They call him “Hov“, they say he’s not a Businessman, he’s a Business…man, but we know him as Jay-Z! Recently he released his 13th studio album titled, “4:44 (Buy Here)“, and many were blown away by the direction he took with the content. One of the standouts however is “BAM (Get It Here)“, his collaboration with the “Gongzilla“, Damian “Junior Gong” Marley, combined with the sampling one of the most sampled Dancehall singles of all time, “Bam Bam (Get It Here)” by the iconic Sister Nancy. Today, they unleashed the visuals for that track. Directed by Rohan Blair-Mangat and shot during Jay’s recent visit to Jamaica, we get a glimpse of Kingston including the iconic Trench Town, the infamous Tuff Gong Studio, and guest cameos included Hip Hop Producer Young Guru, Recording Artist Kabaka Pyramid, Junior Reid, Former Miss World (and Damian’s Mama) Cindy Breakspeare, and the elements of what makes our music culture so amazing! No more talking, watch the video below!
While your favourite Artist may be using Reggae/Dancehall creatively (or stupidly) in Jamaica, the influence of the Music Culture continues to affect many others worldwide. One person in particular is Taru Dalmia a.k.a. “Delhi Sultanate” of New Delhi, India, as he uses not only Reggae, but the Sound System Culture to channel his Political Activism. While India is under the rule of the Hindu Nationalist Government lead by Narendra Modi (Bharatiya Janata Party), Taru alleges that free speech is being threatened under his rule, and using his talents will assist the many protests that are being held in many Universities across the nation. Armed with classic singles, and Dub Plates from the likes of Toots Hibbert, Barrington Levy, and Anthony B, he hopes that his assistance in the fight will not be in vain.
Taru is also a member of The Ska Vengers, a live Band that blends Dub, Pop, Ska, Jazz, Rap, and Punk to deliver a new sound. Below is a clip from the Al Jazeera Network where we look into Taru’s journey, and the challenges he has faced so far. We also feature some of the singles that could spark protests, and some that speak against the Jamaican Government.
Sometimes It’s a battle when an Artist has to switch up the styles to be placed on a bigger platform. Today, Reggae Artist Kabaka Pyramid battles with his Hip Hop side on another level in “Kabaka Vs Pyramid“. Shot by JussBuss TV and features the late Notorious B.I.G.’s “Gimme The Loot” Instrumental, it’s Reggae Vs Hip Hop as the twos sides of Kabaka try to justify the better and more successful one. With cameo appearances from Five Steez, The Sickest Drama, Runkus, Koro Fyah, Royal Blu and more, this is a battle to see and replay many times. Featured on Kabaka and Walshy Fire’s “Accurate Mixtape“, check out the video below and share your thoughts in the comments section.
King Kabaka Pyramid is back at it again hurling lyrical fireballs at those who oppose! Today he teams up with 1/3 of Major Lazer, Walshy Fire, to give listeners “Accurate“, his brand new Mixtape. Featuring 26 scorching tracks with Hip Hop influences, Kabaka aims to reach more listeners in a major way thanks to his partnership with Walshy Fire. With Production from Kickraux, Major Lazer, Bluesy, DJ Karim, Chimney Records, Notis, Winta James and Purple Skunkz to name a few, be prepared for a wonderful meeting of beats and rhymes from the Bebble Rock boss. With Chronixx, Protoje, Koro Fyah, Raekwon The Chef, and Dre Island as some of the acts contributing verses, putting down this mix will be deemed impossible. Time to soak up some dopeness! Check out the mix below and share your thoughts in the comments section.
Right about now we have a ting called “Roots and Chalice” brought to you by Chronixx, the good folks at Federation Sound, and Zinc Fence Records. Featuring nearly an hour of banging Roots Reggae, awesome production, and contributions from the likes of Kelissa, Kabaka Pyramid, Dre Island, and Eesah. No long talking, get the herbs, kick away the stress of today, and hold a meditation! Check out the project below and share your thoughts in the comments section.
The last time around we were “Dread & Terrible“, now it’s time for “Roots and Chalice“! Chronixx along with the mighty Federation Sound are set to capture your hearts and ears with their latest project. With Production from the Zinc Fence Records gang, and features from Kabaka Pyramid, Kelissa, Eesah and Dre Island, prepare for an epic listening session! The project is set to drop any day according to the Reggae Artist. Check out the tracklist below and share your thoughts in the comments section.