Archive | July, 2009

M.O.P feat. Demarco “Street Life”


The first page that pops up when you google “M.O.P. myspace” is a link for The page is tricked out with G-Unit propaganda and even has a banner to pre-order 50 Cent’s latest album, dropping “9.11.09.”. Since bouncing around through more or less every powerhouse rap squad of the past decade, Mashed Out Posse endures for songs like “Street Life,” which sounds like they recorded it on a Brownsville stoop, Hennessy-filled plastic cup in hand. Demarco, who kind of made his name singing the ills of the shotta lifestyle, bookends Fame and Fizzy’s verses, no doubt singing to the garrisons of Brooklyn as well as Jamrock.


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Mims and DJ Kid Kapri Booked For ATI Weekend

As the hype builds up for Appleton Temptation Isle (ATI), the promoters have announced that hip hop artistes MIMS and Kid Capri will be part of the Stages event, set to take place in  Negril on August 8.

CEO of Absolute Entertainment, Alex Chin, said he wanted to present something different. “We just thought it fit to bring some diversity to the event since we are known to have the same DJs each year,” said Chin.

He continued, “Adding a great performer as MIMS, and Kid Capri, who wears the title of World’s Greatest DJ, will broaden the list of musical talents that Jamaicans have seen, thus introducing them to a whole new world of hip hop music.”

The concept of Stages comes to life as both MIMS and Kid Capri will stage mind-blowing performances over the microphone and on the turntables.  He has toured extensively with multi-platinum artistes such as Sean ‘P. Diddy’ Combs, L.L. Cool J, Busta Rhymes, Foxy Brown, Nas, Lil Kim Jay-Z, Usher, R-Kelly, Mary J. Blige, Dru Hill, and Aaliyah. He has also produced music for artistes like Snoop Doggy Dogg, 50 Cent, Heavy D, Camron, Big Pun and Jermaine Dupri.

MIMS, who is of Jamaican descent, became very popular with the single This Is Why I’m Hot.

His debut album, Music Is My Saviour, made the Billboardcharts, peaking at number four on the US Billboard 200. Other popular songs by MIMS include Like This and Move.

The ATI party weekend kicks off on August 5 with Chances. Other events include Hip Hop Jouvert, Tempted Glow, Pretty in Pink, Rhythm & Booze, ATI Toga Party, Stages, Jokers Wild Colours, Appleton Temptation Live, Wildsides and Fusion, closing the weekend on Sunday, August 9.

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Jah Cure & Christopher Ellis – Why Can’t We (Netzah Riddim)


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Twins of Twin Freed of fraud charges

twin-of-twinsControversial dancehall artistes Patrick and Paul Gaynor, popularly known as Twins of Twins, were freed of fraud charges on Thursday morning when they appeared before the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court. The two brothers were charged several weeks ago for allegedly defrauding a fellow artiste of more than $50,000.Allegations are that the complainant paid the brothers the money to assist with the application for a visa.He went to the police to report that he could not make contact with the dancehall duo. However defence attorney Christopher Townsend told the court on Thursday morning that the entire matter was a grave misunderstanding. He said his clients were on tour in the United States and Europe when the complainant was trying to make contact with them. He said on their return to the country, the money was immediately refunded to the complainant.  Mr. Townsend said because the report was made to the police while the brothers were away, the police had to take action. Controversial dancehall artistes Patrick and Paul Gaynor, popularly known as Twins of Twins, were freed of fraud charges on Thursday morning when they appeared before the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court.

The two brothers were charged several weeks ago for allegedly defrauding a fellow artiste of more than $50,000.

Allegations are that the complainant paid the brothers the money to assist with the application for a visa.

He went to the police to report that he could not make contact with the dancehall duo.

However defence attorney Christopher Townsend told the court on Thursday morning that the entire matter was a grave misunderstanding.

He said his clients were on tour in the United States and Europe when the complainant was trying to make contact with them.

He said on their return to the country, the money was immediately refunded to the complainant.

Mr. Townsend said because the report was made to the police while the brothers were away, the police had to take action.

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Ziggy Marley Unplugged (Flashback)

The Drop crew interviews ziggy marley about how it was to grow up a Marley and the future collaborations with brothers and sisters. They also touched the fact of continuing his father legacy through music.

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Ghetto Palms 64: School Bell / G35 / Street Team Pt. II


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What with all the raga soca, afropop, tropicalia and whatever the Payola riddim is, it has been a minute and a half since there was a straight ahead 90 bpm woomp/woomp/clack dancehall blend in this space. The last might have been the Street Team riddim in fact. Good thing a couple more artists have jumped on it since then, about the same time two new riddims in the same mode dropped.

