Why We Love the 90s

Jamaican State of Mind podcast host Nicholas joins the Reggae Lover crew to reminisce about the most trendsetting decade – the 90s.

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But why do we love the 1990s so much?

We talk about some of the most iconic figures from that time and bring the conversation current to explore why things are so different now.

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HIGHLANDA SOUND #Reggae 103 - Reggae Lover - Poor People Governor Mix

Poor People’s Governor Rodney Price Mix | Reggae Lover Podcast 103

This episode highlights revolutionary lyrics and spiritual songs from Bounty Killer’s catalog.

Poor People's Governor Rodney Price Mix | Reggae Lover Podcast 103

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Included here are tunes offering chastisement of government officials and petty thieves alike. Rodney charges both the murderers in the community and the policymakers who allow guns to prevail on the ghetto streets.

Bounty pens exclamations on behalf of the Jamaican lower class, giving them a global voice. The so-called ‘Warlord’ praises our Heavenly Father and encourages youth to seek education.

The ‘5-Star General’ was instrumental in boosting the careers of dancehall stars like Vybz Kartel, Mavado, Aidonia, Baby Cham, Busy Signal, Wayne Marshall, Angel Doolas, Nitty Kutchie and Elephant Man, among others. He continues to give young artists a platform.

Rodney Price’s contributions to the culture have been immense. His legacy is one for the ages.

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More Fire! - Reggae Lover Podcast 60

More Fire! – Reggae Lover Podcast 60

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Top Reality Songs in 1990s Reggae Dancehall Music

It was a time when Bounty Killer was given the title “Poor People Governor” and had a streak of hit songs banned from radio airplay in Jamaica because he spoke out against corruption and divisiveness in political policies and sang about ineptitude and abuse by local law enforcement. There was a resurgence of lyrical protest songs uniting and re-energizing the dancehall followers in the streets of Jamaica with positive messages earning the biggest crowd responses. Buju Banton, who emerged as the “Voice of Jamaica” delivered words of wisdom and warning to his fan base and his lyrical ideals deepened right along with his Rastafarian faith.

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The same went for Capleton who was dominant and was dubbed “The Fire Man.” Capleton burned the hottest fire with a string of releases that dissected and illustrated all the faults he found with “Babylon system” and during his live stage performances, massive eruptions of energy occurred. Artists such as Sizzla, Luciano, and Anthony B were also extremely influential within this conscious movement of the 1990s.

The up-tempo (dancehall) riddims being produced in this era of Jamaican music offered very diverse story lines so there were songs about the latest dance moves, gunman tunes, girls anthems, and ganja dedications surrounded by songs about spirituality, African liberation, “burning out” current corrupt government officials and taboo trends, or the struggles of the poor in the ghetto.

Top Reality Songs in 1990s Reggae Dancehall Music

Top Reality Songs in 1990s Reggae Dancehall Music

This mix focuses on the danceable selections of that period that kept it real. Reality tunes, similar in content to the roots reggae standards of reggae’s foundation era, but aligned with the most popular riddims that dominated the dancehall. This was the music that could be heard at the climax of sound system sessions primarily from the mid-1990s to the early 2000s. Please press play and take a brief trip back to “fire time.” More Fire!

Playlist:

  1. Sweet C – Natty Dread
  2. Spragga Benz – Moving Up The Line
  3. Beenie Man – Music A Di Beat
  4. Louie Culture – Ganga Lee
  5. Beenie Man – Blessed
  6. Bushman ft. I Lue – Send Them Come
  7. Zebra – Selassie Warning
  8. Capleton – No Carbon Copy
  9. Bounty Killer – Babylon System A Go Down
  10. Capleton – Good So
  11. Buju Banton – Deportees (Tings Change)
  12. Beenie Man – Foundation
  13. Capleton – Stay Far From Trouble
  14. Terry Ganzie – Ragga Ragga
  15. Sizzla – Dem A Gaze
  16. Capleton – Bad Mind
  17. Bounty Killer – Fed Up
  18. Spragga Benz – Peace
  19. Louie Culture – Don’t Get Weary
  20. Capleton – Almshouse
  21. Little Hero, Merciless & Action Fire – God Alone
  22. Capleton ft. Jah Thunder – Fire
  23. Capleton – Badness
  24. Sizzla – Karate
  25. Buju Banton – Rampage
  26. Capleton – Cuyah Cuyah Cuyah
  27. Capleton – Things Are Happening
  28. Capleton – More Prophet
  29. Bounty Killer – Anytime
  30. Beenie Man – Gospel Time

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Bulby York - Renowned live & studio engineer, producer from Kingston Jamaica. Cyndi Lauper, Chaka Khan, Shabba Ranks, Jimmy Cliff, Rihanna, Britney Spears, Madonna, Michael Franti, UB40, Sinead 'O Connor, Sly&Robbie...

