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.
Alicia Keys – Underdog (Remix) ft. Chronixx and Protoje.
Lila Ike – I Spy
Stalk Ashley – Young
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.
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.
3:10 – Tory Lanez IG Live shut down.
5:04 – Reggae community responses to COVID19.
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.
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).
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?
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.
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.
Conscious dancehall reggae music from Chronixx, Vybz Kartel, Damian “Junior Gong” Marley, Jesse Royal, I-Octane, Etana, Konshens, Jah Cure, Tarrus Riley, Capleton and more.
Enjoy a mix of songs with danceable beats and lyrics imploring listeners to stop negative behaviors. This is feel-good music professing positivity and denouncing injustices.
This episode is an example of reggae’s power and evidence of message music continuing to come out of Jamaica in “dancehall” style. It is up to us DJs and Sound System selectors to use our influence to set a tone of consciousness by featuring better music. We can and should influence artists and producers to clean up their act by not playing low-quality, negative music. There is an opportunity to strengthen and edify the future generations with our music and I feel obligated to wave that flag.
Greensleeves, in conjunction with One Love Books, is proud to present ‘Clarks in Jamaica’ the album tie-in with Al Fingers’ critically acclaimed book of the same name which chronicles the celebrated status of Clarks shoes in Jamaica.
Various Artists – Clarks in Jamaica – Artwork
Al, who compiled the CD and recently gave a talk on the subject at the V&A says, “Growing up in England I’ve always been fascinated by the Jamaican love of Clarks shoes and the way the brand is referenced within reggae and dancehall music. Vybz Kartel‘s tune ‘Clarks’ brought the phenomenon to many people’s attention in 2010, but the relationship goes back a lot longer, and I wanted to bring attention to that, highlighting the work of artists such as Dillinger and Little John who sang about Clarks many years before.
The annual dancehall compilation from Greensleeves features the latest raw and X-rated tunes that are bubbling in the clubs and heating up the streets. This year’s installment includes hits from Spice, Vybz Kartel, I-Octane, Alkaline, Busy Signal and more. Download Ragga Ragga Ragga 2014 now!
Various Artists – Ragga Ragga Ragga 2014 – Artwork
WATCH Ragga Ragga Ragga 2014 cover girl and dancehall queen Miss Likkle Bit show her skills on the featured track Spice’s “So Mi Like It.”
Check out the Dancehall Now Mix Show segment curated by ĀGARD for 10.2.13, featuring the hottest riddims in the mix.
Win Riddim (Fresh Ear Production):
1 Win Version – Fresh Ear Production
2 My Heart (Hopeless Romantic) – Chevaughn
3 My Baby – Voicemail
4 Top Setter Girls – TOK
5 Music – Bugle
6 Life Of The Party – Charly Black
7 We Want Some More – Demarco
8 Me & My Links – Beenie Man
Toasted Riddim (Teetimus & TJ Records):
10 Wine & Don’t Stop – Masicka
11 Pum Pum Medley – RDX
12 Who Say – Ninja Kid
13 Boom Flick – Aidonia
14 Big People Ting – Konshens
15 Ordinary – Mad Cobra
16 You Me Say – Vybz Kartel
Last of the Mohicans Riddim:
17 Single – Fambo
18 Stop – Ward 21
19 Good So – Peppery
20 Who Nuh Rate We – Baby Boom
21 Ganja Smoke – Delly Ranx
22 J.a.m.a.i.c.a. – Froggy Maddsquad
23 Bun It Up – Taranchyla
Mixed Flava Riddim:
25 Turn It For Me – Wayne Wonder & Liquid
26 Daily Drama – Delly Ranx & Raine Seville
27 All Eyez On We – Esco & Xean Don
28 Talk Fi Mi – Froggy & Patexx
30 Rune Weh – Taranchyla & Bling Dawg
Raw Cut Riddim:
31 Feeling Free – Taurus Riley
32 Anyweh – Konshens
33 Brukout – Movado
34 Do Di Ting – Sean Paul
Brixton Bounce Riddim:
35 Mad Dem – Raine Seville
36 Gal Dem Love Me – Voicemail
37 Dilly Dally – Munga
38 Straight Like Arrow – Flexxx
39 We A Hustle – Konshens
40 Di Baddest – Mad Cobra
41 How We Living – Konshens
42 Clean Like God – Demarco
43 Next Top Model – Agent Sasco
44 Moggela Dance – Voicemail & Flippa Moggela
Club Famous Riddim:
45 Burn It Up – Fambo
46 Gal Ah Talk Bout Mi – Beenie Man
47 Still Famous – Bounty Killer
Here is a podcast from “Da Music Vault” radio show where I preview the tunes and talk about Dancehall icon Adidja “Vybz Kartel” Palmer’s new album ‘Kartel Forever: Trilogy,’ now available physically and digitally worldwide from Tad’s Record.
