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We Look Back At Some Summer 2020 Releases On The “Las’ Lick Playlist Vol. 2”


The Summer holidays are over, but in this Covid 19 world, everyone’s stuck inside. With Schools and jobs handling (most) things the online way, we’re seeing the “new norm” everyday. Nonetheless, creators create, and many of them released music in time for Summer 2020 in Jamaica. Today, we look back at a few tracks that were released in the 2nd Volume of the “Las’ Lick Playlist“!

Following up the 2018 Playlist, this 2020 edition features 32 tracks from Jamaican artists. Whether your taste is Dancehall, Reggae, Pop, or Hip Hop, you get dope offerings from emerging artists like Royal Blu, Leno Banton, Blvk H3ro, and Skillibeng, to established acts like ProtojeBeenie Man, Aidonia, Vybz Kartel, and Popcaan, to new acts like Marcilli, Prizal, Nyne 11, and GyalKapone. Check out songs that may have missed your radar, or ones that got you hype during the past few months. Don’t forget to share!

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Media Practitioner @MsDadrian Launches Online Media Training Course


Jamaican News Presenter/Radio & Television Host Dadrian Gordon has been a voice that you can’t miss in Jamaican Media for the past several years. Whether you hear her delivering the news or hosting a programme on Radio Jamaica 94 FM, presenting on Television Jamaica (TVJ) and Jamaica News Network (JNN), or adding her lovely voice to some of your favourite ads, she has been working her way up to becoming a Media stalwart. With over a decade worth of experience, she has decided to dabble into another field, teaching.

Recently, she collaborated with Gumroad.com to launch an online course dedicated to Voice & Speech, Diction, and Presentation. Titled the “4 P’s Of Presentation“, Dadrian Gordon provides students quick and easy ways to develop their skills for Media whether their interests are in Radio, Television, or even Internet Media. Reasonably priced, the course is easily accessible during the Covid 19 pandemic, as many are unable to attend physical classes. When asked about her decision to play her part in Online learning, she shared that it was the recommendation from a few peers to venture into that field as she learnt over the years that she’s a role model to many, and the course is one of the ways she wants to impart her knowledge, and give back to the communities who have supported her career.

In our 2017 Interview with her, she shared that prior to studying Media, her passion was in teaching, but life had other plans for her. Being in Media is a blessing for Dadrian Gordon, and she looks forward to developing young (and old) minds through her new initiative. Dadrian Gordon’s “4 P’s Of Presentation” is available on Gumroad.com/MsDadrian. To stay up to date with Dadrian Gordon, follow her on Twitter at @MsDadrian, and on Instagram at @IAmMsDadrian. Be sure to catch her on the airwaves and on your TV screen on Radio Jamaica 94FM, and TVJ respectively.

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Will The Wolf Kicks Off His Debut Single With A “Bang”!


When you hear “Trinidad and Tobago“, you usually think about Soca, Carnival, and Doubles. While the twin islands are famous for those, a new generation of creatives have stepped up to break out of the norm. We’ve featured artists like Jimmy October, Sarkastik Ambassador, FVRFVN, and there are many others stepping out of the norm, but today we introduce you to new one. Making his debut as a Recording Artist is Will The Wolf with his single, “Bang“.

Produced by Andrew N.P. McIntosh (Sweff Sounds), Will The Wolf finds himself dealing with a few situations in his life, but regardless of the end result, he wants to make sure go out with a bang if things do fall apart. With some smooth production backing the lyrics, this one deserves the repeats on all the playlists. In addition to this track, is its music video which was shot by Josiah Persad Films, and directed by Will. Taking inspiration from Napoleon Dynamite and old school Anime/Kung Fu flicks, Will is either auditioning on the historical Little Carib Theatre stage, or facing his opponent in a showdown at the beach. A unique visual to accompany a dope song, and we know you’re going to enjoy it. Something different and creative, so tune in now!

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Sizzla Brings “Million Times” Worth Of Music On New Album


Jamaican musical Icon Sizzla Kalonji continues his journey with the release of new music. With a career spanning 30 years and several dozen albums to his name, his work ethic is out of this world. Moving forward always, he recently announced his latest album titled, “Million Times”.

