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 Best Dressed Chicken, a coordinator of the ‘Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica’ Cleanup Network recently partnered with Wisynco Eco Club and Citibank to host a beach clean-up with over 200 volunteers at the Old Harbour Bay Fishing Village.
At sunrise, the team descended on the fishing village, equipped with shovels, wheelbarrows, rakes, and other tools dedicated to their mission. From plastic bags and bottles to Styrofoam containers and clogged gutters, the volunteers spared no effort removing garbage from the beach which is occupied by more than 150 vendors and workers.
“Old Harbour Bay is vital to the economic and social life of many people. It’s also the community that The Best Dressed Chicken calls home. It was important for us to lead the cleanup, and also hopefully, inspire change for the future care of the beach,” said Joan Forrest-Henry, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, The Best Dressed Chicken.
Camille Cheese, President of the Old Harbour Bay Community Development Association (left) and Joan Forrest Henry, Vice-President, Sales and Marketing, The Best Dressed Chicken unveil the brand new recycling bins.
Time is moving fast, we were just enjoying the work of art that is “Royalty Free: Side B“. A project made by Recording Artist Protoje, this was released on his Birthday on June 14, 2016 via his Soundcloud page. Featuring 5 tracks and production from Tracker John MD, Winta James, The Drum Keys, 8 Track, and Protoje himself, the project was a hit among fans and newcomers, and had us all wanting the follow up. While we wait on “Royalty Free: Side A”, we look back at the year old project’s samples below. Happy Birthday Protoje and Side B!
1. Can’t Feel No Way – Protoje ft. Runkus
Sample: Don’t Feel No Way – Dennis Brown (1979)
2. Glad You’re Home – Protoje
Sample: Ring My Bell – Blood Sisters (1979)
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.
You know that warm, fuzzy feeling you get when you’re in love? If not, you need some in your life! Let Estelle and Tarrus Riley make that happen with their new duet, “Love Like Ours“! Produced by Supa Dups, this a nice song to rock to, and something to chill on the couch with your lover and talk about love, life, and what to watch on Netflix to. Congrats to Estelle as she is the newest member of VP Records! When a love connection is made, let no evil heart tear it up. Listen to the track below, and get a love like theirs!
Spice is a woman who wears many hats. She is a Dancehall Artist, an Actress, a Style Icon, a Mother, and now a Reality Show Star? Well she dabbled a little in the latter as she made an appearance in the newest episode of Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta! Here she played host for the series regulars Mimi Faust and Karlie Redd as they took a trip to Jamaica. How did they link up? You have to watch this episode to get your answer and more! Big up Grace Hamilton a.k.a. Spice! Check out the video below.