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Mr. Vegas “Selfie” Contest

Mr. Vegas "Selfie" Contest

The “Selfie” phenomenon permeated social media over the last few years and evolved into a global fixation. Short for self-portrait photograph, “Selfies” show off bikini bodies, cleavage, muscle tone, fashionable outfits, good times and high self-esteem. These shots provide a candid view of the most sort after celebrities and even regular folks receive adulation with many Instagram and Facebook likes. Mr. Vegas known for six pack ab selfies now gives us more muscle with his new tune “Selfie.”  Oh Snap! Audio After The Jump…

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50 Tips Everyone Should Know For Carnival

50 Tips Everyone Should Know For Carnival

Tips To Make Sure You Have A Safe And Enjoyable Carnival Experience

It’s less than one week to the greatest show on Earth, Trinidad and Tobago Carnival 2014. Veteran masqueraders are already descending upon the twin island republic this week along with a slew of Carnival virgins who really don’t know what they’re in for. The good folks over at Lazymas.com compiled a solid list for the first timers and a few pointers for the more seasoned.  Everything from what to wear, what to eat and even how to party is all covered in these helpful tips. Check Them Out After The Jump… Read more »

Shaggy And Friends Bring Jamaica Together For The Bustamante Children’s Hospital

Shaggy And Friends Bring Jamaica Together For The Bustamante Children's Hospital

Shaggy And Friends Put On A Great Show For An Even Greater Cause

Reggae powerhouse Shaggy brought together a few friends for a charity show in aid of the Bustamante Children’s Hospital on the grounds of Jamaica House in Kingston. The level of support was evident on the streets of Kingston as patrons converged on the venue resulting in a massive traffic backup along Waterloo Road and others, with motorists crawling in line for almost an hour before being able to enter the grounds. But what’s a little traffic and a few lines for a good cause.  Read more »

Mr. Vegas, Sean Paul And Fatman Scoop Bring Out The Beauties For Their “Party Tun Up (Remix)” Video Shoot

Mr. Vegas, Sean Paul And Fatman Scoop Bring Out The Beauties For Their "Party Tun Up (Remix)" Video Shoot

Mr. Vegas was in NYC this past week to shoot the video of his remix to mega hit “Party Tun Up” featuring Sean Paul and energy DJ Fat Man Scoop. The location of the video was none other than NYC infamous clubs, WIP and Greenhouse, known for their exclusive, celebrity filled, shut the city down type of parties. It afforded a natural party backdrop for the video.  Read more »

Behind The Scenes Wayne Wonder “Reset It” Video Shoot in Portland Jamaica

Behind The Scenes Wayne Wonder "Reset It" Video Shoot in Portland Jamaica

Wayne Wonder Gives Us A Look At The Picturesque Parish Of Portland 

Grammy nominated Reggae singer Wayne Wonder took to beautiful Portland Jamaica last week Wednesday to shoot scenes for his upcoming music video for the single “Reset It.” The video which was directed by Icey Jace Film Factory was shot across several popular locations in the parish including the Errol Flynn Marina and Rio Grande river. The video is expected to drop early October. Hit The Jump for Photos and To Get Better Acquainted With The Song If You Haven’t Already…

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New York City’s Reggae Record Shops

New York City's Reggae Record Shops

Who Says Vinyl Is Dead? In These Temples of Tune, You’ll Find LPs & 45s In Stacks & Piles

You may get your music mostly via Spotify or Sharebeast, but deep down you know vinyl is way more fly. For half a century now reggae music has been pressed up on 45s and served like hot flapjacks at record shops throughout the five boroughs. NYC and London are the meccas—outside of Jamrock of course—but no matter where you live, chances are there’s a West Indian spot nearby where you can pick up some musical ammunition to throw on your phonographic Hi-Fi system and murder any drumpan. As my bredren Sherman once said, you cyaan chop a soundbwoy with an mp3. AnimalNewYork’s Ayman Ismail dropped by a few of our favorite NYC reggae spots with his camera and this is what he saw. Click On Photo Above To View Gallery

Moodies Records

3976 White Plains Road, The Bronx

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Pusha T Shoots Video In Kingston

