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HEAR THIS: Micah Shemaiah x Giark “Rude Bwoy Jamaica”

HEAR THIS: Micah Shemaiah x Giark "Rude Bwoy Jamaica"

Rough and Tough, Vibes Nuff Nuff

“This song in no way shape or form promotes gangsterism,” states Micah Shemaiah on his Soundcloud page. Over a raw rub-a-dub riddim season seasoned with live horns and percussion, Shemaiah and Craig “Giark” Dixon (son of legendary producer Bobby Digital, and an accomplished producer in his own right) address the realities of life in “a rude boy town.” By way of clarification, the singer points out that the song is “about positive change” despite its title. “The term goes from our foundation in the Ghettos of Jamaica where ones had to grow up very rough. It’s not about wrong doings its about being tough and not standing for what the system has to offer us. Original rude bwoys of Jamaica were not always violent gun-toting gangsters but breddrens and even sistrens who were not part of the status quo, who did not subscribe to certain things the “society” called norms.” The song says it all. Audio After The Jump…
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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: Dennis Brown Special DJ Center Earthstrong Mix

HEAR THIS: Dennis Brown Special DJ Center Earthstrong Mix

Tunes, versions and dubs from the Crown Prince

In honor of what would have been Dennis Emmanuel Brown’s 60th birthday this past Wednesday, February 1st, the homie DJ Center put together a crucial megamix that goes heavy on classic rub-a-dub era. We’re pleased to share it with you to provide some heartical vibes for your weekend and beyond. Here I Come again! Audio After The Jump…
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WATCH THIS: R. City ft. Tarrus Riley “Crazy Love” Official Music Video

WATCH THIS: R. City ft. Tarrus Riley "Crazy Love" Official Music Video

Music To Save Your Mind

“As crazy as it sounds, I need it now,” sing the USVI hitmakers Theron and Timothy Thomas alongside Jamaica’s own Singy Singy aka Tarrus Riley on R.City’s  latest single from What Dreams Are Made Of, song for the whole wide world with a reggae back beat and the sort of big hooks that the Thomas brothers have written for all sorts of massive pop and R&B acts over the years. Directed by Tony Bongiovi LaBeet, their new music video depicts the giants of Caribbean music shocking out atop a historic fortress on the beautiful isle of St. Kitts. It’s an epic setting for a massive tune. Tun up—Loud. Audio After The Jump…

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HEAR THIS: Protoje “Blood Money”

HEAR THIS: Protoje "Blood Money"

Real Talk Without Any Apology

From “Kingston Be Wise” to “Sudden Flight,” Protoje has made a habit of speaking unspoken truths without apology. His latest release “Blood Money” takes that fearless outspoken-ness to new heights. “Police cancel operation, cause no real badman go a station,” states (who changed his Twitter handle to BLXXDCLXT), dropping lyrical truth bombs over Winta James’ stark rub-a-dub riddim, which has been bubbling on Jamaican radio for the past several weeks. “Blood money run the nation,” he chants on the chorus. “This song is so socially relevant, people connect to it on first listen,” he told the FADER who premiered the video.” It’s speaking about things that are collectively on all of our minds, that we all want to talk about, and I’m using my voice to bring these topics to the forefront of conversation… With all that is happening in Jamaica, criticism is often one-sided and directed to the have-nots—the people who have less are made to seem like the problem in society. This is unfair, hypocritical, and widely inaccurate. This song seeks to bring about certain conversations, to talk about what is really happening in our society.” Check the red-hot visuals courtesy of Taj Francis. Video After The Jump… Read more »

HEAR THIS: John Legend x IAmStylezMusic “Light Up The Night”

HEAR THIS: John Legend x IAmStylezMusic "Light Up The Night"

Portmore Dancehall Artist Links With Grammy-and-Oscar-Winning Soul Man

John Legend, the multi-award-winning soul singer who’s been a cornerstone of Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music team  from day one, today released a new collaboration with dancehall artist IAmStylez. Coming ten years after Legend’s well-received combination with Buju Banton, “Light Up The Night” was produced by Philly Phat Boi. Legend previously collaborated with Common on the Academy-Award-winning track “Glory.” Boomshots proudly presents his latest release here (for promo use only!) “John is basically a big fan of our music and culture as you know from his previous collaboration with Buju,” Stylez told Kevin Jackson of the Jamaica Observer. “So this is no surprise that he is at it again. This time with a little twist, his people had reached out to my management team inquiring about the next big thing that will emerge from Jamaica on to the mainstream and at the same time I had got my manager to also seek out major collaborations for me… Long story short, it’s right timing, great teamwork and perfect execution,” he said. Judge for yourself now. Audio After The Jump…
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HEAR THIS: Nesbeth “New Gangster”

