With close to 30 years in music, Dancehall Artist General Degree is still making the music that will rock you! It has been almost 20 years since his mega hit, “Traffic Blocking”, but today he drops a video for a banger with Terror Squad/YAP Music Recording Artist, Kingston. Titled “A Lil Closer” and directed by Damian Fyfee, the duo mix Dancehall with Pop/R&B, and a whole lot of “Rude Bwoy Loving” for the ladies. The production, provided by Huubanga Productions, will have you bouncing just like the lovely ladies in this visual. A single for the Summer parties, and a video to watch over and over, expect more bangers from the Dancehall Veteran! Watch the video below.
First they started out as the youth of the Dancehall/Reggae culture, now they’re parents with growing kids. It isn’t unusual for the child of an Entertainer to follow in their parent’s footsteps one way or the other as at times they bring a modern take on their parent’s creations, or create their own lane. Some of the most famous off springs include Stephen, Ziggy, and Damian “Junior Gong” Marley (Sons of Bob Marley), Chino and Di Genius (Sons of Freddie McGregor), Junior Tucker (Son of Jimmy Tucker), Morgan Heritage (Children of Denroy Morgan), Tarrus Riley (Son of Jimmy Riley), Queen Ifrica (Daughter of Derrick Morgan), Protoje (Son of Lorna Bennett), Chronixx (Son of Chronicle) and many more. In part 2 of a few part series, I feature more of the new set of kids on the scene whose parents have covered much ground in their respective careers.
1. Eon Smit
Famous Parent: Garnett Silk
Single(s): Wyser, Ole Hoes
2. Shiah Coore
Famous Parent: Stephen “Cat” Coore (Third World Band)
Single(s): Out Deh – Chronixx (Producer), Gyal Yuh Good – Busy Signal (Producer)
Rising Dancehall Artiste Magran has been getting great buzz in the streets with his newest single, “Bad Grandson”. The song was released under his own record label, Magran Music. The song is a humorous one and interchanges between two personalities, the Grandmother and the Grandson. While the Grandmother is expressing her frustrations with her Grandson because he is “bad” and has “nuff girls”, the Grandson wishes his Grandmother would just let him live his life.
Overall it is a very fun and playful concept that is clearly working for Magran, and the upcoming Artiste is loving the attention that he has been getting from the streets and radio so far. “I am bringing back the Granny/Grandson concept to life that General Degree started. I love music and I aim to revolutionize the game and bring back the humour and fun in Dancehall music.” Despite being very talented, Magran has been an underground Artiste for several years but is adamant that 2016 is the year and he will rise to the occasion so the world will know him and his music.
“A long time mi a do music and now I have a better understanding of how things work. I have a team of young people that I am working closely with who knows the business and has taken the time to help me with a lot of things”, revealed Magran. Magran is working closely with rising Record Label Vision House Records and Susan Smith of Powerhouse Gobal Media, who is responsible for all his Public Relations related work. Plans are also in motion for the shooting of the accompanying video, so fans of the Artiste can look out for that as well.
Today’s Oldies Sunday is dedicated to my Grandmother who celebrated her 77th birthday recently, and your Grandmothers. This selection comes from General Degree and is titled “Granny“. “Granny” was produced by Lo Tech for Main St. Records in 1992 and features General Degree speaking on his many scenarios with his Grandmother and his intent on leaving her to live with his Mother. He highlights that Grandmothers tend to be very miserable and suggests that if you grew up with one, you’ll end up like her. Granny (played by Degree) also gets a chance to “ride” the Riddim as she complains about the price increase in food, her Grandson and his antics, and states that if things get worse she’ll migrate to the United States.