Posts tagged "I-Octane"

A Love We Can Feel: Respect To John Holt

A Love We Can Feel: Respect To John Holt

Early Sunday morning, Reggae Legend, John Kenneth Holt, died at the age of 67 in London. Even after collapsing onstage during a performance at this summer’s One Love Festival in the UK, he insisted that his health was fine and said “I’ll be back.” Born in Kingston, Jamaica in 1947, he entered talent competitions at an early age, throughout the island. Holt recorded his first single, “I Cried A Tear,” a song about lies and heartbreak, in London, 1963. This melancholy first tune, foreshadowed numerous follow up hits. More After The Jump…

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WATCH THIS: I-Octane “What a Way We Shattin'” Official Music Video

WATCH THIS: I-Octane "What a Way We Shattin'" Official Music Video

The Shot Heard Round The Globe

As mentioned in the latest Mass Appeal cover story, “Gunman World,” Jamaican music has a long tradition of songs in which a metaphorical gun salute is the highest form of praise. The title of I-Octane’s latest track, “What a Way We Shattin,” voiced on DJ Sunshine’s “Wul Dem” riddim, roughly translates to a Khaled-esque boast along the lines of “We The Best.” And Octane is more than capable of backing up his big chat. Video After The Jump… Read more »

Reggae Sumfest 2014: Party Tun Up

Reggae Sumfest 2014: Party Tun Up

REGGAE SUMFEST marks changing times in dancehall, hip-hop, and the leveling of the pop playing field

Whenever the third week of July rolls around, reggae lovers know it’s that time again—the time when Reggae Sumfest takes over Mobay for 3 solid days of entertainment. Though it’s dubbed “the greatest reggae show on earth,” Sumfest has never been limited in terms of genre. Every year the organisers go all out to pull together a blend of the best homegrown and international talent. Acts such as Jay Z, Missy Elliott, Rihanna, Chris Brown and Nicki Minaj have all graced the Sumfest stage over the past 22 years, often sharing that stage with Jamaica’s biggest stars to create once-in-a-lifetime moments that don’t happen anywhere else. Full Text After The Jump…
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Johnny Gourzong’s Reggae Sumfest Preview

Johnny Gourzong's Reggae Sumfest Preview

Sumfest Boss Shares His Personal Highlights—And Says Octane vs Vegas Was “Blown Out of Proportion”

It’s that time of year again. As most reggae lovers around the world know by now, during the third week of July all roads lead to Montego Bay for Reggae Sumfest. And with just one more day to go before the 22nd staging of “The Greatest Reggae Show on Earth,” anticipation is reaching a fever pitch. Between Sean Paul returning to the Sumfest stage for the first time in a decade, international pop star Jason DeRulo tweeting pictures from the emergency room, and I-Octane and Mr. Vegas trading barbs like Beenie and Bounty in the ’90s, this year’s festival promises to be entertaining in more ways than one. To get the inside scoop we reached out to the big man himself, Mr. Johnny Gourzong, executive Director of Summerfest Productions, who shared his personal thoughts on which acts he’s most looking forward to—and let us in on a few possible surprises. If you can’t make it down to MoBay tomorrow night, don’t worry—you can still purchase a live stream of all the Dancehall Night action. Full Story After The Jump… Read more »

WATCH THIS: I-Octane “Your Eyes” Official Music Video

WATCH THIS: I-Octane "Your Eyes" Official Music Video

Octane’s Latest Video Is Something Special For The Ladies

In comes the official music video for I-Octane’s single from the ‘Sex mate riddim’ produced by Markus Records. Directed by BlingBlang, edited by Jamar and Paul Davis, the visuals unfold in the lush mountains above Jamaica as Octane takes his lady to higher heights. Feast your eyes. Video After The Jump… Read more »

Mama’s Playlist: Top 12 Reggae Songs Saluting Mothers

Mama's Playlist: Top 12 Reggae Songs Saluting Mothers

We recognize the global struggle for women all over the world and hope that we will all work towards ending human trafficking, domestic violence, child hunger and poverty to make a better earth for humanity to thrive in.   Mothers breastfeed the world with knowledge, hope and love; while music creates  limitless opportunities for change. In honor of Mother’s day and with a plethora of songs dedicated to mothers, Boomshots selected our favorite mama songs in reggae.

