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“, and many were blown away by the direction he took with the content. One of the standouts however is “BAM“, 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” 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!
With close to 30 years in music, Dancehall Artist General Degree is still making the music that will rock you! It has been almost 20 years since his mega hit, “Traffic Blocking”, but today he drops a video for a banger with Terror Squad/YAP Music Recording Artist, Kingston. Titled “A Lil Closer” and directed by Damian Fyfee, the duo mix Dancehall with Pop/R&B, and a whole lot of “Rude Bwoy Loving” for the ladies. The production, provided by Huubanga Productions, will have you bouncing just like the lovely ladies in this visual. A single for the Summer parties, and a video to watch over and over, expect more bangers from the Dancehall Veteran! Watch the video 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”!
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.
13thStreetPromotions: Where does your talent come from? It resonates well with fans from what we’ve observed.
TheRoyalBlu: I’m the only one in my family that does music. The only one that I know of. So I’d like to believe that my talent is a direct gift from God. I’m just blessed to have people truly appreciate what I do.
13thSP: Have you gone through any voice training as an artiste?
TheRB: Yeah, I’ve done voice training up at Avant Acadamy of Music. Big up to Andrew Dixon for being my instructor. Although I skipped their end of year concert that they wanted me to perform at (haha). But yeah, apart from that, I just do my own personal warm-ups and stuff when I can.
In every young Artist’s life, there comes that time where they put in a lot of work on their rise to the top. Leno Banton is one of those Artists who stepped on the scene with a brand and a crew to match, and all he wants now is to be seen and heard worldwide. Recently, he was booked to perform at the Imprint event in Kingston, Jamaica. In the first episode of his “Da MEDz” Vlog series, he shares his thoughts and visuals before and after the event. We got a chance to see him prepare for his appearance, solo performance, and meeting with Recording Artist Protoje who he deems as an Influence in his career. Leno’s REMSZN project is available here for those who aren’t familiar with his music. Shot by Jordan Morris, check out the video below and share your thoughts in the comments section.