Kris Karz and Kngly Studios are back at it again with another “Kngly Live” session! This week we hear the musical styling of Florida/Jamaica based Recording Artist, Jo Penha! With his single, “You“, Jo slows down the tempo as he delivers for the ladies on this one. With Kris handling the Piano, this calls for a candle light affair and Champagne sips as Jo breaks it down. For the lover in you, tell your loved one “I’m yours forevermore!”. Visit KnglyStudios.com and get yourself some Merch while you’re at it. Check out the video below.
Your favourite British Alternative Rock Virtual Band is back! The Gorillaz recently announced a new album in 6 years, and even premiered 4 new songs to boot. One of the tracks premiered is called “Saturnz Barz”, and features the “Unruly Boss”, Popcaan! Accompanied by a 6 minute VR Short Film, Popcaan displayed his Dancehall “Barz” over the Gorillaz’s haunting Production while the Band makes a visit to a “Spirit House”. Score another one for Popcaan as he is taking advantage of all the International collaborations coming his way. What will he surprise us with next? Gorillaz’s new album, “Humanz” will hit stores on April 28. Check out the video below!
Carnival season is in full swing here in Jamaica, and the Socaphiles will be wukking up and wining all day and night. One particular song will be given multiple spins, but what many will not know, is that it was done by one of their own…
Words by ShannyDeLioness
Yes you heard me right, we have a full fledged Jamaican Soca Artist! While we’ve had Dancehall/Soca/Calypso collaborations over the years by the likes of Beenie Man, Konshens, Spice, and of course you all know of the late Legend Byron Lee and his Dragonaires, and the timeless Fab 5 Band, this Artist has taken his talents and determination and became the first to make it to the International Soca Monarch finals! His name is…Linky First!
Born Jason Henriques, Linky First has been blowing up the airwaves in Trinidad & Tobago and the rest of the Caribbean with his hit single, “Rock & Come In” on the Ruffin produced “Liming Riddim” since its release last year. He has since followed up with “Control It”, “X6”, “Doctor”, and “Naked Pon The Road”.
The Hope Gardens Shell Bandstand served as the perfect backdrop to showcase some of Reggae’s young royals to an eager audience of Locals and Tourists all with one thing in common…a love for the Culture. I personally gave up on Music in Jamaica until I came across these new school of Reggae Royals who through their socially conscious offerings, give honour to the many men and women who preceded them in the genre…
Words By ShannyDeLioness
Photos By Samantha Singh
The gates opened at 7:30 Pm and the DJ for the night Yaadcore kept the early patrons entertained on the turntables, and DJ Jimmy Q of NewsTalk 93 FM handled hosting duties. By 9 Pm, the venue was almost full and the show kicked off with the opening act Sevana. Featuring cuts off her Sevana EP and even debuting a new song and a remix to Protoje’s “Love Gone Cold” (she was featured on the original), she had the audience mesmerized as she belted out tune after tune. I still refused to believe she did all that on a sore throat (Editor’s Note: She’s my Hero!!). By the time ZJ Sparks gave Protoje & The Indiggnation the greatest introduction ever, the venue was packed with patrons who were eager to sing and dance along with them.
After getting the ladies in the right mood with the energetic “Your Body” off his “LOVE & Good Vibes” project, Memphis based Recording Artist Theo follows up with “Body Unique“! With OGE Beats providing the Dancehall/Pop Production and additional vocals by Cheynoo, Theo is calling all the ladies with the sexy bodies who command the attention and snatch the hearts of every guy. With a Production you can rock to, this is one of those “Grab a girl and slow wine with” tunes that will creep over to the Summertime. The single is now available on iTunes, and all other Digital Streaming Services. Be sure to follow “OneLoveTheo” on Spotify as he has a few surprises in store over there in the coming weeks. She seh a long time she want a Jamaican, and she can’t wait to visit the Caribbeans. Check out the track below!
Teenage Recording Artist Wayne J was recently recruited by Portland based Alligator Head Foundation to be their Youth Ambassador to raise environmental awareness, increase Ocean conservation, and promote the decrease in the usage of single use plastic products. Wayne’s involvement kicked off with the release of the single and music video for “Plastic Bottles”. Produced by Diztroy and AppleJuiceKid, Wayne J spreads the message of conservation as the Foundation aims to develop a Fish Sanctuary and rehabilitate the local communities that make fishing their source of income and sustenance.
