NEW VIDEO: @ZJChrome Speaks Ep. 1 + 2

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ZJ Chrome is a popular DJ and Producer in Jamaica. A staple to radio station Zip 103 FM and a headliner at your favourite event, Chrome has been an influence to many and has aligned himself with many top flight acts. Today he teamed up with Short Filmz JA and YGF Visuals to kick off his “ZJ Chrome Speaks” series. In episodes 1 and 2 he spoke on his start from a DJ to being a Zipjock on Zip 103 FM, his work with Vybz Kartel, naysayers, and much more. Chrome promises this to be a weekly series and it’s good for the fans to know what goes on in the mind of this personality. Check out the videos below and share your thoughts in the comments section.

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NEW MUSIC: @FiveSteez – Deadly

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artworks-000085865624-nwqy3f-t500x500With a splash of old school Reggae and Hip Hop comes a new tune from top Jamaican Rapper, Five Steez. Titled “Deadly” and produced by DJ Crooks, Steez brought his lyrical gun to the fight here. Here he spoke on being deadly with his flow, aiming to outshine whoever he spars with, representing the “First Coast” and showing respect to legendary Rappers who were born in Jamaica like Bushwick Bill, Chubb Rock, and Heavy D. What a way to start off the buzz for his upcoming “These Kingston Times” project. This is sure to get lots of spins and people excited with the blend of new school Hip Hop and old school Reggae sounds. Five Steez’sThese Kingston Times” goes online on October 14. Check out the track below and share your thoughts in the comments section.

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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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NEW MUSIC: @IamTheKartel – Do Di Maths (Wah Do You?)

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db28baa87ee08f20da86d1bb56b68bc7_viewTime for Summer School as today we get another lesson from “The Teacha“, Vybz Kartel. Titled “Do Di Maths (Wah Do You?)” and produced by Dunwell Productions, we hear Kartel drop lyrics about applying math when dealing with the ladies, acknowledging those who watch his every move, and cracking a few jokes along the way. It may or may not be a mystery as to how these songs keep popping up, but Vybz sure stays current and we’re not mad at that. Check out the track below and share your thoughts in the comments section.

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OLDIES SUNDAY: @TheRealJahCure x @SizzlaKalonji – King In This Jungle (1998)

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Today’s Oldies Sunday selections come from two Lions of Reggae Music, Sizzla Kalonji and Jah Cure. Titled “King In This Jungle“, this was produced by Beres Hammond for his Harmony House Productions in 1998. In this song we hear the two artists speak out on those who wish to oppress people but stumble with the help of Jah. They also consider themselves Kings in a society that’s like a Jungle and encourage people to follow Jah and have more faith in the teachings.

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