How to make a strong career as a music producer/engineer

Producer and engineer Bulby York rallies Jamaican superstars – Beres Hammond, Bounty Killer, Agent Sasco (Assassin), Lee “Scratch” Perry, Jesse Royal, Maxi Priest, Cherine, Sizzla, Busy Signal, Lutan Fyah and more – for his debut album “Epic & Ting,” released May 13, 2016 on VP Records.

Epic & Ting Album Cover

Epic & Ting Album Cover

Bulby’s sound spans multiple genres – merging reggae, dancehall, dub and EDM into a style of his own. The project has consistently been receiving spins on BBC Radio 1, BBC 1Xtra, Capital XTRA & much more!

As one of Jamaica’s most in-demand studio men, the Kingston-born producer has put his touch on signature dancehall records by Sean Paul, Bounty Killer and Beenie Man and also worked with the who’s who of pop music, including No Doubt, Rihanna, Britney Spears and Madonna. After years of bringing other people’s projects to life, Bulby now has a masterpiece he can call his own in Epic & Ting.

Download “Epic & Ting”: http://smarturl.it/EpicAndTing

Love and Honor to Mother, *New* #ReggaeLover #Podcast

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Reggae is good for all occasions. Why would Mother's Day be any different? Check out these tributes and dedications from reggae's brightest stars centered around the themes of love and appreciation for their mothers. A reggae podcast to connect fans with the beautiful music they love. Playlist

HIGHLANDA SOUND #Reggae – 53 – Reggae Lover Podcast – Love and Honor for Mother

Reggae is good for all occasions. Why would Mother’s Day be any different? Check out these tributes and dedications from reggae’s brightest stars centered around the themes of love and appreciation for their mothers.

A reggae podcast to connect fans with the beautiful music they love.

Playlist

1 Assassin aka Agent Sasco – Mama Sons
2 Jah Mason – Wipe Those Tears
3 Sizzla – Greatest Mother
4 Wayne Wonder – Mama
5 2Face Idibia – Arican Queen Remix
6 Garnet Silk – Like A Mother
7 Chronixx – Wall Street
8 BOUNTY KILLER – MAMA’S LOVE
9 BERES HAMMOND – RESPECT TO YOU BABY
10 Exco Levi – Hello – Mama
11  Sizzla – Mama Pain
12 Bounty Killer – Mama (Gone But Not Forgotten)
13 D’Angel – MOTHER’S LOVE
14 Versatile – Thank You Mommy
15 Anthony B – Mama
16 I-Octane – Run Mi Out
17 JAH VINCI – MAMA DON’T CRY
18 Vybz Kartel aka Addi Innocent ft. PG 13 (Lil Addi, Lil Vybz) – Love Mommy
19 I-Octane – Mamma
20 Vybz Kartel – Mama
21 Beenie Man & Elephant Man – Mama
22 I-Wayne – Love & Honour For Mama

Look out for Rising Dancehall sensation “Smokey Hype”

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smokey hype image00Born Trexton Barrett in Kingston, Jamaica, Smokey Hype started his musical journey when he was merely in Primary School.  Smoke Hype always knew that music was his destiny for if there was a talent show that was going on then you could expect him to be a part of it. Smokey Hype grew up listening to Beres Hammond, Bounty Killer, Buju Banton, Beenie Man & Shabba Ranks just name a few. As the years went on Smokey Hype continued to perfect his craft.

Smokey Hype has been seen performing since Sting 2004 in Jamaica and has also had the pleasure of working with artists such as Bounty Killer.

Smokey Hype brings a lot of diversity to the table for he is not only a DeeJay/Singer but he is also a Music Production Engineer and much known for his musical writing skills. Smokey Hype currently has 5 artists that he writes songs for.Rising Dancehall sensation “Smokey Hype”

When was the last time that you met an artist who could do it all?

Smokey Hype currently is working on one of the largest projects to come out of his Parish which will consist of the 5 top Dancehall artists from Spanish Town, Jamaica.

This young man definitely has the drive & determination but more importantly he is very much focused when it comes to perfecting his music. Smokey Hype has a promising career in front of him. Get very familiar with his name because Smokey Hype is definitely going places.

 

The Taxi Riddim featured in exclusive Dancehall foundation mix

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The TAXI riddim has been around for a long time, and it will never leave the dancehall. This riddim is foundation!!

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I kicked off this special mix with the Sister Nancy hit entitled One Two which was released around 1976 by producer Winston Riley on the Techniques label. There are a few earlier versions of Taxi, but once Sly and Robbie cut their version, the riddim really took off.  You will hear 30 tracks in the mix, ranging from the 1980s to 2009.

This unique mix was suggested by a subscriber.  How does this compare to other Taxi riddim mixes you have heard?  Use #ReggaeLover across all social media when sharing the links or giving feedback, or email directly to ReggaeLoverPodcast@Gmail.com.

