Posts tagged "ZJ Liquid"

Kartel Tops Billboard 10 Best Reggae Albums List

Kartel Tops Billboard 10 Best Reggae Albums List

The best of times and the worst of times for lovers of Reggae Music

For the second year in a row Billboard asked Rob Kenner, founder of Boomshots Media, to pick the 10 Best Reggae Albums of the year. The assignment was particularly significant in this year where Jamaican sounds were all over the airwaves, the pop charts and the Grammy nominations, except that most of the records were not done by Jamaican artists. You could hardly turn on the radio without hearing a half-hour block of dancehall-style tracks, all too often classified under misbegotten names like “tropical house” and “Caribbean bass.” With both Justin Bieber and Rihanna briefly sporting dreadlocks and Drake publicly referring to himself as “the don,” it would be difficult for longtime fans of the music not to catch feelings this year….Consider this list a crib sheet to catch you up on everything you missed while tropical house flooded the airwaves.  Full List After The Jump…
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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 »

Reasoning with ZJ Liquid: “Resent Is Part of the Game”

Reasoning with ZJ Liquid: "Resent Is Part of the Game"

Reshma B Chats With The Zip Jock Whose Fix Up Riddim Has Got The Dance on Lock

ZJ Liquid does it all—he’s a seletor, producer, and microphone chanter whose “Good Book” riddim was one of the biggest for 2014. Earlier this week he dropped a new juggling called “Fix Up” and it’s got the dancehall on fire. Reshma B caught up with Liquid at 21st Hapilos Digital HQ in Kingston, Jamaica for an in-depth reasoning on how the H2O Records CEO stays ahead of the game—and how he deals with haters. He even blessed us with a freestyle and the story behind the making of one of this biggest tunes. Video After The Jump… Read more »

HEAR THIS: Vybz Kartel “Dem Bwoy”

Brand New Release From Di War Teacha

Even if he isn’t voicing new tunes behind bars, Vybz Kartel has to be Jamaica’s most prolific inmate ever. We just got hold of ZJLiquid’s steady-bubbling ILabash Riddim and we’ve had “Dem Bwoy” on repeat ever since. Take a listen and you’ll see why you need this on your iTunes playlist now.
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