Posts tagged "Vybz Kartel"

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 »

WATCH THIS: Vybz Kartel “I’ll Take You There” Official Music Video

WATCH THIS: Vybz Kartel "I'll Take You There" Official Music Video

What’s Your Favorite Way To Cure Pain?

The Vybz Kartel Vevo channel sure is poppin’ these days. With Kartel’s highly anticipated King of the Dancehall album set to drop next week, the  “Fever” video has been burning up the place, approaching the million-view mark after just two weeks. And then, early this morning, another set of visuals dropped for the World Boss’s track on Good Good Productions’ Cure Pain Riddim, distributed by the mighty 21st Hapilos. This one is called “I’ll Take You There” and we’ve got it for you bright and early. A sexy beach video—what better way to get you in the weekend mood?  Video After The Jump… Read more »

That Time Drake Almost Got Arrested With “Mava-Dado” & Other Exciting Tales

That Time Drake Almost Got Arrested With "Mava-Dado" & Other Exciting Tales

40 And The 6 God Regale Nardwuar With Dancehall War Stories

Earlier this week Drizzy linked with fellow Canadian phenom Nardwuar aka the Human Serviette for a typically epic interview/gift-giving-b/show-and-tell session. Amongst many highlights gleaned by the good folks at Billboard were several dancehall-related anecdotes—including a massive big up for the World Boss Vybz Kartel. But not until we watched the video did we come to fully appreciate certain gems like Nardwuar’s question about “Mava-Dado.” (Must be seen to be believed.)  To be fair Nardwuar seems to be more of an old-school cat, as he presents Drizzy with a King Tubby’s Dance Hall Style Dub album on vinyl. Nuff respect. Video After The Jump… Read more »

Vybz Kartel or Buju Banton: Which Show Would You Attend?

Vybz Kartel or Buju Banton: Which Show Would You Attend?

Imagine: Two Big DJs, One Night Only—The Choice Is Yours

If you’re a reggae and dancehall fan then you know some of the music’s biggest stars are stuck behind bars. While Busy Signal and Jah Cure have happily come home, Vybz Kartel and Buju Banton are still in captivity. And even though The World Boss finds a way to keep the streets supplied with new tunes on a fairly regular basis, we haven’t seen either artist live in YEARS. Just imagine if both artists were released for just one day, to perform a show for their fans. Now—hypothetically speaking—imagine that both shows were happening on the same night (not in the same place, mind you). In other words, if you had to choose between seeing Kartel or Buju live—right now—which show would you attend? That was the question Chiney K posed to a sampling of her fellow Jamaicans. The results were pretty interesting to say the least. Let’s just say which artist you choose reveals a lot about your personality. Video After The Jump… Read more »

No Long Talk: Spice “The Dancehall Heiress”

No Long Talk: Spice "The Dancehall Heiress"

Whenever You Hear “Scorrrrnnnn Dem!” You Know The Deal

No long talk has been out of action for a bit but they live by the quotes: “If you’ve got nothing constructive to say, say nothing” / “Better to say nothing than chat shit.” And no long talk has their first female. And who better than the hottest female out right now, Spice! “Scorrrrnnnn Dem!” Ahead of the #MoreLife2016 show in London’s o2 Brixton Academy (alongside Tarrus Riley and Assassin aka Agent Sasco), Spice speaks to No Long Talk about her gospel beginnings to X-rated dancehall, almost quitting, why her daughter “does not know who Spice is”, whether dark skin hinders progression in showbiz, and the importance of social media. Audio & Video After The Jump.. Read more »

Reasoning with Chronixx:
“I’m Not Ashamed of My Weaknesses”

Reasoning with Chronixx: "I'm Not Ashamed of My Weaknesses"

Di Steam Ministah Talks Coachella, Roots & Chalice Mixtape, and Controversy With his “Big Brother” Vybz Kartel

Just after his historic performance at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Di Steam Ministah sat down with Reshma B for an exclusive interview. They speak about the challenges of being an artist in a material world, the joy of performing live, and how he sees himself as only being in his “infancy” as an artist, as he puts it: “baby stage.” Chronixx talks about being booked on Damian Marley’s 2016 “Welcome to Jamrock Cruise” and goes on to name some of his “Big Brothers” in the reggae music fraternity, mentioning names like Jr. Gong, Mavado, and Vybz Kartel. Chronixx also addresses the controversy surrounding his comments on a recent VICELAND TV show “Noisey Jamaica,” explaining that he overstands the fact that the media is more concerned with clicks and views than with telling a fair and balanced story. “Artists have to be artists, media have to be media. I can’t make the media determine how I feel.” Videos After The Jump… Read more »