Tracklist:

1 Sister Nancy – One Two
2 Yelloman and Fathead – Bam Bam
3 Sister Nancy and Yellowman – Bloodstain
4 Sanchez – Some Guys
5 Wayne Wonder – Anything For You
6 Scotty – Shining Star
7 Wayne Wonder – Fast Car
8 Foxy Brown – Baby Can I Hold You Tonight
9 Junie Ranks – Lick Out
10 Tiger – Ram Dancehall
11 Tony Rebel – New DJ Is Coming
12 Bounty Killer – The Lord Is My Salvation
13 Freddie MvGregor – Prophecy
14 Hammermouth – The Great
15 General Threes – Road Code
16 Johnny Osborne – Reasons
17 Junior Reid – Bubblers
18 Little John – True Confessions
19 Burro Banton – Dem A Gangster
20 Andrew Bell – Escape The Beating (Dubplate)
21 Rude Boyz International – Champion (Dubplate)
22 Mikey Melody – Mellow (Dubplate)
23 Capleton and Uplifter – Africa Bound
24 Sadiki – Lost Without You
25 Michelle Gordon – Exhale Shoop Shoop
26 Ambelique – Taxi
27 Bitty McClean – Lately (Jamaican Mix)
28 Mr. Vegas – Gangsta Law (Radio)
29 Buju Banton – Driver
30 Elephant Man – Bring It

1990’s Reggae Music, Top Songs and Riddims from the Dancehall

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Tracklist

1 Simpleton – 1/4 to Twelve
2 Captain Barkey – Antichrist
3 Buccaneer – You Nuh Care
4 Lizard – Slapper Dapper
5 Fabby Dolly – Peanut Punch
6 Mad Cobra – Dun Wife
7 Buju Banton – First and Last
8 Mr. Vegas – Everywhere I Go
9 Snow, Nadine Sutherland, Terror Fabulous, Beenie Man, Buju Banton and
Kulcha Know – Anything For You
10 Spragga Benz featuring Nadine Sutherland – Please Me
11 Gary Minott – Seek God
12 Daddy Screw and Bonovan Steele – Miss Bonafied
13 Frisco Kid – You and You Man
14 Terror Fabulous – Behold
15 Spragga Benz – W
16 Beenie Man – Certain Man
17 Beenie Man – Slam
18 Beenie Man – Wicked Ride
19 Buju Banton – Only Man
20 Frisco Kid – Living In Style
21 Spragga Benz featuring Wayne Wonder – Dedicated To My Favorite Girl
22 Dennis Brown – Our Day Will Come
23 Gary Minott – No More
24 Daddy Screw and Bonovan Steele – Big Tings A Gwan
25 Daddy Screw and Bonovan Steele – Dapper (Breathe Again)
26 Don Yute and Wayne Wonder – Loving In Excess
27 Dugsy Ranks – Wifee
28 Louie Culture – No Gyal
29 Frisco Kid – Big Speech
30 Spragga Benz – Tings A Gwaan
31 Buju Banton – Man A Look You
32 Nadine Sutherland and Buju Banton – Second Class Love
33 Nadine Sutherland and Terror Fabulous – Action
34 Wayne Wonder and Louie Culture – Live and Learn
35 Spragga Benz – Peace
36 Beenie Man – Better Learn
37 Rayvon and Red Fox – Bashment Party
38 Bounty Killer and Richie Stephens – Maniac
39 Bounty Killer and Barrington Levy – Living Dangerously
40 Spragga Benz – Camouflage
41 Snagga Puss – Tatie
42 Spragga Benz and Wayne Wonder – Never Keeping Secrets
43 Monster Shack Crew (Ghost, Roundhead, General B) – Round Robin (Do
You Remember?)
44 Jigsy King and Tony Curtis – Real Love
45 Buju Banton – Stamina Daddy

another edition of the Music Vault with your host, Kahlil Wonda Reggae Ambassador, Pro DJ, and blogger at Highlanda.net

Hand-Picked New Music plus Bob Marley and Dennis Brown

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What’s inside this episode of ‘DA MUSIC VAULT’ ?

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Just to wet your musical appetite here are a few highlights:  Featured Singles from Dancehall artists: Etana, Bounty Killer, Tommy Lee, and Cecile.  Remixes from Rihanna, Pitbull featuring Kesha, Demarco, Wayne Marshall, Kid Ink featuring Chris Brown and more.  Lots more remixes in the blazing hot new ĀGARD ‘Dancehall Now’ set!  Soca tunes from Bunji Garlin, and introducing Miss Ramneek.  Hit songs from Dennis Brown and Bob Marley.  A recap of 2013 by reggae correspondent, Terri K. Download the full show audio mp3 below.  
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Top 50 Reggae and Dancehall Songs of 2013

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The 4th annual INTERNATIONAL TOP 50 REGGAE AND DANCEHALL songs countdown presents the BEST OF 2013.  

