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Justus Arison Speaks on Patrick “Roach” Samuels’ Musical Legacy

Justus Arison Speaks on Patrick "Roach" Samuels' Musical Legacy

Remembering A Fallen Soldier In The Music Business

The video for Mavado & Nicki Minaj‘s “Give It All To Me” is scheduled to premiere today on BET’s 106 & Park. The song, which is featured on DJ Khaled‘s new album Suffering From Success, represents a major milestone in the rise of reggae music in 2013. It’s one of the best collaborations between two superstars from the genres of dancehall and hip-hop. But for the song’s producer Justus Arison of JA Productions, today will be a bittersweet celebration because his friend and partner Patrick “Roach” Samuels will not be able to celebrate with him. Last month Roach was shot to death in a still-unsolved murder in Kingston, Jamaica. Roach’s murder has left the whole dancehall industry in shock. Justus had been working with him closely as their productions—particularly the Overproof, Overtime, and Overdrive riddims—ushered in a whole new feel and sound within dancehall. Justus and Mavado recently joined forces to pay tribute to Roach with their song “Soldiers.” He spoke with Boomshots about Roach’s musical legacy, and how he plans to go on in the future without his friend. Interview After The Jump… Read more »

Producer Patrick “Roach” Samuels Murdered

Producer Patrick "Roach" Samuels Murdered

The Dancehall Hitmaker Was Shot To Death Last Night In Kingston

This morning brings the sad news that Patrick Samuels, better known in dancehall circles as “Roach,” was shot and killed in Kingston this morning. According to published reports, the shooting occurred at 4:12 am, when three shots were fired into his Chevrolet Avalanche at the Texaco Gas Station at Mary Brown’s corner. As Roach tried to drive away, three more shots were fired, and his vehicle crashed on Mannings Hill Road. Samuels was formerly Vybz Kartel’s road manager and produced the popular “Siren” riddim containing hits like Kartel’s “Emergency” and Sean Paul’s “Breakout” off SP’s hit album, The Trinity. Roach later linked up with Justus Arison to create the massive “Overproof” riddim, which spawned hits like Mavado’s “Settle Down.” On Justus Twitter feed, he poured out his feelings about his production partner and the terrible loss to the music industry. “Rain of tears fall from heaven,” Justus wrote. “Deeply an sadly gonna miss roach dawg, real ute.” He also added “Roach nuh do nobody nothing more than talk the truth without apology.” Never one to bite his tongue, Roach publicly aired his conflicts with other producers and artists in the business. No suspects have been named in the shooting. Condolences go out to Roach’s friends and family.  Video After The Jump… Read more »