With a joint release through Kalonji Music and Zabogaubhi Music with distribution through One RPM Afro-Caribbean, “Million Times” a 12 track masterpiece that finds Sizzla shining as bright as ever. With no limit to his creativity, he dedicates this album to the Queens, Empresses, and all the women of the world. With tracks like “Lady Lady”, “Without You”, and the title track (“Million Times”), Sizzla aims to touch the hearts of women, and let them know that they’re loved. With news reports of women facing harassment, abuse, and violence daily, Sizzla’s album comes at a time where the message of protecting women is being strongly promoted. He also expands his sound as he dabbles with various productions outside of the norm in Reggae. A clean, fresh, and new product, Sizzla never disappoints with his releases, and looks to uplift and entertain with nothing but good music.

Born Miguel Collins, Sizzla has enjoyed a lengthy career filled with hits stemming from the 1990s. He became a global force thanks to tracks like, “Black Woman & Child”, “Give Me A Try”, “Solid As A Rock”, “Just One Of Those Days”, and many others. He is the head of the Judgement Yard community centre in August Town, founder of the Sizzla Youth Foundation, a label owner (Kalonji Music), and has lent his talents to various generations of artists worldwide.

Sizzla’s “Million Times” album will be available on October 2nd on all digital music streaming platforms. Preorders are live now through https://smarturl.it/milliontimes, and customers will receive the title track as an instant download after preordering. He urges promoters and fans alike to contact him for queries through his website officialsizzlakalonji.com as he is aware of persons conducting acts of fraud off his name. Follow Sizzla on Instagram at @therealsizzlakalonji for updates and more. He also invites you to get familiar with Judgement Yard and the Sizzla Youth Foundation on Instagram at @Judgementyard1st and @sizzlayouthfoundation_1st respectively.

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OLDIES SUNDAY: King Sporty – Thinking Of You (1973)


Yesterday (September 19) marked the 77th birthday of the late Singer/Musician/DJ/Producer, King Sporty. A man who was never afraid to try new things, he was a man who mastered his craft well, and the world loved him. Today, we salute him on “Oldies Sunday” with the selection, “Thinking Of You“.

Released in 1973 through the Konduko label, it was a more uptempo cover of The Blues Busters’ 1971 track which was produced by the late Byron Lee. King Sporty handled production here as it was a smooth blend of Reggae, Funk, and Soul sounds. On the track, Sporty shares lyrics about a lost love who he misses dearly, how them separating affected him, and pleads they give their relationship another chance. The production was really good on this, and made many believe that Sporty was the original performer of the track. “Thinking Of You” was played at various gigs including the Gusman Hall in Miami, Florida, where King Sporty resided and became a pioneer for the Miami Reggae scene.

Prior to “Thinking Of You”, King Sporty was a DJ for the late “Sir Coxsone” Dodd’s sound system. In the 70s, he became a label owner, performer, and co-wrote the Bob Marley classic, “Buffalo Soldier“. Since the mid-80s, he was married to the late legendary R&B Singer Betty Wright until his death in 2015. “Thinking Of You” was sampled in 2010 by Hip Hop group Fun Lovin’ Criminals for their “Classic Fantastic” track.

Walk good, King Sporty!

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.@AlicaiHarley Asks The Important Questions On “I Just Wanna Know”


When it comes to love and making new connections, people just want to know that they’re making the right decisions. You can’t be mad at someone who has their best interest at heart. For Jamaican born/UK based Recording Artist Alicaì Harley (Happy belated Birthday!), she asks the important questions on, “I Just Wanna Know“.

With a video directed by Rebekah Bird a.k.a. Rebekahbcreative, Alicaì Harley gets her 50 Cent21 Questions” on here as she asks her love interest (played by Model Ty-Reece Stewart) what are his intentions with her, and how will handle the relationship moving forward. With a colourful visual filled with Alicaì looking glamorous in different fashion and hair styles, this is one to watch over and over. How many of you want to recreate the bathtub scene? Alicaì’s versatile delivery of the AntiWave produced track compliments the visual well, and will become a favourite of yours in no time. Alicaì has been making some great moves in her career, and is on her way to becoming a name that rings even more bells in the music scene worldwide. Watch her tek it to dem!

(Editor’s note: I think Alicaì would give GyalKapone’s “Never” a dope remix!)

(Shout out to all the couples out there, those who are trying to make it work, and those trying to make the reconnections after being apart.)