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Chronixx dominated in 2013 with 3 Top 10 singles

(Based on the weekly Top Rated 8 International Countdown compiled by Kahlil Wonda for Da Music Vault syndicated radio show from a composite of all major global reggae and dancehall charts)

#. Song – Artist – Record Label

  1. Odd Ras (Nah Follow Nobody) – Chronixx – Digital One Productions

    ODD RAS (NAH FOLLOW NOBODY) – CHRONIXX – DIGITAL ONE PRODUCTIONS

    #1 – ODD RAS (NAH FOLLOW NOBODY) – CHRONIXX

  2. Here Comes Trouble – Chronixx – Overstand Ent.
  3. Easy to love – Maxi Priest – Fat Eyes/Bulby/VP
  4. Love Is (It’s Magic) – Cocoa Tea/D’Angel – Roaring Lion/VPAL
  5. Gimme Likkle One Drop – Tarrus Riley – Chimney Records
  6. Gyal A Gimmie Bun – I-Octane – Seanizzle/Troyton Music
  7. Fight This Feeling – Shaggy/Beres Hammond  – Ranch Ent.
  8. Behind Curtain – Chronixx – Zinc Fence Records
  9. Call Angola – Jah Bouks – Sunizes Entertainment
  10. Other Side Of Love – Sean PaulAtlantic Records

    OTHER SIDE OF LOVE – SEAN PAUL

    #10 – OTHER SIDE OF LOVE – SEAN PAUL

  11. I Found Love – Richie Stephens/Gentleman – Pot Of Gold
  12. One Love, One Life – Beres Hammond – VP
  13. Drop It Down Low – Wayne Wonder – Singso Records
  14. Real Reggae Music – Richie Stephens/U-Roy –  Pot Of Gold/VPAL
  15. You Girl – Shaggy feat. Ne-Yo – Ranch Entertainment
  16. No Candle Light – Beres Hammond – Penthouse Records
  17. Rock The Dancehall – Alborosie – Greensleeves Records
  18. No Other Like You – Rayvon/Red Fox – Ranch Entertainment
  19. Karma – Nadine Sutherland – Rory Stone Love

    KARMA – NADINE SUTHERLAND

    #19 – KARMA – NADINE SUTHERLAND

  20. Get Jah Involved – Paul Elliot – Stronger Prod.
  21. Box Of Money – Mavado – Chimney Records
  22. Walk And Whine – Konshens – Subkonshus Music
  23. Perfect Love Song – Morgan HeritageVP Records
  24. Heels On – Lady Saw – Diva Records
  25. Smile Jamaica – Chronixx – Silly Walks Discotheque
  26. Love Yourself – Mr. Vegas – First Name/MV Music
  27. Badmind Dem A Pree – Bounty Killer & I-Octane – Marcus Records
  28. World Peace – Nature – Downsound Records
  29. Kingston Be Wise – Protoje – Don Corleon Records

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    #29 – Kingston Be Wise – Protoje

  30. Come Shock Out – Busy Signal – Turf  Music/Juke Boxx
  31. Run Road – Aidonia feat. Deablo – Hitcity Records
  32. Haffi Come Back – Cherine – UIM Records
  33. Finally Free – Tom Laing – Black Scorpio Records
  34. Watch Out For This – Major Lazer feat. Busy Signal, The Flexican & F.S. Green – Secretly Canadian/Mad Decent Production
  35. Never Play A 45 – Macka B – Pecking
  36. Not The Life – Asfa –  Jecoliah Entertainment Productions
  37. We Love Di Vibes – I-Octane – Sounique Records
  38. Diamonds – Rihanna – J-Vibe/Cyclone

    DIAMONDS – RIHANNA – J-VIBE/CYCLONE

    # 38 – DIAMONDS – RIHANNA – J-VIBE/CYCLONE

  39. Tip Pon Yuh Toe – Aidonia – JOP Production
  40. For You – Eljai – Jah Mix Ent/VPAL
  41. Dye Dye – Macka Diamond – Truckback Records
  42. Give It All To Me – Mavado ft Nicki Minaj
  43. Business – Vybz Kartel – TJ Records
  44. Heart Of A Champion – Chrisinti
  45. Broad Out – RDX – Apt 19 Music
  46. From Yuh See Me – Konshens – Chimney Records
  47. Million Dollar Man – Mavado – Flip Money Records
  48. Buss A Blank – I-Octane – UIM Records

    Buss A Blank - I-Octane

    #49 – Buss A Blank – I-Octane

  49. Better Must Come – Andrew Bees Mightyful 13 Records/VPAL
  50. Freedom of Speech – Queen Ifrica – Penthouse