The Sun may be out shining as bright as ever, and you’ve left the comfort of your bed, you haven’t started the day until you hear some new music from Recording Artist, Royal Blu! Teaming up with Germany’s DJ Densen and Urban Tree Music, he kicks off a lil R&B vibe with “Early Morning” (Get It Here). When it’s that time to hold a reasoning with your significant other, or even get it on before heading out to a full day of various activities, Blu is speaking for you! Nothing’s wrong with conversing about the elements in the Periodic Table at 4:50 AM, nothing’s wrong if you wanna “Sexercise” at 3:30 AM either. Artwork provided by the talented KokaBZD! A fun listen from “El Fuego“, give it a listen below!
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.)
You call them when you want to want a fire beat to go with your lyrics, they help you turn that song into the greatest thing someone has ever heard, they spend hours creating a masterpiece that sounds so good you’re not allowed to add your vocals to it. They are called Beatmakers, Riddim Gods, and more commonly, Producers! Artists can’t live without these people, and at times they don’t get a lot of respect. We at 13th Street Promotions recognize these creatives, and today you’ll get to know 15. Watch this space!
*These Producers are not ranked in any way.
1. Wavy Jones
Wavy Jones is a play on the name “Davy Jones”, but he also owns a locker filled with some dope beats! Whether flipping samples on “Locker 1 & 2” or dropping the bass on the Jeeby Lyricist, Blvk H3ro and Kione Zaire featured “100LBS”, Jones is a Producer to check for! Catch him on the next Hidden Fvces or Alpine Compound project!
Whether playing guitar as a part of “Di Vibe” or crafting beats, Kone (Koh Neh) should not be taken lightly. Having produced newcomer Yanah’s single, “The Cycle” and her “Believe In You” Freestyle, delivered the right Riddim with fellow Producer BoomDraw for Blvk H3ro & Leno Banton’s “Sky Dive”, expect to hear more of this creative this year!
He doesn’t call himself a “Riddim God” for nothing. You’ve enjoyed many of his productions that have been complimented with the vocals of Jamar McNaughton, and he has an arsenal ready to go toe to toe with the best of Producers. Having recently released the “Dub Policy EP”, he’s busy preparing his compilation project titled “Top Works Vol. 1” which will feature his ZincFence Records members Ulo, Jane Macgizmo, and Inezi. You can also hear his work on Chronixx’s “Chronology” album. Get familiar!
Whether you address him as “Nino” or “El Nino“, Rapper Slim I.D. aims to take over with his wave of Trap Music this Summer! While putting the final touches on his upcoming “Nino” Mixtape, he fires off a warning with “Homage“. Produced by NineSix, Slim lets listeners in on what’s to come on his new project. Still hustling like he has one more job to do before hitting the jackpot, you have to respect his ambition. Those who doubted will be inspired, and those who wrote him off with regret it. Previously featured in the “15 Artists To Watch Out For In Summer 2017” post, Slim I.D’s “Nino” project will see the light later this year. Check out the track below.
For years there have been talks about making venues for fresh young talent to showcase their works in Jamaica. While some have popped up over time, one that is here to stay is held at the Stones Throw Bar every monday by the name of “New Wave”! Located at 1b Mannings Hill Rd. in Kingston, patrons witness displays of Art from some rising stars from 8PM to 12AM. Since its inception in late 2016, it has quickly become the talk of the town, or rather the Island. For those who don’t know, we recently interviewed a couple members behind the “New Wave” team, Lindsey Lodenquai (Head Coordinator), and Davida-Mae Chambers (Social Media Manager/Coordinator). Open your mind for a “New Wave”!
I hope today’s Oldies Sunday selection inspires you. Today’s selection comes from Gospel Recording Artist and Minister Carlene Davis, and Recording Artist Ken Boothe. We go back to 1992 with “Why Me Lord” which was featured on Carlene’s Gospel Reggae album, “Jesus Is Only A Prayer Away“, released by VP Records. A cover of Country Singer/Actor Kris Kristofferson’s 1973 single, Carlene and Ken joined forces, and their powerful voices to deliver this inspirational tune. The song was also covered over the years by the late Elvis Presley, the late Johnny Cash, Cece Winans, and the late Conway Twitty.
If you’re reading this, I urge you to work on living a better life. At the end of the day, we believe in a higher power, and we should seek to give praise and honour. If this song hasn’t inspired you fully, check out Minister Carlene’s catalog. Give thanks to GOD, and check out the track below!