About Alligator Head Foundation
Alligator Head Foundation supports the conservation of coastal resources with passion and the rehabilitation of local communities that depend on fishing as a livelihood. We deliver research, education, outreach and training to empower communities to adopt the tools needed to build a more sustainable relationship with their ocean.
The AHF has partnered with the Wayne J camp to raise environmental awareness, increase ocean conservation and promote the reduction in the use of single use plastics through the promotion of the Wayne J “Plastic Bottles” song. We are developing creative and exciting public education programs to encourage the proper disposal of solid waste; working with local Schools, Colleges and Communities to change behaviour and incite local action. Our efforts include beach clean-ups, presentations and Incentive-driven campaigns to encourage best practice and environmental stewardship. We are also working with Parley for the Oceans, and Adidas to reuse ocean plastics in new and innovative ways through Footwear, Apparel, and Sports Kits.
Another Sunday, another dope episode of the Kris Karz headed “Kngly Live“! This week, Recording Artist Kapital Stone steps up to the stage! Featuring Trevor Hansen on Guitar, Stone delivers an acoustic/remix version of Bob Marley’s 1980 single, “Redemption Song“. Set in a location in Florida near the sea, Stone shows respect to the Original Gong, all while showing you what he has up his sleeve. While it started off a little shaky, the overall performance was good, and will have you replaying and sharing. Nuff respect to KnglyStudios for this! Cop some merch! Check out the performance below.
DJ Scribz promises to give listeners a lot of mixtapes this year, and there will be no slowing down anytime soon. Today he fires off the follow up to his “Street Vibe” series. In the 2nd volume, he gives us nothing but the hits in Dancehall and Reggae. Expect some special Scribz dubplates to “vibe” to. From Mavado to Khxos to Dexta Daps to Masicka, this will be a fun listen all week long! DJ Scribz, a whappen to dem! Listen to and download the mixtape below!
Recording Artist Dwayne Rose recently released “Bring Yuh Body” and is busy finalizing the Music Video. The JayCrazie Records & Taffari Coke (Alpha Phi DaFraturnity Muzik Group) produced single has been making its rounds and getting a steady buzz thanks to its lyrics. Delivering something for the lovers, the production blends well with the song’s catchy hook which promotes extended Radio play, and sexually charged lyrics that will be a guilty pleasure for those who hear the explicit version.
To hold listeners over, he also released a preview video. Directed by Strugu Films with assistance from Papii Dino, and Creative Direction by Lady E, the video features Miami based Model Amelia Banks who oozes sex appeal in this 1 minute visual. Dwayne Rose’s single promises to be a hit in 2017, and the video will turn up the temperature! Check out the video and single below.
Rapper Slim I.D. may be a lil late to kicking off his 2017, but when it comes to the money, he’s earlier than the sun! Inspired by Rappers Future & Rick Ross’ “That’s A Check“, he stepped in the booth and added his bars for his own remix! With Phantom handling the Production, Slim goes in like the Tax Man when that payment is overdue! If you owe Slim I.D. money, I’d advise you to get every sent together and pay him in Cash, Cheque, Paypal, Western Union, and any other way you get that money sent off! Stay tuned as Slim I.D. is working on his follow up to “The Initiative” (Available on iTunes and Spotify). Check out the track below!
2017 seems to be the year where the Mobay sound will grace the Internet again! With Daley recently hinting at an upcoming project in our latest Interview, to Slim I.D. and MoulaUE prepping new music, the High Tunez Gang joins in the fun! With Singer Rosh delivering amazing notes, Daley, Chance, & Kyng team up for the sensual, “Appreciation“! Featuring a mix of Hip Hop, R&B, and Spoken Word, this is the song you can dedicate to the one you call “Mi Amor“! Dope Artwork provided by AxizaMedia! Valentine’s Day may have been long gone, but the loving is all year! What are you waiting for? Get that “So Amazing” loving popping by playing the track below. Share your thoughts in the comments section.
