Blessings everyone and welcome to the newest episode of the live, online Jamaican entertainment show, 876-411, hosted by Marc Brown.
In this episode, Brown looks at the new video for the single, ‘Conjugal Visit,’ featuring Spice and incarcerated Dancehall superstar, Vybz Kartel as well as Alkaline taking shots at legendary deejay, Bounty Killer in his new song, ‘Anywhere We Go.’
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Dancehall icons and long time rivals, Bounty Killer and Beenie Man have been exchanging lyrical jabs on and off for the past two decades. These days, the two are more about uniting than fighting, as evidenced by their newly-released collaboration, Legendary.
Marking the first time the duo have joined forces on a track, Bounty and Beenie talk up their respective places in Dancehall as well as their approach to life and music. The song is produced by veteran deejay turned producer, Matthew ‘Esco’ Thompson on his Starstruck Records label and has already made the rounds on Jamaican mainstream radio.
Thompson, who also co-wrote the song, explained in an interview with the Jamaica Observer published Tuesday that he originally went to Beenie Man with the idea and that the ‘King of Dancehall’ approved. The two were said to have wanted to collaborate for a while now.
“We all know both artistes were once rivals, but they have tossed away their differences for a while now,” he told the newspaper. “A lot of producers wanted them to collaborate but it didn’t happen. So I feel really honoured to be the one to do it,”
“He thought it was a perfect idea as both artistes wanted to record a single together for a while, but it was sort of difficult finalizing what the topic would be about,” he added.
Legendary will officially be released via iTunes later this month. Check out the single below:
Grammy winning rapper, producer, and activist Wyclef Jean has just been added to the 30th anniversary staging of Sting aka The Greatest Reggae Show on Earth. He speaks about the influence of dancehall reggae on his work with the Fugees.
Now celebrating its 40th anniversary, The Harder They Come has inspired countless reggae music love-ins on college campuses and among Jamaicans around the world. Now the iconic movie can add a dancehall rhythm to its list of tributes, as One Jam Music releases Bounty Killer’s blazing Harder– a devastating response to all his challengers, and the teaser to One Jam’s latest production, the Harder Than Hard album slated for release in early 2014.
Harder Than Hard is the brainchild and labor of love of One Jam Music, a boutique reggae music label. The project was inspired by the classic 1972 Jimmy Cliff film written and directed by Perry Henzell and co-written by Trevor D. Rhone. Considered a cult classic, The Harder They Come was the first film made in Jamaica shortly after independence, one of the most successful independent films of all time and “the soundtrack album has joined Marley’s catalog as reggae’s cornerstones” (SF Chronicle).
Continuing the firsts, Harder Than Hard will be the first riddim-driven album that will use samples and themes from one movie as the basis for all the songs on the compilation. The album, slated for release in early 2014, will feature a star-studded cast of established and rising dancehall and reggae artists and will lead off with the single Harder from Grammy nominated international star Bounty Killer.
On the eve of “Sting” 2013, dubbed “The greatest dancehall show on earth,” the dancehall world has been eagerly awaiting a response from Bounty Killer to challenges and insults hurled at him in recent months from Mr. Vegas, Anthony B, and most recently Mavado. The Warlord has finally responded, and it is with devastating impact. The musical response Harder, which conjures up memories of a favorite dancehall era when lyrical battles were en vogue and reached their highpoint at Sting, draws dialog samples from The Harder They Come, and in true Killer style delivers a verbal lashing to his challengers.
While the single for Harder will be available on all major digital outlets served by digital giants 21st Hapilos Digital, the 40-year legacy and enduring potency of The Harder They Come is being celebrated by the film’s owners, International Films Limited (IFM) and their distribution partners. IFM, Syndctd Entertainment and Xenon Pictures will digitally release the film on iTunes and through VHX in late December. A blu-ray is set for Spring 2014 and various Harder They Come theatrical screenings / reggae music parties will roll out through 2014 on college campuses and with Jamaican diaspora groups and roots reggae groups in Boston, Brooklyn, Toronto and all over the globe.