HEAR THIS: Nesbeth "New Gangster"

Redefining The Concept

A versatile artist with a strong singing voice, Nesbeth took his career to new heights last year with his inspirational tune called “My Dream.” His latest release, on DJ Frass’ percolating “Street Light” Riddim, seeks to redefine the concept of “gangster” for a new generation. “Gone is the days when we used to glorify py py,” he sings to kick things off. “Every youth wise up now this a civilized time.” Envisioning economic upliftment without firing shots, Nesbeth sketches out a vision of what could be possible if people made up their mind to bring about change: “Buy mama house ah de new gangsta, take care of your youth ah de new gangster.” With a cover image showing a trash can filled to the brim with discarded firearms, the new single is powerful enough to stir up hope in the hardest of hearts. “Life too sweet fi deh inna prison lock,” Nebeth sings. “Look on your favorite hero, who no lockup play zero.” Some have interpreted his lyrics as a swipe at incarcerated “Dancehall Hero” Vybz Kartel, but his message of aspiring to be “rich and up” sounds more positive than provocative. With Jamaican experiencing elevated crime rates at the start of the new year, this tune is right on time. 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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HEAR THIS: Andre Xcellence “Ram It Up” PREMIERE

HEAR THIS: Andre Xcellence "Ram It Up" PREMIERE

The Turn Up Was The Old Wave—Now It’s Time to Ram It Up!

Andre Xcellence is a reckless Trini youth based in Los Angeles whose daily agenda includes “Shuttin’ down the club, even bringin’ Ballys back.” To be honest we just heard about him yesterday but he had us from the moment he flipped Super Cat’s “Don Dada” hook over a frenetic Supakuma-produced track that sounds something like Diwali on steroids. With a lyrical flow that’s more rap than reggae, Xcellence shouts out Charlie Sheen and displays a zero-phuxx-given sense of humor: “I don’t want you to limbo low / I want you to bounce like a Backpage bimbo” etc… Definitely not suited for the conscious Rasta crowd, “Ram It Up” gets a Boomshots premieres simply because the energy is undeniable. If you’re in the mood to “celebrate like we just won a gold cup” you need this tune in your life.  Audio After The Jump… Read more »

Watch Boiler Room TV “Nice Up” NYC

Watch Boiler Room TV "Nice Up" NYC

Win Tickets To See Boiler Room’s NYC Dancehall Culture Showcase

In case you never know, Boiler Room is the world’s leading online music broadcaster. The UK-born multinational network streams the best in underground music, from techno and hip hop to jazz and contemporary classical with award-winning content reaching 12 million dedicated monthly unique users, some of the most active music fans all over the world. Tomorrow night they will be hosting “The Nice Up” a dancehall and reggae showcase in downtown Manhattan featuring some our favorite artists and selectors Boomshots is proud to be the official media partner for the event. Details After The Jump… Read more »

King Attarney Takes The Trophy at Canada Rumble

King Attarney Takes The Trophy at Canada Rumble

Toronto Sound Clash Victor Will Face World Clash Champion King Turbo

At last year’s World Clash, Toronto’s own King Turbo made sound system history when they became only the second Canadian sound to take the title at the original, authentic and still predominant international sound clash on planet earth. This past weekend at the Canada Rumble, six up-and-coming dancehall sound sytems out of Canada competed for the chance to musically murder their countrymen in the next World Clash aka the Superbowl of Sound Clash. After four hours of heated competition at LaVictoria Banquet Hall, King Attarney outgunned Step-A-Choice in the final Tune Fi Tune round. The Rumble Series was introduced by leading clash promoters Irish & Chin who are celebrating their 20th anniversary in the business this year as they focus on bringing new stars into the sound clash industry. Coming off last October’s popular Japan Rumble, where Fujiyama Sound claimed the title, Canada Rumble sets the stage for future Rumbles to be held in the U.S., U.K., Europe and the Caribbean. If you missed the big clash, you can still check out all the action right here. And make sure to check Boomshots’ exclusive interview with Garfield “Chin” Bourne, reasoning with Reshma B about the past, present, and future of Sound Clash Culture. Audio & Video 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 »