HEAR THIS: ZJ Liquid x Vybz Kartel “Forever” PREMIERE

HEAR THIS: ZJ Liquid x Vybz Kartel "Forever" PREMIERE

A Brand New Modern Classic Off The Producer’s MSquared Album

ZJ Liquid’s career has progressed through many stages. The “Zip Jock” who’s famous for his next-level mixes on the top Jamaican radio station Zip FM was once known as “Lippo” when he was coming up in Montego Bay. Every Wednesday he used to hold a vibes at Pier One, chatting on the mic with various local sound systems. Eventually he got the chance to play music on Hot 102 radio in MoBay. He took the name Liquid when he relocated to Kingston 13 years ago with the inception of Zip. Since then he’s evolved into more than just an internationally known DJ—who has spun all over the world and live on BET—he’s also a top producer and an artist in his own right. “Some people may say ‘You ah do too much,'” Liquid told Reshma B in an exclusive interview. “But Jah bless we to do it or we woulda falter along the way.” Since establishing the H20 label in 2004 with the French Vanilla riddim, Liquid has emerged as one of Jamaica’s top producers, with top riddims like “Good Book” and “Fix Up” running the dancehall. But this April 15 he will celebrate another career milestone when he releases his debut album, MSquared via the mighty 21st Hapilos Digital Distribution. “It’s not a juggling, with all the songs on the same riddim,” Liquid explains. “It’s a compilation album putting together some of Jamaica’s best artists and I myself have two songs on it.” Today Boomshots proudly premieres one of the album’s standout tracks, a  romantic, melodic, energetic tune from the dancehall World Boss Vybz Kartel. Over a dreamy rhythm track, Kartel demonstrates his songwriting prowess, singing about his everlasting love for a girl who “moves so smooth, like acrobat” inspiring such deep feelings that he wants to give her “more love than you mama.” Flipping a line from Shakespeare’s As You Like It Kartel sings “The world is a stage; it’s all an act” over a relentless beat whose energy builds from a hard-hitting drum pattern, strings, and shimmering chord progressions. “Just live in the moment,” he sings euphorically, “It’s all we got.” Although Kartel remains one of the most prolific artists the world has ever seen, this sounds like a special song, with the potential to go around the world and back.  Like the song says, this one’s gonna “be here Forever.” Audio After The Jump… Read more »

HEAR THIS: Vybz Kartel “Tomorrow People”

HEAR THIS: Vybz Kartel "Tomorrow People"

The World Boss Channels Ziggy Marley

Described by Chronixx as a “fearless creative soul in this earth,” dancehall’s incarcerated World Boss, Vybz Kartel continues to amaze. In the past he has recorded cover versions of dancehall classics by the likes of Shabba Ranks and Grindsman, but today his cover of Ziggy Marley’s “Tomorrow People” hit iTunes. This song is perhaps even more unexpected than Kartel’s cover of The Beatles “In My Life“—since that was clearly labeled as a personal tribute. But this note-for-note cover of the 1988 breakout single from Bob Marley’s firstborn son makes a bold statement that Kartel is more than capable of performing in the reggae idiom. Depending on your age, intellect, and musical point of view, the idea of Vybz Kartel singing “if you don’t know your past you don’t know your future” may strike you as ironic, profound or both. Audio After The Jump… Read more »

Chronixx Bigs Up Vybz Kartel, Burns Out Ignorant Bloggers and VICE Media

Chronixx Bigs Up Vybz Kartel, Burns Out Ignorant Bloggers and VICE Media

Was Di Steam Ministah Misrepresented On Noisey Jamaica?

“I will never dignify untrue and twisted publications made by a media who only seek to create headlines which drag artistes and their supporters through the valley of disunity and division,” said Chronixx in a new Instagram post. “It is all a part of the overall effort to divide our music, divert our creative focus and incarcerate the legends of our music- ‘To divide and rule is their only plan,’ he continued, quoting Sizzla Kalonji and Jah Cure. ‘I a nuh fool.'” The post was apparent response to media reports that Chronixx compared Kartel to a “cannibal” in a recent TV program called Noisey Jamaica. “Vybz Kartel himself has done a lot of good things in life, I must say,” Chronixx was quoted as saying in the program, which aired on the new network VICELand. “Gangsterism, cannibalism… because Vybz Kartel over time became a cannibal. When you listen to his music it is very cannibalistic.” Chronixx took to IG to clarify his remarks and to castigate “ignorant bloggers” and media outlets that sow discord rather than overstanding. Full Statement After The Jump… Read more »

No Long Talk: Serani Relives the Anger Management Riddim

No Long Talk: Serani Relives the Anger Management Riddim

Ten Years After Daseca’s Breakthrough Riddim, Serani Reflects

Multi-instrumentalist and producer Serani (former one-third of Jamaican producers Daseca) reminisced on the creation, influence and legacy of Anger Management riddim on its 10th anniversary. Though officially released towards the end of 2004, it buss (a.k.a. impacted) in 2005. Made on a PC via a Triton keyboard in not much time (approximately 15mins), it went on to become one of the most memorable, gun finger-raising (critically-acclaimed) riddims of the noughties. The era-defining riddim spawned hits by legends Bounty Killer (“Gun Heaven”) and Sizzla (“No Way”), an establishing star in Vybz Kartel (“War Nah Talk Over”) and kick -tarted the career of a young talent from Cassava Piece by the name of David Brooks, better known as Mavado (“Real McKoy”). Everything was light prior to Anger Management. And things in the dancehall became a helluva lot darker after it ruled the airwaves and the streets. Audio After The Jump…
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“Sorry,” Not Sorry: A Justin Bieber Remix Rewind

"Sorry," Not Sorry: A Justin Bieber Remix Rewind

Biebz x Skrillex Have The Dance On Lock

Ever since the “Tropical House” track “Sorry” dropped last October, it’s been going HAM in the dancehall. If the ragga drum patterns didn’t tip you off, then those New Zealand bashment girls in the official video—Ladies of ReQuest joining forces with the Royal Dance Crew—must have driven the point home. Skrillex has always been a big reggae fan and he’s been spending nuff time in Jamaica lately. It seems the local sounds are definitely rubbing off. But they rub both ways of course. What dancehall artist doesn’t enjoy a good remix? This holiday season the club was flooded with “Sorry” versions. Here are a few of our favorites, without any apology. Audio After The Jump… Read more »

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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