Still tuned in to the final season of the Starz hit show, “Power“? Still wondering who shot Ghost? Anyway, while checking out episode 14, we noticed a familiar sound in the first scene. It was nothing but Jamaican Icon Sister Nancy’s 1982 classic, “Bam Bam“! Produced by Winston Riley, this song did so much for the music culture as Sister Nancy was regarded as the 1st Female Dancehall Artist, and the first to tour internationally as one. We’ve featured “Bam Bam” a few times on here, so check out this link for more content. Salute Sister Nancy!
Today’s Oldies Sunday selection comes from the duo of Jamaican Icons Hopeton Lewis and U-Roy. We get to hear the classic, “Tom Drunk“! Produced by Duke Reid and featuring Tommy McCook & The Supersonics, this was released in 1971 through the Treasure Isle Label. The track features the duo calling out a lying and cheating person who thinks their ways will always be beneficial to them. They also warn that there are consequences for those actions, and they throw in a few proverbs throughout like “Tom drunk, but Tom nuh fool“, and “Play fool to catch wise“. The song turned out to be a hit for the Artists, and its wicked production becomes infectious after every listen. The song was featured on U Roy’s 1978 album, “Jah Son Of Africa“.
Over the years, “Tom Drunk” has been covered by The Specials, its Instrumental has been featured on fellow legendary Artist Stranger Cole’s “Crying Every Night” track, and it has been sampled by Hip Hop Artist Talib Kweli, Hi-Tek, Mos Def, and Mr. Man on the classic, “Fortified Live“. U-Roy is still active in the music as he continues to perform his classics worldwide, while Hopeton Lewis made more hits until his passing in September 2014.
THANK YOU Hopeton Lewis & U-Roy for this classic!
It’s Grammy season! With Reggae Artists like Koffee, Julian Marley, Sly & Robbie, Steel Pulse, and Third World in the running to cop one this year, we felt the need to highlight one of the unique moments in the Reggae category on Oldies Sunday. The aforementioned Steel Pulse Band is up with their 1984 classic, “Steppin’ Out“! Produced by Steel Pulse, Jimmy “Senyah” Haynes, and Del Newman, the track was featured on their 5th studio album, “Earth Crisis“. “Steppin’ Out” is also one of the first Reggae singles to be nominated for a Grammy award. The other single to be nominated was Jimmy Cliff’s “Reggae Night“. The Grammy eventually went to Black Uhuru in 1985 for their “Anthem” album.
With its energetic production, the single became a favourite for many listeners. Since its release, it has been sampled by the likes of Hip Hop Artists Rakim, Bun B, Blac Monks, Society, and EDM Artist Miguel Migs. It has also been covered by Alborosie, and remixed by Producer Steve Thompson, and the late legendary DJ Screw (you can hear the screwed & chopped version below).
Two Dancehall giants leveled up for the 2020 with the release of albums. First off, we have Vybz Kartel’s “To: Tanesha” project, and then Govana with his debut album, “Humans And Monsters Are Not The Same“. Featuring 10 tracks, “To: Tanesha” finds Vybz Kartel being vulnerable and pouring his heart out throughout. For those unaware, Tanesha “Shorty” Johnson is Vybz’s Common-Law Wife, and the mother of 3 of his sons (two of which are Recording Artists Likkle Vybz and Likkle Addi). While their relationship has been a topic of rumor mills, Vybz found himself letting it all out through songs. The album also features appearances from Jada Kingdom, Slimatic, Jodi Couture, Jesse Royal, and Sikka Rymes.
Govana’s “H.A.M.A.N.T.S.” features 14 tracks, and finds him delivering motivational songs, gyal tunes, party tracks, and giving us a lil Social Commentary. Originally known as Deablo, he is a member of Aidonia’s 4th Genna camp, and has been enjoying a rapid run since the name change. For many, this album was highly anticipated and promises to be a repeater. The album features appearances by Tarrus Riley, Dre Island, and Protoje.
The twin brothers Patrick and Paul Gaynor a.k.a. Twin Of Twins, have made a huge impact with the release of the “Stir It Up” series. Having covered several topics and entertained many, they have proven to listeners over the years that they are serious, dangerous, and hilarious. While 2019 saw them release “Stir It Up Vol. 11 3/4“, they look to continue the run in 2020 with Vol. 12. While the release for that is yet to be determined, they wish to hold over fans with the release of their new Radio Show titled, “In The Mean Time“!
Featuring some familiar voices like host Mutabaruka and special guest Bounty Killa, the debut episode finds Muta sharing opinions on New Year Resolutions, issues in Jamaica, relationship issues, and a lot more. Take some time out to give it a listen. We admire the Twins’ ever evolving creativity, and we look forward to even more including their upcoming Podcast series titled, “The Rebellious Truth“.
Happy New Year! Today’s Oldies Sunday selection shows love to an Artist who was determined to succeed, despite the odds that were thrown at him. Today’s selection comes from Recording Artist Flourgon with his hit, “We Run Things“! Released through Redman International in 1988, this was produced by Hugh “Redman” James, and finds the Deejay proclaiming that he rules in everything that he does. From music to relationships, Flourgon will not cower to anyone.
A song that was considered one of the biggest hits of 1988, Flourgon lived his lyrics when in March 2018 he filed a US$300 Million Lawsuit against US Pop Artist Miley Cyrus for using lyrics from the track in her 2013 single, “We Can’t Stop“. Despite many doubting the Lawsuit and Flourgon, the case ended in a settlement in favour of Flourgon just days ago. While the amount is undisclosed, it marks a victory and is a sign for other Artists to seek justice for their own situations.