“LAVAAA!!!” The Irie Flame of I-Wayne

"LAVAAA!!!" The Irie Flame of I-Wayne

Lava Splash! Fire Dash! Everything Burn To Ash

Sunday September 4th marked Irie Jam’s 23rd Anniversary concert spotlighting Sizzla Kalonji’s return-to-New-York performance after eight long years of absence. The supporting superstar line-up to the sizzling stage show included an artist who personifies lines from Kalonji’s “King in the Jungle.”  Seated up so high, yet so humble, I-Wayne brought his celestial presence and the hard/soft balance of his cool and deadly style to the Irie Jam Radio massive in the leafy green confines of Roy Wilkins Park. Mainstream airwaves aren’t the lane for I-Wayne. As the Prophet Capleton once put it, he is on a mission, not in a competition. To see him truly manifest is to catch him live in the flesh. After a seething set that made knowledge born that his musical ministry is service to the people—not about bulleting Billboard or gaining Grammys—we linked up with the Loyal Soliders Promotion crew backstage. I-Wayne broke it down with Boomshots as to what the Irie Jam performance meant to him, burning a righteous fire, and shedding light on the livity of a lava lyricist. Video After The Jump… Read more »

HEAR THIS: Chronixx x Federation Sound “Roots & Chalice”

HEAR THIS: Chronixx x Federation Sound "Roots & Chalice"

Steam Ministah Links Federation Fam To Give Us The Fullness

Chronixx and the Federation family had a musical meeting of the minds to create this amalgamation of wicked instrumentals past & present. The 60-minute mix includes well known tracks “Like A Whistle,” “Alpha & Omega,” and “Tenement Yard” to warm up your ears to a familiar beat.  The heavy drum and bass breakdown stampedes in on “Spanish Town Rocking” (inspired by Mr. Levy’s crucial Channel One selection) as Chronixx executes a sound inna dancehall stylee. “Queen Majesty” is a top selection with a smooth melody that the ladies will be sure to love. Chronixx dominates the microphone as an emcee and singjay with special features from Eesah on “Perfect Tree”, Dre Island on “Puppy Nose”, Kelissa on “Best Love”, and Kabaka Pyramid on the title track Chalice & Roots. “Dem haffi wait likkle while for mi first album…” Chronixx ends the mix with a proclamation that leaves us wanting more. Behind the steam, the music disappears from whence it came, deep into the tallest peaks of Jamaica’s lush green dreams. Audio After The Jump… Read more »

Lenny Kravitz on Bob Marley: “He Was Hardcore With His Love”

Lenny Kravitz on Bob Marley: "He Was Hardcore With His Love"

The Last Living Rock Star Remembers The King of Reggae—And Reveals Why He Cut His Locks

Kids nowadays probably know Lenny Kravitz as that dude in The Hunger Games flicks, but the fact is that he’s one of the last great rock stars walking the planet. When he first came out, shredding his Les Paul and flashing his dreadlocks, haters used to call him a Bob Marley wannabe. But the fact is Lenny had more in common with the Tuff Gong than a hairstyle. The offspring of a black mom and a Jewish dad, he grew up between a Caribbean island (Bahamas, not Jamaica) and the U.S. Although Bob spent less time in Delaware than Lenny did in NYC, the island vibe is a party of his musical identity. Kravitz will rock Webster Hall tonight as part of his Strut tour, so this seemed as good time a time as any to hold a likkle reasoning. Interview After The Jump… Read more »

HEAR THIS: SOJA ft. Michael Franti & Nahko “I Believe”

HEAR THIS: SOJA ft. Michael Franti & Nahko "I Believe"

Soldiers of Jah Army Link With Supa Dups For New Album, Announce Summer Tour Dates

D.C.-based roots rock reggae band SOJA just dropped the first single off their fifth full-length album, which is set for release this summer on ATO Records. “I Believe” was produced by Grammy-award-winning Jamaican producer Supa Dups of Black Chiney sound (who’s made hits for Bruno Mars, Eminem, Rihanna, and John Legend) and recorded at Circle House Studios in Miami. “’I Believe’ is about life; being kind to others and making the most out of the time we have with those that surround us,” says lead singer/guitarist Jacob Hemphill. “Whether we are family, friends or strangers, how we treat one another and energy we share dictates our existence.” Audio & Tour Dates After The Jump… Read more »

WATCH THIS: Alpha Blondy “My American Dream (Official Music Video)”

WATCH THIS: Alpha Blondy "My American Dream (Official Music Video)"

