Dancehall fusion duo Switch and Diplo of Major Lazer have teamed up with electro-pop darling La Roux for a new mixtape titled Lazerproof. The record features cameos from Amanda Blank and Rusko as well as Drake and Gucci Mane (in the form of samples).
1. Bulletproof (Nacey Remix ft. Matt Hemerlein)
2. Colourless Artibella
3. I’m Not Your Lemonade + Heroes ‘N‘ Villains Remix ft. Gucci Mane
4. Independent Kill ft. Candi Redd
5. Keep It Fascinating
6. Magic (Falling Soldiers Dub)
7. In 4 The Kill Pon De Skream
8. Houstatlantavegas Pains ft Drake
9. Tigerlily (DYWHAP Blend) ft. Rusko
10. Can’t Stop Now (Armor Love Remix)
11. Quicksand (Mad Decent 2010 Rerub) ft. Amanda Blank
12. Cover My Eyes (Costra Nostra Edit)
13. I Said It (Major Lazer Dubplate) ft. Opal
14. Hold Yuh (Double Dubplate) ft. Gyptian
O’NEIL Edwards, a member of the singing group Voicemail, has died in the hospital. Edwards was critically wounded after he was shot several times as he attempted to enter his home at Belloc Avenue in the middle class community of Duhaney Park early on the morning of Monday May 10. The main suspect in the shooting was found dead in the Chancery Hall community this two days later. Police had attempted to arrest the man earlier that day but he escaped. Edwards’ cellular phone was found in the dead man’s possession. The body was clad in green short pants, white t-shirt and blue slippers and was found on Lady Hamilton Close with several gunshot wounds.
Kingston, Jamaica (CNN) — Violence in Jamaica surrounding the planned extradition to the U.S. of a suspected drug kingpin continued Monday, with shots fired at police officers as they sought to clear roads in Kingston, police said.
Residents have blocked roads, primarily in West Kingston, to restrict access to police and military.
The violence then spread about 20 minutes outside the capital to Spanish Town, where armed thugs blocked a major road and a bridge that serves as a link between Montego Bay and Kingston, police said.
Looting occurred in downtown Kingston.
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There were no immediate reports of casualties Monday, but two police officers were killed and six others were wounded in a shooting late Sunday near Norman Manley International Airport outside Kingston, police said.
The airport’s main entrance remained open, and flights were arriving and departing on schedule, said Paul Hall, senior vice president for operations at the Airports Authority of Jamaica.
The unrest revolves around U.S. attempts to extradite suspected drug kingpin Christopher “Dudus” Coke, who was charged last year in federal court with conspiracy to distribute marijuana and cocaine and with conspiracy to traffic in firearms illegally.
Coke’s whereabouts were not made public.
His attorneys were to meet with the charge d’affaires officer at the U.S. Embassy in Kingston.
Coke’s attorney Don Foote said he will listen to U.S. authorities but insisted his client should face any charges in Jamaican courts.
On Friday, Jamaican Prime Minister Bruce Golding said citizens should “allow the courts to deal with the extradition matter,” the state-run Jamaica Information Service reported.
In a statement Sunday afternoon, Golding announced an emergency meeting of his Cabinet in response to the heavy gunfire and blockades, the Jamaica Information Service said.
A state of emergency extended to the St. Andrew section of Kingston, according to the information agency.
The U.S. State Department is “monitoring the situation closely,” a spokesman said Sunday evening.
Coke was charged in August 2009 by the U.S. attorney’s office in New York, which accused him of leading an international criminal syndicate known as the “Shower Posse.”
“At Coke’s direction and under his protection, members of his criminal organization sell marijuana and crack cocaine in the New York area and elsewhere, and send the narcotics proceeds back to Coke and his co-conspirators,” the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency said in a release accompanying the charges.
“Coke and his co-conspirators also arm their organization with illegally trafficked firearms,” the DEA said in a statement at the time.
Coke is on the Justice Department’s list of Consolidated Priority Organization Targets, which the department says “includes the world’s most dangerous narcotics kingpins.”