School Bell / G35 / Street Team blend:
Elephant Man, “You a di Wife” (School Bell – Leftside)
Leftside f Syon, “Nuh Other Gyal” (School Bell – Leftside)
Lisa Hype, “More Pon More” (School Bell – Leftside)
Vybz Kartel, “Gaza Ting a Ling” (School Bell – Leftside)
Skilli Bangs, “From Now On” (G35 – Full 100/Vybz Xpress)
Kiprich, “My Money” (G35 – Full 100/Vybz Xpress)
Tifa, “Dem Ting Nuh Good” (G35 – Full 100/Vybz Xpress))
Bugle, “Bubble Like Soup” (G35 – Full 100/Vybz Xpress)
Timberlee, “Bubble Like Soup” (Ward 21)
Ron Browz, “Give Me 20 Dollars” (DJ Obsession Street Team refix)
Beenie Man, “Money Nuff” (Street Team – Fire Links)
Cham, “Dem fi Gweh” (Street Team – Fire Links)

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Possibly trying to recreate the ’90s throwback success of “Tuck In Your Belly,” Leftside just dropped the School Bell riddim, a subliminal reference to Shabba Ranks’ “Ting a Ling,” of which this is basically an edit. Mr. Parkes definitely knows just how to flip the compression and echo on the pocoman drums, though, and this possibly comes tougher than the original. Ele, Vybz and Portmore Empress Lisa Hype all touch it as well as Leftside himself in a “Action”-style combination.

The G35 on the other hand is strictly new school, all bass and menace. The snare sounds like the air displaced by a cleaver chop and the ominous chords could be sampled or replayed from Bill Withers’ “Aint No Sunshine.” There’s a mess of strong versions, but as usual my favorite is one of the girls from TNT. Bugle’s “Bubble Like Soup,” meanwhile, seemed like a tribute or answer record to the Timberlee track of the same name, the 45 that originally put her on the radar, so I included it as well.

Lastly, Beenie turns in an answer record of his own, countering Mavado’s “Mockingbird” with “Money Nuff” on the same Street Team beat. Cham also piled on since I debuted it here about 6 weeks ago, and in case those weren’t enough reasons for it to break wide open, DJ Obsession threw together the necessary Ron Browz refix. No wifing in the club.

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Tony Matterhorn – Twitter


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Slash – The Truth


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Herbs Promotion – Tarrus Riley, Demarco and Vybz Kartel


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With the odds squarely against him U.S based rapper Fat Joe came out gunning at Fully Loaded on Sunday and when the show came to an end Joe was among the best performers of the night.

Decked in a red and white Polo shirt the New York veteran took the stage at minutes pass 2AM when the James Bond Beach crowd was eagerly anticipating some excitement and Joe delivered. Opening with a number of his more female friendly tracks like “What’s Luv” and “I Wont Tell” Joe took his time and tried to connect with the crowd but the response he was looking for didn’t come until he introduced his biggest record to date.

10 minutes into his set Fat Joe signaled to his deejay who then reeled off the classic hit single “Lean Back” which had 5-7 thousands strong Fully Loaded crowd doing the rock away. After that high energy moment Joe spoke to the crowd saying “I heard some people saying Fat Joe should retired, but they probably never heard this thing right hear” which introduced his next big song “Make It Rain” which kept patrons moving to the signature Scott Storch beat.

Fat Joe closed out his set performing a number of tracks for his long time friend and role model Big Pun before heading backstage for interviews and photo shots with his fans.

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Mavado on new magazine cover

mavado xlr8With his career continuing to move at breakneck speed, Dancehall megastar Mavado has been graced the cover of yet another US-based magazine. XLR8R magazine’s latest issue also features an in-depth story with the Gully God.

Continuing his world tour, Mavado leaves the island today for a date in Bermuda, before going on to Hartford, CT, for the inaugural staging of the New England Reggae Festival this Saturday. Alliance general Bounty Killer, fresh from his Sumfest-stealing performance, is also on the show in Hartford plus many more artists. Mavado has some local dates in Jamaica before he flies to Japan in August for his first-ever tour there.

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Mavado – House Cleaning


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Baby Cham – Beware(7-11 Riddim)


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Beres Hammond Gives Toronto ‘A Moment In Time!’


Backed by his Harmony House Band, Beres delivered an incredible show to thousands and thousands of fans who weathered torrential rain to see his performance at the staging of the 19th Annual Jamaica Day celebration in Toronto, produced by iPEG and Kaya Entertainment. Performing hit songs such as “Rockaway,” and “Tempted to Touch,” Beres could hardly get the words out as the massive crowd delivered his every word! Also performing songs from his 2008 album ‘Moment In Time,’ Beres delivered songs “Feel Good” and “No Goodbye” which unified the collective ‘rock’ of the crowd as they danced to his incredible performance.

After the show, Beres shared that he felt good about the performance, and was happy to be able to see his Toronto fans despite the heavy rain. “I feel Blessed” he said, “I’m happy we were able to perform and the fans had a good time!”

In addition to Jamaica Day, Beres performed at the Big Sexy in Oshawa, Ontario the night before which saw hundreds of fans treated to an up close and personal performance. The song “Putting Up Resistance” was especially well received as Beres reminded fans that despite Life’s pressures, we have to ‘put up resistance.’ Beres’s speech and performance became a little too much for one female fan who jumped on the stage to get a personal dance with Beres. Beres’s Manager and Security had to pry the lady from Beres, but not before she kissed him, and waved to the other ladies, triumphant at her closeness and saying “that’s right!”

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Lutan Fyah – “Nuh Talk”

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Tito Jackson collects Michael’s lifetime achievement award

bobjackson Tito Jackson performed at the 17th annual Jamaica’s Reggae Sumfest over the weekend (25/26Jul09) before accepting a lifetime achievement award on behalf of his tragic brother Michael.

