Posts tagged "V.P. Records"

WATCH THIS: Addis Pablo ft. Shanique Marie “From Morning” Official Music Video

WATCH THIS: Addis Pablo ft. Shanique Marie "From Morning" Official Music Video

Boomshots Premieres A Hot Dub Collaboration

We last met up with Addis Pablo in 2017, at the Greensleeves Records 40th Anniversary on his dad, Augustus Pablo’s birthday, June 21.  He spoke of how his dad taught him all the basic chords and melodies and how he was working very hard to become his “own creative force.” Since then Addis Pablo paid tribute to his father in 2018, alongside his sister, Isis Swaby at the Apple Store New York in Williamsburg, drawing a diverse crowd of VP Records executives and “The Nomads.” Now he releases the visual for “From Morning,” a collaboration with Shanique Marie, and a single off his Majestic Melodies EP.   Interview and Video After The Jump

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Greensleeves Records Celebrates 40th Year Anniversary at B.B. Kings Blues and Grill in New York City

Greensleeves Records Celebrates 40th Year Anniversary at B.B. Kings Blues and Grill in New York City

Star-Studded Event Captures Music in A Time Capsule

The founders of Greensleeves Records, Chris Sedgewick and Chris Cracknell launched the record label in 1977 and sky rocketed the careers of many foundation artists and cross over artists, including: Barrington Levy, Shabba Ranks , Beeenie Man, Mr. Vegas, Shaggy, Elephant Man, Vybz Kartel and more. Partnering with VP records in 2008, only strengthened the label’s international ties. On Wednesday, June 21, 2017,  the two powerhouses came together at B.B. King Blues and Grill, to celebrate Greensleeves’ 40th year in the music business. On the summer soltice at New York City’s hottest musical venue, the label showcased it’s shinning stars: Alborosie, Queen I-frica, and Addis Pablo.More After The Jump…

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Macka Diamond: Diamonds Are Forever

Macka Diamond: Diamonds Are Forever

 Macka Diamond Keeps Getting Better With Time

Dancehall artist Macka Diamond plans to take her career to the next level in 2017.  With the release of a new single, “25 inches,” her signature high-pitched, breathy vocals sound more fierce than ever. The dancehall arena is for the survival of the fittest and Macka shows that she is fully equipped with promotional photographs in full body paint. Collaborating with the best producers, she aspires to drop a one drop album and embark on a U.S. Tour. This diamond shows clearly shows that she is cut by a cloth of longevity. We spoke to Macka Diamond about how she became an empowered woman in dancehall. Interview After The Jump

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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 »

Paying Tribute To The Crown Prince on
“We Remember Dennis Brown”

Paying Tribute To The Crown Prince on "We Remember Dennis Brown"

Young Reggae Artists Pay Homage To The Crown Prince

This February 1st marks what would have been the 59th birthday of the late great Dennis Emmanuel Brown, better known as the Crown Prince of Reggae. Having made his mark at Sir Coxsone Dodd’s Studio One as a child performer, D. Brown would go on to blaze a trail of soulful roots reggae, taking his sound to the top of the British charts in 1972 with “Money in My Pocket.” The singer recorded crucial cuts for many of Jamaica’s greatest producers including Lee “Scratch” Perry, Niney the Observer, Joe Gibbs, King Jammy’$, and Sly & Robbie. He passed away in 1999 but his music continues to play all around the world, with timeless lyrics like “Love and hate can never be friends” becoming immortalized in the popular vernacular. In 2016 V.P. Records has announced that they will be releasing a 2-CD tribute album entitled We Remember Dennis Brown. In the same spirit as We Remember Gregory Isaacs, the album will feature newer artists covering classic and rare cuts by the master. The first four songs in the double-CD set have been revealed. Lineup & Video After The Jump… Read more »

Jah Cure: The Cure

Jah Cure:  The Cure

Jah Cure’s third studio album, The Cure (VP records), holds steady at the number 1 spot on the Billboard Top Reggae Album Chart, for one month since its release on July 10.  On this new album Jah Cure’s superb vocals are presented with multiple lyrical themes. In addition, Jah Cure said he worked hard to step up the production on this album, in an effort to improve the quality of his overall sound.  He provided a creative platform for up and coming producers like Justin “Jus Bus” Nation, Llamar “Riff Raff” Brown, Christopher “Sketch” Carey and Trevor “Baby G” Washington. He also sought the expertise of  top of the line producer, Maurice “Clive” Hunt.