The State Department issued a travel alert for Jamaica on Friday.
The Song is called “One Life To Live” and was recorded 6 month ago as one of the first tracks for the new VOICEMAIL Album “Next Level”. We have produced 14 more Songs and 2 Music Videos over the last half year. For “one life to live” we have done a urban remix as well as cover and poster artwork. A site for Oneil will be launched early next week under www.Voicemailgroup.com The video companies, producers and marketers for the new album come from germany. That also shows the communication strength of Voicemail. They had been successful in Japan and well loved there and in Germany there are already more than 2000 fans in a social networks united for Voicemail. The Song can be purchased @ iTunes and will be up on 20 more sites soon (Amazon, Amie Street, Nokia Music…)
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(Kingston, Jamaica) – Toi Gichie & Konshens are hot and out with a new summer hit single “All Night Party” which was premiered on Zj Liquid’s popular Wednesday afternoon radio show, “Fresh 2 Death” on ZIP 103 FM on Wednesday May 19, 2010. Listeners immediately went to popular social networking website’s Twitter & Facebook to express their excitement about the song.
The Dancehall Reggae sensation Konshens fused with the fresh on the block Toi Gichie is a wonderful fusion of creativity, as their equally unique vocals & styles blend to deliver a single that is guaranteed to rock the airwaves & dancehall. When approached by Alca Traz of Rockwildaz, who is Toi Gichie’s management team to do a remix, Konshens was happy & willing as he felt that what Toi has to offer is new and fresh and she has the potential to do well and cross over onto the international market.
“Music A Give Us The Love” says Konshens, “The Crowd Just A Rock & A Dip So” says Toi on the single which describes the overall vibe delivered. It’s a party / feel good song, raving and partying “From Sun Up to Sun Down” having fun. Produced by UIM Productions, recorded & remix mixed by Sean of Calibur Entertainment, this single is expected to bring a whole new vibe to the dancehall at a time when times are rather challenging and tense.
So get your “Raving Lotion” and lets have a “All Night Party” with Toi & Konshens this Summer. Will there be a music video soon? We are not sure but like this remix, anything is possible.
It was high energy and and cases of Hennessy yesterday evening as the Five Star general Bounty Killer and the energy god Elephant Man stepped up in Club Privilege to shoot the highly anticipated video for their mega summer hit “This Is How We Do” on the Mad Collab Riddim from ZJ Chrome.
As expected both deejays attracted a large turnout of onlookers as well as extras who appeared on set to witness all the action. Making appearances at the shoot were Jah Cure, Stacious, Bridgez, Hitmaker, Young Alliance (Marlon Binns, Nymron, Flawless, Assailant) and Solid Agency boss Sharon Burke to name a few.
The video was directed by Gareth Cobran and is expected out early June. Checkout exclusive Behind The Scenes footage from Icey Jace Film Factory.
Experience one of the most popular genres of Caribbean music. Recruiting only the Generals of Soca music, VP Records presents Soca Gold 2010. Considered the Soundtrack of the Caribbean Carnival, this high spirited compilation represents the best Soca tracks on the market.
On May 25th VP Records brings the party to you with Soca Gold 2010. The albums preeminent line up cannot be denied. Leading the regiment is the prince of Soca Chutney Rikki Jai’s popular “Barman” track. Soca has travelled around the world and finds itself in the UK; one listen to the infectious “Party Hard” from Donae’o and you will find yourself bouncing to the rhythm and chanting along with the chorus…Party Hard!! The Queen of Soca, Alison Hinds single “Gimmie De Juk Juk,” exemplifies the feelings and mood of Soca music while demonstrating how it should be done. The Superstar of Soca Machel Montana meets the Superstar of Dancehall Busy Signal on the collaborated track “Wooeeii Gal Wooeeii”. Barbadian artist Edwin Yearwood lends his “Socaton” style to the mix with his track “Carnival On My Mind.” Soca Gold 2010 would not be complete without giving a Soca injection to the most popular track in Reggae music; Gyptian’s single “Hold You.” Soca music has been lifting spirits and providing the backdrop to parties across the Globe. The album also includes Fadda Fox’s “Staggerah,” Peter Ram’s “Tattoo Farm,” Lyrikal’s “All Over De Gyal,” to name a few; in conjunction with this great CD is a bonus DVD with exclusive footage from Trinidad’s 2010 Carnival, music videos and much more. Soca Gold 2010 keeps the tradition and excitement going with this year’s release.
