We salute the “Stage Show Boss” in this post. As the saying goes, “Give people Flowers while they can still smell them”. Big up Spice!
The Throne for the Dancehall Queen is currently vacant, and there could only be one who ascends to claim her rightful place at the top of Dancehall. The genre is now in the Era of “The Spicy 1“, and though her given name is Grace Latoya Hamilton, we know her as Spice! Never been far from the spotlight, Spice proved time and time again that she’s in a lane of her own with no contenders. From acting, to singing, deejaying, to dancing, she’s multifaceted and continues to have an edge among her peers.
Words by King David x SwadeDaVillain
Since her debut, Spice has always been one to push boundaries in Dancehall as a Female Artist. She will always be known for being different whether it be for the colour of her hair, her unique outfits, or her many stand out singles. Among her Dancehall peers, she has never been afraid to outperform them, whether male or female. Her various Clash appearances, “War” records and counteractions are proof of this. Bounty Killer, one of her earliest mentors, hailed her as one of the “Baddest” acts before she even scored her first hit.
The “Trelawny Son” Charly Black continues to make his star shine even brighter with no dimming anytime soon! From scoring hit songs and collecting plaques, he now adds performing on one of America’s biggest Daytime Talk Shows to his list. Touching the stage on the Wendy Williams Show, Charly performed his monster single, the DJ Kurt Riley produced “Party Animal“. The single, which was released in 2015 on the Jambe-An Riddim, has managed to score 100 Million streams on Spotify recently, a milestone for the Dancehall Artist. With his name continuing to make marks Internationally, Charly will be keeping busy this Summer as he’ll be performing at Hot 97’s Summer Jam 2017, and recording numerous International collaborations. Unstoppable! Check out the performance below.
The trio of Walshy Fire, Diplo and Jillionaire a.k.a. Major Lazer are on a mission to leave a mark this Summer with their recent EP, “Know No Better“. The project, featuring 6 songs, is a mix of Dancehall, EDM, Afrobeat, Hip Hop, Reggaeton, and Pop Music. Never a stranger to the Caribbean, they’ve managed to bring along Recording Artists Busy Signal, Konshens, Sean Paul, and Machel Montano. Busy Signal appears on the track, “Jump”, which promises to bring the same energy as his “Watch Out For This” hit with ML, while Sean Paul appears with J Balvin on “Buscando Huellas”, and Konshens & Machel Montano appear on “Front Of The Line”, which is the EP’s first single and is currently featured in Bacardi Rum’s latest Commercial (which can be seen below).
“Know No Better EP” is now available on all major online music platforms. Check out “Front Of The Line” below.
If you haven’t been familiar with the 1 person dynamo named GiRL, today’s the day to change all that. After releasing her debut single in 2016, the Kenzic featured “Fly”, she has been busy winning fans with every live performance. While halfway through 2017, she ups the ante with a double presentation of her 2nd single, “High“! Featuring Recording Artist Roe Summerz who also handles the production, the single has been described as the “pleasant tranquil fusion of vocals and Instruments” since its release 3 months ago through the Edley Shine (of Born Jamericans) owned Shinealous Records.
The videos, with direction by Laty Kim and Marz Jackson, features a glimpse into Kingston at night, a bit of dancing, some clean shots, and an open platform for you to interpret the lyrics and visuals. Enough talking, time to rise higher, and treat your eyes to high quality visuals from GiRL! Watch them below.
The “REMperor” Leno Banton promised new music for 2017, and he has stuck to his word so far. Teaming up with Producer Wavy Jones, he fires off something for the Summer titled, “Gypsy“. Here he speaks on how a Black Queen has managed to mesmerize him with her magical moves. From wanting to give her a “Bxxxxxxxxt ring“, to creating life with her, it’s amazing how the right woman can captivate your mind, body and soul. Jones’ production on this can put you in a trance, stay woke! Artwork by the combo of Khari Kamau and Tiny Sunthing! Check out the track below.
Beer and Reggae seem to go hand in hand, do they? Recently, the Mexican Beer Brand Corona unleashed another Summer campaign which includes limited edition Beer cans. In the new Commercials, which highlights Sun, Sea, Fun, and Beer, Reggae Artist Jimmy Cliff’s 1972 classic, “You Can Get It If You Really Want“, and Bunny Wailer’s “Cool Runnings” are provided as the theme songs. “You Can Get It If You Really Want” was released by Island Records and featured on the soundtrack to the cult classic “The Harder They Come“. It was originally sung by the late Desmond Dekker in 1970 but Cliff recorded his own version for the Film. The single is no stranger to being used commercially as it was featured in “Speed 2: Cruise Control“, and was used during election times in Nicaragua and Britain. Bunny Wailer’s single was released in 1981 through the Solomonic Label and was featured on his 8th Studio Album, “Rock ‘n’ Groove“. An original member of “The Wailers” along with the late Bob Marley and Peter Tosh, “Jah B” (affectionately called) is also a 3 time Grammy winner and is considered one of the “Gatekeepers” of Reggae music.
Corona used the late Hopeton Lewis’ single “Take It Easy” in their previous campaign. Check out the new ads below.