Updated 7/24 – release of the official Video – Busta Rhymes Ft. Nicki Minaj – Twerk It
Behind the Scenes Video || Nicki Minaj and Busta Rhymes do new song entirely in Jamaican patois
Updated 6/20 – Behind The Scenes: “TWERK IT” by Busta Rhymes (ft. Nicki Minaj)
Internationally acclaimed rappers, Nicki Minaj and Busta Rhymes have combined their Caribbean roots to create a new single recorded entirely in Jamaican patois.
The curvaceous Trinidadian-American rapper and Jamaican-born hip-hop veteran recently recorded a remix to Busta Rhymes’ hit single, Twerk It, voicing the song in their best Jamaican dialect. The Pharrell Williams produced remix was unveiled on Thursday, featuring lyrics from that paid tribute to Jamaica’s Dancehall elite, including Beenie Man, Bounty Killer and Vybz Kartel.
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“Dutty gal, when ya see mi and what yu fi do/ Bow down, big chain and it heavy too,” Minaj sings while she and Rhymes sing, “Come here gyal wey yu a duh? What a gwaan? Dun wid dat, Dutty Wine … Tony Matterhorn … Kartel, Beenie Man, Bounty Killer too roll di weed buss a dutch all Rizla too.”
Though in the past, many American entertainers have used Dancehall samples, verses and Jamaican sayings in their music, this is the first time two American rappers have ever done a song entirely in Jamaican patois
Neither Busta Rhymes nor Nicki Minaj are strangers to implement Dancehall themes in their music. Busta Rhymes has used dialect in many of his songs and scored noteworthy collaborations, such as his chart-topping hit, Make It Clap (feat. Spliff Star and Sean Paul) as well as Wine and Go Down, alongside Vybz Kartel.
Minaj has long expressed her affection for Jamaican music as well, featuring on the remix for Gyptian’s hit song, Hold Yuh in 2010 and featured on French Montana’s recent single, Freaks, which samples the Murder She Wrote rhythm created by Sly and Robbie. She was also the headline international act at the 2011 edition of Reggae Sumfest.
Popular Dancehall artist and the former first lady of Bounty Killer’s Alliance crew, Bridgez has announced her decision to leave the group after four years with them.
The singjay, whose real name is Bridgett Roache confirmed Wednesday that she has cut all ties with Alliance and is now looking for a new management team. According to the Winning Whine singer, this is strictly a business decision aimed at taking her career to a higher level.
“I don’t believe in titles,” she said in a statement. “If you’re not making an impact to live up to it; so all these titles I got didn’t mean much to me. It felt like just talk, an excuse to not put in the real work a manager is to be doing.I will never be ungrateful for the experience I gained while I was in Alliance but the time has come for me to move on. I’m serious about my career and I have spent almost 4 years with this camp however I need a management team that knows how to manage a female artist.”
She continued, “I am a positive person and I don’t dwell on negative things so I won’t spend my time bashing my former manager. Right now I am focused on getting a better management team, one that can guide my career to success.”
After releasing a number of singles including On Fire and Take Your Breath Away, Bridgez joined forces with Bounty Killer for her hit, Rollout, which helped solidify her place in Bounty’ camp. She later joined the Alliance’s Next Generation camp, releasing singles such as No Any Man and Han Up Deh and, after disassociating herself from the A.N.G brand, dropped songs such as Take Your Time (featuring Big Wayne) and All Dem a Talk.
Bridgez promises her fans she will release new material during the summer.
“Over the last couple of months I’ve been very busy in the studios working with various producers like Salim and Chris of Track House Records, ZJ Bruce Lee, and Truckback and couple others and I released a hot new track last month named Winning Wine on Trackhouse’s Pandemonium Riddim. I’ve also been busy doing my B.Sc in Business Administration so I took a little break from releasing anything after Take Your Time but I will be giving my fans a lot of new material for the summer.”
Typically when watching a Bounty Killer performance, you can expect lots of energy, ferocity and a few rants here and there and patrons at Usain Bolt’s Tracks and Records got just that at Tuesday night’s Behind The Screen series in Kingston.
