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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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Chronixx Celebrates ‘Chronology’ at Celebrate Brooklyn!

Chronixx Celebrates 'Chronology' at Celebrate Brooklyn!

Reshma B Kicks It With The Chron Dada

It still seems strange to call Chronixx’s album Chronology a debut. From Start a Fyah to Dread & Terrible to Roots & Chalice, the Steam Ministah has put in much work over the years. But last Friday, the artist’s first official album was released to digital streaming services everywhere and topped the iTunes Reggae chart. A fitting place to celebrate the moment was at the Celebrate Brooklyn! festival in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park where a massive gathering took place last night, filling the outdoor venue to capacity with many more listening outside. Chronixx and the Zinc Fence Redemption band rose to the occasion, delivering a blazing set of hits, punctuated with speeches like this one: “Dancehall was the only platform for artists who chose to talk the truth. Because every other music was purely entertainment, and the music coming out of the ghettos in the 1960s started to become very rooted in spirituality. The modern world didn’t like it, the radio didn’t play it, so you had people in Jamaica who created a thing called the sound system—which is still the only good system on this planet. Every other system shall fail. And the only system… Cause in the beginning was the word, and a word is a sound. So the sound system is the first system God create. You see it? And every other system shall fall and leave the sound system.” After a performance to remember, Chronixx sat down backstage to reason with Reshma B Video After The Jump… Read more »

PREMIERE: Konshens “Beautiful” Lyric Video

PREMIERE: Konshens "Beautiful" Lyric Video

To All The Ladies, With Maximum Respect In Every Aspect

You already know Konshens as the man who loves to see “Gal A Bubble.” He’s not even mad at a “Bad Gal” who might even “Bruk Off” supm. But with his latest release, Konshens shows another side of his character. On this sweet rub-a-dub selection, courtesy of 21st Hapilos Productions, the DJ delivers something different. Something “Beautiful.” As the artist himself puts it, this is “a song for every woman to be reminded beauty starts from the inside, not defined by the opinion of strangers or social media.” As the devoted daddy to a young son and daughter himself, Konshens knows the importance of positive reinforcement and self esteem. And so today BOOMSHOTS proudly premieres RD Studios’ official lyric video for “Beautiful.” Video After The Jump…
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PREMIERE: Eesah “Run Ova Dem” Official Music Video

PREMIERE: Eesah "Run Ova Dem" Official Music Video

Mind The Company You Keep

The wide world got its first good look at Eesah last year, when Chronixx dropped the video for “Perfect Tree,” a standout single off his Roots & Chalice mixtape. Not that the youth born Ackime Nephew was one of those just-come artists. He actually dropped his first EP five years ago, but 2017 is looking like the year his music career kicks into overdrive. Raised in the McGregor Gully section of Kingston’s Vineyard Town,  Eesah has seen his fair share of hard times, but his aptitude for music offered a way to channel those experiences into personal expression and forward progress. The artist’s nickname derives from Jamaican slang. When hiring  “dat bad eeh, sah?” The meaning of “Eesah” is an expression of excitement upon hearing something enjoyable. Today BOOMSHOTS proudly premieres the music video for “Run Ova Dem,” a song produced by Khemis for VybzNation Records with visuals by JussBussTV. “RunOvaDem is about being aware of the company you keep,” says Eesah. “‘Some boy mek hypeness take over dem,’ personifies how to differentiate the real from the fake. It’s about being aware of a wolf dressed in sheep’s clothing. The song touches on the fact that once you have encountered genuine camaraderie, a poser can’t fool you. True friendship stands to the test of time.” Video After The Jump… Read more »

WATCH THIS: Christopher Ellis “Here We Are” Official Music Video

WATCH THIS: Christopher Ellis "Here We Are" Official Music Video

:Alton’s Big Son Sings Songs Of Praises On a Foundation Riddim

“It’s a lineage thing,” says Christopher Ellis, the youngest son of legendary Jamaican vocalist Alton Ellis, of his link with the Ghetto Youths International crew. “It stems back to when I met Stephen and Damian Marley. And more than that, it stems to our fathers and the whole Trenchtown thing.” Trenchtown, of course, is the economically downpressed but musically blessed area of downtown Kingston immortalized by The Wailers in their song “Trenchtown Rock.” Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, and Bunny Wailer all hailed from Trenchtown, as did many other Jamaican musical heroes including the aforementioned Alton Ellis, a soulful vocalist who made his name with countless rock steady classics, including “Rock Steady” and “I’m Still In Love.” Carrying on his father’s legacy, Ellis is currently recording his debut album, slated for release on the Ghetto Youths label later this year. MASS APPEAL has just premiered Ellis’ latest reease, “Here We Are,” on Stephen Marley’s “All Natural” Riddim. Ellis uses his silky voice to deliver words of wisdom and inspiration. Directed by Jay Will (Game Over), “Here We Are” video was filmed in Portland, where the UK native seems right at home amidst the country vibes. Audio After The Jump…
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WATCH THIS: Damian Marley “Medication” Official Music Video

