Beres Hammond & Cocoa Tea Headline 10th Annual Best of the Best Music Fest 2016

Beres Hammond & Cocoa Tea Headline 10th Annual Best of the Best Music Fest 2016

Miami’s Premiere Reggae Festival Celebrates Its 10-Year Anniversary

For the past decade, Best of the Best has been transforming Miami’s Bayfront Park into a massive party. Although the early years were characterized by a wide-ranging blend of reggae, dancehall, soca, hip hop and R&B, in more recent years the promoters have focused on Caribbean sounds. Over the years BOTB has emerged as Miami’s premiere reggae festival, and this weekend’s 10th anniversary staging looks to be no exception. Looking for news for Best of Best 2016? Boomshots is the right place for press and information on this year’s event in Miami, Florida. As an official media partner of BOTB 2016, we’ll keep you updated with the movements. Follow boomshots on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. Full Rundown After The Jump…
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Will There Be A Distant Relatives Reunion at This Year’s 9Mile Music Festival?

Will There Be A Distant Relatives Reunion at This Year's 9Mile Music Festival?

If The Stars Align This Weekend In Miami, Anything Can Happen

The 9 Mile Music Festival was established in 1993 as the brainchild of Cedella Marley Booker in honor of her son, Robert Nesta Marley. Formerly known as Marley Fest and The Caribbean Music Festival, the event has been renamed 9 Mile after Bob’s birthplace as well as his final resting place—the little village in St. Ann Parish that lies at the heart of the Marley legacy. More than a concert,  the 9 Mile Music Festival provides millions of canned goods to local homeless shelters and domestic centers throughout Miami; feeding families in need for months after the show is over. For 22 years, the concert has required canned goods in addition to the price of admission, and it always will. Given its strong ties to the Marley family, the show is always packed with reggae royalty, and this year is no exception, with Stephen “Ragga” Marley, Julian “JuJu Royal” Marley, and their nephew Skip Marley all scheduled to perform this Saturday, February 27th. In addition, both Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley and Nas are billed—and while each of these living legends will be performing his own set, anticipation is in the air that the two lyrical giants may join forces on stage to recreate the magic of their 2010 album Distant RelativesFull Details After The Jump… Read more »

Shabba Ranks to Headline Best of the Best 2015

Shabba Ranks to Headline Best of the Best 2015

Miami Welcomes The Big Dutty Stinkin’ Dancehall Emperor

There are few entertainers in any genre who can match the raw energy of Shabba Ranks live on stage. But when A$AP Ferg shouted out Shabba a couple of years ago many younger fans had never seen the dancehall legend do his thing live. This Memorial Day weekend May 24 in Miami, everyone will get the chance to witness the Dancehall Emperor ripping up Best of the Best alongside the likes of Capleton, Beenie Man, and Lady Saw. Shabba’s prediction: “Underpants wet, sweat man come fi sweat, money get!” Video After The Jump… Read more »

HEAR THIS: Skip Marley “Cry To Me” PREMIERE

HEAR THIS: Skip Marley "Cry To Me" PREMIERE

Debut Single From The Grandson of The Tuff Gong

“Music is freedom for me,” says Skip. “I want people to just feel the music and let it be anything they want to make of it.” As the grand-nephew of Marcia Griffiths, the grandson of Bob and Rita Marley, and the son of Cedella Marley of Melody Makers fame, it’s safe to say he comes a strong musical background. Skip wrote and arranged “Cry to Me,” his debut single on Tuff Gong International, which is not to be confused with his grandfather Gong’s tune from the Rastaman Vibration album. The new song was co-produced with Paul Fakhourie, who’s worked with the likes of Lauryn Hill, Stephen Marley, Damian Marley and Nas. Born in Kingston and raised in Miami, Skip’s music is not limited by genre. He describes this song as “a message for this girl I know, well really a message for everybody who seems to focus on their insecurities… I’m just saying it’s cool to be who you are. Don’t let society deceive you and make you believe you’re not enough.” With penetrating, thoughtful lyrics and haunting melodies, this is one tune you don’t want to skip. Audio After The Jump… Read more »

WATCH THIS: Shifta ft. Che’Nelle “Do You Wanna” Official Music Video PREMIERE

WATCH THIS: Shifta ft. Che'Nelle "Do You Wanna" Official Music Video PREMIERE

If You Like, We Can Go All Night

Shifta is that youth from Jamaica making moves in Miami. (And if you don’t know now ya know.) He’s been putting in much work lately, whether  hosting mixtapes with Papa Keith, collaborating with Rita Ora and Mr. Mauricio, or voicing on the latest riddim from T.J. But the song that really put Shifta on the map is a radio killer from Timeless Music called “Do You Wanna” featuring Che’Nelle.  Today Boomshots proudly premieres the official music video for the track, brought to you by Gil Green’s 305 Films production company. Video After The Jump… Read more »

Who is Shifta?

Who is Shifta?

Born In Jamaica, Based In Miami, Ready For The World

Dancehall is undergoing a changing of the guard right now with new talent bubbling up from the underground  to the top of the game faster than ever. One of the new names to catch our eye and our ear is a youth called Shifta, whose music combines dancehall energy with warm and easy pop appeal. His single “Do You Wanna,” produced by Timeless Music, is making waves already on Miami radio (check the behind the scenes video shoot footage below). And his latest release, on TJ Records “Drink Up” Riddim, features his frequent collaborator, Che’Nelle, a Malaysian-Australian singer who’s had major success in Japan. The Reggae Girl About Town (@RGAT) recently caught up with Shifta at Miami’s Circle House Studio to hear about his deep dancehall roots and his plans to shift the game into overdrive.  Video After The Jump… Read more »

Reasoning with DJ Khaled: “I’d Love to Make a Record with Bounty Killer and Mavado”

Reasoning with DJ Khaled: "I'd Love to Make a Record with Bounty Killer and Mavado"

Live From We The Best Studios in Miami, Khaled Talks Mavado, Killer, and Rinses Some Dubs

You already know that all DJ Khaled does is win, win, win no matter what, but did you know the founder and CEO of We The Best Music, who has produced some of the biggest anthems in the history of hip-hop, has deep roots in the dancehall soundclash game. Long before he got down with Terror Squad or YMCMB or became president of Def Jam South, the Miami-based hitmaker was cutting dubplates and flying down to Jamaica to compete in clashes like Fully Loaded. Boomshots made the link with Khaled from those days so you dun know our interview is gonna be different than all the rest. Reshma B went deep with Khaled, discussing his work with Mavado, his deep roots with Bounty Killer, and how he’s navigating the friction between the Gully Gad and the Warlord. Khaled even dips into his dubplate collection to brandish some exclusive tunes for the Boomshots massive. Videos After The Jump… Read more »