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.@BlvkH3ro, @LenoBanton To Appear On @UB40Official’s Upcoming Album!


Jamaica’s newest generation of creatives continue to make a mark on the music scene. Whether they’re breaking barriers or making historical moves, the world is tuned in and ready to give its support. Two of those creatives making big moves are Blvk H3ro, and Leno Banton as they’ve joined the legendary UK Reggae band UB40 on their 21st studio album, “Bigga Baggariddim“.

While reports of the collaborations came about from as early as 2018, UB40 gave fans a taste of what’s to come through their recent “UBZoomy” livestreams. UB40, whose hits include “Kingston Town“, “Red Red Wine“, and “Can’t Help Falling In Love“, have previously collaborated with Jamaican acts like Lady Saw, Maxi Priest, Dillinger, Kabaka Pyramid, and Inner Circle in addition to covering many more. This marks Leno Banton’s first collaboration with the band, and the second for Blvk H3ro as he previously appeared on the Dub version of their “For The Many” album in 2019. Banton, who recently released “Brown Sugar” and appeared on Wavy Jones’Sine Energy” EP, is gearing up to release more singles for the rest of 2020, and is working on a full length project. Blvk H3ro on the other hand, has been staying very busy throughout the year as he released various singles, collaborated with the likes of Wavy Jones, Wayne J, Skillibeng, King Izem, and Di Ruption, and is working on a follow up to his 2019 debut album, “The Immortal Steppa“.

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Starr Dane, @DaleVirgo, @Scantana1 Bring Covid 19 Awareness On “State Of Emergency”


The Covid 19 pandemic continues its world tour, and is taking along many lives with it. With it becoming an everyday news headline, many are still being ignorant to the dangers of this virus, and fail to follow the procedures to ensure that the number of positive cases decrease, and we find a way to vaccinate ourselves from it. While there are many campaigns and programs to spread awareness, Jamaica’s DZL Records makes a statement with, “State Of Emergency”.

Teaming up with Recording Artists Scantana and Starr Dane, and the Label’s Producer Dale “Dizzle” Virgo, the song starts off with Starr Dane chanting the line, “Urgency, urgency” to get your attention with what’s going on in the world. Promoting proper sanitization, the practice of Social Distancing and the wearing of masks, Starr Dane also makes listeners aware of the consequences of not following protocol issued by the Government of Jamaica, and the Ministry of Health. Dale Virgo who not only produced the track, joins Scantana as they skillfully lent their vocals to further drive home the message. The song features samples of various Jamaican news reports  and a speech by the Prime Minister Andrew Holness covering the Covid 19 pandemic.

STAY SAFE! FOLLOW THE PROTOCOLS! WE NEED COVID 19 OUT OF HERE!

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King Cruff Gets Into A “Blackberry Groove” On Latest Single!


Canada based Rapper King Cruff (f.k.a. Solyd Roy) has been keeping himself busy this year. While his output wasn’t heavy early on, he looks to make a statement with upcoming releases. One of the releases is the new single called, “Blackberry Groove“.

Produced by Teej a.k.a. Teej Made The Beat, King Cruff put together a track will surely light a fire in you to get moving. With a bass heavy production, this will rattle speakers, rooms, and your ear drums. When speaking about the creative process for the track, King Cruff shared, “I always find it interesting when a song has the overall vibe of being happy, but when you really pree the lyrics, there’s a touch of melancholy in there. That’s exactly how Blackberry Groove came about. When me and Smoothe locked into the studio session, I was feeling a bit disconnected from everything around me. So I tapped into that feeling, and wrote lyrics that would uplift myself, and anybody else who has that type of anxiety“. Accompanying the single is a music video directed by Lighter Juice that plays around with a lot of 3D work. Whether performing at the beach or running with the Lions, King Cruff brings new energy and vibes, and wants to get you into a “Blackberry Groove”! Be on the lookout for more from King Cruff!

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We Look Back At Songs That Sampled @TootsMaytals In Our Latest Playlist!


On September 11, 2020, the world lost a legend named Toots Hibbert. A pioneer in Jamaican music, he has been heralded near and far as the inventor of Reggae. His contributions to music are vast, and he and The Maytals have inspired generations. Up until news of his failing health, he was working on music and performing. Yesterday we paid tribute to him by highlighting the song that gave Reggae its name. Today, we highlight some of the songs that sampled and covered Toots & The Maytals through our latest Playlist.