Here is the latest podcast of the international “Top Rated 8 Dancehall Reggae Countdown” featuring the top 8 reggae and dancehall songs of the week.
8 – Smile Jamaica – Chronixx – Silky Walks Records
7 – At The Top (Just Us) – Mavado – Armzhouse Records
6 – Call Angola – Jah Bouks -Sunizes Entertainment
5 – Watch Out For This – Major Lazer feat. Busy Signal, The Flexican & F.S. Green – Secretly Canadian/Mad Decent Production
4 – Convertible – Vybz Kartel – UIM Records
3 – I AMâ€¦I SAID – MIKEY SPICE -JOE FRASER RECORDS
2 – Other Side Of Love – Sean Paul – Atlantic Records
1 – HERE COMES TROUBLE – CHRONIXX- OVERSTAND RECORDS
– Listen to the Top Rated 8 Dancehall Reggae Countdown 10-2-13 Podcast.
Dancehall icon Adidja “Vybz Kartel” Palmer drops his new album Kartel Forever: Trilogy, now available physically and digitally worldwide from Tad’s Record.
Scoring coveted media attention from mainstream press including MTV, The Fader Magazine, and Complex Magazine, along with articles and reviews in numerous European and Caribbean media, ‘Kartel Forever: Trilogy’ debuted at #5 on the iTunes Reggae Top Albums Chart during its release day on September 24, 2013.
The three-disc anthology remains in the iTunes top ten reggae albums, a commendable showing for an album that comes with a hefty price tag of $24.99, compared to other releases that average $9.99.
Hailed as the undisputed World Boss of the dancehall genre, Kartel Forever: Trilogy is a rare international release from the talented and controversial artist, who remains incarcerated in his homeland, Jamaica.
Celebrated and polarized for his stimulating lyrics and provocative ploys on and off stage, there is no doubtVybz Kartel is a defining thread in the fabric of dancehall.
The Fader Magazine prides itself on being a definitive voice in music and previously hosted Vybz Kartel on its cover in June 2011.
The Fader exclusively premiered the entire ‘Kartel Forever: Trilogy’ album as a live stream for its massive audience on its release date, as the magazine celebrates Vybz Kartel as one of the biggest names in music today.
With a full album review due out later this week, journalist Marlon Bishop previewed the album with some bold words. “Vybz Kartel is the most powerful force in Jamaican music today: this is a fact few on the island would dispute,” Bishop stated.
Kartel Forever: Trilogy boasts 60 tracks on the three-disc album, including previously unreleased singles and numerous hits from recent years.
Kartel is determined to stay atop his dancehall throne and keep his fans satisfied until his inevitable return to the studio to make music for the masses. Jamaican imprintTad’s Record maintains a strong partnership with the entertainer.
According to the label, both overt and covert fans are raving about this colossal collection that showcases Kartel’s hit songs in its raw and purest form.
“The positive response that we have received regarding ‘Kartel Forever: Trilogy’ is overwhelming and more than we could imagine,” reveals Tad Dawkins, President of Tad’s Record.
“Vybz Kartel’s fans were starving since the release of Pon Di Gaza 2.0 and we are pleased to have lived up to their expectations with this follow-up tribute to a pioneering dancehall lyricist.”
With a slew of Vybz Kartel songs currently enjoying heavy rotation in Jamaica and on urban radio worldwide, including new singles “Compass,” “Business”and “School,” ‘Kartel Forever: Trilogy‘ provides a vivid kaleidoscope of his continued evolution as an extraordinary artist.
Despite his geographic limitations, his music speaks volumes, as is evident from his continued surge in popularity and international demand, which continues to increase with each passing day.
The mix hour of Dancehall Now is dedicated to featuring the hottest riddims in a mix show that is very reminiscent of the style of music played in a dancehall session. This weekly mix is curated by ĀGARD, the latest member to join the Dancehall Now Team.
