Posts tagged "Konshens"

Estelle Talks ‘Lovers Rock’ and Why Reggae Should Never Be Called “Tropical Music”

Estelle Talks 'Lovers Rock' and Why Reggae Should Never Be Called "Tropical Music"

100% Real Talk When Two Girls From West London Link

Estelle’s brand-spankin-new Lovers Rock (released her own label Established 1980 Inc and VP Records) has been described as the Grammy-winning UK singer’s most personal album to date. We’ve been looking forward to this one since last year, when she first told us about it. The album is not only a retelling of her parents’ love story, but also her first time tapping fully into her West Indian roots with a full-fledged reggae album, with touches of Afro-beats, dancehall and soca and features from the likes of Tarrus Riley, Chronixx, Hood Celebrityy, Kranium, and Konshens. Just don’t call the sounds “tropical” or “island pop”! Having grown up steeped in England’s reggae culture—her father produced on Louisa Mark’s debut album—Estelle is not jumping on anybody’s bandwagon, and being a West London girl she is not one to hold her tongue or to suffer fools gladly. Every time Reshma B and Estelle link up it’s 100% real talk. Don’t believe us? Check out the reasoning right now. Video After The Jump… Read more »

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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Boomshots and Mix Master J Presents – The Baba Mix-A Father’s Day Playlist

Boomshots and Mix Master J Presents - The Baba Mix-A Father's Day Playlist

The Official 2018 Father’s Day Playlist for Boomshots Magazine 

In 2015, Boomshots Magazine premiered a multi-genre playlist of songs, entitled “Dada Playlist,” which included songs from reggae, hip hop, gospel, dub, rhythm & blues and jazz, dedicated to fathers.  This year, the magazine’s staff took on the challenge of creating a “strictly reggae” playlist dedicated to Fathers. We also took into consideration, the readers request to make the playlist accessible through a music application. We recruited one of the Top Tier dee-jays out of London, Mix Master J, the brother of reggae legend, Shinehead (Kingston 12), to add his expertise in sound mastery. The result is the “Baba Mix,” a unique reggae and Father- themed playlist.  Baba means father in Ki-Swahili and this mix considers various aspects of “The Father.” The mix begins and ends with reverence to the Almighty Father with songs like Buju Banton -“Our Father,” AJ Brown- “Father Friend, ” Luciano- “Father I Love Thee” and two Dennis Emmanuel Brown selections. The playlist then addresses the importance of the Father’s role in society, with songs like Konshens-“Original Daddy,” Jahmiel-“Real Father,” and Christopher Martin- “Just Like You.”  The juxtaposition of songs discussing a Father’s sex appeal such as Buju Banton-“Stamina Daddy” and the father-in-charge, with songs like Supercat – “Don Dadda” and Johnny Osbourne- “Dancehall Daddy,” adds playfulness to the mix. We sincerely hope that this will be a memorable Father’s Day Playlist for all who listen to it. Playlist After The Jump…

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PREMIERE: Konshens “Beautiful” Lyric Video

PREMIERE: Konshens "Beautiful" Lyric Video

To All The Ladies, With Maximum Respect In Every Aspect

You already know Konshens as the man who loves to see “Gal A Bubble.” He’s not even mad at a “Bad Gal” who might even “Bruk Off” supm. But with his latest release, Konshens shows another side of his character. On this sweet rub-a-dub selection, courtesy of 21st Hapilos Productions, the DJ delivers something different. Something “Beautiful.” As the artist himself puts it, this is “a song for every woman to be reminded beauty starts from the inside, not defined by the opinion of strangers or social media.” As the devoted daddy to a young son and daughter himself, Konshens knows the importance of positive reinforcement and self esteem. And so today BOOMSHOTS proudly premieres RD Studios’ official lyric video for “Beautiful.” Video After The Jump…
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The Worst of the ‘Best Of The Best’ Instagram Comments After Epic Mavado Fail

The Worst of the 'Best Of The Best' Instagram Comments After Epic Mavado Fail

How Them Fi Deal With The Gully Gad So?

This past Memorial Day Weekend the Best Of The Best music festival put on their 11th annual stage show at Miami’s Bayfront Park. Just like every year the show kicked of in the early afternoon and went on until midnight presenting many of “the best of the best” acts in the reggae and dancehall fraternity. Over they years BOTB has brought some amazing musical moments. However this year’s show ended on a rather sour note. When midnight rolled around without Mavado—the show’s headliner—setting foot on stage to perform. Acts billed for this year’s show included the likes of Jahmiel, Spice, Konshens, Aidonia and Christopher Martin—not to mention veteran acts like Barrington Levy, Mad Cobra, Josey Wales and Brigadier Jerry. However the Gully Gad’s non-performance was a major disappointment to say the least. During the final hour of the show, MC and promoter Jabba paced the stage as Mavado’s band tried to set up as the final moments ticked down. Then at just a few minutes to midnight he called Mavado to the stage, then after a few moments returned to the stage to announce that due to Miami Police and  curfew regulations Mavado would be unable to perform. Confused?! Most of the thousands of patrons in the park were definitely unhappy. (One eyewitness spotted a heated argument going down backstage after the unpopular announcement.) Everybody including artists, promoters, and fans and patrons (who paid as much as $170 for VIP tickets) wasted no time taking to social media to vent their frustrations. Team Boomshots was in the park too. Here’s how the drama unfolded. More After The Jump… Read more »

