August 6, 2018 marks 56 years since Jamaica became an independent Nation. Today, Jamaica’s rich culture is heralded the world over, and there’s no shortage of what we have to offer. To celebrate “Jamaica 56“, we linked up with Spotify to provide you a quick Playlist titled, “Jamaica Jamaica!“. Highlighting some of our favourite tributes to Jamaica from Dancehall to Reggae, got to respect the Black, Green & Gold! While everything isn’t the best at times, we’re proud of the Island we call home. Enjoy the day, and be safe out there. Check out the Playlist below, and show us some love on Instagram at @13thStreetPromo.
Bella Blair has been putting in work, and it will show when she releases her new EP, “Aura” this Summer. In the meantime however, she keeps the ball rolling with the video for her latest track, “Hot Gyal Sumting“! Directed by AJG Logan, Bella not only gives us the slick delivery of her song, but displays the attitude like “We run tings here, zeen?” along with her female costars. To the ladies who know how to be the center of attention, the ones who know they’re the ish, the ones who know they have it all together, this is for you! If you don’t understand, it’s fine, it’s a “Hot Gyal Sumting“! Check out the video below, and follow us on Instagram at @13thStreetPromo.
Earlier this year, we let you in on a few Artists that you should look out for in 2018. Featuring some of the best Female acts you may or may not have been aware of, we’ve decided to follow up with a Spotify Playlist featuring even more! From Dancehall, to R&B, to Reggae, to Pop, we continue to highlight the diversity in our unique Jamaican Music Culture. Let this Playlist be your guide to discovering new talent, or providing the soundtracks to your day to day life! Get your headphones or speakers ready, and tune in to some GIRL POWER below!
In our “2018 Predictions” post, we predicted that there will be more Women making their way onto the Caribbean Music scene. In an Industry that hasn’t always been kind to the Female Artist, we have enjoyed the works from many over the years, but we have also asked for some who can step outside the box and give us music that’ll blow us away! The following Artists have been slowly making their name out there for some time, and aim to be mentioned along with their established peers.
Words By: @SwadeDaVillain
We mentioned the songbird in our 15 Artists to look out for feature last year, and she has been making steady progress since her debut single, “So Shy“. This year has already seen her start off in a good way with “Doe Try Me“, with promises to deliver even more music. She steals the scene with her voice, and you need her in your playlists.
Jane has been on the scene for a while, but made a lot of noise in 2017 thanks to her single, “Too Late“. A member of Zinc Fence Records, she made her debut in 2014 with “Babylon” and has been on the radar of many ever since. Last year saw her music being featured in the Amazon Video series, “SYN”, and this year may be the year she releases a full length project! It’s not too late to get familiar with her.
3. Rhiya Luna
Formerly Shie Musik, she was featured in our 15 Artists to know post as well as she was coming back off of a hiatus. She has lent her voice to various Dancehall singles, and with the new moniker she aims to touch on more genres. With singles like “It Up“, “Bandwagon Selecta“, “Sweetest Love” and her latest “Again“, let her music put some light in your life!
Comedian/Youtuber/Actress/Singer/Model Bella Blair hasn’t been slowing down at all. With her appearances on and offline, she has been working to put her brand on a bigger platform. Continuing her lane as a Recording Artist however, she has been teasing her fans with the hashtag, #ICanDoBetter recently, which is the name of her new single. Today, we get a behind the scenes look at her new video and promotion for the single. For those who are familiar with her many characters, you know she makes sure she looks good! “I Can Do Better” is out now, and you can check it out, and the BTS content below.
It’s time to have a laugh thanks to the comedic styling of Kyng Taj and Bella Blair! While the original idea was to feature both in separate posts, why not double the laughter in one package? In Bella’s new skit, she plays the role of a young Jamaican lady who tries to impress her potential American love interest. While many can relate to trying their best to make a great first impression in dating, how many have experienced it Bella’s way? Tune in to find out. In “Marriage Counseling“, Kyng Taj plays the role of a man frustrated with his Wife and in order to fix things, he and his Wife visit the Marriage Counselor (played by Andrew Maragh). Will they resolve their marital issues? Or will things go left? Watch the videos below and share your thoughts in the comments section.