Posts tagged "Big Ship"

HEAR THIS: Chino “Wet Weather Music”

HEAR THIS: Chino "Wet Weather Music"

Chino Nah Go Make The Girl Wait—Smooth & Sexy Sounds From The Big Ship Family

When Daniel & Stephen McGregor (aka Chino & Di Genius) get it poppin inside that Big Ship studio, you never know what the result will be. Sometimes it’s a Roots Sound, sometimes it’s hardcore dancehall. Today we get some breezy pop for the ladies. This is one of those sexy sticky hooks that will lodge in your brain after just one listen. In other words, when the rain starts to fall the ting tun up. Audio After The Jump… Read more »

Freddie McGregor & Chino Pon Radio Lily

Freddie McGregor & Chino Pon Radio Lily

The Big Ship Family Sails Through The Strictly Boomshots Show

Last week’s show was an epic two-parter. No sooner had Mr. Easy vacated RadioLily on his way to a Brooklyn studio session than we got word that the Big Ship crew was in town. Of course Di Captain and Chino had many moves to make, but they found time to drop anchor at Houston and Sullivan for some late night reasoning and a couple of freestyles too. Listen to Chino spitting hot fire over the Duck riddim, and listen to Freddie McGregor talking about the construction of Big Ship studio and what he learned from Bob Marley at Studio One.  Audio & Video After The Jump… Read more »

HEAR THIS: Freddie McGregor “Equal Rights”

A Fresh Take On A Studio Classic Off The New Album, Di Captain—In Stores Today
“These songs were very specially chosen,” says reggae stalwart Freddie McGregor of the selections on his latest album, Di Captain. The album’s title refers to Freddie’s signature hit “Big Ship,” also the name of his renowned Kingston recording studio, whose name has been kept hot by his music-making sons Stephen “Di Genius” and Chino. “We took the greatest pains in making sure these would be classic songs that will last for a long time. I chose songs like ‘Equal Rights’ because I love the message and because the youth need to hear it. Featuring live bass and harmonies by former Heptones frontman Leroy Sibbles himself, this remake of a song that was first released in the midst of the Civil Rights struggle is more than a cover version; it’s a celebration. Audio After The Jump… Read more »

HEAR THIS: Chino “Sex Symbol” & “Argument (On Top Already)”

Big Ship’s New “Quack” Riddim Brings Back Classic Dancehall Vibes

The Big Ship family is definitely not ramping in 2013. Di Genius kicked off the new year by blasting hypocrites and parasites in the reggae industry with his track “Me Alone.” Now Chino’s followed up with two of his biggest baddest boasiest tunes ever. First up is “Sex Symbol,” which is all about how “the gal dem horny and thirsty” and “some bwoy ah carry feelings” because he’s got the ladies on lock from New York to London. But that’s just a warmup for Chino’s second tune on the “Quack” riddim—Big Ship’s hard-hitting re-lick of Jammy’s immortal 1987 “Duck” riddim. And Chino’s lyrics hit just as hard as the track: “Argument” is all about how Big Ship is “on top already” and how they “represent for Gregory, Sugar, Dennis Brown, Bob .” And just in case you feel Chino’s getting too hype; he’s one step ahead of you on that argument too: “We no frighten fi vanity,” he says at one point, “caw we have proper meddy.” Alright Chino, mek it go so then. Audio After The Jump… Read more »

HEAR THIS: Denyque “Make Me Believe You”

If You Can’t Tell The Truth, Could You At Least Do A Better Job Lying?

It’s been a minute since we heard something new from Denyque Dontrae, a.k.a. Supergirl. She first caught our attention a couple of years ago with her Jeremy Harding–produced single “Hooked On Me,” a tragically slept-on pop masterpiece. Now the brainy beauty is back with a Stephen McGregor jam that looks at affairs of the heart with a very unromantic eye. In this song she’s way past expecting this man to tell the truth, but she wouldn’t mind if he a bit more effort into his lies and alibis. Love is not a game—if ya don’t know, you might be getting played.  Audio After The Jump…
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HEAR THIS: Di Genius “Me Alone”

Stephen McGregor Speaks The Truth, Cause It What It Will (Dem Get Kill)
Stephen McGregor started out the new year by stepping out from behind the mixing board to talk his mind upon the mic. His chosen topic? All the forces holding back real reggae music—from mass media mediocrity to payola to straight-up fuckery. “Me know dem ah go vex and cuss when dem hear this. Remember who the cap fit let them wear it.”  Audio After The Jump…

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HEAR THIS: Chino “Touch Your Body”

Sounds Like The Big Ship Bigger Bredda Wants To Ruff It Up

The last tune we heard from Chino was some lovey-dovey stuff, but enough of all that. This tune finds him feeling rude, telling the girls to “take the dancefloor and get naughty.” Girls from “all bout” are welcome—though Chino seems partial to the yardie gal dem—and he doesn’t care if she has a man. “Me ah no yuh man, but I can be one who turn your bow leg inna bandy.” Ah whoah. Audio After The Jump… Read more »

HEAR THIS: Mavado “Special Kinda Gyal”

Every Gangster Needs The Right Girl

Shabba put it straight when he said “happiness is a tight punany.” It must be true cause young gentlemen sing that to every kinda beat. The latest release from Di Genius is no exception. This one’s dedicated to the Gully Gad’s bad gyal. Sounds like she’s gotta be real bad—bad like the carnival. But more importantly she’s gotta know how to bend over and please him, and never leave him. Clearly he knows what he wants. Some guys think they want a bad girl but when they get one they cry about it. But just know that being a gangster’s special kinda gyal is no joke, and if you’re thinking you want to sign up for the challenge know what you’re gonna be in for. But something tells me if you make it to the finish line he’ll return the favor real good. Audio after the jump…

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HEAR THIS: Mavado “Disrespect”

Gully Gad Spits Fire On The Face Off Riddim

This morning Di Genius dropped his Face Off riddim, featuring a blend of badman and bedroom tunes. No question which category Mavado’s “Disrespect” falls into. The opening line offers a hint: “Yo Ragga, some bwoy ah labba, man a mek dem blood run like agua.”  Audio After The Jump

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HEAR THIS: Freddie McGregor “You Won’t See Me”

First Single From The New Big Ship Album “The Captain”

These days the name “Big Ship” brings to mind the cutting-edge dancehall productions of Stephen and Chino McGregor, but make no mistake, father Freddie is the captain of the ship. In case you didn’t know, the studio was named for one of Freddie’s best loved hits—”Big ship sailing on the ocean / We don’t need no commotion.” Just in time for Father’s Day, Freddie has come back with a nice new reggae-matic cover of a classic Beatles selection. Check it out after the jump. Read more »

HEAR THIS: Chino “Rich 2Morro”

When The Big Ship Comes In, Everybody Wins

You already know Big Ship productions is a family thing. Chino and his brother Stephen McGregor have been holding each other down from birth. But on their latest tune “Rich 2Morro” Chino makes it clear that the when his ship comes in, he’s planning to share the love. Gotta love that.
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WATCH THIS: Knockings Riddim Medley Video

Knock Knock—Who’s There? Serani, Di Genius & Chino Connect

The video for Daseca’s Knockings riddim brings together Serani’s “Evil Heart” and Stephen McGregor and Chino doing “Lowe Wi.” As the Big Ship brothers say, “This bag ah loose man inna the link cyan work.” But the track sure does. Read more »