WATCH THIS: Damian Marley "Medication" Official Music Video

Zilla x Ragga Sing Praises To The Plant

Damian Marley has just released the visuals to his 420 anthem “Medication,” a collaboration with his brother Stephen “Ragga” Marley. Produced by Scheme Engine and directed by the ardent photographer and director Nick Walker, the video was shot on location in the California prison that Jr. Gong recently converted to a growing facility. “The video showcases the night and day of what this prison used to be,” says Gongzilla. “This place used to house human beings and now is a place that houses plants—some of those humans were once upon a time locked up because of these plants. We are showing the contrast, and what has become something positive and beneficial for so many people.” The video also features several patients who have benefited from the use of cannabis for healing purposes. As Ragga puts it: “These are living testimonies of the benefits of this plant. This plant saves lives…. Wake Up! Education before Recreation.” You can watch the video now on TIDAL and get a free 3-month subscription, and check out a clip below. (In related news, Jr. Gong and a team of investors recently acquired the O.G. herb publication High Times magazine for $70 million. Big up yuh chest Mr. Gong!) We’re almost a month away from the July 21st release date of Gongzilla’s fourth studio album, Stony Hill. Video After The Jump… Read more »

WATCH THIS: Jah Cure “Telephone Love” Official Music Video

WATCH THIS: Jah Cure "Telephone Love" Official Music Video

The World Singa On Line One

The visuals for Cure’s latest boom tune,  premiered today on MASS APPEAL. IyaCure tells ReshmaB that the album is all finished, and that last year’s Grammy nomination was “very inspiring” for him artistically. As they say in Jamaica “nothing before the time. “I feel like a winner still because I couldn’t travel the U.S. at the time,” Cure states.Due to visa restrictions Cure’s physical movements may be limited but as he once sang, “We don’t need no visas to come through your speakers.” The gorgeous video was directed by Jus Bus from Jamaica (who previously directed “Rasta“) and shot in Antigua. “He’s a guy that I work with all the time,” Cure tells Reshma B. “He’s a producer, friend of mine. He’s part of my team.” Check the fruits of their labor. Video After The Jump…
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Macka Diamond: Diamonds Are Forever

Macka Diamond: Diamonds Are Forever

 Macka Diamond Keeps Getting Better With Time

Dancehall artist Macka Diamond plans to take her career to the next level in 2017.  With the release of a new single, “25 inches,” her signature high-pitched, breathy vocals sound more fierce than ever. The dancehall arena is for the survival of the fittest and Macka shows that she is fully equipped with promotional photographs in full body paint. Collaborating with the best producers, she aspires to drop a one drop album and embark on a U.S. Tour. This diamond shows clearly shows that she is cut by a cloth of longevity. We spoke to Macka Diamond about how she became an empowered woman in dancehall. Interview After The Jump

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WATCH THIS: Judith Gayle “Incredible Love” Official Music Video

WATCH THIS: Judith Gayle "Incredible Love" Official Music Video

A Song that Addresses Suicide From A Spiritual Perspective

Lent  is the 40 days preceding Easter, when Christians all over the world, reflect on their own lives and the life of Jesus Christ. People commemorate the life and crucifixion of Jesus Christ by fasting and praying. During Lent, Jesus was tempted by Satan and many feel that this spiritual season marks a period of spiritual turmoil. In light of this time and the fact that suicide is the second leading cause of death of persons between the ages of 15 and 34 and  the U.S. suicide rate is at the highest level in 30 years,  we wanted to present a video which addresses suicide from a spiritual point of view. Judith Gayle’s video for “Incredible Love,” starring Jermaine “Zbek ” Nelson,  let’s people know they are not alone in a world of scrutiny and constant pressure. More After The Jump…

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Dameon Gayle: Behind The Lens

Dameon Gayle: Behind The Lens

Envisioning Music with Director (Warrior Films) and Producer (Warrior Musick Productions), Dameon Gayle

Dameon Gayle, is to reggae and dancehall what Hype Williams is to hip hop. He grew up in Waterhouse and learned to play drum, keyboard and bass guitar by ear, as a child. By 18, he began  hanging out with local musicians in his community including,  Bob Andy. This early introduction to music would shape his life and career. More After The Jump…

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Flashback Friday: Notorious B.I.G.: “Sky’s The Limit”

Flashback Friday: Notorious B.I.G.: "Sky's The Limit"

Brooklyn’s Finest Rapper Continues to Live On Through His Powerful Lyrics

March 9, 2017, marked the 20th anniversary of Christopher Wallace, Notorious B.I.G.’s murder in Los Angeles, California. He was only 24 years old and at the height of his career, when he lost his life. His murder remains a cold case despite the $50,000 award for any leads in the case. However, Notorious B.I.G. ‘s musical anthology continues to inspire generations born during and after his time. A quote from one of his inspiring tunes (below) trended across social media as fans new and old, commemorated the life of this music legend. The surge of quotes came after Puff Daddy put out a tweet, requesting that fans remember his friend by posting their favorite Biggie quotes. The most admired quote was from “Sky’s The Limit,” released in 1997. This song features the R&B group 112 and comes from the album entitled, “Life After Death Album.” This Friday, we reflect on the lyrics of this classic B.I.G. song and the quote from the last line of the song which touched so many.

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WATCH THIS: Charly Black “F**K Sweet/Whinning Vixen” Official Music Video

WATCH THIS: Charly Black "F**K Sweet/Whinning Vixen" Official Music Video

Charly Black Releases New Video Before His Party Animal U.S.A. Tour 

Before the west coast stops on his U.S.A. tour to Seattle, L.A. and Oakland, Charly Black released the visual for “F**K Sweet” and “Whinning Vixen” production collaborations with NotNice Records and DJ Tropical Production, respectively. More After The Jump…

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