An exclusive in-depth interview with selectors Killa Boo and King Pin of King Addies. King Addies is an International Sound System created in 1983 in Brooklyn, New York City. They remain a force to reckon with in the sound clash arena and a top choice for juggling.
A prestigious belt title on the line, the second installment of the exciting, competitive series goes down on Friday, October 18, 2019, in North America’s soundclash mecca—New York City. This epic, one-on-one, musical square off features the crowned “King of Europe”, Germany’s Supersonic Sound as the first-ever WFC belt challenger, versus USA’s defending WFC champion King Shine from New Jersey.
King Shine’s battle-tested selector, Jimmy Spliff, made history by earning the very first WFC champion title in the inaugural “Round 1” event, in March 2019. Having killed two New York City sounds (in NYC), he established King Shine as the Tri-State WFC Champion—but, the upcoming WFC2 is for the international title.
Supersonic, is an accomplished powerhouse that has competed over industry icons like Mighty Crown, Sound Trooper, Freddie Krueger, King Turbo and legendary Black Kat–to name only a few.
Nominated by global sound clash fans on social media, and later selected by legendary King Addies, Supersonic re-enters the arena after being off of the battlefield for 4 years—which is what aficionados of the culture consider “parked” (out of the game/no longer competing).
Additionally, the Berlin-based heavyweight hasn’t competed on US soil in over 6 years. Meanwhile, King Shine has been coming up in the ranks and killing respected sounds like Sound Trooper, Pink Panther, Earthruler, Alaska Sound and more. King Shine is one of the most active competing sound systems in the world. Since earning the champion title, they’ve already dominated and won 3 one-on-one bouts, in the USA and Canada.
With WFC2 right around the corner, the writing is on the wall: Supersonic will either dispel the “rusty gun” myth and reclaim their prominence as a formidable force to be reckoned with, ah yawd in Europe (their turf) and abroad; or, Jimmy Spliff may slay the biggest giant in the eastern hemisphere of the world, and confirm King Shine is indeed a heavyweight. World Fight Club is an emerging, cutting edge brand, created by experienced sound clash experts, which offers a fresh approach to a long-existing, ever-evolving and growing industry.
For several decades, sound clash entertainment events have been taking place in established and new markets such as Japan, various European countries, the UK, Africa, South America, across the Caribbean and of course its birthplace—Jamaica.
And over the years, events have pulled various sized crowds ranging from a small circle of friends at underground bouts, to more recently over 20K exhilarated patrons in one event.
A new arena for champions, WFC is an ongoing battle series for musical supremacy and it’s all about dominating crowd approval, donning the beautiful belt and big bragging rights.
Yet, the WFC league stands out among other clash brands because only true thoroughbreds in the global arena can face the ultimate test of top tier musical savvy, and wit, in WFCs classic format of fewer sounds competing, in longer timed rounds. But most importantly, the champ must be prepared to defend the coveted belt versus any challenger selected by the producers, to keep the title.
This musical war of worlds will be covered and broadcasted internationally on “The Release” television program, which targets over 19 million viewers across the USA, Canada, Jamaica and other Caribbean nations on 5 cable television networks including CIN, CEEN, CVM, HYPE TV, and READY TV. WFC is produced by North America’s #1 sound system, legendary King Addies. They have also been barrier-breaking, competitors in the culture for the last 36 years.
Highly respected and referred to as the “Iron Fist of New York” by other industry titans, their promotional team also includes Tru Money Musiq, Irie Jam Radio, Reggae Vibes Media, PowerOfReggae.com, Britelite Promotions, Tek9 Promotions, and Impulse Nation.
WFC invites all mainstream DJs, and their fans, to get involved. Co-founder Shinez said, “Everyone loves music and exciting competition. Soundclash is the best of both worlds and [the] World Fight Club is the ultimate experience.”
