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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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HEAR THIS: Mr. Vegas “Terrorist In A England”

HEAR THIS: Mr. Vegas "Terrorist In A England"

Prayers For Manchester And A Plea For Unity

Like so many people all around the world, Mr. Vegas was deeply upset by the recent terrorist attacks in Manchester and London. He decided to channel his anger into a song and here it is, over Steely & Clevie’s version of the classic ‘Far East’ riddim. Originated by Jamaica’s ace saxophonist Roland Alphonso at the legendary Studio One, and recorded by producer Clement ‘Coxsone’ Dodd, the “Far East” was brought to further fame by Barry Brown’s classic song ‘Far East.’ Steely & Clevie’s version dates back to 1989 when they recorded a string of singles for their own Steely & Clevie label, including the hits ‘Stop Loving You’ by Freddie McGregor and ‘Spanish Harlem’ by Richie Stephens.  Audio After The Jump… Read more »

BuzzRock’s New Album: “Nobody’s Fool”

BuzzRock's New Album: "Nobody's Fool"

New Solo Album From One of Trinidad and Tobago’s Finest Roots Artist

Sadiki also known as BuzzRock, releases his new album today, a solo album entitled “Nobody’s Fool” on his own label, Ministry of Dub. BuzzRock released four albums as part of a group but this time he is taking his baritone vocals and conscious lyrics to the world. This article contains an interview we conducted two days prior to the album release followed by an album review. More After The Jump…

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PREMIERE: Noise Cans ft. Jesse Royal “No War”

PREMIERE: Noise Cans ft. Jesse Royal "No War"

The Small Axe Don’t Want No War No More

“Part carnival, part incantation, and pure celebration,” is the way Dim Mak Records describes the collision of Bermudian tradition and futuristic production that is Noise Cans. Today BOOMSHOTS premieres “No War” a new track from the forthcoming album Masquerave.  “I would love for ‘No War’ to be an anthem for the times we are living in,” says COLLAS, the Gombey-masked mystery man behind Noise Cans. “My goal was to add a joyful approach to a serious time in hopes that people understand and listen to the message. Music is the one thing that brings us together, I’m just here trying to do my part.” Tune in to the signal. Audio After The Jump… Read more »

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 »

The Candy Queens Playlist

The Candy Queens Playlist

An All Female Playlist of  Sexy Lyrics

Sometimes you just want to hear raunchy, dirty, raw, taboo song lyrics. There are a plethora of songs over the course time and genres of music,  that have open eyes that were wide shut, because they contained uncensored lyrics written by women. In many cases, females are belittled for these type of lyrics in comparison to their male counterparts which receive praise for the same lyrics and topics.  This all Queen playlist of creative and provocative lyrics, takes the listener on a musical ride through dancehall, hip hop and rhythm and blues. You ready? More After The Jump…

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Chronixx Confirmed As Opening Act For Nas & Lauryn Hill North American Tour

Chronixx Confirmed As Opening Act For Nas & Lauryn Hill North American Tour

Not a Bad Way to Roll Out Chronology!

MASS APPEAL reports that Nasty Nas and L-Boogie aka Ms. Lauryn Hill will embark upon a North American tour this fall, with Jamaican reggae star Chronixx as their opening act. The Queensbridge rapper and the former member of the Fugees famously collaborated on the 1996 anthem “If I Ruled the World (Imagine That)” off of Nas’ chart-topping sophomore album, It Was Written, and have remained close friends since. For over 20 years these two artists have proven themselves to be some of the most distinctive and influential voices in hip hop. Both artists have also show a strong respect for reggae music—Hill having collabed with Bounty Killer as a member of The Fugees, and with Bob Marley on the classic duet “Turn Your Lights Down Low.” Nas meanwhile joined forces with Damian Marley for the classic album Distant Relatives. Chronixx debut album, Chronology, is set to drop June 30th on all digital platforms. The tour will kick off in Chicago on September 7 and end in Vancouver on October 11. Tickets go on sale via Live Nation on June 2. Video & Tour Dates After The Jump… Read more »

The Worst of the ‘Best Of The Best’ Instagram Comments After Epic Mavado Fail

The Worst of the 'Best Of The Best' Instagram Comments After Epic Mavado Fail

How Them Fi Deal With The Gully Gad So?

This past Memorial Day Weekend the Best Of The Best music festival put on their 11th annual stage show at Miami’s Bayfront Park. Just like every year the show kicked of in the early afternoon and went on until midnight presenting many of “the best of the best” acts in the reggae and dancehall fraternity. Over they years BOTB has brought some amazing musical moments. However this year’s show ended on a rather sour note. When midnight rolled around without Mavado—the show’s headliner—setting foot on stage to perform. Acts billed for this year’s show included the likes of Jahmiel, Spice, Konshens, Aidonia and Christopher Martin—not to mention veteran acts like Barrington Levy, Mad Cobra, Josey Wales and Brigadier Jerry. However the Gully Gad’s non-performance was a major disappointment to say the least. During the final hour of the show, MC and promoter Jabba paced the stage as Mavado’s band tried to set up as the final moments ticked down. Then at just a few minutes to midnight he called Mavado to the stage, then after a few moments returned to the stage to announce that due to Miami Police and  curfew regulations Mavado would be unable to perform. Confused?! Most of the thousands of patrons in the park were definitely unhappy. (One eyewitness spotted a heated argument going down backstage after the unpopular announcement.) Everybody including artists, promoters, and fans and patrons (who paid as much as $170 for VIP tickets) wasted no time taking to social media to vent their frustrations. Team Boomshots was in the park too. Here’s how the drama unfolded. More 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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HEAR THIS: Kiff ‘Mix N Ting’

HEAR THIS: Kiff 'Mix N Ting'

Jersey’s Kiff started making waves last year with a style he had coined Jersey soca; a unique blend of Jersey club and the island sounds he grew up on. The pairing picked up on similar traits between the two, specifically Barbados’ style of crop over. The remix culture that such a big part of both soca and Jersey club led to his expansion into broader, less definable, but more deeply Caribbean styles that make up Mix N Ting. From dancehall, to soca, to just straight vibes, Kiff has the cure for your post-Memorial Day tabanca right here.

WATCH THIS: Who Pulled A Knife On Fantan Mojah?

WATCH THIS: Who Pulled A Knife On Fantan Mojah?

Violent Threat Causes Lion To Roar

Recently, a controversial video surfaced where Fantan Mojah accuses an un-named artist of pulling a knife on him. Fanton Mojah sees the violation as a major disrespect because it is someone that he respects and had a friendship with. Fantan Mojah  demands a public apology from said artist, causing many to speculate about who the artist is referring to as “The Kid” and “God”.  Fantan Mojah never mentions what precipitated the argument, just states “Why you get offended over truth?” More After The Jump…

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HEAR THIS: Vybz Kartel -“Euphoria”

HEAR THIS: Vybz Kartel -"Euphoria"

Vybz Kartel Makes A Sentimental Tribute To His Long Time Love

Adversity teaches appreciation for  life and relationships. Vybz Kartel lays out heartfelt lyrics to the woman who has been there for him through thick and thin, in a new track, entitled,  “Euphoria.” The tone of the song is a melancholy one despite the title. The World Boss reflects on his relationship with Tanisha Johnson, mother of his children. The lyrics sway ironically between various emotional tones: “You’re my Euphoria and I’m so sorry.”  More After The Jump…

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