We have featured his work, recently reviewed his “Savage” EP and now it’s time to personally introduce you to the Hip Hop enthusiast that goes by the name, Daley. Some of you may have recently known him as Tazz or even Dalai of the “High Tunez Gang” and “KMT“, but he is the one same original Montego Bay native now making a name for himself in South Florida. Now on the verge of releasing a followup to his 2016 project, let’s kick things into a higher gear with our first Interview with an Artist living completely outside the Jamaican space!
13thStreetPromotions: For starters, tell us a little about yourself. A grand introduction is always necessary to get our viewers super-hyped.
13thSP: You’ve been on the music scene for quite a while as you’ve started out with a group called the “High Tunez Gang”, is that correct? Tell us a bit more about how you got your start on the scene.
The ongoing relationship with Dancehall Music and the Trap Music sub genre of Hip Hop seems to be a promising one. With influences from acts like Migos, Travis Scott, and Lil Uzi Vert to name a few, expect many established and upcoming acts to expand their creativity. Recently we featured a Mix from Jamaican Rapper Jermani and DJ Mac, and today we feature a visual from the single, “Why Me“. Shot and directed by Deth (a.k.a. “ShotByDeth“), Jerms fires off bars while his crew holds it down in the night. The Lo Flame production gives off an eerie sound fitting the video’s dark setting and makes you pay attention while Jerms tells you what his RUDE life is like. Why pree my G? We just want to vibe on the Island wid a bad ting! Watch the video below and share your thoughts in the comments section.
A new installment of “Kngly Live” is finally here featuring a familiar face, Recording Artist K Charlz. This is our first tango with the Artist this season and he does not fail to deliver his sound reverberating acoustic melody. Unlike last time, we find ourselves outside the familiar space that is Kngly Studios, and Producer Kris Karz is nowhere in sight! Taking on a more natural atmosphere, K Charlz invites us to shake off some of those purely bad vibes by chanting this fully acoustic cover of the Bob Marley track, “Crisis“. Trevor Hansen provides the music and puts our minds at ease while K Charlz delivers the lyrics! Stay up to date with “Kngly Live” by visiting KnglyStudios.com! Feel free to share your thoughts after checking out the video below.
He has graced your Phone, Television and Computer screens for years, delivering clever skits to make you roll with laughter. An award winning Youtube sensation hailing from Manchester, Jamaica, the man born Kevin Swaby is definitely “Krayzee”! You know the comedy, now get to know one of the pioneers of this Jamaican Youtube Comedy thing, Kevin2woKrayzee!
Conducted by: @SwadeDaVillain
Video by: @Kevin2woKrayzee
Got all the treats and festivities ready for you and your boo on February 14th? No? Damn! No worries though, DJ Scribz has the soundtrack covered to make up for it with his “Soul Train” Mixtape! Featuring a selection of 90s love songs, Scribz has the music to make you wanna get things popping! Remember the wine, the Romantic film (or the naughty flick), and set the mood! Don’t blame Scribz’s selections for the bun in the oven later. Check out the Mix below!
Kngly Studios’ “Kngly Live” season 2 is here! The series received a lot of love last season and viewers enjoyed some great performances from the likes of K Charlz, J-Stone, Ludy, and more! With a blend of genres and nationalities, the new season promises more music! For the debut, Rapper/Singer Dylan Golden kicks it off for the lovers with his single, “July 31st”. With Valentine’s Day around the corner, this will have lovers thinking ahead and work on making more moments together. A dope presentation from the Artist, and Kris and Guitarist Paul Canzoneri deliver on the acoustic side. 13 Bit’s “Dabbin’ Goku” Dad Hat makes an appearance. For performances from season 1, visit KnglyStudios.com! No more talking, get your lover and check out the video below!
In this post we pay tribute to the 5 Star General because…we have to give people flowers while they can still smell them. Bless up Bounty!