Download and tune into the Irie Jam 360 app on Tuesday, October 15th at 9 pm ET for the live pre-clash press conference. Meet Supersonic at the Pre-WFC party on Wednesday, October 16th at Club Timehri’s, in Washington DC. Come out to the main event on Friday, October 18 at Lodricka Hall in Queens, NY. Join the movement and buy tickets at WorldFightClub.Eventbrite.com
This Reggae Lover episode is about the global state of sound clash in 2019. Our special guest is Dr. Rock, host of Front Lines, the West Coast’s only Sound Clash talk show.
Download Episode 142 of Reggae Lover
Introduction to Episode:
Dr. Rock is the selector behind Great Stone Sound and has studied the game for 30+ years. He hosts two radio shows on the Portland, Oregon based internet station, Nice Up Radio. You can hear him on Front Lines (Thursdays 7-9pm PST) and Dr. Rock’s Free Clinic (Sundays 7-9pm PST).
Podcast Episode Summary:
Rock’s favorite sounds are Stur Mars (late 80s) and King Addies (90s – present).
When trying to introduce white people to sound clash, he has pointed to the Red Bull Culture Clash. From there, more hardcore.
He fell in love with reggae as a youth in the Bahamas in the mid-80s.
Why he became a selector
Tips for young sounds to build a brand and a following.
Who are the top sounds from the West coast?
Insights learned from interviewing top clash selectors from around the world.
“There’s something so pure about the sound clash, the dubplate, and the dubplate forward. It is almost religious in its effect. When you see it, you want to share it with people.”
– Dr. Rock on Reggae Lover Podcast 142 – Sound Clash Time Again.
It was a thrilling night for clash fans and one of great surprise, as juggling contender Sky Juice of Metromedia won the sound industry’s most coveted competition, World Clash R.E.S.E.T.
This iconic victory marks the first time a juggling sound won World Clash. Clash fans turned out in the droves to experience the excitement and energy of World Clash R.E.S.E.T., which was filled with historical moments, performances and music selections.
Following Metromedia’s consistency was King Addies, who was fresh off the heels of defeating World Champions Bass Odyssey. King Addies delivered a stellar performance through out the clash, earning a spot in the “tune-fi-tune” [final round] against Metromedia.
Skyjuice of Metromedia with the World Clash R.E.S.E.T 2013 Trophy
All sounds brought experience, charisma and undeniable entertainment to the World Clash stage! Now you get to re-live the world’s renowned competition completely free.
It’s been an iconic month for the sound system industry, as two giants have joined forces; Caribbean entertainment gurus Irish and Chin and legendary “Kings of Clash” King Addies.
The announcement has created an enormous buzz among sound system and dancehall fans, especially diehard Addies followers. Irish and Chin’s addition of King Addies to their management roster further solidifies the goals of their Campaign R.E.S.E.T. (Restoring Exciting Soundsystem Entertainment Together), namely the aim of creating a unified playing field for clash and juggling sounds.
“I am more than honored to be officially working with King Addies, a sound that I grew up following and emulating when I was young,” says Garfield “Chin” Bourne of irish and Chin. “I have the utmost respect for King Addies. Frankly, everyone on my team is excited about this addition to our management roster and prides themselves with the role we will play in their growth.”
While Irish and Chin has laid out many worthwhile future plans for King Addies, it’s global touring and international competitions that will take precedence. Irish and Chin would like to secure worldwide bookings and tours for King Addies, which will ultimately expand their presence and fanbase. This historical sound should be afforded infinite opportunities based on their undeniable impact on the Caribbean diaspora. Among numerous accomplishments, Irish and Chin has successfully marketed and managed Mighty Crown for over 13 years, resulting in global exposure, huge endorsements and high profile performances. The Caribbean entertainment firm plans to create a marketing strategy for King Addies, which will enable them to reach their full potential.
“I own one of the world’s greatest sounds. King Addies is my lifelong investment and passion and I would like to see my sound remain relevant for years to come, ” says Eton, King Addies’ Owner. “Working with Irish and Chin is the best way to move forward.”
