Posts tagged "Jamaica"

HEAR THIS: Alkaline “Anywhere We Go” & “In This World”

HEAR THIS: Alkaline "Anywhere We Go" & "In This World"

Plug Into Both Sides Of The Alkaline Battery

An Alkaline battery has two sides, one positive and one negative. The same goes for the controversial dancehall star of the same name. When I sat down to chat with him last December at 21st Hapilos headquarters in Kingston, Jamaica, he was already emerging as one of the most powerful new voices in Jamaican music—and all this past year he’s continued to charge up his ever-growing fan base with an unpredictable I-care-zero approach to making music. Two fresh selections—one produced by DJ Frass, one by ZJ Chrome—highlight both sides of this polarizing young artist. On “In This World” he touches on the realities of life and sufferation and on “Anywhere We Go” he disses Bounty Killer and Foota Hype. Hate it or love it, you cannot deny Alkaline’s talent nor his ability to electrify the streets of Kingston. Audio After The Jump…
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Gunman World: Inside Jamaica’s Shotta Culture

Gunman World: Inside Jamaica's Shotta Culture

Exclusive Excerpt from Mass Appeal Mag Cover Story by Rob Kenner, Photography by Ruddy Roye

Jesquan Spence was not quite two years old when he saw the police kill his father. “The soldiers come in and take ’way the phones and say everybody fi sit down,” says the child’s grandmother, Michelle Davis, recalling that fateful Monday, May 24, 2010. “Then some police come in. Them say, ‘How many man in here?’ And them point ’pon me son.”

Jesquan’s dad, Errol Spence, was 22 years old, the only adult male in the Tivoli Gardens household where 17 family members and neighbors had been waiting out a government-imposed state of emergency for a week. Michelle Davis and Jesquan’s mother Jesean Williams will never forget the cops’ chilling words: “Them turn to us and say, ‘You know the good haffi suffer for the bad.’”

“But me no badman,” Errol Spence protested as three heavily armed police officers ordered him out of his seat and walked him into the kitchen. “Dat you say?” one of them replied. “You gwan dead today.” Continues After The Jump… Read more »

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Reasoning with Alborosie: “Everybody Receive The Music Nice”

Reasoning with Alborosie: "Everybody Receive The Music Nice"

Albo’s Got a New Album Featuring All-Star Duets

When the Italian-born reggae singer Alborosie is not touring the world, he makes his home in Jamaica, where he spends most of his time in his studio. The latest product of his labors is the album Specialist Presents: Alborosie & Friends, a collection of his duets with a wide range of reggae and dancehall talent, which dropped on V.P. Records June 17th. The 24 tracks include duets with Michael Rose, Horace Andy, Etana, Busy Signal, Sizzla, and fellow European reggae star Gentleman. During a recent tour stop in Miami, Reshma B caught up with Albo to talk about how he’s not just a producer and performer but also a proud, hands-on papa. ”I change him pampers,” says Albo of his new routine in the studio. But that doesn’t mean he takes his music any less seriously. In fact, the reggae global ambassador reveals, “The day i don’t feel the vibe anymore i will retire quietly.” Video After The Jump… Read more »

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WATCH THIS: Masicka “Born Killa” Official Music Video

WATCH THIS: Masicka "Born Killa" Official Music Video

The “Sicka Than Them” DJ Discusses His Issues With Aidonia

That dude holding the baby crocodile? That’s Masicka. If you’re not up on dancehall’s next to bust, time to get familiar. As his name would suggest, he’s a born killa. Also his style is “sicka than then,” Hailing from a place called “Sin City” in Portmore Jamaica, Masicka has been making a name for himself with his dazzling displays of lyrical prowess. Last year he linked up with Subkonshus Records and dropped a crazy mixtape known as The Sikk Tape hosted by Konshens. Last month Masicka dropped a wicked tune called “The Truth,” a lyrical shot aimed at Aidonia and his JOP crew. Reshma B asked Masicka to explain the story behind their disagreement in this exclusive interview. Video After The Jump…

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HEAR THIS: Wayne Wonder “It’s Legendary” Mixtape

HEAR THIS: Wayne Wonder "It's Legendary" Mixtape

Wayne Wonder Drops A Blazing New Mixtape

Grammy nominated reggae superstar Wayne Wonder returned to Jamaica to promote the release of his brand new mixtape entitled “Its Legendary.” On why he decided to head home to promote the mixtape Wonder said:

“Right now I’m in the island to turn up the promotion on a number of projects including the singles “Let Me Love You Tonight” and “Many Reasons” which have been getting good radio airplay across the board. We will be shooting the video for both singles in a few days and we also will be releasing the highly anticipated video for “Searching For Love” which is a single I did with A.N.G recording artiste Iyara so the fans can look out for that.”  Read more »