Originally when the song leaked there was no mention of Jovi, but just got word that Jovi Rockwell did indeed perform the chorus on that new Flo-Rida and Lil Wayne song “Fresh I Stay Part 2″. So yeah, definitely a dope look for Jovi. She’s talented and I’m glad she’s getting her voice out there,
A representative for dancehall star MAVADO has brushed off criticism from Jamaica’s tourism minister about a cameo in rapper DRAKE’s new video, after taking issue with his portrayal of a gun-toting local gangster.
Drake shot the promo for Find Your Love in the Jamaican cities of Kingston and St. Andrew, and follows the hip-hop star as he pursues a woman romantically linked to a gang leader named Puffy, played by Mavado.
The video ends with Drake being kidnapped and held at gunpoint, and bullets can be heard being fired as the screen fades to black.
Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett protested the content of the video last week (ends14May10), expressing his disappointment at the apparent link between the Caribbean country and gun culture.
He said, “Care has to be taken by all, including our creative artists, in portraying images of our destination and people. Gun culture, while not unique to Jamaica, is not enhancing (the island’s image).”
But Mavado’s manager, Julian Jones-Griffith, has defended the star, insisting the promo’s storyline simply borrows from past headlines in the Jamaican media.
He says, “The concept that they came up with, where did they come up with that? If Mavado did not do it, another Jamaican actor would have done it.”
Black music has many streams of expression, 2 of the most prominent being Hip-Hop and Reggae. And when you go back far enough, these traditions are seen to have their roots in the music of Africa. This truth is the basis for Nas and Damian Marley’s unique collaboration Distant Relatives, which aims to not only bridge the gap between their cultures, but also raise funds for a school in the Congo. And this focus has resulted in an album that will undoubtedly enrich the musical legacies of both men.
From the outset, it’s very obvious to listeners that both men took their time and built up a genuine, strong chemistry over the estimated year and a half recording period. The duo comfortably trade quick bars over the first single “As We Enter,” easily handling the several rhythm changes punctuated by horn and piercing drums , which is reminiscent of Welcome to Jamrock’s “All Night”. “As We Enter” serves to establish the direction of the LP, as Damian Marley proclaims them to be “street intellectuals,” and Nas posits their purpose as “real revolution rhymers.”
K’Naan guests on “Tribal War,” which address the in-fighting the plagues people of color around the world. Damian Marley crafts a beat of urgency using bongos and sorrowful chorus signing, as each emcee tackles the issue from different perspectives. Nas parallels international conflicts such as those seen in Darfur with American gang warfare, while K’Naan reflects on how Africa’s contributions are ignored or belittled in today’s society (“I drink poison/Then vomit diamonds/I gave you Mandela, Black Dalai Lamas/I gave you music/You enthused in my kindness/So how dare you reduce me to Donny Imus?”). And Damian Marley addresses the futility of man’s violent nature (“We nuh want no more of that/Everyone deserves to earn…Man a war tribal/Over colors/Over money, over land, and over oil, and over God” ).
Damian’s brother Stephen Marley assists on 2 tracks, “Leaders” and “In His Own Words.” On the former, Stephen handles chorus duties over a traditional, reggae-flavored track. But it’s Nas who shines in his 2 verses, using allusions to the Biblical figure of Esau, Prohibition gangster Bumpy Johnson, and Marcus Garvey to argue that a leader can come from any facet of society if they’re willing to answer the call.
