It’s no secret that Hip Hop Artist Drake is a fan of Jamaica’s music culture. From his choice of slang, to his affiliations, to his hometown being chock full of the Jamaican influence, it’s only right that his “Views” album gets some of the essence. Off the recently released album, Dancehall Artist Mavado is featured on Views’ 2nd track, “9“. “9” features a sample from the Deejay’s 2007 single “Dying” off his “Gangsta For Life” debut album. “Dying” was produced by DASECA Productions and features Serani. It’s not the first time both Artists have crossed paths as Mavado played a role in Drake’s “Find Your Love” video off “Thank Me Later“, and Drake was a guest during Mavado’s set at “Britjam 2011“. “Views” also sampled Beenie Man’s “Tear Off Mi Garment” on an updated version of “Controlla” which was previously leaked with Dancehall Artist Popcaan. “Controlla” also gave writing credits to Jamaican Producer Stephen “Di Genius” McGregor and Supa Dups. “Tear Off Mi Garment” was produced by Patrick Roberts and was released in 1995 on the “Urkle Riddim“. Popcaan’s “Love Yuh Bad” is also sampled on the Rihanna assisted “Too Good” and also includes Supa Dups in the writing credits. The track was produced by Dre Skull and is featured on Popcaan’s debut album, “Where We Come From“. Popcaan is currently affiliated with Drake’s OVO group. “Views” is now available on iTunes.
Recording artiste TugStar is quite happy with the release of his new single “Life Goes On”, a song recorded on the Street Side Records / Reef Ent. Records produced “Sweet Cone Riddim”. The song features International Dancehall Artiste Jahfus based in Vancouver, who has recorded and performed with the likes of Ray J, Ne-yo and more.
“Life Goes On” sums up some of the trials TugStar has been faced with, but also celebrates the triumphs of the Artiste. “This is just an easy flowing anthem for everyone striving for better while facing obstacles, it’s a song that connects with the soul, so I have no doubt it will connect with the people,” TugStar said.
Tugstar sheds some more light as to why this song came at a perfect time. “”Life Goes On” is the perfect song after the passing of my mentor and founder of Reef Entertainment Records, Wayne Douglas. He succumbed to Cancer in January of this year”. TugStar has been performing “Life Goes On” Internationally as a part of his set and has been receiving a tremendous feedback. “This song is a crowd favourite when I perform it, and the people love the energy between me and Jahfus every time the song comes on”.
TugStar has been opening and sharing the stage Internationally with artist such as QQ, Papa Michigan, Serani and more, while recording a host of singles to be released. He is also working on a Mixtape and his debut album. “Music is my escape and performing for the fans keeps me happy no matter what is going on around me so I just stay busy and keep giving the fans the shows and music they want cause “Life Goes On” and the music never stops.
Canadian based recording artiste, K-Anthony has released a new single geared for a global breakthrough. The song has an international, pop sound and critics believe this is definitely a single to watch. “Billboard” is the title of the track produced by Dwain “Wiya” Campbell of Barbwiya Music. It sends a comprehensive message that you may not achieve the success and recognition that most would do anything to acquire, however there are other achievements that more meaningful and of even greater value.
The urban-gospel singer said, “Initially in my career my main aim was to be the epitome of Gospel music. Getting on the world renowned Billboard charts. I had a redefining moment in my life, while writing this song. My focus shifted from self to total surrender to God’s will. My musical passion became bigger than just getting on to charts. My new goal was to be a billboard for what I believed in. I yearn to remind Christians that being a billboard is their duty. We are the living advertisement for salvation and grace. The spirit of Jesus within us, should shine for the world to see.”
When you listen to this record you can clearly hear the influence of R &B music, particularly of Boyz to Men and Brian McKnight. They played integral roles in the defining moments for K-Anthony, encouraging him to select the musical path he travels today. His new album also titled, “Billboard” is due to hit music stores this May.
K-Anthony, given name Kevin Fowler is a former instructor of music at Northern Caribbean University. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and an Associates degree in Mass Communication. His single “Heading To The Top” was a chart-topping single on the Caribbean’s Cross Country Countdown. For more information visit www.kanthonylive.com
Fresh on the scene is UK based recording artiste, Don Andre. His addictive EDM song and catchy dance moves have exploded on the Dancehall circuit. “Tom Cruise” is undeniably one of the hottest tracks released so far this year. Its energy is racking up high radio spins and continues to enter prominent charts throughout the diaspora.
The notoriety of “Tom Cruise” is being felt across the globe with videos surfacing daily from fans based in Argentina, Poland, Chile, Russia, Lithuania, Africa, Amsterdam, Italy, Ukraine and Finland to mention a few territories.
Corporate entities including the brands: Smirnoff, Appleton, Flow, Digicel, Wray and Nephew, Magnum, SportsMax and Jamaica’s Carnival have all join in the mania endorsing the “Tom Cruise” phenomenon. They have all published the content via various media platforms. To add, both political parties in Jamaica have used the song extensively throughout their campaign trail.
Trending personalities have been “Tom Cruising” all over social media from the fluffy diva Miss Kitty to Tanto Blacks aka Mr. Real Rich. Instagram celebrities, such as, Gyalis In Paris, Prince Pine, Quite Perry and Fat Skull are among many others who have solidified the “Tom Cruise” frenzy with hilarious skits reaching millions cumulatively.
The “Dancehall Queens” who caught on to the trend very early, played an integral role in co-signing on the vibrancy of the new moves: Sher, Nickeisha, Renee Six-thirty and Head Top being the front-runners. They are now adding another move called the “Jog”.
This is the new release that’s now spreading like wild fire. Since the triple premiere, that saw a simultaneous debut in England, New York and Jamaica by Epik Jones, Noah Powa, Rick Slatta and ZJ Vybz, the track has been blazing the streets. The youngsters have already caught on to the spanking new move, as is evident via the I-Octane school tour where Don Andre tested the waters. It’s crystal clear that everyone will be jogging into shape for the summer.
Adidjahiem Records/TJ Records in association with Zojak World Wide are excited to announce the release of “King of the Dancehall”, the brand new album from Dancehall Icon, Vybz Kartel. The 14-track set contains all-exclusive, never before released tracks from the “World Boss” Vybz Kartel. Recorded by the prolific artist before his incarceration, the tracks have been carefully completed by renowned Dancehall producer Linton ‘TJ’ White of TJ Records and Adidjahiem the label known for “bussing” artists like Popcaan, Jah Vinci, Lisa Hyper, Tommy Lee Sparta and more, as well as the Billboard chart topping hit “Romping Shop.” Fans who have been longing to hear Kartel at his best will not be disappointed.
Kartel says “King of the Dancehall” is not a 14 song compilation, it’s a masterpiece, an album that encompasses the very essence of Adidja Palmer and by extension, The Jamaican experience,” stated Kartel (aka Adidja Palmer) in a written statement released to the media. “King of the Dancehall” will reinforce Vybz Kartel’s status as not just another self-proclaimed King, but as the people’s champion. The man who has created a movement like no other in DANCEHALL – the true KING!!!”
As the title suggests, the album is dancehall to its core. In another part of his statement Kartel, also known to his fans as “The Teacha” said “This album will bring its listeners into the world of hardcore DANCEHALL, not some ‘pop music’ watered down version. It will give you a peek into my Jamaica. Not the one on the tourist board ads, but the real Jamaica…DANCEHALL JAMAICA”
Distributed by Zojak World Wide, the album will hit stores on June 10th and fans can pre-order the album exclusively on iTunes starting May 6th. Listeners are in for a musical experience from the “World Boss” who is truly a voice of the people.