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OLDIES SUNDAY: Big Youth – S90 Skank (1974)


It’s Heroes Weekend in Jamaica, and we know many will find a way to have some fun during the Covid 19 Pandemic (Please be safe, and don’t add to the high positive cases). While there is a curfew implemented, that won’t stop the people from taking trips around the Island. Many would be looking forward to crews and gangs revving their choice of Bikes ranging from “Ninja Bikes” to “Yeng Yengs”, and today’s Oldies Sunday is a tribute to that, and honour a legend. Today’s selection comes from Manley Buchanan O.D. a.k.a. the great Big Youth with the track, “S90 Skank“.

Produced by Keith Hudson for his Imbidmts label and released in 1974, the track was inspired by the Honda S90, a popular Motorcycle in Jamaica at the time. The song featured Big Youth performing a series of half singing and toasting throughout the track, and you could hear the revving of a Bike at various parts. When recording, a Bike was brought into the Studio for added realism. The song turned out to be Big Youth’s first hit single, and was even used by Honda for a S90 Commercial. The track was featured on his “Everyday Youth (The Best Of Big Youth)” album in 1980, and “Cool Breeze – Ride Like Lightning: The Best Of Big Youth 1972-1976” album in 2002. Big Youth went on release many hits and projects over the years, and become an influence to generations of Reggae/Dancehall artists. This month (October 2020), he has been awarded the Order Of Distinction by the Government of Jamaica for his various contributions to the culture.

THANK YOU BIG YOUTH!

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Celebrate “The African Dancehall King” @ShattaWaleGH’s Birthday With Our Latest Playlist!


He is considered one of Ghana’s biggest artists, he is called the “African Vybz Kartel” thanks to his heavy work ethic, and he is an African legend. Today, Recording Artist Shatta Wale (formerly known as Bandana) celebrates his 35th birthday, and we salute his greatness with our latest Playlist called, “The African Dancehall King“.

With 3 1/2 hours of tracks, we highlight some of Shatta Wale’s biggest singles, and show the world why he’s considered a legend. From Afrobeats, to Dancehall, to Pop, to working with the likes of Mavado, Shenseea, Medikal, Alkaline, Burna Boy, and Beyoncé, Shatta has worked with some of the best of them, and his journey is far from finished. What are your favourite songs from him? Join the Shatta Movement!

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Nice Up Your Day With @RasI_Musique’s “Kingman Ting” Video


Happy Friday folks! We know many started off the day on the wrong foot, but we hope our latest entry changes all that. In fact, we believe that when you watch Ras-I’sKingman Ting” music video, you’ll find a huge smile plastered on your face!

Directed by LatyKim, Ras-I is fresh from the palace with this one. With great shots throughout, the addition of musicians, dancers, good friends, and great vibes, this is the video to keep on repeat. Having enjoyed a buzz since the single’s release, Ras-I and the song’s Co-Producers Koastal Kings knew they’ve found a hit once completed. It’s safe to say “Kingman Ting” is one of the year’s best releases, and we know Ras-I has more in store. Wha dem a go do fi stop Rasta?

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.@PopcaanMusic & @Preme Make A “Link Up” With Collab EP


The “Unruly BossPopcaan has been staying pretty busy this year. Whether he’s dropping Dancehall hits or International collaborations, many got an earful of his music, and the output won’t be stopping anytime soon. Having enjoyed Billboard charting recently with his “Fixtape“, he looks to do it again with Toronto artist, Preme (formerly P Reign). Following up his “Light Of Day” debut album two years ago, Preme teams up with Popcaan for their collab EP, “Link Up“.

Featuring 6 tracks and released through Preme’s RepsUp label, he and Popcaan bring Island influences and sounds, and the best of their respective worlds. With production from Jaegen, Amir Jamm, 1Mind, LondonOnDaTrack, Beat Boss and others, the Hip Hop/Dancehall mashup got a good selection of beats to cruise on. With features from Wiz Khalifa, French Montana, BEAM, and DaVido, you’re in for a fun project that you’ll be playing over and over. What do you think of the “King Of Da North” and the “Unruly Boss” teaming up? Let us know in the comments or on our Social Media pages.

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OLDIES SUNDAY: Josey Wales – Leggo Mi Hand Gateman (1983)


Today’s Oldies Sunday selection highlights one of Dancehall’s greatest foundation artists, “The OutlawJosey Wales (Happy belated Birthday)! When you talk about “run Dancehall“, he was one of the artists who made it possible. We go back to the 80s to check out, “Leggo Mi Hand Gateman“.