On the latter, the trio gives listeners the first overtly spiritual track in “In His Own Words.” Again Nas works with 2 verses, and sharply notes his struggle with balancing his art, and how it has brought him closer to God (“How I balance between the streets and the theories of/collegiate literature/I hold mirrors up/Give combinations of pain, joy, fear, and love/Through my perspective/I can see Jah reflection”). Stephen’s bluesy, paced vocals provide a nice contrast with Nas’ faster flow, and Junior Gong brings it home lyrically in rhyming on the unity of creation (“All things are related/And creation is a package/Generate together/And we increase the wattage/A how them a go manage? Tell Babylon them can’t do Rasta damage”).
Since Damian Marley handled the majority of the production duties, the beats are void of any contemporary-styled Hip-hop rhythms. However, Junior Gong shows his versatility and knowledge of his partner’s strengths by making strategic rhythm changes to accentuate Nas’ style, as heard with the beautiful, guitar driven transition on “Count My Blessings.” Instinctively, both Nas and Marley fervently attack the songs with strong drums like “Friends,” “Dispear,” and “Strong Will Continue.” Ironically, the track with the closest link to boom-bap (“Nah Mean”) is dissected and dominated by Damian’s patois (“We nuh like dem colonial regime/Nah mean/Mi Queen hafi rock and come in/Nah mean/and jump pon mi big trampoline/Nah mean/And boost up her self-esteem”).
The remaining guests do exceptionally well in maintaining the theme of the album. Reggae fans will be delighted in hearing legend Dennis Brown helping in the remake of his classic “The Promised Land.” The seminal, bass-heavy funk of the song is perfect for any reggae/dancehall artist as Damian shows in his verse connecting America and Africa. But Nas also doesn’t misstep and incorporates end of days imagery in his portion (“If these are the last days/And 100-foot waves come crashing down/I’ll get some hash and pound/Pass around the bud then watch the flood/Can’t stop apocalypse/My synopsis is catastrophic”). Joss Stone compliments the child singing chorus on “My Generation,” and Lil Wayne shows his underrated adaptability with a succinct verse on his role with today’s youth (“This generation/I’m a represent/A generation led by a black president…So when you finish reading Revelations/Thank God for my generation”).
The album concludes with the poignant, lush ballad “Africa Must Wake Up.” The song is a call for those of African descent to not only remember their lineage, but establish an identity for the future, as sung by Damian (“Yesterday we were kings? Can you tell the young ones/Who are we today?”). Nas utilizes his 2 verses to speak on African culture’s discoveries in religion, architecture, and astronomy which assisted in humanity’s development. K’Naan reappears to offer a short, rhetorical refrain in Somali (“And when a country is built. Aren’t you the ones to tear it down?/ And when one attempted to tell the truth, aren’t you the ones to cut him down?). Nas ends the LP on a unifying note, explaining that because civilization derives from Africa, we are all family just spread out across the globe regardless of race.
Distant Relatives is an amazing achievement for both artists. For Damian Marley, it shows in these 5 years since this last LP (Welcome to Jamrock), he has grown as a producer and can lay claim to being one the most talented of Bob Marley’s children. Nas continues to evolve and age gracefully. Since 2002’s God’s Son, Nas has opted to use music to look inside himself for identity, rather than media, fans, or trends to define him. Instead of attempting to relive past glory (Illmatic) or personas (The Firm), he’s doing something many emcees become fearful to do; grow up with their audience and challenge themselves. And with the way he handled the varying production from Marley, Nas again shows why 19 years after his first appearance he’s still one of the premier lyricists in Hip-Hop.
Distant Relatives is a rewarding listening experience in its musicianship and lyricism, and one you can expect to go back to in the years to come.
With just over a month left to showtime, the Best of the Best International Music Festival (BOTB) gets even bigger and promoters are promising there will be more artists to come! Hip-hop heavyweights Rick Ross and Nicki Minaj join Caribbean icons Capleton, Barrington Levy and Cocoa Tea, plus dancehall thriller groupT.O.K., as some of the latest artists added to the show’s lineup, which boasts the hottest names in urban music today. Music mogul Diddy is set to host the annual blockbuster concert event, taking place during Memorial Day weekend, on May 30 at Bicentennial Park in Miami, Florida.