Rodney Price, more popularly known as Bounty Killa, could be easily called the “Godfather of Dancehall” or the “The Modern Day Dancehall Daddy” based on his musical family tree. His Alliance Music Group started out of Killa’s love for music, which in return gave some of the best Dancehall acts the world has ever seen, namely Busy Signal, Wayne Marshall, Mavado, Vybz Kartel, Kiprich, Bling Dawg, and Aidonia. Outside of his group however, he also introduced us to many others including Spice, Twin of Twins, Cham, and Elephant Man (he was first discovered with his “Scare Dem Crew” members in the mid 90s). In 2011 Bounty made another addition by forming the Alliance Next Generation (A.N.G.) which gave us Iyara, Patexx, Marlon Binns, Kalado, Bridgez, Nymron, Assailant, K-Queens, Prince Pin, Dadda, Venon, Askel, Boom Steppa, 300 and many others. Bounty also lent his ear to Production labels like Pay Day Music, Echo One Productions, and DASECA Music (which is responsible for acts like Serani, Bugle, Dexta Daps, and Raine Seville). The list of names however, continues to grow.
On Sunday February 5, the National Road Safety Council soft launched their “Back To Basics Motorcycle Safety Workshop” series. With sponsorship from the National Health Fund, the event was held at The Worthington, Spanish Court Hotel. With so many many road fatalities involving Motorcyclists in recent times, the event’s theme came in the form of the hashtag/tagline “Protect Motorcyclists“/ #ProtectMotorcyclists. During the event 13th Street Promotions spoke with Clive McDonald, Chief Motor Vehicle Inspector at the Island Traffic Authority, and Andre Richards of Shango Bikers to get more information about the event and on how Motorcyclists can be safer on our roads.
You know him as the Wild Indian, the Wild Apache, the Don of all Dons, but he is also known as Super Cat! One of the legendary Deejays from Jamaica, Super Cat commanded the crowd, and ruled the airwaves. Today on Oldies Sunday (we’re back after a few months), we won’t highlight the hits, as you know them well, but refresh your memory or introduce to you International singles that featured the Don Dadda. Let’s go!
Dem Nuh Worry We (Hip Hop Ragga Remix) ft. Heavy D. (1992)
Many know the original version over Dancehall production, but this Hip Hop version was a hit in the US clubs. Produced/Remixed by DJ Eddie F., the combination of Super Cat and the late Rapper/Producer Heavy D was a winner no matter what Riddim it rode! Me love mi Chicken and mi Goat well curry!
Dolly My Baby (Bad Boy Remix) ft. Mary J. Blige, 3rd Eye, Puff Daddy & Biggie Smalls (1993)
Super Cat was well respected in the Hip Hop crowd, and this remix is one of the few examples of that. Co-Produced by 3rd Eye and Puff Daddy who added verses, Mary J. Blige delivered the backing vocals and featured the debut recording of the late Biggie Smalls who was then unknown. A lot of history in one track as Mary went on to be the Queen of Hip Hop/R&B, Super Cat became a Dancehall legend, Puff Daddy went on to be one of the great Hip Hop CEOs, Biggie went on to be a legend in Hip Hop, and 3rd Eye, who was one of the first Hip Hop acts signed to Motown Records, and was argued to be the creator of the term “Bling Bling” (Lil Wayne was to argue that he coined the term in the late 90s with his single of the same name).
Protoje really had our attention in 2016.
With the release of his “Royalty Free EP”, appearances at Coachella, his launch of the “New Wave” concert series, and other various happenings, people are still asking if he’s dropping a follow up to the outstanding “Ancient Future” album anytime soon. While no word on that yet, Protoje has been feeling a lil on the crimson side late last year and it now manifests itself as his 2017 debut single, “Blood Money“.
13thStreetPromotions: Where does your talent come from? It resonates well with fans from what we’ve observed.
TheRoyalBlu: I’m the only one in my family that does music. The only one that I know of. So I’d like to believe that my talent is a direct gift from God. I’m just blessed to have people truly appreciate what I do.
13thSP: Have you gone through any voice training as an artiste?
TheRB: Yeah, I’ve done voice training up at Avant Acadamy of Music. Big up to Andrew Dixon for being my instructor. Although I skipped their end of year concert that they wanted me to perform at (haha). But yeah, apart from that, I just do my own personal warm-ups and stuff when I can.
