Posts tagged "Johnny Wonder"

The Making of Bounty Killer’s “My Xperience”

The Making of Bounty Killer's "My Xperience"

Remembering A Game-Changing Album Twenty Years Later

All Eyez On Me. The Don Killuminati. Reasonable Doubt. The Score. It Was Written. ATLiens. Nineteen Ninety Six was an epic year for hip hop album releases. It was also a decisive year for dancehall breaking through to urban America. Twenty years ago this month, Bounty Killer released My Xperience on Blunt Recordings, a new joint venture between perennial reggae powerhouse V.P. Records and TVT Records, a New York-based indie specializing in “TV Tunes.” Featuring collabs with some of the biggest rappers and producers in hip hop—The Fugees, Mobb Deep, Raekwon, RZA, Busta Rhymes, Erick Sermon, Jeru the Damaja—My Xperience did that and more. The album truly changed the game for dancehall in the hip hop space. In an exclusive Boomshots interview, Bounty Killer calls it “the greatest album” of his illustrious career and shares his memories of working on the historic project. We also spoke with Killer’s then-manager Johnny Wonder, now the V.P. of 21st Hapilos Digital Distribution to share his experiences making My Xperience. Interviews After The Jump… Read more »

The Biggest Riddims of 2015

The Biggest Riddims of 2015

Who Run The Place? Johnny Wonder, CEO of 21st Hapilos, Counts Down The Year’s Top Juggling

When pressed to identify his most influential rhythm track or “riddim” of all time, the late Clement S. “Coxsone” Dodd chose the “Real Rock.” And Downbeat ought to know, half a century ago his house band, Sound Dimension, laid down an instrumental track that provided the blueprint for countless reggae classics, as well as hits by international artists from The Clash to Boogie Down Productions. Such is the power of a great riddim. Fast forward to 30 years ago, when King Jammy’$ first released the mighty “Sleng Teng,” ushering in dancehall’s digital era. Such is the power of a great riddim. So where does reggae and dancehall music go from here? Few people are better qualified to predict the music’s future than Johnny Wonder, CEO of 21st Hapilos Digital, the leading digital distributor of new reggae and dancehall music. As the man who breaks most big riddims first, Johnny Wonder’s  ranking is based strictly on sales—never payola or political influence. So if you want to know who ran the place in 2015, look no further. Audio & Video After The Jump… Read more »

HEAR THIS: Denyque “Smile For The World” (Raise Your Hand For The Deejay)

HEAR THIS: Denyque "Smile For The World" (Raise Your Hand For The Deejay)

Johnny Wonder Breaks Down The Making of Another 21st Hapilos Production.

New Single by Denyque. Adde Made the Riddim and I produced the song. Had Dreday mix it. He did a damn good job, LOL. My Songwriter Dice wrote the song. Also have a nice Jah Vinci on the same Riddim. Audio After The Jump… Read more »

HEAR THIS: Nelly “Just A Dream” Mad Collab Riddim (Mike D Remix)

Wah Gwaan Popcaan? ZJ Chrome Big Riddim Sell Off….

Big tune + Big riddim = Mad Collab still breaking down barriers. Mike D on the Remix. Turn it up… Read more »

DVD PREVIEW: Dancehall Draft Picks 2009

Johnny Wonder is at it again, and judging by this preview, Volume Few (2) of the Dancehall Draft Picks DVD is gonna be extremely mad and sick. Was that Shabba Ranks at 1:44? Respect in all aspect.