The Thriller hitmaker’s elder sibling took to the stage to perform with The Funk Brothers band as part of the festival in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Following the King of Pop’s untimely demise last month (25Jun09), organisers of Sumfest devoted the ceremony to honouring his career – and they roped in Tito to collect the star’s lifetime achievement prize. Other performers at the bash included Toni Braxton and Nas, who insists he will never forget the superstar singer.

He tells Entertainment Tonight, “I only spoke to Michael on the phone but that was still great. (I’m a) big fan of Michael, Mike lives on forever.”

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Reggae rules at Reggae Sumfest International Night

neyo_stmSave for R&B star Ne-Yo, there was a certain disconnection between the other foreign acts and the audience last Friday at Reggae Sumfest International Night.

It’s not that R&B young’un Jazmine Sullivan and songwriter-cum-solo star Keri Hilson gave bad showings, but there was no real spark, no chemistry with the crowd. Entering the stage in his signature paperboy Kangol, a white shirt rolled up to his elbows, black vest and matching pants, Ne-Yo shone with his impressive repertoire that kept swooning tweens-and even adult women-screaming. The singer opened with Because Of You and Stay, his debut single from the In My Own Words album ahead of covering the late Michael Jackson’s Off The Wall.

“Where my single ladies at?” Ne-Yo posed. “For the next three minutes and 30 seconds I’ll be your boyfriend” That was the preamble for his tune Single, which segued into Sexy Love, Mad, Part Of The List and his first big single So Sick.

The artiste, known for his female-friendly power ballads, praised the liberated women in a presentation that was akin to a Sunday morning sermon, before singing She Got Her Own and the popular Miss Independent. Ne-Yo surprised the audience when he pulled up the track and ordered the deejay to spin Vybz Kartel and Spice’s Romping Shop, which presides over the same beat as Miss Independent.

“Shout out to Vybz Kartel,” he said to much applause and screams. The R&B star whose 2008-released Year Of The Gentleman junior album was a smash hit, finished his nearly hour-long set with Closer, the first single from that album.

His fellow R&B star, Jazmine Sullivan, showed off her powerhouse vocals, but her set wasn’t as entertaining as it could have been. She reeled off popular songs from her album Fearless, including Bust Your Windows, Lions, Tigers & Bears, Dream Big, the doo-wop-flavoured Switch, ahead of closing with the reggae-inspired Need U Bad.

Keri Hilson’s set was more entertaining, but even sleek spandex, sex-appeal and ultra-cool dance moves weren’t enough to leave one hungry for more. To say the least, she was ordinary, despite delivering familiar songs like Energy and Turnin’ Me On. The R Kelly, TLC and Mary J Blige tributes didn’t do much for her, either.none of it was mind-blowing.

Though it was International Night, it was nevertheless reggae that was the star of the show.

Just ask Coco Tea, who gave a brilliant showing before the three-hour-long foreign act segment. The veteran singer delivered a silky-smooth rendition of Air Supply’s Here I Am (Just When I Thought) and Bob Marley’s One Drop before closing with his recent radio hit, Barack Obama.

A notable, but not excellent, showing did come from Morgan Heritage. The band performed familiar favourites and gave the audience a taste of material from each of their solo efforts.

“We love R&B, love hip-hop, but a lot of people have travelled to Jamaica this weekend to hear reggae,” Petah Morgan informed. The Morgan Heritage lead singer also dispelled rumours that the group comprising siblings had disbanded.

“We are individuals; we just want people to know that,” Morgan said before asking his brother MoJo to sing Roxanne, a song about prostitution.

His big brother, Gramps, gave a soulful solo showing with Come Back To Bed and Washed In Tears. Petah Morgan performed his solo song Secrets and the group reconvened for Your Best Friend.

The penultimate act, Queen Ifrica entered the stage at approximately 5:30 am and, riding on the relative success of her new album Montego Bay, she preened for her city.

It was a queen’s welcome indeed. The audience cheered her as she delivered Brown Skin, Welcome To Montego Bay, Below The Waist and Michael Jackson’s Man In The Mirror and Lioness On The Rise.

There was, too, the socially-piercing, anti-paedophiliac sensibilities of No Bwoy and Daddy, which she delivered en espanol.

The closing act was Jah Cure, who entered the stage at 6:30 wearing Gucci. Wrapping his soulful, raspy tones around tracks like Sticky, True Reflection and Longing For, the Rasta man represented himself well and finished up with Call On Me.

The show ended some minutes after seven and by that time much of the audience had already left.many had just turned out to see Ne-Yo. The Reggae Sumfest music festival closed this morning with International Night II, on which Toni Braxton, Damion ‘Jr Gong’ Marley and Nas were billed to perform.


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Vybz Kartel – D.O.A freestyle

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Wyclef – We Made It (good life riddim)


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Selectors Beg For Peace

richie_feelingsSeveral selector have been abused in the past, whether artiste or there entourages. The lastest victim was selector Richie Feelings who was hit with a bottle in his forehead, allegedly by a member of the Alliance, at the last Hot Mondays. This reportedly occurred because Richie Feelings did not play the artiste’s songs.

This is not the first incident with Richie Feelings as he was involved in a verbal confrontation with Boom Boom and Foota Hype at a 2008 staging of Bembe Thursdays for playing too many Vybz Kartel songs.

