Happy Sunday everyone! With Christmas popping up in a couple weeks, we head over to the Island of St. Lucia for a Christmas classic. Our selection today comes from the late Calypso legend, the Mighty Pélay ‘s track, “No More Gift For Christmas“! This was released by the WIRL label in 1977, and was featured on the Christmas album, “Merry Christmas Our Way From Mighty Pelay“. While Christmas is synonymous with gift giving, Pélay has a few regrets on this song as he has made the claim to never give gifts nor even ask for any during the season. From purchasing a suit for someone who never wore it, to giving a bed to a girlfriend, only for her to disrespect him in return, to a lot more. Don’t be an Ebenezer Scrooge this Christmas, just be mindful who you gift.
It’s December, and it’s that time of year when we celebrate Christmas on Oldies Sunday! Today we start off the month Parang style with Trini legend Kenny J’s “De Paint Brush“! Handling the production by himself (Kenny Joseph), the track was released in 1993 through the Crosby’s label. The song highlights a holiday tradition in the Caribbean where the household goes through some cleaning in order to accommodate friends and family, and welcome the Christmas Spirit. Reaching for his Paint Brush, Kenny J looks forward to giving various parts of the house a fresh coat of paint. Kenny is also joined by Bobby who adds some lyrics throughout the song to give it more vibes.
For those new to Parang, this is usually a collection of popular folk songs or traditional songs that reflect the Christmas season and its meaning (similiar to Christmas Carols). It originated in Venezuela and Trinidad & Tobago, and are usually performed by Parranderos, or some of your favourite Artists.
We hope we’ve helped in starting your Christmas season off in a great way! Check out the track below, and share with a friend. Show us some love/follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @13thStreetPromo.
Today’s Oldies Sunday selection comes from a duo that’s hilarious, serious, dangerous, and they’re twins! Paul and Patrick Gaynor are the Twin of Twins, and we’re highlighting their “Stir It Up” series. From Volumes 1-10, you’ll get into some laughter as the twins and friends deliver some of the best content in years as they imitate some of your favourite personalities, but they also deliver some truth messages in between the comedy.
Starting from the 90s, the “Stir It Up” series has been a highly popular project having found its way into many collections officially and through bootlegs. Through the years, Twin of Twins have been regarded as geniuses in Comedy and Social Commentary, and legends in their own right. While their work is far from over, we get to look back at some of the great episodes, and bust out in laughter.
Today’s Oldies Sunday selection comes from Recording Artist Terro 3000 (now known as “Road Elf”), and this one is a more serious selection. Going back to the year 2008, we tune in to “In My Life“! Produced and released by Ballaz Productions, the song finds Terro 3000 reflecting on the loss of a loved one, and how it has affected his life since. The very recognizable “I Want To Know What Love Is” single by English-American Band Foreigner was sampled on this track, and assisted Terro’s lyrics throughout.
“In My Life” became a hit for Terro 3000 as many could relate to losing a loved one, and the effects from such. He went on to release more music that became minor hits, and changed his stage name to Road Elf in the process. He has also been doing some Audio and Video Production over the years as well. If you’re still getting over the loss of a loved one, don’t be afraid to seek some comfort from close friends and family members. We all have to go through this at some point in life. Hang in there!
This one is for all those who have that one annoying friend (or a bunch of friends) who are just not about that Ganja life in every way. Today’s Oldies Sunday selection comes from the legendary Triston Palmer a.k.a. Tristan Palma with the track, “Joker Smoker“! Produced by Jah Thomas, this was released through the J&J label in 1980 with releases through other labels over the years. The song was also featured on Triston’s 1982 album of the same name. Throughout the track, Triston calls out those who love to be around the smokers and instead of respecting the space and culture, they became an irritation. Many can relate to this as there are those who cause money and Marijuana to be wasted, the loss of lighters and other paraphernalia, and tempers to flare up.
“Joker Smoker” became one of Triston Palmer’s most famous tracks, and has been sampled by the likes of Electronic Dance Artists Top Cat and DJ Solo, and by Dancehall Artist Aidonia who even borrowed the song’s title for his single. The song’s title continues to be used among those who are not about that Stoner life as well. Be wary of who you share your Weed with.
While many are still feeling the vibes from last night’s staging of the Redbull Culture Clash, we’ve decided to take you all back a lil on Oldies Sunday! Today we go back to the year 1997 to check out one of Killamanjaro Sound System and Bodyguard Sounds‘ many sound clashes. Held in May Pen, Clarendon, Selectors Ricky Trooper (Killamanjaro) and Fire Links (Bodyguard) both went dub for dub, and song for song with their teams in a clash that is still a memorable one for many. With dubplates and songs from the likes of Monster Shack Crew, Bounty Killa, Sizzla, Beenie Man, and Shabba Ranks with plenty tough talk accompanying them, this clash was a hot one.
While many may have varied opinions on last night’s event, it’s always good to look back at some of the classic Sound Clashes. Let’s hope the floor is open to even more with huge sponsorships, and the rise of more Sound Systems. Check out the clash below and share with a friend. Show us some love/follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @13thStreetPromo.