While Hurricane Matthew looks to stop by Jamaica for a couple beers and some good food in a couple days, we’re here preparing for his arrival but ensuring our living areas are secured and we have ample supplies. ZIP 103 FM’s ZJ West on the other hand wants to welcome his arrival with his brand new mixtape titled, “Cumulus Clouds“. Featuring over an hour of Dancehall singles and remixes, you can bounce to this one while you dodge rain drops and light candles. With all the hits playing at high volume, don’t be surprised if Matthew calms down and bust a few moves. We at 13thStreetPromotions wish you all the best during this natural disaster, please stay safe! Check out the mix below and share your thoughts in the comments section.
Jamaica has made its way onto International Televisions once again thanks to Commercials. Recently, Cereal brand Cheerios released a series of Commercials with the focus on Family. One Commercial in particular focused on Babies and providing the soundtrack was Major Lazer (which featured only Diplo and former member Switch at the time), and Vybz Kartel’s 2009 hit, “Pon De Floor“! The Commercial featured various clips of Babies and the messages, “More Babies, Please” and “They’re Fun!” while the Instrumental to the single plays throughout. “Pon De Floor” helped to bring Vybz Kartel’s career to another level (and Financial bracket), and went on to be sampled on one of Recording Artist Beyonce’s biggest hits, “Who Run The World (Girls)“! The single was also featured on Major Lazer’s “Guns Don’t Kill People…Lazers Do” album and opened the door for many remixes. Shout out Commercial Tunage! Check out the video below and share your thoughts in the comments section.
Jamaica and Canada link up today as OVO’s Party Next Door and the “Unruly Boss” Popcaan team up for the “Only U (Remix)“! Recently premiered on episode 30 of “OVO Sound Radio“, Popcaan adds his touch to the track that has been one of the standouts on Party’s “P3” album. Produced by Boi-1da, the single features a Dancehall flavoured production with a “Bruk Out” sample that was made popular thanks to the Xtra Large label’s “Bruk Out Riddim” which made its debut in 1998. Popcaan has been staying busy as he also remixed Roy Woods’ “Gwaan Big Up Yuhself” and other tracks that will soon come to light. For now, check out the track below and share your thoughts in the comments section.
Reggae Music has done some amazing things worldwide. From turning frowns upside down, to building lifelong relationships/friendships, to influencing many sub genres, it’s incredible how all this came from the small Caribbean Island called Jamaica. Today, we go back a couple years to an Interview with the Ragga Jungle Artist formerly known as UK Apache, Abdul Wahab Lafta. Firstly, Ragga Jungle is a genre of music that was popular in the 1990s UK which was pioneered by Michael West (Rebel MC, Congo Natty), and was a fusion of Reggae, Dub, Old School Jungle and Dancehall.
Being interviewed on “Living The Life“, a Programme found on the Islam Channel in the UK, Abdul spoke on renewing his Islamic faith, his popularity in the 90s as he had hit singles including “Original Nuttah” with Shy-FX, coming back with new music including his new single “Assalamualaikum“, performing at the 1EID Festival, and closing the show with a live performance of “Assalamualaikum“. Many thanks to Videographer Tyrone Simms who contributed to this post. Check out the video below and share your thoughts in the comments section.
US based Recording Artist Splicerr is making moves with his new single, Need To Get Paid. The track was officially released earlier this year and has since taken the market by storm. Splicerr, who has been in the music business for the better part of two decades, has reshaped his focus to record and produce music that can teach, inspire, and is relevant to a global audience. This objective was realized with the release of this entertaining commercial track and showcases the Artist’s talent as a Singer and a Producer. “Some Artists pursue a musical career because of their quests for fame and fortune, others do it because creating music is what they are mostly talented at. For me, music is a tangible expression of a spiritual and life conception,” expressed Splicerr.
Need To Get Paid is a part of his new EP titled Mid Life Crysalis which was done for Reggae Gaps, the company that is presently handling his affairs. You may know Splicerr for the hit collaboration with Dawn Penn tilted You Can’t Test my Sound that was released in 1994. In 1996, Splicerr crafted another hit in the song Montell, a response to the then popular song Sketel on the Steelie and Cleevie produced Gigi Riddim. Nowadays Splicerr, deep in his faith, appears far removed from the young man who recorded his 20 year old hit. His renewed and introspective views have led him down a path that has reshaped his career in music.
Splicerr is currently working closely with Mr. Biggs of Platinum Camp Records and promises more music of this nature to come.
Top Selector Tony Matterhorn, rising act Yung Whoa and hit International Artist Nox has combined efforts for a Dancehall, Hip Hop and Reggaeton masterpiece. The song, titled Make It Flow, was produced by hit Producer JL, under the supervision of Platinum Camp Records CEO, Mr. Biggs.
Tony Matterhorn is known widely in the Dancehall arena for his bold personality on and off stage as an Entertainer; Yung Whoa is the newest sensation on the Latin market, and Nox is known for his hit combinations with the likes of Missy Elliot, Chris Brown, Scott Storch and a few other big names. The song showcases a fun and exciting dance craze that has embellished each of the markets respectively.
According to Mr. Biggs, the idea was to bring three major talents together from different markets to create something fresh. “Whatever I am working on, it must have an International appeal and this song is no exception. It is fresh, it is hot and it was a great team effort from everyone and we are looking for great things to come.” Make It Flow was scheduled to be officially released later this month, but with the preliminary release doing so well, the team decided to drop the single earlier. The track is currently dominating the entire Latin market and gained a buzz in the Caribbean and the US.
“I am confident that this single is going to take this world by storm. It has far exceeded my expectations and has become a hit overnight on Social Media, garnering thousands of likes and shares,” Said Mr. Biggs. Plans are already on the way for a video for the single in early October. Fans will be happy to know that the song can be purchased from all digital platforms including iTunes and Amazon Music.
In addition the team has spearheaded a Dance Competition for the best female Dancer that submits a video performing this song. The prize for the best entry is USD$500.