He is not the first to suffer this fate. In 2007, Jigsy said he was hit in the head by Vybz Kartel who denied it. There are also other reports of other selectors like Rolexx and Biggy being attacked for their musical selection.

This level of assault is detested by selectors and industry players.

“Yuh have to tek a stem pon dem thing deh ’cause one thing can lead to another,” said Stampede, who does promotions for many artistes, upcoming and established.

“Di selector thing a get out a hand because what happen the other night shouldn’t even happen ’cause a selector must caan play weh him feel fi play.”

He said incidents like this will make people refrain from going to dances and might even encourage other artistes and their entourages to treat selectors in a similar manner.

Stampede also said this kind of behaviour is also linked to the fact that there are many persons becoming artistes and trying to breakthrough into the industry.

“As a man have a one song, him have 40 man behind him. Sometimes, a not even the artistes weh a cause the problem, a him entourage weh a try prove to him,” Stampede said

“That’s why the business get so stagnant ’cause a one set a artistes a rotate and a stifle the new artistes. That’s why the music nah nice again,” Stampede said, while noting that incidents of this nature never happened in the past.

Veteran selector Sky Juice said that in his more than 30 years of playing music , he never heard of selectors being abused until these cases, which started in 2007.

“Man used to fling lyrics but dem neva used to fight but dem a tek it too far now,” Sky Juice said.

While he is not sure of what happened with Richie Feelings at Hot Mondays, Sky Juice said: “Mi nuh mix up myself. I don’t tek sides. I respect every deejay and selector. One thing mi a beg the artistes and selector dem fi do is live inna love and unity and live as family.”

Although he is a known Alliance selector, Boom Boom said he does not take sides when he is playing.

“Boom Boom seh Alliance but mi play every artistes. Yuh caan play fi please yourself nor yuh friend dem, yuh haffi please everybody,” he said, while noting that he will play any ‘gaza’ song as long as the song is good and it does not disrespect any of the Alliance members.

And, although he has differences with Richie Feelings, Boom Boom said he does not support what happened.

“Yuh have some artistes weh come inna di peak a yuh juggling and give yuh CD fi play and yuh tell dem seh yuh caan’t play it ’cause yuh nuh know weh it bout and it ’cause certain ‘preements’,” Boom Boom said.

Selector Jigsy has had his share of assault and was saddened by the latest incident.

“Dem thing deh weh dem youth deh a do a idiot thing. Somebody need fi put a stopping to it. Mi nuh support that ’cause it could happen to anyone of us,” Jigsy said, while noting that Richie Feelings usually plays everybody’s song.

“Dem thing yah neva used to gwaan inna di 80s. Now, this come in like a world war in music. Some people need fi put a stopping to this whether by law or by force.”

He also said that once an artiste’s song is good enough, he will not have to pay or beat anyone to play his song.

Jigsy argued that some radio disc jocks accept payola to play songs but there are no known attacks on them.

“Yuh ever hear a radio man get diss yet. Dem have unity and dem ago lock yuh off from the station if yuh diss dem. But we need more unity inna di dancehall.”

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Elephant Man – Bedroom Killer


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Watch Sean Paul perform live on Good Morning America

With the vocal stylings of Sean Paul, modern Jamaican reggae has secured its own space on the international musical stage.

Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Paul says his heritage has been a boon to his musical career. “It makes me unique, stand out more and carve a space in popular music that no one else really occupies,” he says.

And carve out he has. When Paul’s fourth album, “Imperial Blaze,” is released next month, fans can expect “the future sound of dancehall; a lot of club bangers and songs dedicated to women,” he says.

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Ghetto Palms: Nas & Damian Marley / Weapon Riddim / Ethiopia Soul


Story by: Eddie “Stats” Houghton

In a perfect world every Ghetto Palms should connect at least three disparate dots on the map, and today’s multi-colored thumbtacks are puncturing the dread capitals of New York, Kingston and Addis Ababa with Ethiocentric blends of:  Sizzla, “Hard Ground” Nas & Damian Marley, “Afro Beat”
Mulatu Astatke,
“Metche Dershe” Beenie Man, “Woman” (Weapon Riddim) Tifa,
“Holding Power” (Weapon Riddim) Vybz Kartel, “Wine Pon Me” (Weapon Riddim)

The fire-starter was “Afro Beat”—Nas’ collabo with Damian Marley which just leaked in a truncated snippet version. Featuring Nasir and Junior Gong alternating bars over a chop-n-quench of Ethiopian soul pioneer Mulatu Astatke, it manages to spear all three birds in one track even though it is barely a minute long. Luckily the original, a ’60s Ethio-jazz monster that foreshadowed the fusion experiments of Fela, is long enough to carry both of them. That gave me a framework to cut together a couple other Ethiocentric joints—beats that are so idiosyncratic they don’t even blend, exactly, but are so much on the same vibe it doesn’t even matter, really.

First up there’s Sizzla’s “Hard Ground” from his classic Black Woman & Child LP—along with “Kings of this Earth,” maybe the first Sizzla joint I truly loved, probably because the riddim is so completely off the reservation. It has a definite Orchestra Baobab/Congolese rumba feel. I have no idea what the source is, but given the fact that it is Sly & Rob they are probably licking back something exotic.

