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.
O’neil Bryan, more popularly known as Elephant Man, has enjoyed much success in his 20+ years as a Dancehall Artist. Having a great track record, he was exalted to god levels hence his title as the “Energy God“. Today we look at another title that I’m sure many would bestow upon him, and that is the “King of the Refix“! With his unique ability to remix a hit song from any genre, Ele gave us that feel good music and an abundance of dance tunes. In our biggest Blog Post yet, see why Ele may just be the “Refix King” below!
(Elephant Man tracks and originals are linked to Apple Music in the titles.)
Happy 4/20! If you’re unfamiliar with the 20th of April, then you definitely need to be outside more (haha). Every year Stoners celebrate the day of consuming enormous amounts of Marijuana. Coined in 1971 by “The Waldos” during their attempt to locate an abandoned Cannabis crop, the day is celebrated worldwide, and everyone is invited! To help your celebration, we’ve provided 11 weed songs that you’ve either never heard of before, or haven’t heard in a long time. Enjoy, and save a spliff for me!
1. Sizzla – Smoke Your Herb (2006)
2. Elephant Man x Mr. Vegas – Bun It (1999)
In this post we pay tribute to the 5 Star General because…we have to give people flowers while they can still smell them. Bless up Bounty!
Rodney Price, more popularly known as Bounty Killa, could be easily called the “Godfather of Dancehall” or the “The Modern Day Dancehall Daddy” based on his musical family tree. His Alliance Music Group started out of Killa’s love for music, which in return gave some of the best Dancehall acts the world has ever seen, namely Busy Signal, Wayne Marshall, Mavado, Vybz Kartel, Kiprich, Bling Dawg, and Aidonia. Outside of his group however, he also introduced us to many others including Spice, Twin of Twins, Cham, and Elephant Man (he was first discovered with his “Scare Dem Crew” members in the mid 90s). In 2011 Bounty made another addition by forming the Alliance Next Generation (A.N.G.) which gave us Iyara, Patexx, Marlon Binns, Kalado, Bridgez, Nymron, Assailant, K-Queens, Prince Pin, Dadda, Venon, Askel, Boom Steppa, 300 and many others. Bounty also lent his ear to Production labels like Pay Day Music, Echo One Productions, and DASECA Music (which is responsible for acts like Serani, Bugle, Dexta Daps, and Raine Seville). The list of names however, continues to grow.
August 21, 1986 is the year Usain St. Leo Bolt arrived into the world and in August 2016, he became legendary at the 2016 Olympics in Rio De Janeiro in Brazil. While we’re sure Bolt is living it up on his birthday, let’s take a look at 9 (9 for his Record setting run of 9 straight Gold Medals a.k.a. “Triple-Triple“) tributes to the “Fastest Man Alive“.
1. Elephant Man – Nuh Linga (Bolt Remix)
2. Mavado – On The Go (Usain Bolt Tribute)
3. Vybz Kartel – Lightning Bolt
There are many people in the world who may not be familiar with Ding Dong a.k.a. “World Ding“, but they know his songs and dances. From “Badman Forward, Badman Pullup” to “Syvah” to “Gas“, Ding has been steadily rising in fame. Recently he stopped by the Hot 97 Studio to chat with DJ Young Chow. Here the Dancer/Recording Artist spoke on his upbringing, being introduced to the Dancehall scene by Tony Matterhorn, his popularity over the years including crafting some of your favourite dances, working on music, wanting more International acts to work with Jamaican talent, showing off dances and more. He also taught DJ Young Chow his new dance, named “Twist Yuh Foot Dem“. Good to see Ding Dong on platforms like this, let’s see how he’ll dominate this year. Check out the Interview below and share your thoughts in the comments section.