Jamaican Hip Hop Super Group The Council, which comprises of Five Steez, Inztinkz, Nomad Carlos and The Sickest Drama, is currently working on the “Nothing Else Matters” Album. With over a year since their debut single and a few weeks since their 2nd single, they aim to hold over fans with their 2 track EP titled “Forgotten Parables“. Produced by Inztinkz and featuring Arofat, Julio Sluggz and Wallabee, the Group explained that these songs were made years prior to the formation of the Group and it was only right to set them free and show listeners that it was written for them to work together exclusively. “Nothing Else Matters” sees a 2017 release but for now, check out the EP below and share your thoughts in the comments section.
Bad Royale is a EDM/Bass Collective that has been making noise for quite a while. Based in California and signed to Mad Decent under the sub label Good Enuff, Maor Levi, Kevin Wild, Bruce Karlsson and Elias Ghosn have been collecting listeners on their rise to fame thanks to their dope remixes and original production that crossed over many genres. Recently they recruited Caribbean acts Mark Hardy (Trinidad), Future Fambo (Jamaica) and Brukout (Jamaica) for their latest EP titled “Treasures From Tomorrow“. Bringing EDM, Caribbean Bass, Future Dancehall and Future Soca together, this is a mash up of audio goodness and is a nice addition for the holiday weekend! While the EP is only 3 tracks long, this is a project that will be left on repeat as you rave away the troubles of the past week. It’s time to get wild! Check out the EP below and share your thoughts in the comments section.
Isha Williams was a Toddler in the early 1990s, a period of cultural awareness in Dancehall led by a phalanx of Artists, including her father, Everton Blender. Strongly influenced by his message, she followed his path into music as Isha Blender. Her first EP, Epiphany, will be released in October. It contains seven songs with Don’t Be Used, an acoustic number, being the lead.
Blender first recordings began at age 12 with the first being Bad Boy, produced by her father for his Blend Dem label. She continued to record sporadically while attending Garvey Maceo High School in her native Clarendon. Shortly after graduation, she migrated to the United States, settling in South Florida where she is a registered nurse. “Because my dad’s an Entertainer, people think you have to do the same thing, but it doesn’t have to be,” she said. “I kept going away from music, but I was pulled back like magnet to steel.”
Epiphany also contains Testimony, a duet with Capleton, Tonight, Joy, and Babymother. Capleton and Everton Blender were part of the Roots Renaissance of the 1990s that was led by Yasus Afari, Garnet Silk and Tony Rebel. Everton Blender had a series of big hits back then such as Lift Up Your Head, Family Man and Blend Dem. While she counts the ‘old man’ among her biggest influences, Isha Blender says she gets a different vibe listening to different genres. Neo-soul artistes Erykah Badu and Jill Scott, as well as homegrown acts Nadine Sutherland, Etana, Tessanne Chin and Ikaya are also favourites. She is hoping Epiphany will be a career definer. “I want to be an household name as Isha Blender. At the same time I want my songs to uplift and motivate like my Dad.”
Jamaican Rapper Five Steez started off his “HeatRockz” season with biweekly premieres, and today the wait is over as he and Producer Mordecai Beats finally unleash their “HeatRockz EP“! Featuring 5 tracks, Steez aims to promote the “True School“, and bring that Boom Bap Rap that hasn’t been very present in the Hip Hop scene. With Rappers Nomad Carlos and Sosa being the only featured guests, Steez delivers bars upon bars over Mordecai’s vast Production and proves there’s no slowing down soon. The project will hold fans over until The Council, the super group that consists of Five Steez, The Sickest Drama, Inztinkz, and Nomad Carlos, complete their debut project. Artwork by Scotty Dreamz! Have a listen to the project below and share your thoughts in the comments section.
Montego Bay Rapper MoulaUE a.k.a. Moula Di Don is currently working on his brand new EP titled, “Bad Weather“. With no release date set yet, Moula starts his campaign off with a series of trailers. The first one features him in his element, smoking on the best herbs, and jotting down dope lines in notebooks. With the background Instrumental possibly giving us an idea of what will be demolished, Moula was never one to disappoint in his projects. Check out the trailer below and share your thoughts in the comments section.
Trini Titans Jimmy October and Jay Nahge have been busy waving the flag for quite a while in their own lanes and showing listeners that the Hip Hop movement is alive in the Caribbean. Today, they tag team to give the world the “Something To Believe In” EP. The project features 7 tracks with Production from Kye De Vere, DLL Productionz, and MXD. With cosigns from Bunji Garlin, Jillionaire, Protoje, and Steve Aoki, the duo aim to further increase their buzz and show the world there’s more to Trinidad and Tobago than Soca Music as a genre. Listen to the EP below and share your thoughts in the comments section.