Listen for the new Love Triangle Riddim Produced By UIM, 2 Nightstand Riddim (Enotsyek Inc), Body Bag Riddim (King Dreamz Entertainment/Ajane), Last of the Mohicans (Prod. by Equiknoxx), 87 Riddim (Reble World Records /Baby Boom), Mixed Flava Riddim (Madd Spider Productions), Big Vibez Riddim (Weedy G Soundforce), Raw Cut Riddim (Chimney Records), Happy Tyme Riddim (Good Good Productions), Star Swag Riddim (Prod. by Star Swag Music), Aroma Riddim (Prod. By Young Vybz, Moggela Riddim (Prod. Flip Money), Center Forward Riddim (DJ Frass Records), and the Quench Thirst Riddim by Garuth Inc/Garth Stewart.
Hot off the heels of his appearance at the BET Awards, Beenie Man is back with a love song done in his own uniquely-worded way. The “King of the Dancehall” premiered his new joint “Thug Love” with a live walk-on on BET’s106 & PARK on August 30th.
Music Video by Beenie Man feat. Cecile performing Thug Love (Explicit). (C) 2013 Grillaras Productions/Zojak World Wide.
Filmed on location in the picturesque setting of Portland, Jamaica and Directed by United States-based filmmaker Mike Abela. Abela’s past credits include videos for Vybz Kartel, Junior Reid, Sharon Tucker and many more.
The single is currently available on iTunes and a variety of online retailers.
Tad’s Record brings the heat with this year’s hottest dancehall songs, all on one album, with their latest release The Ultimate 2013 – Various Artists, available worldwide on June 25, 2013, with pre-order available now.
Featuring the biggest names in dancehall music currently, The Ultimate 2013 sets the soundtrack for the year and is the only album where you will find all of your favorite new dancehall tunes.
The physical album boasts 26 sizzling singles, and the digital album contains 36 tracks, 10 of them being raw or explicit versions of singles from the physical album.
“The Ultimate 2013 is the latest release of our flagship ‘Various Artists’ compilation albums,” states Tad Dawkins, President of Tad’s Record. “It is the sixth production and we truly believe that it is the best yet.”
It spotlights recent dancehall hits such as “Live My Life” by Mavado, “Gal A Gimmi Bun” by I-Octane, “Judgment” by Chronixx and “Lighter” by Vybz Kartel, along with an extend playlist of other dancehall staples to keep the party going all year long.
“The Ultimate 2012 received rave reviews, especially since it featured major acts such as Baby Cham, but The Ultimate 2013 has topped that by featuring new singing sensation Chronixx,” discloses Dawkins. “Each year we endeavor to live up to our tag line of providing ‘the ultimate reggae experience’ and we are confidently satisfied in the job that we have been doing thus far.”
The Ultimate 2013 will be available worldwide on June 25, 2013 from all major digital retailers, including iTunes and Amazon, from Tad’s Record. Pre-order of the album is available now. For more information, please visit tadsrecord.com.
Reggae/dancehall blockbuster hit makers Sly & Robbie present dancehall female singjay Danielle “DI” in her debut studio effort, The Rebel, now in stores from Tad’s Record.
Born Danielle Isaacs and raised a stone’s throw away from the home of the legendary Bob Marley in Kingston, Jamaica, Danielle is determined to follow in his footsteps as an ambassador for her homeland.
The Rebel accomplishes this ambitious goal and catapults this music sensation towards fulfilling her dream of being a global sensation.
Working with legendary producers and songwriters on eight sizzling tracks, Danielle “DI” is following a formula for sure success.
She also collaborates with some of the top names in reggae and dancehall, including Cherine Anderson on the title track “Rebel,” dancehall great Shabba Ranks on “Big Man,” and reggae royalty Gramps Morgan on “Sexual Healing.”
“Putting out this album has a bit of excitement to it because it’s a different kind of a showcase of dancehall from a female point of view,” reveal producers Sly & Robbie and Orville “Rory” Baker.
Known to fans as the ‘Rebel Princess of Dancehall,’ Danielle “DI” has been on the scene for some time, honing her skills and working on her craft with the likes of Beenie Man, Ce’Cile and Vybz Kartel.
Jamaican imprint Tad’s Record releases the latest installation in their hit dancehall compilation series, Phantom Vol. 3, available worldwide now.
The album features the biggest names in dancehall music and showcases the hottest tunes straight from the dance halls in Jamaica, to keep the genre alive and fans satisfied year-round.
Boasting 31 electrifying singles, Phantom Vol. 3 features hit singles that are already tearing up the airwaves in Jamaica, including I-Octane with “Gal A Gimmie Bun,” Mavado with “Million Dollar Man” and Vybz Kartel with”Lighter.”
