japan, United Kingdom and Germany have decided which hungry contenders  will take the World Clash stage to face off against King Turbo. With anticipation building throughout the year clash fans will converge to see Platinum Kids, King Attarney, Fujiyama, Platinum Cartel, and Northern Lights, in what has been dubbed “the super bowl of sound clash.” In typical Irish and Chin fashion they’ve upped the ante with the wild card entrant Poison Dart from Antigua, as the Caribbean representative adding to more excitement. A Rumble Series was not staged for the Caribbean, so this shocker has sparked a frenzy amongst clash fans! Story Continues After The Jump…

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Mavado, Alkaline and Jahmiel are Dancehall’s MVPs

Mavado, Alkaline and Jahmiel are Dancehall's MVPs

Three Stars Align to Change the Game

Toronto’s Woodbine Shopping Centre and Fantasy Fair has never seen anything quite like this. Thousands upon thousands of Rexdale yutes—hood-fresh guys in their best kicks, chains, and jackets; bashment girls sporting multicolored hairstyles and dressed in garments ranging from skin-tight to see-through—flood the massive mall’s parking lot on Saturday, August 19 for Fresh Fest.

Only a few minutes’ drive from Pearson International Airport, this venue sits in the working class Scarborough district of Ontario. Nearby neighborhoods like Rexdale have their fair share of government housing projects and experience more crime and violence than most of this relatively peaceful city. Putting on a dancehall show here means a lot to this community. Especially an outdoor concert featuring three of dancehall’s biggest stars—Mavado, Alkaline, and Jahmiel. Story, Photo & Video After The Jump… Read more »

HEAR THIS: Elesia iiMura ft. Agent Sasco “Come for Me”

HEAR THIS: Elesia iiMura ft. Agent Sasco "Come for Me"

Dancehall Heat From Down Under

Born and raised in Australia, Elesia iiMura  moved to Japan with her rock star father as a teenager. Making music was pretty much her destiny. Today Boomshots premieres Australian  artist ELESIA iiMURA’s new song “Come For Me.”  Produced by Travis Lee, ELESIA’s sultry pop vocals ride over the bouncy dancehall-fused beat and Jamaica’s own Assassin a.k.a. Agent Sasco delivers a powerful guest feature. Last year ELESIA and Assasin collaborated on his single “Crazy” and she played his love interest in the song’s video. A new visual for “Come For Me,” shot on location in Kingston, Jamaica, will soon premiere on MASS APPEAL For now, get familiar with the tune. Audio After The Jump…
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Damian Marley Speaks on Jay-Z Collab and ‘Stony Hill’

Damian Marley Speaks on Jay-Z Collab and 'Stony Hill'

Reasoning With Gongzilla

Just before his big Stony Hill release event at the 40/40 Club in NYC, Damian Marley sat down with Reshma B for an exclusive discussion of his new album and his recent collab with Jay-Z. He reflects on the certified classic status of his song “Welcome to Jamrock,” breaks down the science behind his “Hunting Season” freestyle, explains the cause that makes rude boys “Roar,” and discusses his plans to bring “Medication” to the world. You don’t want to miss this one. Video After The Jump…
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