Posts tagged "Hot 97"

Hot 97 On Da Reggae & Soca Tip 2018

Hot 97 On Da Reggae & Soca Tip 2018
Massive B Family Kicks Off Labor Day Weekend Inna Fine Style
Labor Day Weekend in New York City is Caribbean culture at its finest. And Hot 97’s year to year On Da Reggae and Soca Tip, hosted by Bobby Konders & Jabba of the Massive B family, has become the official jump off for the biggest stars from Jamaica, Trinidad, and the whole Caribbean to come mash up NYC. This year the Ford Ampitheater in Coney Island was the location for mind-blowing performances by top ranking artists like Aidonia, Konshens, Masicka, Tifa, Dovey Magnum, Nailah Blackman, and Di Energy God Elephant Man who brought plenty of firepower to the stage. Photos & Video After The Jump…

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Busy Signal “Fresh From Yaad” Album Review

Busy Signal "Fresh From Yaad" Album Review

The Newly Energized Entertainer Hints That A Busy Signal U.S. Tour Is In The Works

Reanno Gordon, Busy Signal continues to stand out as an artist in 2017. He stepped out onto the musical scene in 2002, modeling his career after international reggae icon, Bounty Killer.  Now he has an even clearer vision for his future with his new VISA status. In January, Busy Signal visited New York for a quick media run with  Ebro Darden, Laura Styles, Funk Masterflex,Bobby Konders and Jabba for Hot 97 FM and Reshma B for Boomshots TV (four-part interview at the end of article) to discuss his new EP, Fresh From Yaad.  Following this, Busy embarked on an European Tour and this week he revived up his fans in the U.S. with a tweet:  “Coming to a city near you. Wherever in world you are! ASAP- Turf President.” In light of the impending tour, this article will serve to give an in-depth review of the Fresh From Yaad EP. Album Review After The Jump

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Charly Black Rocks New York City

Charly Black Rocks New York City

 Dancehall Artist With A Certified Diamond Tune Gives Electrifying Performance at Stage 48

Recently obtaining his “wings to fly” (VISA to the U.S.A.), Charly Black took flight to  New York City for a quick press run ahead of next month’s U.S. promotional tour in support of his certified diamond song, “Party Animal.” First stop was Hot 97’s “Ebro In the Morning” Show on January 11 with Ebro, Laura Stylez and DJ Kastone. Later that evening he linked with the Boomshots crew for an in-depth reasoning.  A few days later “the international sensation” (as Ebro described him) flew out to Jazzy T ‘s (Renaissance Sound) Earthstrong Party at Luxy in Toronto. The Trelawny General returned to NYC the following Sunday, drawing in a capacity crowd for his first live performance in New York at Stage 48. More After The Jump…

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Reasoning with Hot 97 On Da Reggae
and Soca Tip: “People Expect to Hear New Reggae on Hot 97”

Reasoning with Hot 97 On Da Reggae and Soca Tip: "People Expect to Hear New Reggae on Hot 97"

This Year They Almost Called It “On Da Reggae Soca and AfroBeat Tip”

Hot 97’s annual On Da Reggae Tip concert has become the must-see kickoff event for NYC’s Labor Day Weekend every year. But in recent years they’ve added the word “Soca” to the title, reflecting the full range of Caribbean music in NYC. “Because you have so many big Jamaican names that can’t travel that’s hurt the music on this side,” says Ebro of Hot 97. “You’ve seen a rise in soca… We were even tossing around the idea of even adding AfroBeat to the show. You’re seeing them embracing other types of music.”  The 2015 edition, set for Friday September 4th on Governor’s Island, is already Sold Out—with soca boss Machel Montano holding it down for the Trini massive. Reshma B talks to the Hot 97 morning crew: Ebro, Rosenberg & Laura Stylez, as they discuss the current state of reggae, dancehall, and Afro-beat music and look back on some of the highlights of past ODRT shows—from Supercat’s surprise appearance to Spice wining on Rosenberg—and of course look forward to this year’s performances by Machel Montano, Barrington Levy, Gyptian, Assassin, Kranium, Konshens, Collie Buddz and more. Video After The Jump… Read more »

WATCH THIS: Shabba Ranks Rules On Da Reggae Tip 2014

WATCH THIS: Shabba Ranks Rules On Da Reggae Tip 2014

Beenie, Shaggy, Sanchez, and Spice Help the Hot 97 Crew Kick off Labor Day Weekend 2014

This past Friday, just like every other Friday before a Labor Day Weekend in recent memory, a galaxy of reggae and dancehall stars descended on Hot 97’s annual showcase On Da Reggae Tip. Just as in years past, the event was hosted by Bobby Konders and Jabba, whose Sunday-night reggae show has been a fixture on New York’s No. 1 hip-hop station since 1992. And as like in year’s past, there were a few surprise guests from the worlds of R&B, hip-hop, and classic dancehall waiting in the wings. But some things this year were very different, starting with the venue. Instead of the ornate but overcrowded Hammerstein Ballroom, where the perennially sold-out show has always been held, ODRT2014 took place at a much larger outdoor venue, JBL Live at Pier 97 on the edge of Manhattan’s Hudson River. As the sun set on a perfect late-summer evening, the show kicked off with blossoming pop stars like teenage sensation Samantha J, and Tessanne Chin, the Jamaican-born crooner who won the last season of NBC’s The Voice, as well as dancehall acts like Tifa, currently riding high off her single “Bak It Up” and Kranium, the Brooklyn-based DJ whose keep-it-on-the-downlow single “Nobody Has To Know” has made him a name to know. < Full Review And Videos After the Jump… Read more »