The self-professed ‘War Lord’ was in a militant mood at Constant Spring’s Marketplace, taking aim at homosexuals, politicians and even the sound engineers. After being introduced to the stage by fellow Dancehall legend, Shaggy and Trinidadian soca star, Machel Montano, Bounty wasted no time in re-acquainting fans with his classics such as Sufferer, Cellular Phone and Rivers of Babylon.
But just as his set was getting warmed up, technical difficulties cooled the performance momentum as his microphone and monitors on stage weren’t working properly. Though Bounty continued to perform, the technical glitches persisted and the Alliance leader walked off in a rage.
01.INTRO – EKLYPSE
02.ANDRIDE FT EKLYPSE – VIBEZ THEM SICKA
03.TWIN OF TWINS – SO MUCH THINGS
04.CHAM – LAWLESS
05.CHAM – STRIPPER POSE
06.VERSION – 630
07.BOASY – 630
08.VERSION – MEAN MAN
09.DAJIGGA – MEAN MAN
10.VERSION – ALL OUT
11.POINT O – ALL OUT
12.VERSION – DONE SEE DEM
13.DEMARCO – DONE SEE DEM
14.BEEZ – RIDE AS U LIKE
15.VERSION – NO CHIP TO MY BRAIN
16.DI GOVANAH – NO CHIP TO MY BRAIN
17.VERSION – MY CONFESSION
18.DEMARCO – MY CONFESSIONS
19.VERSION – SPECIAL KINDA GYAL
20.MAVADO – SPECIAL KINDA GYAL
21.VERSION – EVERYTHING YOU NEED
22.VYBZ KARTEL FT. GAZA SLIM – EVERYTHING YOU NEED
23.VERSION – WEED SMOKERS
24.VERSION – FLY OVER BADMIND PEOPLE
25.I OCTANE – FLY OVER BADMIND PEOPLE
26.VERSION – NAADA LEVEL
27.HICE WATA – NAADA LEVEL
28.COLLIE BUDDZ – LIVE LIFE
29.VERSION – GONE TOO FAR
30.CHAN DIZZY – GONE TOO FAR
31.VERSION – PARTY VYBZ
32.VYBZ KARTEL – PARTY VYBZ
33.DE’VIOUS – GIVE THANKS
34.NINJA KID – NATURE A RISE
35.T’NEZ – HEARTLESS
36.MASICKA – LIVE THE LIFE
37.ZAGGA – LITTLE SOMETHING
38.VERSION – CROSSFIRE RIDDIM
39.TWIN OF TWINS – BIG TRACY-ANN
40.NINJA MNA – BUNN
41.TWIN OF TWINS – CHRISTMAS A COME
42.KIPRICH – HEAD A BUNN
43.VERSION – FACE OFF RIDDIM
44.AIDONIA – PSALMS
45.SEAN PAUL – TALLEST
46.DI GENIUS – PRAY
47.MAVADO – DISRESPECT
48.VERSION – STREET BOMB RIDDIM
49.BLAK RYNO – MI DISCIPLE DEM
50.BEENIE MAN – BURN DEMON AND GOAT
51.MATTERHORN – DEATH FROM THE RED PLANET
52.BOUNTY KILLER – DI GAAD
53.VERSION – RADIOACTIVE RIDDIM
54.BEENIE MAN – BADDA DAN DEM
55.KHAGO & ZAMUNDA – MI DI GAL DEM A TALK BOUT
56.ZAGGA – DAT IS A MUST
57.POPCAAN – YOUTH AFFI BORN
58.VERSION – INCURSION RIDDIM
59.KIPPO – FEAR NO EVIL
60.NAVINO – CAH FEAR ME
61.MAVADO – NOBODY TILL SOMEBODY KILLS YOU
62.KALADO – SQEEZE IT
63.MUNGA FT SASSY D – BUBBLE
64.DEMARCO – REAL QWENGA
65.ELEPHANT MAN – POSITION
66.TOMMY LEE – BRAVERY
67.VYBZ KARTEL – CONVERTIBLE