Capping it off is a new-ish Beenie joint on the Weapon riddim, another odd bird from Jamaica. It sounds like an update of a minor-keyed ska or mento thing from the Ocean’s Eleven era, but it speaks eloquently to others. This actually leaked a while ago but just now came out on a limited riddim run with tracks from Vybz Kartel and TNT’s Tifa, which is kind of key because as a DJ, what the hell else are you going to do with a beat like this unless you have some other versions to play with? Tifa’s “Holding Power” exploits the “Put a Spell on You” spookiness of the riddim especially well, which kind of highlights the Ethiocentric quality, in a weird way. Somebody could probably write a whole thesis on the way in which African musical elements survived in the New World only by being channeled into songs with devilish, voodoo-that-you-do type themes to make them sensible in the Christian West. Hell, what do I know, somebody probably already has.

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Shaggy feat Kevin Rudolf – Fading Away


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Mavado awarded Best International Reggae Act


Dancehall singjay Mavado won big recently in New York at the seventh anniversary of the Urban Music Awards, copping the award for ‘Best International Reggae Act.’ Held on July 17 at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York, Mavado was among the big names in the black music industry.

This has been a winning streak for Mavado who has already won a number of awards.  The awards show saw a host of exclusive performances, surprises and winners who all joined in the excitement for a successful event.

Hosted by producer Amadeus from Diddy’s Bad Boy Entertainment camp, winners for the night included, Rihanna who won best music video and best female act and R&B superstar Akon took ‘artiste of the year’.

Kanye West’s album took the award for best album 2009 while best international latino act went to Enrique Iglesias and new comer, Kid Cudi took home the best single for Day and Night.

The Urban Music Awards USA has confirmed plans for next year’s awards show to be held in Los Angeles with a host of celebrities from Television, sports, and the music world already lining up to attend.

Winners Of The Night

Artist of the Year — Akon | Best Album — Kanye West ‘808’s & Heartbreak’

Best Gospel Act — Kirk Franklin | Best International Latino Act — Enrique Iglesias

Best Music Video — Rihanna ‘Rehab’ | Best R&B Act – Bobby V | Best DJ 2009 — Funkmaster flex

Best Radio Station — Hot 97 | Best TV show — Harlem Heights

Best Hip-Hop Act — Jay Z | Best Magazine — Hip-Hop Weekly | Best Male Act — Bobby V

Best Collaboration — Ron Browz ft. Jim Jones & Julez Santana ‘Pop Champagne’

Best Female Act — Rihanna | Best International Reggae Act — Movado | Best Producer — Swizz Beatz | Best Single — Kid Cudi for ‘Day & Night’

UMA Living Legend Award (1) — KRS 1 | Lifetime Achievement Award — Grandmasterflash

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Neyo’s Sumfest Interview


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Major Lazer – Guns Don’t Kill People… Lazers Do

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Considering Diplo and Switch were nominated for a Grammy this year for being the masterminds behind the creation of M.I.A.’s “Paper Planes”, it’s no wonder that people are paying attention to these two American DJs. On their first full-length album together, they call themselves Major Lazer, and they’re out to tear your house down.

It’s evident from looking at the lineup of collaborators what Diplo and Switch wanted Guns Don’t Kill People… Lazers Do to sound like. Do the names Vybz Kartel, Ms. Thing, Mr. Vegas, T.O.K. or Mr. Lexx ring a bell? Probably not if you aren’t up on today’s dancehall/reggae music circuit much. How about Santigold? Surely, she’s more on your radar, but don’t expect much contribution from her as she is only featured in one of thirteen tracks. And when she does contribute, her vocals are highly atonal, unlike her vocals on her debut last year. The collaborators that Major Lazer are paying homage to are not the album’s star player, but those behind dancehall and reggae.

Guns is an explosive and volatile album at best. It’s juicy with thumping basslines and unusual arrangements that are produced through cosmic laser sounds, Western film-cliches, drum lines, cell phone rings, vibrations, and electric compressors. There are even mechanical baby utterances too! Throughout the years, Jamaican dancehall artists have become more keen on electric assistance and have strayed from traditional strings and percussion; instruments that have previously fused reggae with dancehall…Major Lazer are doing their best with keeping up with these trends.

Switch and Diplo are notorious for their ability to take hit songs and contort them into club bangers or something transitive. They’ve perfected the art of the “wobbly beat” and their impressive catalog of remixes marks both of them as some of the best contenders out there in the house/electronic scene. As a result, Guns is quite an experiment for the two, and it’s captivating to hear the familiar Switch and Diplo techniques blended together in a way that works for their lineup of guest vocalists.

“Cash” is the closest thing to true reggae on this entire album. It’s smooth, atmospheric and seasoned with Jamaican flavors that come through in the simple guitar riffs and echoic vocalizations that transcend into quiet instrumentals. Then you have “Bruk Out”, a track featuring both T.O.K and Ms. Thing. As Ms. Thing exudes her sassy attitude through the chorus line, T.O.K. takes care of the verses by rapping in a deep and almost monstrous Jamaican accent over uptempo drumlines. Dancehall authenticity even pervades through a good deal of the album’s lyrics. “What U Like” is a raunchy, sexually explicit track with lyrics like, “You love when bad men fuck ya”…and that isn’t even the half of the salacious banter on this two-and-a-half minute track.

