Like a thief in the night, DJ Fusion a.k.a Kxng Fvse surprises us in the middle of the week with Volume 4 in his “Freestyle Chronicles” series! Kicking it off with a mix of Dancehall hits that will take you back in time, DJ Fusion delivers that well needed energy and vibes to clear away some of this week’s stress! From Vybz Kartel, to Aidonia, to Mavado, you will really love this Mixtape! Give it a listen/download below.
Carnival season is in full swing here in Jamaica, and the Socaphiles will be wukking up and wining all day and night. One particular song will be given multiple spins, but what many will not know, is that it was done by one of their own…
Words by ShannyDeLioness
Yes you heard me right, we have a full fledged Jamaican Soca Artist! While we’ve had Dancehall/Soca/Calypso collaborations over the years by the likes of Beenie Man, Konshens, Spice, and of course you all know of the late Legend Byron Lee and his Dragonaires, and the timeless Fab 5 Band, this Artist has taken his talents and determination and became the first to make it to the International Soca Monarch finals! His name is…Linky First!
Born Jason Henriques, Linky First has been blowing up the airwaves in Trinidad & Tobago and the rest of the Caribbean with his hit single, “Rock & Come In” on the Ruffin produced “Liming Riddim” since its release last year. He has since followed up with “Control It”, “X6”, “Doctor”, and “Naked Pon The Road”.
In the early morning of Sting 2014, two of the most anticipated clashes happened with Black Ryno vs Kiprich and Tommy Lee Sparta vs Gage. With some delays things kicked off with Tommy Lee Sparta vs Gage with Ryno joining in. Following this was Black Ryno vs Kiprich which went on for a while till it got physical and abruptly ended the Dancehall/Reggae event. Good to see that Tommy Lee and Gage didn’t get physical but I was disappointed in the Ryno/Kiprich altercation. More performances to come. Check out the video below and share your thoughts in the comments section.
Starting off his set by sending shots at Deejay NinjaMan was new sensation Gully Bop at Sting 2014. Going through some freestyled lyrics with some directed at Alkaline and others and his current singles, Gully Bop had the crowd cheering his every lyric. There were talks of a clash between Gully Bop and Ninjaman but Ninja didn’t make an appearance for a few reasons. More videos to come but check out this performance below and share your thoughts in the comments section.
Raptor energy drink has come onboard as a new sponsor for next week’s Magnum Sting. A press conference was held recently at the offices of Supreme Promotions to announce the partnership. The highly anticipated lyrical competition between Ryno and Kiprich is now officially titled, “The Raptor Rematch”.
Senior Marketing coordinator of Jamaica Beverages, Allawney McIntyre explained the partnership, “It was not a tough decision to partner with Magnum Sting 2014. Through our partnership we are given the opportunity to reach out to 50,000 people. It is the number one dancehall show in the country. It demands from its patron’s endurance and attentiveness for the over 12 hours of exciting entertainment the event provides. What better way to keep our guests refueled and reenergized than with Raptor Energy drink.”
Recording artiste, Kiprich was also present at the launch. “This year is a different year. One thing I have to tell the opponent. What me see him come out with last year, that can’t work again this year…When yuh nuh expect something and it happen off-guard, anything can happen,” Kiprich explained to the media.
Kiprich is a multi-wining clash champion over the years and lost his title last year to Blak Ryno, an unexpected challenger he claims. Ryno was unable to attend the conference, as he was overseas. On Boxing day, December 26th a new clash champion will be announced at Jamworld in Portmore. Raptor Energy Drink joins Magnum Tonic Wine, Bill Express, The Star, Irie FM, Fruit Jazz Punches, ZIP103FM, Jolly’s His ‘N’ Her’s and Sunnyside Villas among other sponsors of this years staging of the annual event.
After leaving the Portmore Empire, many thought Black Ryno would’ve faded away from the Dancehall scene. In efforts to not fade away he was a part of Sting 2012 where things got ugly between he and former Gaza brethren Popcaan. In 2013 he redeemed himself on that stage by defeating Kiprich in a war of words. Since then the question has been, “What has Ryno been up to?” and he answered on Onstage. He spoke about the projects he has been working on, Sting 2012 and 2013, thoughts on the Vybz Kartel verdict and sentencing, why he left the Portmore Empire, defending his Clash title at Sting 2014, and previewed new music. Looking forward to hear more work from Black Ryno as he was one of the artists I’ve looked out from the Gaza camp.