Produced by Dennis Bovell and released through Arawak Records in 1977, Janet Kay sings about a man she has a lot of interest in. While she believes he shares the same feelings for her, but they both fail to approach each other and make something happen. It’s a mix of infatuation, What Ifs, and frustration, and Janet doesn’t want to keep playing this game of hide and seek when they’re around each other. The single was released in Europe and peaked at #2 on the UK Singles Chart. It later became one of the tracks that became an anthem during the rise of the UK Lover’s Rock movement in the 1970s, put Janet in the Guinness Book Of World Records as the first British Black Female to score a UK Reggae hit, and the single was the first Lover’s Rock track to appear on the BBC flagship music series, “Top Of The Pops“. It’s forever a classic with Janet’s high notes displayed throughout, and was inspired by the Queen of Jazz Ella Fitzgerald’s Memorex Commercial. The single was featured in the Film, “Lovers Rock“, a part of the Steve McQueen “Small Axe” Film series.
There comes a time in everyone’s life where they think about the things they do, and decide to move on from them to focus on bigger and better. The legendary Edley Shine (formerly of the infamous Born Jamericans) speaks on this and more in his latest single, “Big Mon Ting“.
Produced by Riddim Boss, “Da Big Voice” Edley Shine looks back at various things he has done over the years, and shares how much he has grown from them as he’s more about things and people who are very important to him. When he used to be with all the ladies, he now cares about the partner he is spending the rest of his life with. When he cared about being on the scene years ago, he’s now more about being in every aspect of his child’s life. Talk about maturity. The single is featured on his 2020 EP “Based On Talent“, and accompanying the track is a music video directed by Studio Gota from Brazil. Shout out to those who are all about growth, it’s all about what’s most important to you.
Trini Creative Sarkastik Ambassador looks to make 2021 the year he increases his musical output. Having dabbled in other areas last year, we didn’t get to hear much music. Starting off the new year right, he gives listeners an early listen to the track, “Toxic“.
Produced by TDSK Productions and featuring Bajan Singer/Songwriter Rhea Layne, Sark and Rhea get at each other like a fighting couple as they speak about jealousy, insecurity, and plenty toxic behaviours between them. Many couples go through things like this daily, but Sark and Rhea just play it all out in a way that will have couples thinking over things and go forward with resolutions. As mentioned before, this an early listen as Sarkastik Ambassador looks to put some finishing touches and officially release this track later this year. Let us know what you think about it.
Today, January 2, 2021, we celebrate the 59th birthday of the iconic Sister Nancy. An artist who broke barriers and paved the way for many female Dancehall artists, Sister Nancy is a legend through and through. In honour of her birthday, we feature her in our latest Playlist (and 1st Playlist of the year)!
Highlighting her 1982 classic, “Bam Bam“, we look back at some of the times the single was sampled. From Jay Z to Amara La Negra, from Logic to Tamar Braxton, “Bam Bam” has come a long way to becoming one of the most sampled tracks in music. Take a trip down memory lane and learn something. Big up the great Sister Nancy! Want to get some backstory on “Bam Bam”? Check out this Reggaeology Podcast episode.
First off, let us wish you a Happy New Year! 2020 may have been terrible for many of us, but it’s a blessing to see a brand new year filled with possibilities. Make great things happen in 2021.
Keeping up with the brand, we start the year off with brand new content! Today, we’re happy to premiere Producer/Recording Artist Kris Karz’s official visualizer for his 2020 track, “HEARTBREAK“! Directed by Karz (Dylan Golden handled the editing) and featuring the lovely Sara-Jade Kow, Kris finds himself in a bit of a relationship problem. For some, there can be trust issues, miscommunication, and even insecurity. While Kris may be feeling the stress from some of the unnecessary arguments, he ensures his lady that he’s all about her, and she should stop stressing over nothing and hurting herself in the process.
Kris Karz has been pretty busy behind the scenes for most of 2020, but with a new project on the way, he is gearing up to keep the Internet occupied with some of his new creations through his Kngly Studios imprint. To check out some of his previous work, look here. Start your year off with the premiere of Kris Karz’s “HEARTBREAK” below, and share with a friend. Show us some love/follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @13thStreetPromo.
On the Blog, we highlight, promote, and celebrate some of the Caribbean’s best creative talent. We’ve helped many from “Day one“, and we’ve watched their growth over the years to becoming a household name and more. GRAMMY winning Producer SOS Dynamikz is one of those talents we’ve seen build his way up long before this Blog was even created. Today on his birthday (December 12), we highlight him in our new Short Film, “SOS Dynamikz“!
Shot at his home in Manchester (Jamaica), we caught SOS Dynamikz getting into his production zone while we give you tidbits of information on him. He even shared the creative process behind Koffee’s “Blazin” featuring Jane Macgizmo that was featured on Koffee’s GRAMMY winning “Rapture” EP. If you’re new to SOS Dynamikz, this is a great opportunity to know about him. If you’re a fan, we give you an inside look on the method to SOS’ madness (lol).
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.
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.
Today’s Oldies Sunday selection is dedicated to Dancehall Artist Sister Charmaine who passed away on January 5, 2021. Before the many prominent Queens of Dancehall, Sister Charmaine was one who held that title proudly. Today we go back in time to check out “No Disrespect“.
Released through Leggo Records in 1990, Sister Charmaine did plenty name dropping on this one as she shares the difficulty in catching a break in music. In a rather humorous way, she calls upon artists like Papa San, Admiral Bailey, General Trees, Little Lenny, Professor Nuts, Lt. Stitchie, Flourgon, Ninja Man, and many more for assistance in making her career as successful as theirs. From borrowing a Benz, to performing Obeah, to learning certain songs and moves, Sister Charmaine believes these were some of the methods her fellow artists used in getting a “buss“. The song was not made to disrespect the many artists mentioned, but to give her audience something to laugh about, and showcase her versatility. The song was featured on the “Live And Kickin’” compilation in 1990. A song we believed took a cue from “No Disrespect” was Ce’cile’s 2000 single, “Changez” where she called out male deejays, but for a rather different topic.
Walk Good Sister Charmaine!
As it has been said over the years, Prison caan hold Vybz Kartel’s music and influence. Fresh off celebrating his 45th birthday, Vybz gathers the family for the “Dancehall Royalty EP“!
Consisting of 5 tracks, the EP was released through Short Boss Muzik, which is owned by Vybz Kartel’s partner, Tanesha “Shorty” Johnson. The EP features new music from Vybz, but he boasts features with his sons Likkle Addi and Likkle Vybz, his cousin Sikka Rymes, and popular Dancer/Recording Artist Renee 6:30. It’s 2021, and Vybz Kartel has to make sure he’s a part of it. Who can be mad at new music from the “World Boss“?
In 2020, Rappers Nyne 11 and Rxp Flo made noise with their respective projects, “Trapping From The North” and “Trap Island” respectively. Just a couple members of the growing Trap movement in Jamaica that has influenced Dancehall in recent years, only time will tell when we’ll see the movement grow beyond measure. While they have their respective fan bases, they start off the new year with a collaboration called, “Life Hack“.
Produced by Jae Martin, Nyne 11 and Rxp Flo trade bars as they aim to get to all the bags, and if there is opposition, they’ll handle it in their own way. Not only are they bringing some energy to the scene, but they bring together their respective collectives, and possibly hinting at a soon to be released joint project. The Hip Hop scene has grown in all sort of ways in Jamaica, and you best believe it won’t die anytime soon. Get familiar with the wave!