The album also sees the likes of dancehall heavy-hitters Konshens,Popcaan and Tommy Lee Sparta, giving aficionados the very best in dancehall music today.
“Phantom Vol. 3 is our third installment in the hit series, which has found a home with dancehall fans around the globe,” reveals Tad Dawkins, President of Tad’s Records.
“Each year, Tad’s Records strives to bring the latest and best music from the Jamaican music industry to the global fan base and this album fulfills that mission.
It also makes obvious that the genre is alive and well, both at home and internationally.”
Phantom Vol. 3 is now available worldwide from all major digital retailers, including iTunes and Amazon, from Tad’s Record. For more information,please visit tadsrecord.com.
1. Konshens – No Hesitation (I’m Coming) 2. I-Octane – Gal a Gimmi Bun 3. Mavado – Mr Tek Weh Yu Gal 4. Tommy Lee Sparta – ExplicitBun Nu Nu (Raw) 5. Tommy Lee Sparta – Bun Nu Nu (Clean) 6. Popcaan – Naughty Girl 7. Popcaan – When We Party 8. Vybz Kartel – Lighter 9. I-Octane – Bun It and Laugh 10. Vybz Kartel – ExplicitWeed Smoker (Raw) 11. Vybz Kartel – Weed Smoker (Clean) 12. Mavado – Million Dollar Man 13. Mavado – At the Top 14. Vybz Kartel – Mr Bleach Chin 15. Mavado – ExplicitMarch Out (Raw) 16. Mavado – March Out (Clean) 17. Konshens – ExplicitFrom Yuh See Me (Raw) 18. Konshens – From Yuh See Me (Clean) 19. I-Octane – Buss a Blank 20. Popcaan – ExplicitKilla From Me Born (Raw) 21. Popcaan – Killa From Me Born (Clean) 22. Tommy Lee Sparta – ExplicitDem Nuh Bad (Raw) 23. Tommy Lee Sparta – Dem Nuh Bad (Clean) 24. Tommy Lee Sparta – ExplicitDi Mechanic (Raw) 25. Tommy Lee Sparta – Di Mechanic (Clean) 26. Konshens – ExplicitBad Gal (Raw) 27. Konshens – Bad Gal (Clean) 28. Popcaan – ExplicitCoolie Gyal (Raw) 29. Popcaan – Coolie Gyal (Clean) 30. I-Octane – Fly Ova Badmind 31. Tommy Lee Sparta – Lyrical Bomber
Known for serving up Jamaica’s freshest beats and top-notch cuisine in downtown Manhattan, Miss Lily’s has become a social and cultural hub for all things Caribbean. The island aesthetic is reflected throughout the swanky decor of their restaurant, bakery, juice bar and variety shop – which serves as a record store, gallery space and home to internet broadcast station, Radio Lily. Miss Lily’s Variety Shop, located directly next door to the restaurant, celebrates their first year in business and launches a brand new CD series Miss Lily’s Family Style (VP Records) on January 22.
The first installment is executive produced by Radio Lily resident DJ Max Glazer along with one of Miss Lily’s founding partners, Paul Salmon, who also owns Jamaica’s award-winning Rockhouse Hotel and co-founded Joe’s Pub in Manhattan. Enclosed in the CD’s vintage vinyl-inspired packaging are in-depth liner notes written by reggae journalist and Radio Lily DJ Rob Kenner along with a free download card of a 43-minute mix by DJ Max Glazer.
Richie Stephens & Gentleman – Live Your Life – Artwork
MARCIA GRIFFITHS AT ELEGANCE LOUNGE
Dancehall Now’s #1 Record Internationally for 2012
Beres Hammond – One Love , One Life – Artwork
Beres Hammond In My Arms #1 Song of 2012
MARCIA GRIFFITHS AT ELEGANCE LOUNGE
Konshens #1 on the ‘TOP RATED 8’ with single ‘Walk and Wine’
Richie Spice on stage at Usain Bolt’s Tracks & Records venue, for his Soothing Sounds: Acoustic album launch. [Photo by Niketa Thomas/NickFotoWorks]
Freddie McGregor’s “Di Captain” Album Artwork
Marcia Griffiths – Marcia Griffiths And Friends – Artwork
TOP RATED INTERNATIONAL REGGAE AND DANCEHALL COUNTDOWN BEST OF 2012 BY HIGHLANDA SOUND & Terri K (Based on the Dancehall Now weekly Top Rated International 8 @ 8 Countdown compiled from a composite of all major global reggae and dancehall charts)