Interview: @KingBiggsSOL

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I0qcBTmEKing Biggs a.k.a. Julian Morrison, was born in St. Andrew, Jamaica. He is the Co-Founder of the Jamaican Hip Hop Label/Collective, Sons Of Liberty. Considered the “Mutant” of S.O.L., Biggs has been responsible for a number of S.O.L. releases since its inception in 2006 whether through his productions, or his lyrics. With the release of his upcoming project, “XXII” drawing near, 13th Street Promotions took the time out to have a chat with King Biggs to learn about his sound, his “XXII” project, and some of his favourite creations.

Who is King Biggs?

King Biggs is an artiste that produces and composes music as well who specializes in Hip Hop, Dancehall and Reggae Fusion. I always seek to break down rules and barriers but in such a way that paying homage to original elements is included. I believe that art is more innovation over imitation than the inverse.

As a Producer and Rapper, you tend to have more options when creating, describe your sound?

I mostly create Hip Hop, Dancehall and Reggae Fusion even though I’m not limited to that. I call my sound “Rich Noise” and it’s all about taking the main/traditional elements of each genre and bending them into something interesting. I really like to be surprised when I listen to music, so I aim to provide that for my listeners in different ways. My sound could be Pharrell inspired in one beat, Kanye in another with a Lee Perry sample in the background. All in all I leave my mark on everything I do, so it’s not typical or monotonous to the audience. That’s just whack!

Who are your influences?

My influences mostly stem from Hip Hop in the 90′s/00′s, Dancehall from that same era, Oldies ballads and Disco music. This includes Dr Dre, Dave Kelly, Gavin Blair (Gavsborg) from Equiknoxx Music, Timbaland, Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, Quincy Jones and Lee “Scratch” Perry. A lot of music was around me when I was developing because there was the radio on RJR all day, the loud Encava buses that drove pass St Richard’s every day and the people who blared their stereo systems when picking up younger siblings or children at the schools I attended. A childhood friend, Belinda Cousins also taught me a lot about music and gave me access to the work that should shape my identity today.

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PRESS RELEASE: @Alexx_AGame Launches Solo Career

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A-GAME LAUNCHES SOLO CAREER

A-Game, who is more popularly known as the lead singer of the Blu Print Band has premiered his first music video for his single ‘A-Game Everyday’ produced by Vern Hill recently at the 5:30 Social Lounge. He shared “this is a general concept; in every single aspect of your life from work to relationships it is very important to be on you’re A-Game everyday”.

The video shot by Aeonpro Studio also features a special appearance from Jamaican sprint star Warren Weir. “Warren is a good friend of mine and his tagline is ‘be the best you can be’ so we basically had the same message to bring across” A-Game shared. When asked about his affiliation with the Blu Print Band he made it clear that he is still the lead singer and adds that they are very supportive of his music.

The single ‘A-Game Everyday’ is a fusion of old school hip hop and dancehall. “I love music and I feel as though it is very important to fuse different genres and just be more versatile” he added, “I think people are tired of hearing the same things so I hope to bring something new to the table and make myself marketable internationally”.

The Blu Print Band came on the scene in 2011 and became popular after its win in the Battle of the Bands Competition in 2012 in London. “I see my band as my family, the producer of the single is actually a member of the band as well so their support is never ending” he further added.
A-Game and his band are set to tour with Konshens July of this year in Europe.

BONUS!

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Preview: @DI_Danielle Gives Us A “Heads Up” This Summer

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image (1)Dancehall Artist Danielle D.I. promises to give us a hot and sexy summer with new releases. Her blazing collaborations with Kiprich and Tiana are already scorching the airwaves.

She returned to the lab with Sly & Robbie to bring the sexy “Heads Up“. With her signature lyrics and sex appeal, Danielle D.I. aims to keep temperatures rising, ears perked and eyes focused.

On Friday June 27th the highly anticipated music video for the Kiprich assisted “Hear The Pree” will be released. Check out the previews below and share your thoughts in the comments section.

Heads Up (Preview)

Hear The Pree (Trailer)

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PRESS RELEASE: @PayAttentionJA Returns With Heat For The Summer!

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Pay Attention Returns With Heat For The Summer

Kingston, Jamaica: Lovers of Hip Hop music and lyricism will have to wait no longer as Kingston’s
premier Hip Hop event, Pay Attention, returns on Saturday, July 19 inside Club Indulge, South Beach
Café. The two-year old party and showcase series went on a short hiatus after its March staging this year to allow for expansion of the brand.
The local Hip Hop community has grown and there is more attention from the media than before,” says host and local rapper, TSD, “We played our part in that and we wanted to continue doing so, but by
creating more avenues. Hence, in the near future, we’ll be producing promotional mixes as well as visual content, for both online and television”.
The return of Pay Attention will feature resident DJ, Inztinkz, and Deadline Sound providing the musical  selections as well as performances by Wayne Hevy, Gamble G, Kash Kapri and Massy the Creator.
Gates open at 9 p.m. and showtime is set for 10:30 p.m. Admission is $600, while ladies are 2-for-1 until
showtime. Drink specials, courtesy of South Beach Café, will be available at the bar.
Partners of Pay Attention include Gambling House Recording Studio, Hype TV, MediaBlu Caribbean, JAE Magazine, Electro-Tech Productions, Hot 102 and Rebel by King.

Follow @PayAttentionJA on Twitter and visit http://www.facebook.com/payattentionja for more information and regular updates.

Pay Attention July 19 Back (Web)

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PRESS RELEASE: @RaineSeville Creates A Buzz In Barbados

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RAINE SEVILLE CREATES A BUZZ IN BARBADOS

Raine Seville is constantly reinventing herself and this time she’s fighting for her spot on top! The “Mad Dem” artiste recently released her new single “Suh Wi Roll” on the Task Force Riddim which was Bajan produced. The single is a counteraction to a track on the same rhythm done by Bajan buzzing artiste Brutal Crankstar’s “Badman Nuh Lip” which is currently one of the most played songs in Barbados. “This song is very different from what persons hear from me, I am versatile and I love proving people wrong” shared Raine. She further added, “Suh Wi Roll basically defends women who are sexy, beautiful, and living a great life but can also make that transition if needs be, to become soldiers on the battlefield”.

“Suh Wi Roll” produced by DonWrita Records was written by Striker and Raine Seville and is steadily growing a fan base in Barbados. Additionally, Raine whose new booking agent is Headline Entertainment released her first soca single entitled “Brace Back” produced by Bajan radio personality Jon Doe and Gorg. “I love surprising persons and this song is also very different it’s sexy, fun and an up-tempo dance track for the ladies” Seville shared.

With the successes of her Barbados trip Raine has also opted to premiere her latest video “Bajan Wuk” which was collaborative effort between Brutal Crankstar and herself. The video directed by Supa Frost and Scenes Entourage was shot in Barbados and its YouTube version has created shock waves amongst her fans because of its provocative nature. “My music grows more and more each day, I believe in reinventing myself and this is what makes me different from many female acts” Raine shared. Seville is set to premiere her new video for “Bajan Wuk” on local television next week.

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