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Sean Paul Signs With Island Records

Sean Paul Signs With Island Records

Dutty Paul Has The Last Laugh

Two years after parting ways with Atlantic Records, Grammy-winning dancehall superstar Sean Paul has signed a new contract with Island Records, according to Kevin Jackson at the Jamaica Observer. After making history with a series of chart-topping releases for VP/Atlantic, Sean has stayed Gettin’ Busy as an independent artist, recording hit features with acts ranging from Enrique Iglesias to Major Lazer and most recently Sia. The Australian-born star’s Dutty Paul duet “Cheap Thrills,” has already topped Billboard’s Dance Music Club Play chart and now sits at #6 on the Hot 100. Video & Full Story After The Jump… Read more »

Reasoning with Beenie Man: “The music is Jamaican; the problem is, America can make it too.”

Reasoning with Beenie Man: "The music is Jamaican; the problem is, America can make it too."

The Doctor Talks Drake, Popcaan & Kartel

“Drake from Canada—Beenie Man from Jamaica—dah one yah a murda! Zagga.” When Drake’s album Views dropped at the end of April, Popcaan fans were surprised to hear a new voice on “Controlla”—a vintage Beenie Man sample appeared where Popcaan’s lyrics used to be. With Drake’s album topping the charts and breaking sales records this was obviously a big deal, and it set off all sorts of debates about why the 6 God made that move—and whether he truly respected reggae and dancehall or was just tapping into the flavor of the moment. But Beenie Man is not bothered. Having collabed with the likes of Wyclef and Janet Jackson the Grammy-winning DJ who dropped the single “King of the Dancehall” back in 2004 is taking the whole situation in stride and focusing on his new album Unstoppable, which features collabs with Sean Paul and Busta Rhymes among others. We caught up with Beenie near the end of his European tour to talk about Drake, Popcaan and his thoughts about Vybz Kartel’s new album title. (In case you missed the memo, Kartel’s dropping an album tomorrow provocatively titled King of the Dancehall.) “The name of an album and the name of a person different,” said Bounty Killer during a recent appearance On Stage. “But me know say it provoking still. Him provoke Beenie fe true, just like when Beenie Man say him ah de king, him did provoke Yellow Man. And tell you what: is not one king. You have the king of all kings, but there are several kings. Kings come down different generations. So I guess Kartel is trying to say that him ah the king of this generation.” Pressed on the point Killer admitted that his former protege Kartel (who he’s definitely had some issues with over the years) is now ruling the dancehal. “He is the king of this generation, you can’t deny that. Weh you ah go do, fight it? For the last ten years, ah him. Me can’t say nuttin’—him ah de young king deh. If him wan’ piece of the king ting—him can hold on pon the young king. He’s not no prince anymore, after a decade. I’m not being biased. Him a young king, mon.” Let’s see what Beenie has to say about that. Interview After The Jump… Read more »

HEAR THIS: Falcons & Juelz “Gyal Dem Move”

HEAR THIS: Falcons & Juelz "Gyal Dem Move"

Something For The Bike Back

Hot on the heels of the Terra EP—cosigned by the likes of Q-Tip and Virgil Abloh—Fool’s Gold signee Falcons teams up with young Canadian producer Juelz on the scorching hot “Gyal Dem Move.” Arriving the first day of Summer-like weather in New York, the hazed-out beat, strewn with hyperventilated Sean Paul samples, hits the spot. Audio After The Jump…
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Remembering J Capri

Remembering J Capri

The untimely death of a rising dancehall artist 

The most difficult news to grasp is the untimely death of a young, ambitious, big thinker. These are words friends of Jordan Phillips aka J Capri use to describe her. She reminded most of a young Patra, she definitely had “crossover potential”. Her musical sound was a fusion of dancehall and rhythm and blues. It looked like the stars were aligned for this fairly new artist. Her music ignited on the  dancehall scene with collaborations with Sean Paul, Vybz Kartel, Konshens, Charly Black and other international artists. In these collaborations and her solo songs, J Capri held her own and captivated audiences with sultry vocals and vivacious live performances.

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Flashback Friday: Wayne Wonder, “No Letting Go”

Flashback Friday:  Wayne Wonder, "No Letting Go"

In 2003, when “No Letting Go”  hit MTV,  Wayne Wonder’s music career went into a projectile motion that continues to reach new heights.  Twelve years later, fans are still expressing their love for this song on YouTube and other social media. I caught up with Wayne Wonder this week to find out his inspiration for this song, which was Number 11 on Billboard Hot 100. Video and Interview After The Jump… Read more »

Kranium Talks Ty Dolla $ign Collab, Major Label Deal, and Repping JA from NYC

Kranium Talks Ty Dolla $ign Collab, Major Label Deal, and Repping JA from NYC

Everybody Haffi Know Bout Kranium

The rising dancehall star responsible for the worldwide smash “Nobody Has To Know” chats with the Reggae Girl About Town shortly after his performance at the RBMA Yardcore show. They discuss his signing to major label Atlantic Records, his collab with L.A. rapper Ty Dolla $ign, what he learned from his uncle Screwdriver, and how he reps Jamaican music as a youth raised in NYC. Video After The Jump… Read more »