Without any question, King Addies is credited for being the “architect” of high caliber style clashing. Their intense activity and track record during the Biltmore “Golden Era” of sound clash (a period in America that ranged from the 80’s to the 90’s) is unprecedented and heralded by nearly every selector, sound system and clash fan in the arena. It’s King Addies style that has served as the blueprint for American clash culture. The future of King Addies sound is just as bright as it’s illustrious past. The sound has been refreshed with new faces that boast the talent and skills to carry on it’s huge legacy. The sound’s lineup includes King Pin, Killa Bo, A1 and Swugee Don.
The lastest installment of Highlanda’s Reggae Vault Classics podcast starts off with singer/deejay Shinehead singing a cover of Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean over an instumental that has become known most commonly as the Billie Jean riddim. Sanchez’s solid lover’s rock hit from the 1990s, My Sweet Lady, follows on the riddim with as a nice of a mix as will hear. At this point in the mix, if you don’t feel the warm embrace of the rub a dub bassline, you may want to upgrade the speaker system you are listening on. Billie Jean rolls on with tunes by Yami Bolo, Garnett Silk, Sizzla, and Wayne Wonder before the Nitty Kutchie, Bounty Killer and Terror Fabulous provide a rudeboy finale.
The next tune is Train to Zion, performed by Linval Thompson on the Death in the Arena riddim and this is where I would say Highlanda begins to expose rare gems. Following that gem is Tenor Saw/Nitty Gritty sound a like, King Kong with Trouble Again, one of his biggest tunes. The more commercially known mid-90s version of this riddim, known as Champion of the Arena is next featuring just the Bounty Killer, Long or Tall, and then Garnett Silk’s Splashing Dashing.
Garnett’s silky smooth voice on Retreat Wicked Man is next and takes us further into the Vault as the following transition welcomes the voices of reggae’s Crown prince, Dennis Emmanual Brown alongside Junior Reid singing lyrics that are prominent even in today’s dancehall, “No Dance Nah Keep Again, a just modelling…”
The next mix which brings in a remix of Night Nurse featuring U-Roy, Dennis Brown, and Gregory Issacs in combination, is the only part of this episode that sounds a bit rushed – I was really enjoying the D. Brown/Junior Reid. This however more uptempo version of Gregory’s Night Nurse may not be familiar to many listeners so the tune has some exclusivity value to it. Not Because I Smile which is sung over an extremely vibesy version of the Rockfort Rock riddim makes it two Gregory Issacs’s in a row. The transitions that follow include a Wayne Wonder and a Bounty Killer on the same riddim – Well Done!
One thing to note here is that not only are you hearing selections you may not have heard in years, but these classics are being played in the traditional Brooklyn inspired style of Highlanda’s selector Kahlil Wonda. Big ups go to King Addies and Earthruler among others for the inspiration. Reggae Vault Classics episode 4 ends off with three songs on the Shank I Sheck riddim, also from the 1990s, and as Sanchez fades out my only complaint is that the mix was too short.
Reggae Vault Classics (Tuesday, December 16, 2008)
1 Billie Jean – Shinehead
2 My Sweet Thing – Sanchez
3 Hot Stepping – Yami Bolo
4 Bless Me – Garnett Silk
5 Big and Bold – Sizzla
6 Only You – Wayne Wonder
7 Down In The Ghetto – Bounty Killer/Nitty Kutchie
8 Ole Dog – Terror Fabulous
9 Train To Zion – Linval Thompson
10 Trouble Again – King Kong
11 Long or Tall – Bounty Killer
12 Splashing Dashing – Garnett Silk
13 Retreat Wicked Man – Garnett Silk
14 Dance Nah Keep Again – Dennis Brown/Junior Reid
15 Night Nurse – U-Roy/Gregory Issacs/Dennis Brown
16 Not Because I Smile – Gregory Issacs
17 Childs Play – Wayne Wonder
18 Disrespect – Bounty Killer
19 Jah Power – Tristan Palmer/Beenie Man
20 World Too Haunted – Bounty Killer/Junior Reid
21 Down In The Ghetto – Bounty Killer
22 Brown Eye Girl – Sanchez