Montego Bay has been holding their own in the Music scene in recent times. From Hip Hop acts like Moula UE, Trapic$ The Troop, Slim I.D., Daley, to Dancehall/Reggae acts like Tommy Lee Sparta, Teejay, and Jeeby, their eastern counterparts should pay attention. Rapper Karma Crew however, has been staying busy with his own share of releases this year, and recently he kept at it with a new video titled, “Lyrical Majesty“. Shot/Directed by 876 Media Ent., Karma keeps the visual simple, but stays on fire when it comes to the bars! With plans to drop a new project in 2018, and possible treats for the Christmas season, salute that man and the music he’s bringing to you. Check out the video below.
2017 seems to be the year for the one named Safaree. Despite a few bad moments, he has been doing well thanks to his released singles, surprising many with his Hot 97 Freestyle, and his various TV appearances. With the year coming to a close, he wants to ensure that fans get a lot more music with his latest Mixtape, “Fur Coat Vol. 1“. Featuring 15 tracks, SB continues to let folks know that despite all the things his name has been attached to good and bad, he can hold his own when it comes to making music. With DJ Self, Sean Kingston, Philly Swain, Bowe Jack, DJ Norie, and Mayday Carter making appearances, this is the right companion while you catch Safaree on your favourite VH1 reality show! No Fur Coats and Coconut Oil included. Check out the project below!
The Music scene in the Caribbean is a huge pot filled with blends of various genres, cultures, and ideas. With its fair share of influence on the World, you can detect that on some of your favourite songs out in recent years. The Caribbean is also blessed to have given the World some talented folks who have went on to create huge followings, and churn out hits aplenty. One of the Artists who aims to make a name for himself is Jimmy October from the twin Islands of Trinidad & Tobago. Boasting a sound that stands out, and a swagger that lets you know he’s the next Caribbean Superstar, he has been on the radar of some of your favourites in recent times. After a few delays, we finally got a chance to have a convo with the Artist. From his sound, his latest project, to repping T&T, get to know him in our latest Interview below!
Words By: @SwadeDaVillain
Photos By: @KristonKK
13thStreetPromotions: Jimmy, thanks for having a chat with us at 13thStreetPromotions.com. We’ve finally made that Jamaica/Trinidad link up. For starters, tell us about the Artist named Jimmy October?
Jimmy October: The name was inspired by a couple things. Well firstly I was born on October 9 1994, and I’m pretty connected to the fact that I’m a Libra and the idea of not searching for perfection but for balance. That explains the October. The main reason for the Jimmy is the movie 8 Mile. Eminem played the character Jimmy “B-Rabbit” Smith Jr. The role of that character really resonated with me because I felt like he was a very regular guy, living a regular life but he had passion. He had raw talent and was determined to be something more. I’m also that regular guy that believes he can use his talents to be something more no matter how much people say its not possible. No matter how much people laughed at the fact that I was crazy for starting to follow this particular dream because they thought it made no sense. I’m Jimmy October.
13thSP: We’ve been hearing your music for quite a while, but tell us how did you get your start? What made you want to pursue a music career?
JO: As basic as this might sound. I’ve loved music from the jump and I’ve only grown to love more.
13thSP: You rap, deejay, sing, produce, and those have caught the attention of many out there. Who have been some of your influences when it comes to creating music?
Yes, we know, Vybz Kartel is one of the greatest Dancehall Artists ever. We’ve seen the cult like following, we’ve heard all the tracks since his Incarceration, his ability to cater to every vibe and situation, and his influence on many. He is no stranger to collaborating with International acts though. While tracks like “Pon Di Floor” (Major Lazer), “Frontin’ (Remix)” (Pharrell & Jay-Z), “Twerk It (Remix)” (Busta Rhymes), “Girlfriend” (Busta Rhymes & Tory Lanez), “WTP Remix” (Eminem & Supa Dups) get spins, he also has collaborated with the likes of Lorde (on the way), Kalash, Wizkid, and Sean Kingston over the years. But today, here are 5 International collaborations that you didn’t know existed, or may have forgotten about!
(If you want to buy them, the links are in the titles. Bless up!)
For years there have been debates between Jamaicans, and those born outside the Island who claim Jamaican just because their family was born there. Call them “Yardies“, “Jafakecans” or whatever name, there’ll still be arguments online and at various events. To settle all this, Comedians Rome, Mike, and Cam from Dormtainment, and Trey and Jae from 4YallEnt determine who are real Jamaicans in their new collaborative skit. From Mesh Merinos to a game of JAMEOPARDY, they try to put the arguments to a stop. We still call them Barrel (lol). Big up all the Jamaicans at home and abroad, and all those who claim Jamaican. Check out the video below.
Usain Bolt’s fame has risen to levels we can’t imagine, and life after track looks to be even more fun. Recently he made an appearance on the premiere episode of “Complex On Fuse” and did some Sneaker shopping in Los Angeles with Sneaker aficionado, Joe La Puma. During their time, Bolt spoke on growing up in Jamaica, life after Track, hanging with Michael Jordan, giving back to his High School, Sneakers,and working with Puma including signature shoes. Bolt copped a few Pumas for the road, were there any you liked? What would you have purchased? Bolt continues to shine even when he’s not going for the Gold. Check out the video below.
It’s the end of the work day, or work week, what are your plans for the weekend? Want to party but don’t feel the vibe? Well Major Lazer and Busy Signal want to give you that jolt of energy with their Music Video for “Jump“! Directed and produced by Dan Streit & Lindsey Nico Mann, we’re treated to a trippy visual filled with lots of dancing and hopping mad folks. Loving the editing on this one, and the Major Lazer sound definitely fits the video and will get you ready to take on the weekend! Off their Summer release, “Know No Better EP“, if you’re not jumping, you need prayer. Check out the video below!