WATCH THIS: Tifa “Bak It Up” Official Music Video

WATCH THIS: Tifa "Bak It Up" Official Music Video

She Wine Sweet Like Moscato, Bubble Bubble Like a Champagne

The last time we caught up with Tifa back in January she warned us that 2014 was going to be a crazy year. You think she was jokin’? In the past six months the dancehall diva has signed a deal with Island King records, launched a fly official website, announced a brand-new line of signature headphones, and just yesterday she rolled through Hot 97 FM  in New York City where her latest single “Bak It Up” is getting nuff spins. You can catch her  interview with Ebro, the station’s PD, this morning. There’s even talk about booking her for Hot 97’s annual “On Da Reggae Tip” show this September. That’s a long ways away though. Next week it’s all about Reggae Sumfest. Yes, Tifa will be performing on the big stage on Dancehall Night (that’s this coming Thursday!) And you already know we’re gonna make sure to catch up with her down in MoBay. But right now let’s get into the official video for her latest banger. Apparently it’s all about the wine—and that’s why some man get tie like goat. Video After The Jump… Read more »

Bunji Garlin Is Set To Perform At Hot 97’s Summer Jam

Bunji Garlin Is Set To Perform At Hot 97's Summer Jam

Soca On The Summer Jam Stage

The Trinidad-born soca star and VP Records recording artist Bunji Garlin has been called up to perform at Hot 97’s epic stage show Summer Jam. The annual concert is one of the biggest showcases for hip-hop stars in the world. On the strength of his crossover smash “Differentology” Bunji joins a bill that includes 50 Cent, Nicki Minaj, and Lil Wayne.  Details After The Jump… Read more »

CONCERT ALERT: HOT 97’s On Da Reggae Tip 2013

CONCERT ALERT: HOT 97's On Da Reggae Tip 2013

Move Over Summer Jam HOT 97 Has Another Concert Guaranteed To Mash Up The Scene

Long time supporters of the Reggae boom in NYC radio station HOT 97 announces their annual “On Da Reggae Tip 2013” concert going down Friday, August 30, 2013 at the Hammerstein Ballroom. Hosted by none other than Bobby Konders and Jabba, the line up boast such heavyweights as Beenie Man, Damian & Stephen Marley, Cham, Mavado, Konshens, I-Octane, Gyptian. This is definitely where you need to be to kick off your Labor Day weekend festivities – Hit The Jump For All Ticket Info… Read more »

WATCH THIS: I-Octane Performs In Hot 97 Studio

I-Octane Sits Down With Hot97’s Cipha Sound And Speaks On The Current State Of Reggae Musicoctane

I-Octane swings by the Hot 97 studios to have a sit down with Cipha Sounds and speak about the direction Reggae music is headed. When asked about what he thinks about Snoop Lion Octane responds with nothing but support and goes on to explain the choice is not for the music, but for the soul. Watch The Full Interview After The Jump… Read more »

WATCH THIS: Konshens on Hot 97’s “Who’s Next Live” Showcase

The Sojah Conquers New Territory in NYC

Last week Konshens stormed the stage at SOB’s in NYC as part of Hot 97’s “Who’s Next Live” showcase. Although the vibes weren’t quite as nice as when he stopped by Radio Lily a few months back for the Strictly Boomshots Show, it was a very good look for the young dancehall artist, whose single “Gal A Bubble” is enjoying some nice rotation on New York radio waves. Video After The Jump… Read more »

Mr. Vegas Shells Down Boston

The Original Gallis Drops Hits Pon Top Of Hits

Quiet as it’s kept, Mr. Vegas is on a roll right now. From his “Boy Shorts” remix with Teairra Mari to his unofficial remix of Chris Brown’s “Deuces” (which sounds harder than the official one), Mr. Die-Do is in the zone. Earlier this month Vegas passed through a radio showcase for Boston’s Hot 97, where his “Gallis” tune from last year is picking up some spins. But this set was for the true heads. “Nike Air,” “Heads High,” “Pull Up,” “She’s A Ho,” “Hot Wuk”… Catalog, me say. And the man works the stage like a true veteran entertainer. Yes Vegas, yuh Bless fe real!

WATCH THIS: Barrington Levy Live in NYC

Tell Them Already Have To Tell Them Again, Him A Murrrrdera!


This year’s Hot 97 On Da Reggae Tip showcase was all about singers: From Gyptian, the man with the big tune of the moment, to the young veteran Mr. Vegas, to a surging Serani, the Alliance’s top pop threat. But when it comes to legendary dancehall singers, Barrington Levy has few living rivals. Read more »