Rick Ross returns to BOTB from his smash performance last year, and will once again showcase his Maybach Music dancehall artist, Magazeen. Fans can expect classic Rick Ross hits as well as an unveiling of his new tunes, as “the boss” will be promoting the release of his new album, Teflon Don, due in stores on June 29.
New rap sensation Nicki Minaj will see this as her first major performance in South Florida for the year. The Young Money artist has been making waves since she hit the scene as Lil Wayne’s proteje, and recently scored major points with the Caribbean audience by jumping on the remix for “Hold Yuh” by reggae crooner Gyptian, who is also appearing on BOTB. The remix is currently receiving massive airplay on urban radio across the nation and keeps Gyptianon Billboard’s Hip-Hop/R&B chart.
BOTB’s official host, Diddy, is also hitting the stage to promote his upcoming album, Last Train to Paris, and will be bringing his friends in tow to hit the holiday audience that will be packed into Bicentennial Park come May 30. As fans know, no one is more dynamic when it comes to promotion than the ‘Bad Boy’ of hip-hop so patrons will be in store for a very special treat. DJ Khaled will also bring his ‘special’ friends to help promote his current album, Victory, which is now in stores and features everyone from Usher and Ludacris to Mavado and Buju Banton.
The newest additions also include dancehall’s most successful male-group, T.O.K, who will see this BOTB performance as one of their biggest since releasing their latest album, Our World,last year. They will be joined by newcomers Richie Loops, who is enjoying sweet success in the dancehalls with his current hit, “My Cup,” singer Romain Virgo, and dancehall’s newest princess, Tiana, who will debut her hit single, “Skippin’ Feelin,’” to the BOTB crowd.
Hip-hop rockstar Gucci Mane rounds out the BOTB cast, which also features Serani, Mr. Vegas, Baby Cham, Machel Montano, Lady Saw, Anthony B, Ding Dong, Demarco, Tony Matterhorn, Pinchers, G. Whizz, Chino, R.D.X., Sammi Starr and the New Kingston Band. The concert is just part of the four-day festival, which runs from Friday, May 28 to Monday, May 31. See details at www.bestofthebestconcert.com.
Best of the Best takes place at Bicentennial Park, located at 1075 Biscayne Boulevard in downtown Miami. Park gates open at 1:00 pm and show time is set for 1:30pm sharp. For further information on each event and to purchase tickets, log on towww.bestofthebestconcert.com or call 1-305-438-9488, or also visit www.ticketmaster.com. Please direct all press inquires to [email protected].
FACED with scathing criticism over his confession that he sanctioned a US$50,000 deal with a US-based law firm to negotiate a controversial extradition matter, Prime Minister Bruce Golding is now pondering his future.
Golding and the top brass of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) are now locked in a meeting at Vale Royal, the Prime Minister’s official residence.
Golding’s head has been on the chopping block after he revealed in Parliament that he sanctioned the party to contact United States law firm Manatt Phelps and Phillips to negotiate with members of the Barack Obama administration to argue on behalf of reputed Tivoli Gardens don, Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke.
Calls for Golding to step down as Prime Minister have come from various sectors of society including his former party the National Democratic Movement, the People’s National Party and human rights group Jamaicans for Justice.
Yesterday a group of private sector and union bodies charged with finding solutions for Jamaica’s economic and social ills suspended its agenda in light of his confession.
Last year August the US Government officially requested Coke’s extradition to face drug and gun running charges.
The Golding-led administration has refused to sign the authority to proceed citing a breach of the Interception of Communications Act by the United States as their reason.
Coke has been named as the head of the Shower Posse, described by US authorities as a multi-national criminal organisation headquartered in Golding’s West Kingston constituency.
Speculation as to the Prime Minister’s future is rife on the streets of the capital. Meantime #blamebruce has become, locally at least, a ‘trending topic’ on social networking website Twitter