If radio gets a hold of the hook heavy “Keep It Goin’ Louder”, it may revive Nina Sky’s short-lived career, because Ricky Blaze has the ever so popular T-Pain mimic down perfectly. There’s also an innocent and sweet boy/girl vocal trade off that’s fun to sing along with and it’s a surefire bet to climb the charts. Guns Don’t Kill People…Lazers Do is an unexpected album when it comes to the different soundscapes encountered from beginning to end, but Major Lazer never fails to include groundshaking bass lines.

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Shawn Storm Takes On The Entire Alliance


The Gaza and Alliance warfare continues. Shawn Storm takes on the Alliance in his song “Mek Mi Kill The Dog”  produced by X Factor on the “Death Sentence Riddim”.  He refers to the Alliance as the  dog dem asking the teacher Vybz Kartel permission to kill them all (lyrically). He attacks Mavado  and his cousin Chase Cross accusing them both of taboo sexual activities. He also Lashes out against Flexx, Bling Dawg and Daseca, even though the production group are not Dancehall Artiste.  Shawn Storm Spared no one from the Allaince on this track. Listen to song below.

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Iyara Distances Himself From Bottling Incident with Richie Feelings

iyaraUp and coming dancehall deejay Eric Sommers – more popularly known as Iyara – is firing back at accusations launched against him stemming from an incident involving popular selector Richie Feelings who was hit in the face with a bottle at Uptown Mondays in Savannah
Plaza on Monday night (July 20).

According to Iyara, who is seeking to distance himself from the incident, the media has it wrong. “Right yah now mi ah distance myself from the whole ting cause I know nothing bout it. Me as a young act appreciate every selector becuase ah Bounty killer and Sizzla ah mi idol and mi neva see dem do dem ting ya yet“.

Iyara, who disclosed that he was present at the venue, says he was however on the outside whenrichie-feelings-bottled the stampede occurred. “I reach Uptown Mondays from early out in the night and at that time Richie Feelings neva start play yet but roun 1AM when me step out fi go get a cup a soup me just see people a rush outta the venue and ah jump inna car so mi just leave to“.

Currently promoting his new single “Hustle Mi Ah Hustle” Iyara says he has nothing against Richie Feelings and hopes the public will not continue to spread the rumors.

“Me a deal wid music and ah me say hustle mi ah hustle everyday inna di street and we nah look nuh trouble, so mi just want the people to know dat” he added.

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Jah Cure – Never Find | Hot Long Time Ft Jr Reid (video)

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Sean Paul explains the term “Rent A Tile”

The lead single “So Fine” has been buzzing on radio, and just last week Sean Paul was in Brooklyn, New York, filming a video for the next single,”Press On.” He explained the latter track is “rent-a-tile” music.

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JR Pinchers(son of Pinchers) father-son controversy explained

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TJ Records Drops Alter Ego Riddim

tjrecordsT.J. White of TJ Records slows down the pace for the summer with his latest release Alter Ego, a melodious smooth rhythm to ‘hold a meds’ to.

Known for rhythms as Unfinished Business with Billboard chart-topping songs So Special from Mavado and No Games from Serani, as well the Beauty and the Beast rhythm, Alter Ego is the follow up to White’s last effort Mood Swing with the popula song Sort Out from G-Whizz.

The rhythm was released last Wednesday and has six artistes touching on serious subject matters starting with the triple collaboration of Assassin, Christopher Martin and D Major with Real Friends.

Like its predecessors that also talk about envy and ‘bad mind’ in friendships, Real Friends should be a hit for listeners. While Bugle’s Pearly Gate takes another angle about friendship, as Bugle laments about fallen friends who will meet again in ‘all white’ where everything is all right.

A somewhat conscious artiste, Jah Vinci tackles love in Baby Girl I’m Alone, as he calls for his ‘baby girl’ to come back to him. The Jah Vinci track has a definite R&B feel to it as well as Raine Seville’s Too Late. Seville is the sole female on the rhythm and her Too Late is the female counteraction to Jah Vinc’s Baby Girl I’m Alone, as she tells him it’s too late for his pleading to return. G-Whizz’s Mama Don’t Worry is like the follow-up to Sort Out as he talks about better soon come and being able to lift his mother out of a poverty-ridden life. I Octane speaks to youths in Think A Little Time.

Thus far, White says the response to the rhythm has been doing good and expects it to rise farther, “it’s like the follow-up to Mood Swing so I expect the G-Whizz to do good, Raine Seville has a good song on it so too Bugle, the songs overall are good.

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Carolyn Yapp is Miss Jamaica Universe 2009

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Carolyn Yapp Miss Jamaica 09

Carolyn Yapp, a stunning 25 year old Interior Designer was last night crowned Miss Jamaica Universe 2009 to loud cheers and prolonged applause from the small audience in attendance at The Refuge at Villa Ronai. The coronation was a private affair, attended by the family and friends of the contestants, as well as producers and organizers from Pulse, licensees for the Jamaica preliminary to Miss Universe.  Judges were well known fashion and beauty personalities Barry Moncrieffe, former principal dancer of the NDTC and fashion designer; Gilou Bauer, Curator of the Mutual Life Gallery and Lois Lake-Sherwood, artist, business executive and diplomat. The winner was the universal choice of all the judges.

