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’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!