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Boomshots Cosign: Why Beres Hammond Should Win Best Reggae Album Grammy And Why He Probably Won’t

Boomshots Cosign: Why Beres Hammond Should Win Best Reggae Album Grammy And Why He Probably Won't

The soulful voice of Beres Hammond, the “Otis Redding of Reggae,” has captured our full attention since his 1976 Willie Lindo produced debut “Soul Reggae.” Now, with his 26th studio album, One Love, One Life (VP records), nominated for a “Best Reggae Album” Grammy (the second nomination of his remarkable career), Beres provides the ultimate love experience with 20 skillfully crafted songs for music lovers to enjoy. Taking the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Top 10 Reggae Albums chart, and being noted by Rolling Stone as “one of the best albums of a four-decade-long career,” Beres’ latest album proves this artist continues to hone his craft, getting better with time. However will this album receive the Grammy it so richly deserves during today’s ceremony in Los Angeles? Beres faces some tough competition this year. However the final decision rests in the hands of the Grammy Voting Committee and as a member of this Committee, the Recording Academy and expert in music, Rob Kenner breaks down how the process works in Complex Magazine’s “Hate Me Now: What Its Like To Be A Grammy Voter.” In this article he bravely reveals the secrets that make it less likely that such a strong album will  be selected. Story Continues After The Jump…

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Gyptian’s “Sex, Love and Reggae” Rises To Higher Heights

Gyptian's "Sex, Love and Reggae" Rises To Higher Heights

Gyppy’s Latest Album Debuted At No. 1 on Billboard’s Reggae Chart

The night before Gyptian released his latest album Sex, Love & Reggae he spent the evening celebrating his 30th birthday with Rob Kenner on Radio Lily. After the webcast Gyppy and an entourage of his  friends, including Bascom XFyakin, Khago and Danielle D.I. rolled over to the legendary SOB‘s to continue  the celebration at the highly anticipated, SOB’s Reggae Music Fest, presented by Tree Reid Promotions. NYC’s renowned selector DJ Stranger,  X-Caliber Sound warmed up the crowd  awaiting their arrival. Next up, the extraordinary  Derrick Barnett (founder and former bassist for the legendary Jamaican band Sagittarius ) and his Statement Band including Raymond Stewart on  keyboards, Andy Bassford on guitar and Damian Martellie on drums, excited the crowd with an electrifying live session. When Gyptian hit the stage around 10:30pm, the  crowd ignited. Album Review and Video After The Jump…  Read more »

WATCH THIS: Eek-A-Mouse “Ganja Smuggling” Live

WATCH THIS: Eek-A-Mouse "Ganja Smuggling" Live

One of Reggae’s Maddest Characters Does His Thing At Reggae Sunsplash

On November 5, 2013, 17 North Parade will unlock another one of its musical treasures, Eek-A-Mouse’s 2 CD+DVD Reggae Anthology: Eek-Ology.  The VP Records vintage imprint reveals a rare exclusive clip from the DVD, which features Eek-A-Mouse’s iconic performance at the 1982 Reggae Sunsplash festival in Jamaica. The new anthology Eek-Ology is a thoughtful selection of essential hits and rare gems from Eek-A-Mouse’s extensive catalogue during the prime of his career Read more »

HEAR THIS: Dub Rockers Mixtape Vol. 1 Mixed By DJ Juan Love

HEAR THIS: Dub Rockers Mixtape Vol. 1 Mixed By DJ Juan Love

Vans OTW And VP Records Link With DJ Juan Love On A Wicked Dub Mix

VP Records and Vans “Off The Wall” team up to release Dub Rockers Mixtape Vol. 1 hosted by skateboard legend John Cardiel aka DJ Juan Love. The mixtape is an extension of “Dub Rockers Volume 1 which released August 28th on VP Records and features a superb mix of classic and current dub hits, from Eek-A-Mouse to Snoop Lion all get a bligh on DJ Juan Love’s mix. Be sure to get your copy Of “Dub Rockers Vol. 1″ and Check Out The Mix After The Jump… Read more »

Christopher Martin Signs To VP Records

VP Records Expands Their Rosterchrismartin VP Records announced today that they are proud to welcome singer Christopher Martin to the VP family. The Jamaican native, who is currently in the studio recording, is slated to unleash his debut album on VP Records at the top of 2014. Chris Chin, CEO of VP Records stated: Read more »

New York City’s Reggae Record Shops

New York City's Reggae Record Shops

Who Says Vinyl Is Dead? In These Temples of Tune, You’ll Find LPs & 45s In Stacks & Piles

You may get your music mostly via Spotify or Sharebeast, but deep down you know vinyl is way more fly. For half a century now reggae music has been pressed up on 45s and served like hot flapjacks at record shops throughout the five boroughs. NYC and London are the meccas—outside of Jamrock of course—but no matter where you live, chances are there’s a West Indian spot nearby where you can pick up some musical ammunition to throw on your phonographic Hi-Fi system and murder any drumpan. As my bredren Sherman once said, you cyaan chop a soundbwoy with an mp3. AnimalNewYork’s Ayman Ismail dropped by a few of our favorite NYC reggae spots with his camera and this is what he saw. Click On Photo Above To View Gallery

Moodies Records

3976 White Plains Road, The Bronx

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