America Isn’t All That It Seems

Everyday people all over the world, pack up their belongings, grab their families and hop on a plane, boat or what have you all in hopes of a better life. Most find their way to the good ol’ U.S of A with the promise of the elusive “American Dream.”  Alpha Blondy wasn’t so fortunate, his American dreams as he states was a nightmare, and for more than a few immigrants the pressures of a new life can be scary. The one comfort all immigrants share is that if anything goes wrong, we can always go home. Video After The Jump… Read more »

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Junior Murvin “Police & Thieves”

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Junior Murvin "Police & Thieves"

Watch How Dem Fight Outta Street 

It is with a heavy heart we at Boomshots bring you today’s Flashback Friday tune. It seemed only right to honor the passing of one of Dub music’s foundation artistes, none other than Junior Murvin. Read more »

WATCH THIS: Dub Gabriel feat. U Roy “Luv n Liv” (Ming vs. Subatomic Sound System Remix)

WATCH THIS: Dub Gabriel feat. U Roy "Luv n Liv" (Ming vs. Subatomic Sound System Remix)

Old Time Something Come Back again

The first in a series 7″ vinyl releases drawing from Dub Gabriel’s groundbreaking new album “Raggabass Resistance” is a wicked tune featuring the mighty Dread in a Babylon, U-Roy (The Originator) entitled  “Luv n’ Liv.” This track is a testament to all that can be when you put a reggae legend in the same room as one of America’s leading producers of nu-dub. The vid pairs classic footage of U Roy in all his splendor, galavanting up and down the stage over the reworked track. Video After The Jump… 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 »

Subatomic Sound Presents: Dub Champions Festival 2013

Subatomic Sound Presents: Dub Champions Festival 2013

3 Cities, 9 Events, 30+ Artists

North America’s premier dub festival kicks off tonight Sept 19 with Lee Scratch Perry & Subatomic Sound System in DC at the Howard Theater and Deadly Dragon & Reggae Rajahs in NYC at the Delancey. Live performances, educational workshops, and a glimpse into the creation of dub music runs until Monday Sept 23rd. This is the third year the festival is being run and if you missed the last two we suggest you clear your calendar and make it to at least one of the nine events. Full Schedule And Ticket Info After The Jump…

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Bad Brains Fire Burn Babylon Hardcore Hot Sauce

Bad Brains Fire Burn Babylon Hardcore Hot Sauce

D.C.’s Punky Reggae Pioneers Turn Up The Heat Again

As if their triumphant return to the music scene isn’t enough, Bad Brains members Dr. Know & Darryl Jenifer have gotten into the pepper sauce trade. The trailblazing punk band’s website now sells bottles of a tongue-blazing concoction called “Fire Burn Babylon Hardcore Hot Sauce.” Bad Brains’ love of reggae music is no secret. The dreadlocked D.C. punk quartet’s self-titled 1982 debut album interspersed blistering hard core tracks with lilting dubbed-out riddims like “I Love I Jah.” The first single from their latest album, “Into The Future,” has been issued on red, green, and gold limited edition vinyl (click through photos above). But this “small-batch scotch-bonnet-pepper-based sauce” is their first foray into West Indian cuisine.  “Fire Babylon is a perfect blend of heat and sweet, with the “Secret 77″ recipe,” adds Darryl, the bassist. “Dr. Know and I have returned to Hot Sauce Heaven with this roots, rock, rubba dub style hot sauce.” So why not check out their new sounds while you decide if you can take the heat? Audio After The Jump… Read more »

WATCH THIS: Snoop Lion “La La La” Video

The Mighty Snoop Lion Unleashes His First Music Video
Yesterday, Snoop Lion released the official music video for “La La La,” the first single from his forthcoming album Reincarnated—which of course Snoop first discussed on the Strictly Boomshots show. Snoop teamed up with acclaimed horror film director Eli Roth to create a fun, Halloween-inspired music video filled with kids in Halloween costumes and imaginative scenery. The track is produced by none other than Major Lazer, and samples the Ken Boothe classic “Artibella.” Check the video after the jump and weigh in on the latest from Snoop Lion. Read more »

HEAR THIS: Johnny Osbourne “Mr. Marshall”

Check Out Where Major Lazer Got The Vocals For Their Soon To Be Released Single “Jah No Partial”

While we anxiously await the release of Major Lazer’s new single (set to drop Monday 22nd October), we thought it would be nice to take a listen to the song that inspired it all. Johnny Osbourne’s 1980’s classic “Mr. Marshall” chronicled the daily struggle with police violence in the ghetto.  Take a trip down memory lane after then jump. Read more »