Behind The Scenes Flicks From The “Blocka” Video Shoot


Long before “Mercy,” we knew Pusha T loved that dancehall sound. Remember his verse on the “Half On a Baby” remix with Vybz Kartel? Last week, Pusha and his crew took a trip to Kingston, Jamaica for the video shoot of “Blocka,” the Young Chop–produced single of his upcoming Wrath of Cain mixtape. We hear there’s another big dancehall star Popcaan featured on the track, which debuts soon is hard as f**k. While you let your imagination run wild, check out some exclusive behind-the-scene photos of the shoot. Photographs After The Jump… Read more »

Diplo Does Dancehall In Vanity Fair

Wes Takes The VF Massive To Jamaica and Introduces Them to Popcaan, Busy, and Passa Passa

Diplo and his road dog / top shotta Shane McCauley have published a photo essay in the latest issue of Vanity Fair as the producer behind Major Lazer continues to expose dancehall to a wider audience. “I was in Jamaica during this time recording with a crew for a secret project,” Diplo write in the story. “Popcaan has been brought in to give us some current vibes, and also some weed and other stuff. His favorite drink is a weird fruit flavor of vodka that he mentions in mad songs. In fact, he mentions me and the producer Dre Skull in this tune we are recording, and his friends and the studio. In Jamaica nearly every song is a document of the moment. Dre Skull will release Popcaan’s next single and has been a producer within the Vybz camp for a few years. In fact, he produced the entire Vybz album, Kingston Story, in 2011—one of the most coherent and best long-player dancehall albums in the past decades. Dre Skull produces videos for the songs he produces, too, and through his YouTube channel, these videos and the ad revenue they generate support his label on a day-to-day basis. It’s a funny economy that just sorted itself out, since the fall of the old days of record deals and CD sales—but dancehall still found a way to keep the doors open.” More Photos After The Jump…

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Review: Scientist & Roots Radics Rock The Dub Champions Fest 2012

Dub vets Scientist and the Roots Radics took over this year’s Dub Champion Fest—Amy Wachtel reports

Like any respectable “creature of the night,” I got to BB Kings just before the bewitching hour of midnight, an appropriate hour for both vampires and night nurses. Deadly Dragon’s sound system filled the air with the sounds of drum, bass & dub recordings. Remembering that Scientist’s jackhammer style of mixing tends to be on the LOUD side, I uncharacteristically put in a pair of earplugs. I even carried an extra set. On the second of five nights at this year’s Dub Champion Festival, the iconic dub chemist Scientist (seen above in NYC, Fall 1988) and dub innovators the Roots Radics band blessed the stage and, joined by the great reggae and dancehall vocalist Johnny Osbourne, put on a show for the ages. Before the concert even began, the energy was palpable throughout the subterranean building as anticipation was through the roof.  This was the kind of reggae show that crossed, and then collapsed, the Time-Space continuum by bringing out veterans and old timers, alongside a more current regime of reggae aficionados and dubheads. Video and photos from the performance after the jump.

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WATCH THIS: Lee “Scratch” Perry Live At Dub Champions Festival 2012

The Upsetter himself rocks the mic inna fine style at Dub Champion Fest 2012

Perry takes the stage at this year’s Dub Champion Festival alongside the Brooklyn-based Subatomic Sound System. The Night Nurse caught up with Subatomic’s top selector papa Emch, the man behind the whole festival, for a dubwise Q&A. Video and photos after the jump. Read more »

Lee Jaffe Speaks On Peter Tosh

“Legalize It,” An Exhibition Of Jaffe’s Tosh Photos, Is On View Now At Dem Passwords Gallery in L.A.

Lee Jaffe was born in the Bronx but always felt right at home in Jamaica. The man who played harmonica on Bob Marley’s “Three O’Clock Roadblock” was also a great photographer who shot the cover of Peter Tosh’s 1976 solo debut, Legalize It. Many of Jaffe’s images are collected in his indispensible photographic memoir One Love: Life With Bob Marley & The Wailers. But as Tosh’s lyrics said “Half the story has never been told.” Earlier this month an exhibition of remarkable photographs and video footage shot by Lee Jaffe opened at at Dem Passwords gallery in Los Angeles. The show captures images of the Bush Doctor during the Spring of 1976, just months before the release of Legalize It and 11 years before his assassination.  Interview and photos after the jump. Read more »