Dancehall Singjay Moshan, born Ryan Housen, has been receiving a lot of love recently for his single,”Bad Gal”, and is set to release a Music Video in the coming days!
Produced by Troyton Music on the “Dancehall Bully Riddim”, Moshan recalls working on a concept for the single. Given that it was a hardcore Riddim, he noticed the other songs were catered to the male demographic so he sought out to represent for the ladies. “Bad Gal” was made for the women who were always on point with their beauty, but when it came down to being tough and defending themselves, they’re always ready. The video for “Bad Gal” was directed by Dameon Gayle of Warrior Films and is set to premiere in a few days. The single is currently distributed by 21st Hapilos and is available on iTunes.
Moshan started his music career in 2012 with Down Sound Records, and has since performed on events such as GT Extravaganza, Summer Fest, and Kingston Music Week. He has also recorded with Mr. Easy, Danielle D.I., MBR Records, and is currently managed by Troyton Hinds of Troyton Music. Moshan has also seen success with the singles “Social Media”, and “Jealousy”. When asked about his future in music, he is quoted saying, “The sky is the limit!”.
With 2017 here, there’s no way we couldn’t feature something new from a regular on the Blog, DJ Supadon! While he delivered mixes last year, he didn’t want the top of the year go by without a contribution from him. Today, we feature his “American Radio Mixtape“! Showing love to US Radio, Supadon mixes some of the hits from some of the popular Artists in Hip Hop and R&B. Featuring Migos, Yo Gotti, 21 Savage, Young M.A., Future and more all while showing off his signature mixing. Bring the music everywhere with you, and bring DJ Supadon along for the ride to provide the soundtrack for your week by checking out the mix below and share your thoughts in the comments section.
A new wave of Roots Reggae and Reggae Fusion Artists has been popping up in Jamaica in recent years, making a change in the playing field and pleasing listeners. With the Reggae Revival introducing us to Artists like Protoje, Jesse Royal and Jah9, not only are we listening to some great music, but we have new platforms to enjoy them. One member of the new wave, Leno Banton, has been leaving a mark at every point in his journey as an Artist. 13th Street Promotions recently reached out to Leno to know more about his musical journey, the REM Collective, meeting Protoje, and how his legendary Father influenced his sound.
Words by @SwadeDaVillain
13thStreetPromotions: We’ve finally met up and got an Interview! A 13th Street Promotions x Leno Banton link took too long to happen. Bless up! For those who are new here, who is the Artist known as Leno Banton?
13thSP: Even though you’re a newcomer, the journey to getting here must’ve been a long one. Tell us about how you got your start.
It’s a new year, and we have new tings in store! Recently we’ve teamed up with Radial, a growing Music Streaming service based in Trinidad & Tobago. While we show love to Dancehall, Reggae, Hip Hop, and Reggae Fusions, we have a lil love for the Soca Music. To show our love a little more, we’re kicking off a weekly Playlist series on Radial to highlight our top 5 songs we’re feeling for the week (maybe a bonus track here or there)! We urge you to head on over to GetRadial.com, or download “Radial” in the iTunes App Store to check out our Playlists! Time to “Wuk Up” and “Get On Bad“!
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Yeah I said it. The Artist born Earlan Bartley has been gaining some traction in Dancehall Music over the years. Despite the controversies, he still manages to have a large fan base, plenty bookings, and hit songs. With his buzz starting around 2013, he first caught the attention of many with his Music Video for “Not A Slack Song”. The video, which scored high on the raunchy scale, was met with a huge backlash online with many writing him off as an Artist who had to use controversy to get a “buss”. The songs that followed further got his name buzzing for better, or for worse.
It’s no secret that Hip Hop and Dancehall have been close siblings over the years. With the increasing popularity of the “Trap Music” genre, there have been more Artists crossing over to get a new audience and test out a new style in their craft. In Jamaica, it has seen its increase starting in late 2015 and newcomer Jermani aims to solidify his name out there with his “Pop Champagne Mix“. With DJ Mac overseeing, Jermani lets listeners in on his “Rude Boy Ting” lifestyle over various original and popular Production. He recently spoke on his debut project stating that it’s his way of bringing a unique sound to the game, showing listeners that he can be versatile in subject matter, and aims to stand out not only in the Jamaican Hip Hop scene, but worldwide.