First runner-up was Fallon Harris a 21 year old student at the University of the West Indies and fashion model. Third runner-up was budding model, singer and designer, 19 year old Krystina Black. Pulse made a special appeal to Jamaicans to come forward to compete for the title, despite giving up the license earlier this year, as the Miss Universe Organization prevailed on the Jamaican company to conduct a contest and produce a Miss Universe entrant from Jamaica. This year is considered especially important for Caribbeans, as the event will be held at Atlantis in the Bahamas, next door to Jamaica. This might be a year in which Jamaica has its best chance, given the event’s presence in the region and the potential of the stunningly beautiful Miss Yapp.

At the start of the week, Pulse Investments announced that they were on the hunt for Jamaica’s most fabulous woman to represent the country at Miss Universe, the largest and most impressive Beauty Pageant in the world. As Miss Jamaica Universe, Carolyn copped the crown and title and will get the opportunity to represent Miss Jamaica at Miss Universe before a worldwide audience of close to one billion persons. Wearing gowns by Uzuri International, the contestants paraded before the judges and live audience. They also appeared in bikinis for the swimsuit competition. Visibly elated following her win Carolyn says she is ready to represent Jamaica at the upcoming Miss Universe finals in Bahamas, “It has always been a dream of mine to be an ambassador for my country and this is my chance! I know the competition will be tough but I’m ready to do my country proud and bring the title home.”

Although never having won the title, Jamaica has had significant success at Miss Universe pageants, claiming four top-10 finishes – Sandra Foster, Nicole Haughton, Christine Straw and Kimberley Mais. Several other beauties, including Sanya Hughes, Rachel Stuart, Trudy Ferguson, Justine Willoughby, Bridgette Rhoden and Zahra Redwood, the first Rastafarian beauty queen to appear in a major international pageant, have also raised Jamaica’s profile at the international pageant.

Miss Jamaica Universe 2009 is the daughter of Jean and Hartley Yapp and is originally from Montego Bay. She is a graduate of the University of the West Indies in and did post graduate studies in Interior Design in Florida. She is currently residing in Kingston Jamaica. She will begin immediate preparations for Miss Universe, the finals of which will be held in Nassau, The Bahamas on August 23, 2009. Now in its 58th year, the glamorous event, features some of the world’s most beautiful women from 85 countries, with each contestant competing for the right to call herself the most beautiful woman in the world.

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California Plans to Eliminate Their Debt By Legalizing Marijuana!

Smoking-marijuanaCalifornia is deep in debt of over $26 billion!! How do they plan on climbing out of debt? By legalizing Mary Jane which can bring them upwards of “$990 million from a $50-per-ounce fee and $392 million in sales taxes.”

The bill introduced by San Francisco Democratic Assemblyman Tom Ammiano in February would allow adults 21 and older to legally possess, grow and sell marijuana.{Presumably you would have to acquire a license or else how would they tax it?}

Advocates and opponents do agree that California is by far the country’s top pot-producing state. Last year law enforcement agencies in California seized nearly 5.3 million plants. The state director of the Drug Policy Alliance says they have to “consider innovative sources of new revenue, and marijuana should be at the top of that list.”

Marijuana use would increase because the prices will decrease by 30% according to reports. Do you think it will back fire or is it about time?

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Playing For Change | Songs Around The World “One Love” & “Stand By Me”

dhusa_playingforchangePlaying for Change is a multimedia movement created to inspire, connect, and bring peace to the world through music. The idea for this project arose from a common belief that music has the power to break down boundaries and overcome distances between people. No matter whether people come from different geographic, political, economic, spiritual or ideological backgrounds, music has the universal power to transcend and unite us as one human race. And with this truth firmly fixed in our minds.

From the award-winning documentary, “Playing For Change: Peace Through Music”, comes an incredible rendition of the legendary Bob Marley song “One Love” with Keb’ Mo’ and Manu Chao. This is the third video from the documentary and a follow up to the classic “Stand By Me” and the incredible “Don’t Worry.” Released in celebration of Bob Marley’s birthday on February 6th, this tribute to the legend is performed by musicians around the world adding their part to the song as it traveled the globe.

“One Love”

“Stand By Me”

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Order the “Stand By Me,” “Don’t Worry,” “One Love,” and “War/No More Trouble” videos and the new Songs Around The World album now at itunes!

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MJ’s brothers to attend Jamaica’s Reggae Sumfest

michael-jackson-is-madmanThree of Michael Jackson’s brothers expect to attend next month’s Reggae Sumfest in Jamaica which is dedicated this year to the deceased king of pop.

Summerfest Productions says Marlon, Tito and Randy Jackson confirmed they will be at the weeklong music festival’s International Night. It will feature Toni Braxton and reggae singer Damian Marley.

Spokesman Johnny Gourzong said Thursday that a Jackson family representative contacted the promoter after the company sent a letter of condolence following Michael Jackson’s death last month. Sumfest will run July 19-25 in Montego Bay. The brothers performed in Jamaica with Michael as the Jackson 5 at Kingston’s National Stadium in 1975.


