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Vybz Kartel Appeal Moves Forward

Vybz Kartel Appeal Moves Forward

Gaza Fans Rejoice But There’s Still A Long Road Ahead

Gaza fans are celebrating at today’s news that Vybz Kartel and his co-defendants have been granted “leave” to pursue his appeal. His Lawyer Tom Tavares-Finson told the Jamaica Observer that this was an important step in the case. “It’s the first but critical step in the appeal process,” the prominent attorney explained. “A single judge, Justice Frank Williams, has read all the papers from the trial and determined that there are grounds on which an appeal could be allowed, so he has given the green light to proceed. We will move on to a full appeal in September. It is a limited victory, but an important moral victory for my client, as it reinforces the notion in his mind that justice will be srved and he will be acquitted.” Full Story & Video After The Jump…  Read more »

HEAR THIS: I-Octane “Up In Di Sky”

HEAR THIS: I-Octane "Up In Di Sky"

The Hot Rass Is Not Coming Down

It’s been a minute since I-Octane blessed his fans with some fresh material, so it was nice to see him drop something last week. “Up Inna Di Sky” is the first tune from his upcoming Love and Life album, which is scheduled for an April 2017 release. Voiced on “Light House” riddim, produced by JustUs, the song finds Octane in a party mood. “Who no come fi have fun, leave and shut up,” he says. You know that feeling when you’re under your grades and not trying to hear any stress. Those fluffy clouds on the cover art are a fitting reflection of JustUs’s trademark light and airy production style, as well as Octane’s meds. Audio After The Jump… Read more »

HEAR THIS: Cardi B ft. Konshens & Hoodcelebrityy “Back It Up”

HEAR THIS: Cardi B ft. Konshens & Hoodcelebrityy "Back It Up"

Cardi B’s Dancehall Roots Are Showing

People always compare her to Lil Kim and Foxy Brown, but like those legendary femcees Cardi B’s got more than a touch of Lady Saw in the mix. Shortly after she premiered on Love & Hip Hop New York, Cardi made her musical debut alongside Popcaan on the remix to Shaggy’s Sting International–produced banger “Boom Boom.” So it should come as no suprise that the Bronx-born girl of Trini-Dominican descent has returned to the bashment zone on her latest album, GBMV2 (Gangsta Bitch Music Vol. 2). On her collab with Konshens (not to mention Hood Celebrityy—a tatted up dancehall queen whose IG bio calls her “The Female Kartel”), the stripper-turned-reality-star-turned-recording-artist tells Mr. “Bruk Off” to “Back It Up” and he sounds only too happy to oblige. Note: When is Konshens gonna get signed to a major label deal? Hint: Maybe sooner than you think! Audio After The Jump…
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WATCH THIS: Jojo Abot “To Li” Offical Music Video

WATCH THIS: Jojo Abot "To Li" Offical Music Video

Reasoning With Ghana’s Next To Bust

As the new year begins, so does the quest for which new artist will make an impact on the scene. One of those artist could be ghanaian singer/songwriter Jojo Abot who seamlessly blends electronica, indie-soul, reggae, house, and acoustic instrumentation on top of vocals sung in either English or Ewe, a language spoken in southern Ghana. Abot spends her time between three different locations, her native Ghana, Copenhagen, and New York City. The first part of 2017 already saw her performing at Global Fest on Jan.8th at Webster Hall in NYC, three days later at the JFK Center for the Performing Arts, and the MLH (Ms. Lauryn Hill) Caravan at Radio City Music Hall on Feb. 25th. For the latter performance, Abot will be opening for Ms. Lauryn Hill along with Little Simz, and Kehlani. Video And Interview After The Jump… Read more »

WATCH THIS: Kranium ft. Tory Lanez “We Can” Official Music Video

WATCH THIS: Kranium ft. Tory Lanez "We Can" Official Music Video

Queens x Toronto Link-Up

Ever since he put Queens dancehall on the map with his x-rated worldwide smash “Nobody Haffi Know,” Kranium has been putting in much work while ignoring the haters. After signing a deal with Atlantic Records the stakes were raised even higher but somehow the singjay has maintained his cool while developing his own distinctive voice. Hitting the road with New Toronto sensation Tory Lanez, Kranium has carved out his own lane, and developed some creative chemsitry with the T-Dot reprsenter and today they dropped a new video for their collab “We Can.” Inspired perhaps by President Obama’s “Yes We Can” refrain during his Farewell Address, Kranium makes it clear that he and his girl can do just about anything they want. The visuals are as tasteful as the tune is raw. With Mr. Lanez’ radio clout, it sounds like Kranium may have a next banger on his hands. Audio After The Jump…
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WATCH THIS: Isha Blender “Tonight” Official Music Video PREMIERE

WATCH THIS: Isha Blender "Tonight" Official Music Video PREMIERE

Everton’s Daughter Is All Grown Up

Isha Blender, daughter of the great Everton “Blend Dem” Blender, was born in Clarendon surrounded by musical vibes. Now she’s ready to step up with her debut album Epiphany, whose very title represents a great revelation. As the artist puts it: “I feel like I am at turning point in my career and life, where it’s time for me to officially, fearlessly share myself with the world. This record is a piece of my heart, gift-wrapped for all lovers of good music.” Today Boomshots TV proudly premieres a crucial lovers’ rock selection off —musical thing called “Tonight.” Voiced on a rendition of the classic “Queen of the Minstrel” riddim and produced by UK production house Solid Empire, it’s a fitting introduction to a bright new talent. Video After The Jump… Read more »