68.VERSION – DUTCH POT RIDDIM
69.GYPTIAN – HERE I AM
70.NAVINO – WE NUH RUN EEN
71.PUMPUTAE – DASH OUT
72.MUNGA – DRACULA FI SCREAM
73.VERSION – SOAK
74.BENCIL – ANYTIME DI RAIN A FALL
75.TIANA – MAD OVA ME
76.CHARLY BLACK – LOVE ME
77.DAVILLE – COME MEK WE TOUCH
78.VERSION – 1990 RIDDIM
79.FRISCO KID – DAT MI LIKE
80.FRANKIE SLY – NUH BOY CYAA
81.SPICE – CYAAN MANAGE IT
82.MR LEXX – NUH MORE THAN YUH
83.VERSION – BAR BOUNCE RIDDIM
84.ELEPHANT MAN – HAPPY
85.BLAK RYNO & MARKUS – BAR AFFI SHELL
86.BEENIE MAN & FAMBO – LETS MAKE A TOAST
87.MAVADO – LIVE MY LIFE
88.VERSION – BED KNOCKINGS RIDDIM
89.TWIN OF TWINS – BIG TRACY-ANN
90.NINJA MNA – BUNN
91.TWIN OF TWINS – CHRISTMAS A COME
92.KIPRICH – HEAD A BUNN
93.VERSION – FACE OFF RIDDIM
94.AIDONIA – PSALMS
95.SEAN PAUL – TALLEST
96.DI GENIUS – PRAY
97.MAVADO – DISRESPECT
98.VERSION – STREET BOMB RIDDIM
99.BLAK RYNO – MI DISCIPLE DEM
100.BEENIE MAN – BURN DEMON AND GOAT
101.MATTERHORN – DEATH FROM THE RED PLANET
102.BOUNTY KILLER – DI GAAD
103.VERSION – RADIOACTIVE RIDDIM
104.KEIDA – WINE FI YUH
105.MR VEGAS – LOVE ZONE
106.DEMARCO – EVERY GYAL A MINE
107.LEFTSIDE – NAUGHTY
108.VERSION – DOG BITE RIDDIM
109.T.O.K – GYAL MAD PON DI BUDDY
110.TIANA – MINE DI DOG BITE YUH
111.SEAN PAUL – NUH BADDA WID DEM
112.KONSHENS – GUERILLA FOREVAH
113.VERSION – SMEAR BASS RIDDIM
114.T’NEZ – HUSTLE [GO HARD]
115.I-OCTANE – LIFE
116.NAVINO – DOLLAR SIGN
117.PATEXX – MORE MONEY
118.NAVINO – IT’S ALRIGHT
119.BABY CHRIS, DING DONG & NEW KIDZ – PARTY LIFE
120.BEENIE MAN – STYLE
121.DEMARCO – MAKE ME PROSPER
122.VERSION – THE KING RIDDIM
123.I OCTANE – STILL NAA RUN
124.I OCTANE – STILL NAA RUN
125.AGENT SASCO – MY OWN
126.ALAINE – US AGAINST THE WORLD
127.VERSION – HOLIDAY RIDDIM
128.ONTON – BROAD OUT
129.DEABLO – WINE N TURN ME ON
130.TONY MATTERHORN – ONE LIFE
131.AIDONIA – SWEAT UP YUH BODY
132.ROMAIN VIRGO – BEAT YOU DOWN
133.JAH VINCI – NEVER TOO LATE
134.COLLIE BUDDZ – NO TIME
135.CHRIS MARTIN – MI FRIEND DEM
136.VERSION – TROPICAL ESCAPE RIDDIM
137.ALAINE – AMAZING
138.ROMAIN VIRGO – EVERLASTING LOVE
139.CHRISTOPHER MARTIN – TOO BIG
140.ZAGGA – NEVER GIVE UP
141.VERSION – JOURNEYS RIDDIM
142.BUGLE – PRAYER
143.BLAK DIAMON – MY JOURNEY
144.KONSHENS – DON’T DISS MAMA
145.TOMMY LEE – LIVE MY LIFE
146.VERSION – UNSTOPPABLE
147.CHARLY BLACK – UNSTOPPABLE
Though iconic Dancehall superstar, Bounty Killer has long indicated his desire not to clash ‘Gaza’ deejay Tommy Lee Sparta anytime soon, some of Tommy Lee’s fans apparently tried to answer some of the Grung Gaad’s taunts on his behalf.
