If you’ve been unaware, Reggae/Dancehall Icon Buju Banton is finally a free man! Having done his time in Federal Prison, Friday December 7 became a day to remember when word got out that he would be making his triumphant return to Jamaica, and return to freedom. Today on Oldies Sunday, we salute the Gargamel’s return with one of our favourites, “Me Too Bad” (o/c “Too Bad“)! Produced by Leftside & Esco on the “Throwback Giggy Riddim“, Buju effortlessly rides the riddim as he flexes his rather uncanny ability to drive the ladies crazy and requesting his presence ever so often. With lyrics like “Outta road, nuff gyal a mad ova me“, and “Mi Babymada seh mi bad, mi too bad…“, you know Buju has a way with the ladies. The single was released through VP Records and quickly became a hot track in the streets. It was also featured on his 2006 album, “Too Bad“, and became his first #1 hit in years. With Gargamel’s newfound freedom, many fans are awaiting his return to the booth to unleash the tracks that will have the place in a frenzy, but for now we wish he takes as much time to rejuvenate himself and reconnect with society and loved ones. If you want to check out more Buju content, check out our Buju Samples article we did on his Birthday, the throwback “Love Sponge” for the lovers, and Lila Ike wanting to work with Buju as he’s an inspiration in an Interview with us. Check out the track below, and share with a friend. Show us some love/follow us on Instagram at @13thStreetPromo.
As promised, Kanye West kicked off a weekly roll out of albums released under the G.O.O.D Music label. This week, he released the long awaited collaborative album, “KIDS SEE GHOSTS” featuring Recording Artist Kid Cudi. While the album featured 7 tracks, there was one that caught many off guard. On track 4 titled “Freeee” a.k.a. “Ghost Town Pt. 2“, it starts off with the words of the late Jamaican Scholar, Activist, Teacher, and National Hero, The Rt. Excellent Marcus Mosiah Garvey. Produced by Kanye, vocals from a speech and Interview Garvey was a part of in the early 1920’s about his trial and persecution for Mail Fraud was used in the first few seconds of the track.
Marcus Garvey’s influence and his teachings continue to reach many all over the world. If you wish to know more about this great man, check this out. Last year in celebration of his birthday, we featured a few songs that paid tribute to Marcus Garvey, you can check them out here. Know yourself. Kanye West and Kid Cudi’s album is now available online. Check out the track and speech below, and follow us on Instagram at @13thStreetPromo.
Florida based Producer Kris Karz is at it again! While he has been on the low, he manages to pop up with something unique for you to hear. Today he drops something for you to get crazy to, and that is the “On Your Back (Kngly Remix)“! Blending the sounds of St. Lucian Artist Messi hit “On Your Back” with Dancehall Artist Konshens’ “Bruk Off Yuh Back” over Crystal Waters’ infamous “Gypsy Woman” instrumental, something is wrong with you if you’re not dancing. Apart from his productions, Kris is busy working on the new season of his “Kngly Live” series. Turn up your speakers, or plug in your headphones, it’s time to dance! Have a listen below.
Amara La Negra is on her way to being larger than life. The Recording Artist/Model/Reality Show Star recently passed through Power 105.1’s The Breakfast Club, and had a chat with hosts Angela Yee, DJ Envy, and Charlamagne Tha God. With a bubbling personality that has been taking over the entertainment scene, Amara discussed racial issues including the challenges she has faced growing up and throughout her career, and the similarities and differences between being black in America, and being black in Latin America. She also spoke on challenging the standards of beauty in the American and Latino entertainment industry, being on Love & Hip Hop: Miami, signing to a recording contract with BMG, her love life, and a lot more. Although she’s 3 episodes in on Love & Hip Hop, she has become the popular personality of the season, and many of us look forward to what else she has in store for her career. Check out the Interview below!
Monday December 18, was a sad day for many as news came of the passing of celebrated Journalist/Author/TV Host Ian Boyne. Tributes poured in and showed how loved and respected he was as he made contributions to not only Media, but his impact on the lives of everyone who has watched his work, had a conversation with him, or was even granted the opportunity to be interviewed by him on his various Programmes (Profile, Issues & Answers, Religious Hard Talk to name a few). One area where the tributes came in yesterday was from Social Media platform, Twitter. From colleagues to those who grew up on his work, they spoke on his influence on their lives, having aspirations to be interviewed on “Profile”, and even jokingly pictured him conducting “Profile” in Heaven. Check out some of the tributes below. WALK GOOD, Ian Boyne!
In music, an Artist shares his/her thoughts through a song, but at times it’s just not enough. Seeing that he has a lot to talk about, Montego Bay based Rapper MoulaUE steps outside the booth and shares his “Conversations With MoulaUE” series. In season 2, he speaks on his Artistry, getting his name out there, dealing with criticism, giving and earning respect, making music, and much more. The Rapper is currently working on a follow up to his “All U Go Get Until…” EP, so the converations should hold you until 2018. Check out season 1 here, and season 2’s clips below!