Kartel Tops Billboard 10 Best Reggae Albums List

Kartel Tops Billboard 10 Best Reggae Albums List

The best of times and the worst of times for lovers of Reggae Music

For the second year in a row Billboard asked Rob Kenner, founder of Boomshots Media, to pick the 10 Best Reggae Albums of the year. The assignment was particularly significant in this year where Jamaican sounds were all over the airwaves, the pop charts and the Grammy nominations, except that most of the records were not done by Jamaican artists. You could hardly turn on the radio without hearing a half-hour block of dancehall-style tracks, all too often classified under misbegotten names like “tropical house” and “Caribbean bass.” With both Justin Bieber and Rihanna briefly sporting dreadlocks and Drake publicly referring to himself as “the don,” it would be difficult for longtime fans of the music not to catch feelings this year….Consider this list a crib sheet to catch you up on everything you missed while tropical house flooded the airwaves.  Full List After The Jump…
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WATCH THIS: Lutan Fyah “Sweet Trichomes” Official Music Video

WATCH THIS: Lutan Fyah "Sweet Trichomes" Official Music Video

Brand New Visuals Fi Di Ganja Man Dem

Born in Spanish Town, Jamaica Lutan Fyah studied architecture and played professional football before launching into a music career in 1999. Cutting early records for Buju Banton’s Gargamel label, he would go on to collab with such culturally inclined artists as Lucinano and Turbulence. On his latest release, produced by Tim Dub, Fyah goes beyond the usual ganja tune cliches, giving a botanical lesson on the definition of “trichomes” and how these small glandular hairs growing from the epidermis of herb buds relate to the cultivation of the cannabis plant. Video After The Jump…
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HEAR THIS: Fluid Foundation ft. Pato Banton “Cruizin” PREMIERE

HEAR THIS: Fluid Foundation ft. Pato Banton "Cruizin" PREMIERE

A Little Somethin’ To Ride To

Five youths from Oceanside, California started a reggae band called Fluid Foundation. Their sound is warm and easy, a sunny mix of reggae, dub, and pop with a loose-hanging surf sensibility.  Their self-titled debut album was tracked at the famed 17th Street Studios with esteemed producer Lewis Richard—whose band “Jesus Wore Dickies” was a favorite of the early 2000s reggae-rock circuit. Members of  bands like Long Beach Dub All Stars began working with him at the studio and Richard would go on to create tracks with the likes of Dirty Heads, Sublime, Slightly Stoopid, Iration, and Seedless. Dropping October 8th, the Fluid Foundation album features UK dancehall veteran Pato Banton, Trini herbalist Marlon “Ganja Farmer” Asher, and Micah Brown. Today Boomshots premieres the first track off the project, an easy skanking groove called “Cruizin” with a feature from Pato and Kevin Offitzer of Stick Figure on drums. Audio After The Jump… Read more »

HEAR THIS: M.I.A. ft. Dexta Daps “Foreign Friend”

HEAR THIS: M.I.A. ft. Dexta Daps "Foreign Friend"

 Maya & Daps Link Pon The Borderline

Ever since M.I.A. first burst on the world, she has been all about crossing lines in the sand, using her playground chants, beatbox ballistics, and agitprop visuals to mash up all cultural and geopolitical borderlines. Now that M.I.A.’s released what she warns may be her last album, her focus on speaking truth to power from a refugee point of view takes on new urgency as the world finds itself in the midst of a “refugee crisis” and Brexit meltdown and a Trump presidential run. As soon as M.I.A. released “Borders” (both the song and its breathtaking video) anticipation for this album began to build, and yesterday AIM finally arrived. On this track Maya dabbles with dancehall star Dexta Daps of “7Eleven” and “Shabba Mudda Pot” fame who sounds like the UK bad gyal inspired him to hit some strong new notes. Audio After The Jump…
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WATCH THIS: Raging Fyah “Raggamuffin” Official Lyric Video

WATCH THIS: Raging Fyah "Raggamuffin" Official Lyric Video

How To Prepare Your Steam Chalice

High tech vaporizers may be all the rage in Babylon, but in Raging Fyah’s new video, they focus on the proper preparation of the ital steam chalice. Celebrated in big tunes like Jah 9’s “Steamers a Bubble,” the Rastafarians’ natural vaporizer utilizes bamboo shoots and coconut shells to achieve a cool smoke-free ganja vapor without the use of microcircuitry. Now just make sure that whatever you put in it is a strong and natural as Raging Fyah’s new album Everlasting and you will be good to go. Video After The Jump…
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HEAR THIS: Derrick Morgan “Black Superman (Muhammad Ali)”

HEAR THIS: Derrick Morgan "Black Superman (Muhammad Ali)"

Big Big Request To The Greatest

Forget what you heard. Muhammad Ali will never die. Ali may be one of the few larger-than-life icons to challenge even Bob Marley for nearly universal respect. We’ve all seen photos of The Greatest with Elvis, The Beatles, and Bob Dylan—he was even Prince’s hero—but what’s his connection to reggae? Derrick Morgan, one of Jamaican music’s greatest, pays tribute to boxing’s “Black Superman” in this Bunny Lee production which made a splash in the UK with Trojan Records in 1975, the year of the Thrilla in Manila. (The song predates the famous DC Comics book, published in 1978.)  Audio After The Jump…
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