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Ras Penco ready for Reggae Sumfest

raspencoReggae sensation Ras Penco is making the rounds on local and international airwaves, as his hit single “Thousand Miles” has been garnering airplay on radio and television throughout the Caribbean and North America. The single went to #1 in Jamaica in April, is currently #2 in the Cayman Islands, and the video has been in regular rotation on BETJ and VH1 Soul ever since.

Now as the summer concert circuit heats up, Penco will be taking centerstage at Reggae Sumfest in Montego Bay, Jamaica on Friday, July 24. Billed as “International Night,” Penco will be sharing the stage with the likes of Ne-Yo, Keri Hilson and Jazmine Sullivan. Sumfest is touted as the best reggae show on Earth and Penco is one of the few reggae artists that will be bringing its authentic sounds to the thousands of international tourists who journey to Sumfest each year.
“It’s a great accomplishment for me to be performing for the first time at Reggae Sumfest,” states Penco. “Sharing the stage with Ne-Yo on ‘International Night’ and representing reggae music on that line-up and that stage is a big step for me.”

Back with his new single “Most High,” Penco composes a more cultural theme than the romantic “Thousand Miles,” in a timeless conscious tune that laments the guidance and protection offered by the Rastafari faith. The single is already climbing the charts and finding fans in reggae aficionados everywhere. “It’s a prayer for me now to further my career and for Jah to guide me along my journey,” reveals Penco. “It’s doing well in Jamaica, as well as the U.K. and Canada and I’m looking forward to performing for my fans there soon.”

With two consecutive hit singles, Ras Penco is tapped to be the future of reggae music and someone reggae fans can count on to deliver solid songs that define the soulful genre.

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Black Dagga Riddim – Kartel | Tyrical

Vybz Kartel – Mi Waan Kno Straight  –

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Fully Loaded- Sunday July 26th (Jamaica)

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Rebel T // Bass Odyssey // Code Red // Black Kat // Renaissance // Sky Juice // Boom Boom // Cash Money // Bloodline // Alaska // Exclusive // Shockwave // Darkcide :: OUT OF JAPAN :: Burn Down // Barrier Free :: OUT OF TRINIDAD :: Matsimela & OUT OF GUYANA :: Sling

Japanese Sounds For Fully Loaded

After making a lasting impression on the thousands who turn out at Fort Clarence to witness Fully Loaded last year Japanese sound system Barrier Free is back as one of two confirmed contenders out of Japan. The selector and mic man duo of “Doctor” and “K.S.K” who are two time Japanese Sound Clash Winners both hail from Osaka Japan and have international experience playing in Miami, New York and the U.K.

“Burn Down” who also hails from Japan will make their Fully Loaded debut this year and will be looking to prove their worth. The crew which consist of members Kazu, Mizoguchi, and Makoto have played alongside Mighty Crown and Sunset Sound System on a number of prestigious shows and are known for having an artillery of dub plates.

Other sound systems booked for the July 26th James Bond Beach event are Rebel T, Bass Odyssey, Code Red, Black Kat, Renaissance, Sky Juice, Boom Boom, Cash Money, Bloodline, Alaska, Exclusive, Shockwave and Darkcide all from Jamaica while Matsimela will represent Trinidad and Slingaz the country of Guyana.

Fully Loaded will also be streamed LIVE PAY-PER-VIEW for anyone outside of Jamaica who would like to check out the action. Persons can logon to for more details.

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tarrusrileyAwarded Best Male Vocalist and Best Song at the 2008 International Reggae and World Music Awards, Tarrus Riley is the most promising of the second generation of Jamaica roots reggae singers. With an August 4, 2009 release of his much-anticipated third set CONTAGIOUS on Cannon Productions, distributed by VP Records, Tarrus Riley reaffirms that he is one of finest singer/songwriters of his generation, irrespective of musical genre. The son of Jimmy Riley – who has had a long career as a solo artist as well as being a former member of the Uniques and the Techniques. Riley’s songs retain ties to the Jamaican roots tradition while still managing to sound distinctly contemporary.

The album is grounded in a roots reggae tradition that is recast with a gleaming 21st century sheen courtesy of the album’s primary producer, venerable saxophonist Dean Fraser and created by Grafton and Tuff Gong studios sovereignty including Sly and Robbie on drum and bass, guitarists Mitchum “Khan” Chin and Cat Coore, keyboardist Robbie Lyn and Dean Fraser’s impassioned sax styling.Contagious remarkably shifts between smoothly crooned lover’s rock and artful Rastafarian declarations, provocative commentaries and dancehall’s combustible edge, its cohesion provided by Tarrus’s spectacularly emotive vocals and reliably inspiring words. As its title indicates, this highly infectious collection of 18 songs is characterized by symptoms of melodiousness, rapturous roots rhythms and hard hitting lyrical realities that are transmitted through repeated spins, resulting in a high grade musical fever from which you will not want to recover. “The reason why I called it ‘Contagious’ is because I would love for everyone to catch it,” says Tarrus. “I don’t want my music to have boundaries of race, age, nationality or religion; I represent reggae, live music, and I want everyone to catch on to its positive, good vibes.”

In support of Contagious, Tarrus will embark on a 25-city tour. From Toronto to Jacksonville, his aim is to meet fans and gain some new ones. His strong stage presence gives him crossover appeal and marks him as a coming force on the international reggae scene.
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Christopher Martin, D Major & Assassin – “Real Friends”

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