HEAR THIS: Konshens ft. Chris Brown “Bruk Off Yuh Back” Remix

HEAR THIS: Konshens ft. Chris Brown "Bruk Off Yuh Back" Remix

Remix adds R&B Flavor to Dancehall Smash Hit

The ladies received a special treat on March 21, 2017. Two heartthrobs in the genres of R&B and Dancehall, respectively, collaborated on a remix for a song released in 2016. Konshen’s  incendiary hit “Bruk Off Yuh Back” on the Moskato riddim produced by Christopher Birch, begins:  “Wah dis make you feel like do? / Wah dis make you feel like do? / Wah dis make you? For most dancehall lovers, this song makes you want to break into dance moves. The song merged into mainstream music culture and remains an international hit.  More After The Jump…

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WATCH THIS: Judith Gayle “Incredible Love” Official Music Video

WATCH THIS: Judith Gayle "Incredible Love" Official Music Video

A Song that Addresses Suicide From A Spiritual Perspective

Lent  is the 40 days preceding Easter, when Christians all over the world, reflect on their own lives and the life of Jesus Christ. People commemorate the life and crucifixion of Jesus Christ by fasting and praying. During Lent, Jesus was tempted by Satan and many feel that this spiritual season marks a period of spiritual turmoil. In light of this time and the fact that suicide is the second leading cause of death of persons between the ages of 15 and 34 and  the U.S. suicide rate is at the highest level in 30 years,  we wanted to present a video which addresses suicide from a spiritual point of view. Judith Gayle’s video for “Incredible Love,” starring Jermaine “Zbek ” Nelson,  let’s people know they are not alone in a world of scrutiny and constant pressure. More After The Jump…

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Dameon Gayle: Behind The Lens

Dameon Gayle: Behind The Lens

Envisioning Music with Director (Warrior Films) and Producer (Warrior Musick Productions), Dameon Gayle

Dameon Gayle, is to reggae and dancehall what Hype Williams is to hip hop. He grew up in Waterhouse and learned to play drum, keyboard and bass guitar by ear, as a child. By 18, he began  hanging out with local musicians in his community including,  Bob Andy. This early introduction to music would shape his life and career. More After The Jump…

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Anthony Cruz Mourns His Daughter After Violent Tragedy

Anthony Cruz Mourns His Daughter After Violent Tragedy

Singer Anthony Cruz mourns his only daughter’s untimely death

Like most 15 years old girls, Shanice Cruz was dreaming about her future, excelling in school, enjoying life, friendship and love. However her  life was cut short due to senseless violence and this has been a disheartening tragedy for her father, reggae singer, Anthony Cruz and the reggae community at large.  More After The Jump…

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HEAR THIS: Cardi B ft. Konshens & Hoodcelebrityy “Back It Up”

HEAR THIS: Cardi B ft. Konshens & Hoodcelebrityy "Back It Up"

Cardi B’s Dancehall Roots Are Showing

People always compare her to Lil Kim and Foxy Brown, but like those legendary femcees Cardi B’s got more than a touch of Lady Saw in the mix. Shortly after she premiered on Love & Hip Hop New York, Cardi made her musical debut alongside Popcaan on the remix to Shaggy’s Sting International–produced banger “Boom Boom.” So it should come as no suprise that the Bronx-born girl of Trini-Dominican descent has returned to the bashment zone on her latest album, GBMV2 (Gangsta Bitch Music Vol. 2). On her collab with Konshens (not to mention Hood Celebrityy—a tatted up dancehall queen whose IG bio calls her “The Female Kartel”), the stripper-turned-reality-star-turned-recording-artist tells Mr. “Bruk Off” to “Back It Up” and he sounds only too happy to oblige. Note: When is Konshens gonna get signed to a major label deal? Hint: Maybe sooner than you think! Audio After The Jump…
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HEAR THIS: Konshens “Don’t Worry”

HEAR THIS: Konshens "Don't Worry"

Da Realest Declares His Undying Love

Fresh off a live performance with Mixpak during a recent Boiler Room session in Los Angeles, Konshens Da Realest laces a vibesy R&B-flavored riddim produced by Dre Skull. The result is a tune suitable for slow wining that still makes the case for true love. “This don’t even feel like a fuck thing,” declares the DJ who gave us “Bruk Off Me Cock Back,” “more like our soul ah connect girl.” When the love’s that good you just know you don’t have to worry. Audio After The Jump… Read more »

WATCH THIS: Sojah “Pon Di Corner” In Memory of Delus

WATCH THIS: Sojah "Pon Di Corner" In Memory of Delus

Delmark Spence Is Gone But Not Forgotten

When people say, as they often do, that music lives on forever, they don’t mean that songs stay the same, like fossils or footprints set in cement. Music literally lives—it’s an organic, ever-changing force that unfolds within its own time and affects each listener a different way. Sometimes a song we’ve heard hundreds of times before will hit us from a whole new angle depending on the time and place and our own meds at the moment. This effect is particularly powerful after an artist passes away. Inevitably his fans will revisit that artist’s catalog, gaining new appreciation for what is often referred to as their “body of work,” a kind of audio autopsy if you will. We’ve seen it this past year with David Bowie and Prince, but the same process takes place for artists who didn’t get quite as much attention as they may have deserved. Consider, for example, “What Tomorrow May Bring” a lesser-known 2012 release by Delus, the dancehall artist born Delmark Spence who tragically and unexpectedly took his own life earlier this month. In light of recent events this severely under-rated song now rings out like an anthem. Delus’s brother—the dancehall star Konshens—recently appeared on the popular Jamaican TV program OnStage to say how much his older brother inspired him. The Spence brothers first entered the music business together as a duo called Sojah (Sons of Jah). Following the worldwide success of their debut release “Pon Di Corner” (on Cashflow Records’  “Guilty Riddim”), Konshens emerged as a major breakout star while Delus continued to do his own thing at his own pace. Still they never stopped repping Sojah, something Garfield Spence must now do on his own. Although Delus is no longer here in physical form, his music lives on forever. Videos After The Jump… Read more »