Have a listen to the Mix below, and share your thoughts in the comments section.
It’s 2017, and people need a Mixtape to vibe to. To fix this, DJ Kelly and Josh Era jumped in their Delorean and go Back Into The Future to present to you their “Current Situation” Mixtape! Featuring a mix of Dancehall and Hip Hop tunes, JoshEra and DJ Kelly aim to have you throwing up money, spilling liquor, and having a good time…even in the comfort of your home. This a REM Entertainment Well Rapid release so keep the volume up on high, and have a party! Artwork by KxrlyMiyagi (Ask him about 13Bit)! Welcome 2017 with JoshEra and DJ Kelly by listening to the Mixtape below and sharing your thoughts in the comments section.
If you’re a fan of Dancehall Music, then you’re familiar with the art of Clashing. Seen as a way to bring out the best or worst lyrically in an Artist, we get to witness this event when tensions rise and the #1 spot in Dancehall is at a free for all stage. Over the years, the clashing season usually starts around late Summer/early Autumn where Artists call out each other in hopes of them sharing the stage and facing off at “The Greatest One Night Show On Earth” a.k.a. Sting, the yearly Dancehall event held on Boxing Day in Jamaica. Some of the greatest clashes included Ninja Man vs Shabba Ranks, Beenie Man vs Bounty Killa, and Vybz Kartel vs Mavado. While many never make it to Sting, they still manage to help put an upcoming or established Artist on the radar, or give an Artist their walking papers. In recent years, clashing has been on a decline. With the recent announcement of a no show for Sting 2016, the question I ask is, “Will Clashing Still Be A Thing In 2017?”.
The magical quality of the music indigenous to the island of Jamaica, is experienced through the infectious effect it has on the world. This electricity is often witnessed when music lovers gather, rocking to thumping drums and heavy basslines. Over the past few months the “Bussweh” brand has energized the live music scene with productions that make you appreciate their alternative approach to the traditional Jamaican sound. Infusing a soulfulness to the Reggae sound is Blvk H3ro, an Important component of the “Bussweh” movement. He recently shared his insights about his journey through the industry to date.
13thStreetPromotions: Blvk H3ro the Weed Connoisseur, the poster child for “Bussweh”, thanks for making the time to connect with 13th Street Promotions! For the people who are still unaware, tell us a little about Blvk H3ro and how you got your start.
Blvk H3ro: Ahh, firstly blessed love the 13th Street Promotions family for this moment in time. You guys have been there from the start so a huge “Bussweh” to the team. “Poster child of “Bussweh””? (Haha) I don’t know about that, but I guess you could say that because for many, I was the first face they saw on a stage representing the “Bussweh” movement. Honestly I’m just a youthful energy from Portmore, Jamaica that grew up around music and arts from Church to School, to just being in the streets and surfing the Web finding sounds. I connected with sound and its power and this connection turned into love, like mi legit love music like cooked food. I need it to survive (haha)! This love then turned into a musical career now spanning about 3 years.
13thSP: You already have had a ton of interaction with the Press recently, so it is apparent that you are making all the right musical moves in 2016. Describe the way your sound, termed “ReggaeSoul”, has been growing and expanding since you started pursuing music.
Blvk H3ro: 2016 has been a great year! A big shout out to all aspects of the Press from Radio, to Print, Television, and Blogs , your support is seriously appreciated. Well for those who don’t know, I call my sound “Reggaesoul” which is really a collage of sounds with our Jamaican musical dialect at its base as well as influence from all its offsprings (Hip Hop, EDM, Reggaeton, Dubstep, Tropical House, etc.). 2 years ago I released a playlist on Soundcloud called #Reggaesoul with 8 songs, one of which was officially featured on Major Lazer’s Remixes of the popular “Get Free” Riddim. Once they pushed the song, it immediately garnered over 500,000 plays and to me this was the moment where my sound was truly born. Fast forward a year later, and the sound has grown even more now with the addition of the Reggae Soul Band to add the crucial live element which helps me to convey the the right energy to the audience during performances.