Beenie Man vs. Bounty Killer

A complete break down of the epic Beenie Man vs. Bounty Killer IG Live event presented by @VerzuzTV.

 

Also, in this episode, our season finale:

  • The drama between Swiss Beats, Tony Matterhorn, and Majah Hype.
  • Reflections on the life and legacy of fallen reggae icon, record producer, and audio engineer, Bobby Digital.
  • What we’re listening to for Summer 2020.
  • Reasons for the absence of Spotify in Jamaica.
  • Quarantine Clash Semi-Finals

 

 

 

 

Major Label Love

Last week Protoje announced that his Indiggnation Collective (including Lila Ike and Sevana) has inked a multi-album deal with RCA Records.  We discuss this historic singing and the recent trend of major label A&R’s paying attention to Jamaican talent.

 

Tastemaker:

  • Alicia Keys – Underdog (Remix) ft. Chronixx and Protoje.
  • Lila Ike – I Spy
  • Stalk Ashley – Young

Soundclash Update:

  • Walshy Fire’s Quarantine Clash 3 – Heavy Hammer (Italy) vs. Poison Dart (Florida).
  • Major Hype’s Clash Series – Jazzy T from Renaissance vs. Steelie Bashment.
  • DJ Premier vs. The Rza
  • Irish and Chin’s “Put In On The Table”

 

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Who runs Jamaica?

This episode examines the dichotomy that is the incarcerated, gold-selling, chart-topping, and ever polarizing Vybz Kartel. His murder conviction was recently upheld by the Jamaican appeals court. Also, he won the Best Male Dancehall Artist category at the International Reggae and World Music Awards in Jamaica for the last two years in a row.

 

Buzzworthy

3:10 – Tory Lanez IG Live shut down.
5:04 – Reggae community responses to COVID19.

The Tastemaker

11:41 – Coronavirus and quarantine themed reggae/dancehall songs from Sizzla, Luciano, Ding Dong, Kabaka Pyramid, Christopher Martin, Ce’Cile, Christafari, Ed Robinson, DYCR, Silver Kat, Zagga, Mr. Vegas and more.

Soundclash Update

22:10 – Walshy Fire’s second Quarantine Clash featuring Bobby Konders (Massive B) versus Jazzy T (Renaissance).
26:40 – Major Hype (Massive B) versus Nore (Afrique).

Main Segment

32:45 – What matters more to Kartel fans, his songs or whether he committed the murder?
44:10 – Would more people attend a Vybz Kartel concert than Buju Banton’s Long Walk To Freedom concert in Jamaica?
54:04 – What would the dancehall industry be like if Vybz Kartel was never allowed to record music in prison?

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Going Live

This episode explores the current trend of celebrity producers and song-writers going live and competing in pseudo-soundclash fashion.

 

Selectors are juggling live and clashing on social media channels like never before.  The music industry must continue to thrive using the technology that’s available whether through live content, on-demand, or both.  The lock-down situation will no doubt push the limits of what’s possible.

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Entertainer of the Year

A hilarious conversation about the winners from the 38th annual IRAWMA and the accuracy of our predictions. We also have lots of updates from the reggae world in this 2nd quarantine episode.

 

Intro:

0:43 – AGARD Quarantine mixes.
 

Buzzworthy Segment:

3:13 – “Toast” in Life Water commercial. Koffee featured in Newsweek Magazine.
5:26 – DJs spinning live on social media: D-Nice, DJ Mars, Stereo 5, Unity Sound, Tony Matterhorn, Stone Love, DJ Jazzy Jeff, etc.
11:04 – Alicia Keys “Underdog” remix ft. Chronixx and Protoje with production by Izzy Beats and Swiss Beats.
 

The Tastemaker Segment:

15:09 – Champion Squad Remix Catalog.
16:00 – Blakkamoore and Snoop DoggGet Down Tonight video.
19:48 – Buju Banton performing live on BBC 1Xtra.
22:13 – Lila Ike “Where I’m Coming From” live on 1Xtra.
 

Soundclash Update:

23:57 – Walshy Fire Quarantine Clash.
25:15 – Antigua Quarantine History Clash 2 with Stonewall vs Exorcist on FB live.
29:22 – Brief recap from Spring Killing in NY with Super Tremor vs. Real Sound vs. Venom Xenos.
33:19 – Pantason urging artists to lower dubplate prices
36:18 – Rest in Peace to Apple Gabriel, a founding member of Israel Vibration. Reaction to his passing.
 

Main Segment:

38:16 – Due to the Coronavirus, the 38th Annual International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) was limited to a media-only broadcast. We discuss the winners and compare them with our predictions. Buju, Vybz Kartel, and Koffee were the biggest winners.
 

Outro:

45:45 – Fan mail and social distancing advice.
 
 

The JMC Effect

Part 2 of our interview with Kwasi Bonsu, co-founder of the Jamaica Music Conference (JMC), the preeminent annual conference for industry education, networking and collaboration in Jamaica.

 

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Jamaica Music Conference

In this episode’s main Segment catch an interview with Jamaica Music Conference founder and CEO, Kwasi Bonsu.  The 7th annual conference featured panel discussions, workshops, artist showcases, special events, exhibits and more.  Kwasi recaps this year’s JMC and highlights his favorite moments.

 

Buzzworthy:

Results from the JARIA honors. Mortimer dominates, beating Koffee and Lila Ike.

Tastemaker:

  • Steppa Riddim released by Gargamel.
  • “Down and Out” by Ras Fraser Jr
  • Runkus – $$$ (Money)

Soundclash Update:

Sean Pipa & Boomerang promotions out of the clash game.

 

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The Producers

A talented group of Reggae producers has been spreading the culture worldwide without necessarily getting their due fanfare.  Many listeners may not know who is responsible for the songs and riddims they enjoy listening to. 

 

Some Jamaican hitmakers are even infiltrating other genres and collaborating with the biggest names in music.  We highlighted some producers who have shined with successful records but have remained behind the scenes.    

Buzzworthy:

  • Kool Herc appears at the Jamaica Music Conference.  Plans to open a museum in Kingston. 
  • Pharell Williams of the Neptunes in the studio working on music with Buju Banton.

Tastemaker:

Baby Come Take It – Anthony Malvo ft. Buju Banton

Soundclash Update:

  • King AP enters 1,2,3 Badda Dan clash tournament.
  • AGARD sounds off on King Addies vs. Stone Wall.

 

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5 Best Roots Reggae Songs from the 1990’s

Kahlil Wonda analyzing the top 5 reality tunes from reggae’s best decade.  Kahlil has pieced together his personal top-ranking 90’s culture selections. 

 

 

  • Buzzworthy – Buju Banton Drew a Massive Crowd In Kenya For First Post Prison Show In Africa.  Banton rocks mega-concert at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) ground. Does the First radio interview in years on NRG Radio in Kenya. 

 

  • Tastemaker – Keznamdi & Tory Lanez Fuse Reggae & Hip-Hop on New ‘City Lock’ Single

 

  • Soundclash Update – Addies vs Stone Wall at King of Kings #3 in Antigua.  King Addies is victorious. 

 

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Financial Success in Reggae

Listen to Reggae Lover episode 179, Financial Empowerment, on-demand.

 

Kahlil Wonda and AGARD offer commentary and suggestions on gaining financial success in a competitive reggae industry.
This episode features the soundclash update, buzzworthy and tastemaker segments.

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