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Wyclef Jean “The Truth Is The Truth, And We Gonna Speak It”

Wyclef Jean "The Truth Is The Truth, And We Gonna Speak It"

“I was born in Haiti,” said Wyclef Jean shortly after rocking a tough Jamaican crowd at Sting. “I was born in a hut. I used to eat dirt off the floor if you read my book All we had was the music.” Although Clef was raised in New Jersey amidst a streetwise soundscape of hip-hop, soul, and reggae music, his affinity for Jamaican sounds the multi-multi-platinum 3-time-Grammy-winning rapper, singer, songwriter, producer and former member of The Fugees. After he stepped off stage in his dapper black tux, Clef took a moment to chat with Reshma B. Video After The Jump… Read more »

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WATCH THIS: Ding Dong “Syvah” Official Music Video

WATCH THIS: Ding Dong "Syvah" Official Music Video

Ricky Blaze x Ravers Clavers Buss The New Dance Worldwide—Oh My Daaaays

Ding Dong is known for always bringing the big new dance anthems that get the whole world bouncing. But his brand new illectro boomshot—produced by the man called Ricky Blaze—he also separates the thugs from the bait. What else do you expect from the team that brought you “Badman Forward Badman Pull Up?” The song is maaad and this new video is oh so bad. Pull up! Video After The Jump… Read more »

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“Tessanne A Roots” Says Colin Channer

"Tessanne A Roots" Says Colin Channer

“Tessanne Represents Something Deeply Emotional,” Writes The Celebrated Novelist 

“To us, Tessanne is more than her talent, more than an exemplar of range, timing, and vocal control,” the noted Jamaican novelist Colin Channer wrote in a piece for the Wall Street Journal‘s website just before Tessanne Chin was announced as the winner of Season 5 of NBC’s The Voice and celebrated by singing a duet with Celine Dion. “It’s the sense that we’ve always been good, great even, but have often had to accept second or third position, because that’s just the way of the world.”  More After The Jump… Read more »

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Samantha J Reveals Crush On “Bad Bwoy Bieber”

Samantha J Reveals Crush On "Bad Bwoy Bieber"

“Tight Skirt” Teen Star Tells All In Her Complex Individuals Interview

Seventeen-year-old Jamaican pop sensation Samantha J is making big moves since her single “Tight Skirt” blew up worldwide. Her spicy video was rated “most shared” on MTV.com and BET recently tapped her to kick off 106 & Park’s “Young Starz” week. And speaking of young stars, Samantha J recently revealed to Complex that the artist she’d most like to collab with is none other than Justin Bieber. And you’ll never guess who her celebrity crush is. Video After The Jump… Read more »

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WATCH THIS: Wayne Wonder “Reset It” Official Music Video

WATCH THIS: Wayne Wonder "Reset It" Official Music Video

Things Were Such Simpler Back Then 

We all have that one person who occupies our mind. The one we, in odd hours of the day, gaze and wonder about what could have been or in some cases should have been, “the one that got away” as they say. There’s also another saying that goes “if you love something, let it go. If it comes back to you, it’s yours forever.” This is what Wayne illustrates in his latest visual for “Reset It” We often find someone who is perfect for us but the timing may not have been appropriate, but the love is still their to revisit hopefully a few years down the line. Video After The Jump… Read more »

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Behind The Scenes Wayne Wonder “Reset It” Video Shoot in Portland Jamaica

Behind The Scenes Wayne Wonder "Reset It" Video Shoot in Portland Jamaica

Wayne Wonder Gives Us A Look At The Picturesque Parish Of Portland 

Grammy nominated Reggae singer Wayne Wonder took to beautiful Portland Jamaica last week Wednesday to shoot scenes for his upcoming music video for the single “Reset It.” The video which was directed by Icey Jace Film Factory was shot across several popular locations in the parish including the Errol Flynn Marina and Rio Grande river. The video is expected to drop early October. Hit The Jump for Photos and To Get Better Acquainted With The Song If You Haven’t Already…

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Kartel Found Not Guilty in First Murder Case

The Werlboss Has Beaten The First Case—One More To Go
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Vybz Kartel is one step closer to being set free on themurder charges. Days after deliberating in Jamaica’s Home Circuit Court, Judge Bryan Sykes has denied the motion to review statements from two witnesses. Since the trial began, reports have surfaced that the prosecution’s arguments have been weak and Judge Sykes has stated that not enough action was taken to locate other witnesses. Details After The Jump… Read more »

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