Produced by Henry “Junjo” Lawes on the popular “Golden Hen Riddim” and released through the Volcano label in 1983, Josey Wales gives an account of entering a street dance in Clarendon one night. Acknowledging that he was taking a young lady out for some fun, he was dealing with some opposition before entering the dance, and gives details on what happened. “Leggo Mi Hand Gateman” became one of Josey Wales’ biggest hits, and is still a crowd pleaser to this day. The single was featured on Josey’s 1983 album, “The Outlaw“. Since his hit, Josey Wales went on to influence generations of Dancehall artists, deliver more hits, and was even awarded the Order of Distinction by the Government of Jamaica in October 2017. Real legend.

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Will The Wolf Releases Visual For Second Single, “I See You”!


Trini Recording Artist/Creative Will The Wolf is striking while the iron’s hot in his music career. Having enjoyed a buzz with his debut single, “Bang, he knows he has to keep it going and expand his brand. He follows up with the 2nd single, “I See You“.

Produced by Solo Otto, Will The Wolf makes some observations on someone he cares about, and being careful about who and where he shares his energy over a sweet guitar looped instrumental. The accompanying video was directed Will and shot by Josiah Persad Films, and takes a different step from his successful Napoleon Dynamite inspired debut, and we get a well shot video partially set in a very cozy looking home and ending with a bird’s eye view of some of the island’s beauty. Got to respect the consistency and quality from Will The Wolf, just imagine what many will witness when he reaches his debut project.

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.@RhiyaLuna Deals With The Effects Of A Fun Night On “Can’t Recall”!


Recording Artist Rhiya Luna likes to have fun, whether it’s being at the club, or just chilling with friends. Sometimes she takes it easy, other times she has way too much fun, and she feels the effects of it in the morning. Today, she shares something about the latter situation in, “Can’t Recall“.

Produced by longtime collaborator Nuh Response Production on the “Breathe Riddim“, Rhiya finds herself feeling the after effects of having way too much to drink at a party the night before, not being able to recall everything that happened throughout, and having difficulty facing the day ahead. It gets like that when you’re having a lot of fun with friends, but we also urge you all to drink responsibly. A song that will have many looking back at their own similar situations and build a vibe with, Rhiya Luna may have found another hit with this one. Are you one of those who claim they aren’t drinking again after having too much the night before? Share with us some of your experiences (if you’re not shy about it).

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.@RxpFlo Makes A Statement With His Debut EP, “Trap Island”!


The Trap Hip Hop movement has been a huge influence since its debut over a decade ago. In recent years, it has touched the Jamaican music scene, and lent some of its influence to the Dancehall and growing Jamaican Hip Hop movements. With artists like Aidonia, BakerSteez, Tommy Lee Sparta, and Rygin King showcasing different styles, newer artists like Rxp Flo stepped up to bring more strength to the new Jamaican Trap movement. Recently, he took his career to the next level with the release of his debut EP, “Trap Island“!

Consisting of 4 tracks, Rxp Flo has been on the scene building a buzz and collecting a steady following in the process. The release of his EP shows that he’s about business, and will not stop till he’s one of the top artists doing it. It has been a easy road, but he is determined to make it. The EP features production from Metro 17 and Riot Records. “Making this EP helped me realized that not everything will go your way, it doesn’t mean you should give up though. Always move forward regardless,” shared Rxp Flo. “I had lots of down time while working on this EP, but I was at my happiest when I was at the studio writing and recording. I made new friends along the way, but I’ve also seen people I considered friends show me their true colours. These experiences helped me put together a great project, and I wouldn’t change a thing because I was given lessons on patience, dedication, and learning to make my own moves.

The Jamaican Hip Hop movement is still growing, and we look forward to your support with these artists on the rise. Check out Rxp Flo’s “Trap Island” below, and share with a friend. Show us some love/follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @13thStreetPromo.

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


On October 6, Jamaica and the world lost another Icon, Producer Extraordinaire Bunny “Striker” Lee. Known as “The Gorgon“, Bunny Lee was man who has helped to shape music as we know it as he was an early adopter of Dub Music along with the late pioneer King Tubby. He was a pioneer of the Reggae Music market in the UK, and he was also the man who produced former child star now Dancehall Icon Beenie Man’s debut album. If you didn’t know, Bunny “Striker” Lee is one of the fathers of the Remix! Today, we pay tribute to his production work by highlighting some of his classics, and those who sampled him in our latest Playlist!

From Koffee, to Kardinal Offishall, to KRS-One, to Sister Nancy, to Sean Paul, learn a thing or few today, and enjoy some great music! He broke barriers, made stars, produced timeless music, and created a wave for many to follow. Walk good, Mr. Bunny “Striker” Lee O.D.! Check out the Playlist below, and share with a friend. Show us some love/follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @13thStreetPromo.

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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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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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.@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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