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WATCH THIS: I-Octane “My Journey” NYC Album Launch

WATCH THIS: I-Octane "My Journey" NYC Album Launch

I-Octane Passes Through Ms. Lily’s

Last week I-Octane celebrated the release of his latest album “My Journey” to a ram packed SOB’s crowd. While in NYC Octane made sure to vibes Ms. Lily’s and Boomshots Radio and chop it up with Rob Kenner. Video After The Jump… Read more »

I Octane Talks “My Journey” Pon Radio Lily

I Octane Talks "My Journey" Pon Radio Lily

The Singjay Launches his New ALbum Tonight AT SOBs

This Monday I-Octane passed through Radio Lily in NYC to kick off the media blitz supporting his new album My Journey. Not only did the artist kick it with DJ Rob Kenner and spit some hot freestyles, he took over Miss Lily’s Variety on Houston Street with a pop-up shop selling Octane-branded merchandise. A tasteful blend of dancehall and reggae, Octane’s sophomore album is a certified #Boomshot. Video After The Jump…  Read more »

I-Octane Announces NYC Launch for “My Journey” Album

I-Octane Announces NYC Launch for "My Journey" Album

Conquer The Globe Movements Reach The Big Apple Next Week

I-Octane stands at the crossroads between dancehall dominance and the international appeal of roots reggae. His sophomore album, My Journey, is a crucial move in the strategic development of his brand, recorded to bring balance to one of the genre’s most versatile acts. “After building a dancehall campaign with No. 1 hits like “Gal Ah Gimme Bun” and “Wine & Jiggle” in 2013, I worked with DJ Frass to produce a classic sounding Reggae project,” said Octane. The album was recorded to showcase his range as an artist with the goal of affirming his position as one of the leading voices in contemporary reggae and dancehall. Next week Octane will continue his quest to “Conquer The Globe” when he touches down in NYC for a visit to the Strictly Boomshots show followed by an album launch concert at the storied NYC nightclub SOBs. Video After the Jump…

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FLASHBACK FRIDAY: I-Octane “Stab Vampire”

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: I-Octane "Stab Vampire"

Octane A Bad From Long Time

His new album “My Journey” dropped this week and is already getting rave reviews. I-Octane has been burning up charts for a while now, but when did it all start? Let’s take it all the way back to 2007 right after I-Octane previously known as Richie Rich dropped this bun out pagan tune “Stab Vampire.” It was with this tune that people began to take notice and realize that I-Octane wasn’t just a flash in the pan. Tune After The Jump… Read more »

I-Octane Speaks on “My Journey” Album

I-Octane Speaks on "My Journey" Album

I-Octane’s Highly Anticipated New Album My Journey Hits Stores Today

You’ve heard the new track “Jah Jah Warrior.” You’ve vibed to the preview mix of the album. Today the wait is over. You can cop I-Octane’s brand new album My Journey right now. Octane reached out via Skype to let the Boomshots massive know why he took so much extra care with this album—produced by reggae hit-maker Andre “DJ Frass” Gordon—and why the new project is so special to him. “Music has been my saving grace – an outlet to change the destiny of my life and a vehicle that enabled me to touch the life of others,” states I-Octane. “This album is a reflection of my journey so far and it has served as a therapeutic way for me to voice not only the blessings, but the frustrations as well. My goal is to find ways that you, as the listener, can share in my experiences, both good and bad, and use it to help you on your journey.” Stay tuned for the NYC album launch at SOBs brought to you by Boomshots. Video After The Jump… Read more »

HEAR THIS: I-Octane “Jah Jah Warrior” PREMIERE

HEAR THIS: I-Octane "Jah Jah Warrior" PREMIERE

Brand New Exclusive Preview Of The My Journey Album

I-Octane has described his forthcoming album My Journey as an evolution towards a more rootical approach to the music. The dreadlocked dancehall singjay’s music has always exercised a certain level of consciousness in terms of lyrical content and sheer songwriting ability, the rhythm tracks and production favored a digital dancehall style over traditional live drum and bass reggae tracks. On this exclusive pre-release Octane brandishes his lyrical sword atop a warm and easy DJ Frass production that bridges the gap between new and classic. If this is any indication My Journey—which will be released Tuesday on independent Reggae imprint, Tads Records—is a journey we can’t wait to begin. Check out the new tune and  then pree Livity Movements album mix after the jump…  Audio After The Jump… Read more »