Two weeks ago, the internet world went abuzz following video showing Tommy Lee Sparta being booed while performing at the CHUG IT beach party in Portmore, St. Catherine. Despite being well-received by the crowd for a majority of his set, Lee got an ear full from patrons when making disparaging remarks about Bounty Killer after singing his hit track, P**** Mechanic. Then Tommy Lee Sparta, who later denied the incident even took place, received another chorus of boos while performing at Rum Punch later that weekend for once again speaking about Bounty, alleging that the Alliance leader orchestrated a plot to have fans turn against him at the show.
This past weekend, Bounty Killer took the stage at Chug It alongside fellow Alliance deejays Bling Dawg, Iyara and a host of others. Just moments after taking to the stage and performing Badman Kill Fi Fun, Bounty was forced to defend himself after some fans threw sand at the deejay, hurling boos in his direction in an apparent reprisal for the Tommy Lee Sparta incident two weekends prior.
After making his first appearance at UWI’s Integration Thursdays for this year, the dancehall legend then makes a surprise visit at “Whoppin Thursdays” in the community of Cockburn Pen, Kingston, Jamaica…
Any hope that Dancehall superstar, Bounty Killer will perform at STING 2012 seems all but dashed after the ‘War Lord’ confirmed his intention to skip the popular stage show.
The Alliance leader, who initially was on the STING lineup, declared that he would not perform at STING following ‘disrespectful’ comments made by the show’s lead promoter, Isaiah Laing in an interview, implying that ‘Gaza’ deejay and current rival,Tommy Lee Sparta had a good chance of defeating him in a clash.
Though speculation within Dancehall circles was rife that Bounty Killer was bluffing, the ‘Grung Gaad’ confirmed during a radio interview on Wednesday that he was serious. The iconic entertainer stated that his STING deposit was returned a week and half ago and the contract originally signed to do the show is now null and void.
One of Jamaica’s longest tenured politicians has been delving into the world of music as he looks set to release a new album commemorating Jamaica’s 50th anniversary as an independent nation.
Former Jamaican Prime Minister, Edward Seaga, will be releasing a 100-song box set entitled, Reggae Golden Jubilee: The Origin of Jamaican Music via New York-based record label, VP Records. Seaga’s CD celebrates the evolution of Jamaica’s music, from ska to Reggae to Dancehall, recognizing artistes who used this medium to promote social change.
Seaga hosted an official launch of Reggae Golden Jubilee at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston on Friday night. During his speech at the event, Seaga insisted that Jamaicans must pay more attention to the social value of their music while expounding on the creative and cultural forces that Reggae has on the island.
Though the two have publicly denied that a possible lyrical clash could happen, Dancehall superstars, Bounty Killerand Tommy Leecould indeed butt heads at the genre’s biggest stage show as both have been confirmed for STING 2012.
Having engaged in a lyrical feud over the last month, Bounty Killer and Tommy Lee will headline the 29th edition of STING and could possibly set the stage for Alliance leader and Gaza artiste to settle their ongoing differences. Tommy Lee recently released his track, Goat Head, which lyrically lambasted Bounty Killer after comments the ‘War Lord’ made about him and his ‘Sparta’ persona. Last week, Bounty Killer retaliated with the track, Nyammy Lee which upped the ante in the battle.
After initially insisting that he would never clash Bounty Killer out of respect for the legendary entertainer, Tommy Lee has now hinted that if provoked, he will challenge the ‘Grung Gaad’ at STING 2012.