From Foxy Brown, to Vanilla Ice, to Tone-Loc, to Lucky Dube, to Romain Virgo, you can relive the moments you’ve heard the classic singles, and learn about the music that paid homage to the classics. Frederick Nathaniel Hibbert paved the way for many, and we respect and honour him over here. Thank you for your life, your music, and your energy Toots Hibbert. Walk good!

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Natural Bond Entertainment Gets The “Gold Leaf Riddim” In Motion With Big Names!


Following the summer launch of their highly anticipated “Porus Riddim“, Manchester based label Natural Bond Entertainment gives fans even more to enjoy with their “Gold Leaf Riddim“! Featuring some of the biggest names in Dancehall who include I-Octane, Teejay, New Kidz, Deep Jahi, DeeClef, Buffalo Souljah, Lybran, Starface, Jahvillani, Masicka, and Knaxx. With their history of accomplishing great feats in the music world, Natural Bond Entertainment makes nothing but quality music, support new artists, and brings energy to established ones along their musical journey.

The release of ‘Gold Leaf Riddim’ follows their unstoppable success from earlier projects. It will be a thrilling and liberating musical event with something for everyone. This one promises to be a classic in Dancehall”, shared Kalila Anderson, Publicist for Natural Bond Entertainment. Natural Bond Entertainment is not slowing down however as the label is working on a few more Riddims to follow up the “Gold Leaf Riddim” later in 2020 and early 2021. The “Gold Leaf Riddim” is now available on all digital music streaming platforms. the label encourages listeners to visit NaturalBondEntertainment.com and get familiar with past, present, and future releases and more.

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.@GyalKapone Handles Heartbreak Her Own Way On Debut Single!


Some of you know this Creative for her Photography, some may know her for her love of the herb, some may know her for her daily commentary on Twitter, but today, you will know Kamoey Ng-You a.k.a. GyalKapone as a Recording Artist! Today, we have the premiere of her debut single, “Never“!

Teaming up with Producer Wavy Jones, GyalKapone tackles a topic that many can relate to, and that’s heartbreak. While she shares her experiences, GyalKapone flips the script here as she lets her ex know that she’ll bounce back, and she has no problem retaliating if she sees him. She shows a side of vulnerability, but the “Bad Gyal” steps out to show us that she’s not to be messed with. One thing you can’t do, is take her Crown. Big up Miss Julene. Wavy Jones on the other hand, provides the perfect sound to compliment GyalKapone’s emotions, and grab you by the collar at first listen. He has been enjoying a run this year with productions for “Ketch Di Pree” by himself, Blvk H3ro, Kione Zaire, and Jeeby Lyricist, “Two Minutes” by Jay EDGE, “Still On The Grind” by Yanah, and even gave us a remix for an episode of “13th Street Quarantine Sessions“.

GyalKapone looks to cause a shift in music this year and beyond, and we’re ready to see what’s next from her. “Never” is out now on Youtube , Spotify, Soundcloud, Apple Music, Tidal, and Audiomack, but you can check out the exclusive Visualizer created by 13th Street Visuals below, and share with a friend. Show us some love/follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @13thStreetPromo.

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Software Developer Creates New App Based On A Popular Caribbean Pastime!


Growing up in the Caribbean can be some of the greatest memories you’ll ever have. While Technology has gradually taken over throughout the years, many of us can remember the times when things were simpler. Remember playing Ring Games? How about shooting Marbles? Jamaican Software Developer Kenardo Smith brings something from our past to the future with his latest App!

Based on the popular “ABC Fast Or Slow” game, users can work on their Vocabulary, concentration, and spelling skills as the game requires you to utilize the letters of the Alphabet in a “One letter, four words” multiplayer match online and offline. Released through K.I.S.S. Games, the game is available for those who have Android operated devices running OS 4.2 and up, and Apple devices running OS 9.0 and up. Kenardo looks to improve the game over time through software updates and allowing access on other operation systems.

“ABC Fast Or Slow” is now available in the Google Play Store and the iTunes App Store, and more information can be found on abcfastorslow.com and at @ABCFastOrSlow on Instagram. Show us some love/follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @13thStreetPromo.

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