Free Up The Herbs: 40 of Reggae’s Highest-Grade Ganja Anthems

Free Up The Herbs: 40 of Reggae's Highest-Grade Ganja Anthems

Marijuana Laws May Be Changing, But These Rebel Music Selections Will Keep Playing Forever

Every day brings new headlines about voters in the U.S.A. passing medical marijuana laws and American states decriminalizing reefer—even as the Federal government reserves the right to swoop in and prosecute whoever however whenever. Meanwhile venture capitalists continue to align themselves with the Bob Marley estate in order to build a global ganja brand. It feels like a bright new day in the long-running batttle to legalize Jamaica’s national herb. But don’t sleep: the Governor General has yet to sign the proposal that would allow Rastas to cultivate for personal use and corporations to cultivate for profit. And Jamaica’s Governor General still answers to the Queen of England, so there’s no telling what will happen. Meanwhile youths all over the world are still getting locked up for illegal possession of the wisdom weed. So the binghi drums have to beat and songs like these have to play, words sounds and power. These are not just “weed tunes” but songs about the real-life struggles surrounding ganja prohibition. say are they just one-line shout-outs, like the tune where Bounty and Cham said “tell the government free up the weed policy,” as wicked as that was. These are the rabble-rousing songs dedicated to defending marijuana growers and sellers and smokers from all forms of downpression. Some relate to the nitty-gritty details of the hustler’s life, others focus on police efforts to fight against the weed, while others make the case for legalization. Any topic that could inspire so much great music has to be important. Just like Josey Wales said on track #20, “It Haffi Bun.” And these songs have to play. Audio After The Jump; Countdown Continues Above Read more »

Ziggy Marley Wins Sixth Grammy, But Nobody Gets To See It

Ziggy Marley Wins Sixth Grammy, But Nobody Gets To See It

Three Decades Later, The Reggae Award Is Still NOT Televised

Congratulations Ziggy Marley on your latest win at the Grammys. Fly Rasta Up Up Up… Way Up/. And just to make sure the ting STAY up, it’s time to revisit an important question. Why is the Best Reggae Album category STILL not being broadcast anywhere? It’s not like the world doesn’t love Reggae music. So what’s the problem? When will the reggae massive show some Unity and command respect like the hip-hop massive did back in 1989 before the music was a billion-dollar industry. U-N-I-T-Y is strength. Time to get up stand up for the good of the music. Uzeet. This year marks not only Bob Marley’s 70th birthday but also the 30th anniversary of the Best Reggae Album category. Details After The Jump… Read more »

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: Enrique Iglesias “Bailando” Remix featuring Sean Paul

WATCH THIS: Enrique Iglesias "Bailando" Remix featuring Sean Paul

Singer-songwriter, Enrique Iglesia brings us the muy caliente single, “Bailando” (Dancing) off his tenth album, “Sex and Love.” The original song is #59 on the Billboard Top 100 and #1 on the Billboard Hot Latin Songs of 2014 (This is Enrique’s 25th No.1 in this category). The lava in this song will make you shake it, with vocals from the reggaeton group with hip hop swag, Gente de Zona and Descemer Bueno (the extraordinary composer and songwriter, who co-wrote this tune and composed music for the film, “Havana Blues”). Enrique made a spanish-english fused remix which features dancehall icon, Sean Paul.  Sean Paul put the dancehall stamp on several reggaeton smash hits and this collaboration stands as a noteworthy achievement. More After The Jump

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WATCH THIS: Major Lazer Feat. Sean Paul “Come On To Me” (Official Music Video)

WATCH THIS: Major Lazer Feat. Sean Paul "Come On To Me" (Official Music Video)

Bomb Bomb Diggity Gyul Come Bring It To Me

When it comes to a Major Lazer one thing is for sure its going to be full of energy, and like their videos before, a little weird. For the third single of their “Apocalypse Soon” EP Lazer links up with none other than mister dutty himself Sean Paul and are aided but a dance crew of Kubuki dancers? Yes you read that right, but If you’ve been a fan of the Major that wouldn’t come as much as a surprise. Just come on to me and check the Video After The Jump…

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WATCH THIS: Timaya Feat. Sean Paul “Bum Bum Remix” (Explicit Video)

WATCH THIS: Timaya Feat. Sean Paul "Bum Bum Remix" (Explicit Video)

The Way You Wine Wine It Make Me Go Down Low

You know you have a hit when you can get an artiste like Sean Paul on your remix. Timaya’s Bum Bum was already burning up the chats, so imagine it now with the likes of Mr. Full Frequency on the track. Not only does Sean Paul make and appearance, Timaya made sure that video lived up to it’s title and recruited a bevy of well “bum bums” for each scene. Trust us you won’t be disappointed, Video After The Jump…  Read more »