Today on the Blog you’re gonna party on a new level, or rather a “next level” thanks to popular DJ, Jimmy Q. Presenting the #NxtL3vl Mixtape, we’re treated to an entertaining mix of popular and exclusive Hip Hop and Dancehall tracks! From some of your favourites to upcoming Artists, Jimmy Q has it all for your ears so it is advised to clear your schedule for this. If you need a break from all the stress, or even to knock off some of that Easter weight, this mix is your perfect party and workout partner! Be sure to keep up with Jimmy Q to find out where he’ll be playing next. What you waiting for? Get ready to turn this up at ignorant levels by pressing play below.
Through my years of being a Disk Jockey (DJ), I have gone through a lot. From being criticized for my DJ skills, to embarrassing myself by not knowing how to properly handle the equipment, I’ve dealt with hypocrites i.e. those who support me but never want to see me better myself, Promoters who don’t want to pay me because I don’t have the big name yet and more. Nevertheless, this is a short synopsis of my struggle to make it to where I am now.
Words by DJ Scribz
I started out making simple Mixtapes (CDs) and playing on Online Radio Stations. This is how I’ve managed to get my name out there, and develop my craft. Through Online Radio, I was able to play on a number of Stations live, and with that I’ve gained fans. From there I’ve worked on building a fan base who’ve supported my Mixtapes no matter what I’ve released. Although this was helping me to get my name out, I was not making anything from it but with the help of a few fans who’ve held “Drink Ups”, I would get a few bookings. While these bookings were mainly utilizing my name to get a buzz for the “Drink Up”, they were deemed profitable in the end and I was never paid for my time, not even given a stipend to get me back home. From this point on I’ve started to realize how hypocritical and selfish people are as they moved on to having more successful events, and never reaching out to me to be a part of them. I’ve helped them in their start, now I’m a non factor to them once they’ve made it. Life goes on though, there are those who can properly pay me for my time and effort or help get my name out there, but would rather use “friendship” as a reason to not do so.
Carnival season is in full swing here in Jamaica, and the Socaphiles will be wukking up and wining all day and night. One particular song will be given multiple spins, but what many will not know, is that it was done by one of their own…
Words by ShannyDeLioness
Yes you heard me right, we have a full fledged Jamaican Soca Artist! While we’ve had Dancehall/Soca/Calypso collaborations over the years by the likes of Beenie Man, Konshens, Spice, and of course you all know of the late Legend Byron Lee and his Dragonaires, and the timeless Fab 5 Band, this Artist has taken his talents and determination and became the first to make it to the International Soca Monarch finals! His name is…Linky First!
Born Jason Henriques, Linky First has been blowing up the airwaves in Trinidad & Tobago and the rest of the Caribbean with his hit single, “Rock & Come In” on the Ruffin produced “Liming Riddim” since its release last year. He has since followed up with “Control It”, “X6”, “Doctor”, and “Naked Pon The Road”.
The Hope Gardens Shell Bandstand served as the perfect backdrop to showcase some of Reggae’s young royals to an eager audience of Locals and Tourists all with one thing in common…a love for the Culture. I personally gave up on Music in Jamaica until I came across these new school of Reggae Royals who through their socially conscious offerings, give honour to the many men and women who preceded them in the genre…
Words By ShannyDeLioness
Photos By Samantha Singh
The gates opened at 7:30 Pm and the DJ for the night Yaadcore kept the early patrons entertained on the turntables, and DJ Jimmy Q of NewsTalk 93 FM handled hosting duties. By 9 Pm, the venue was almost full and the show kicked off with the opening act Sevana. Featuring cuts off her Sevana EP and even debuting a new song and a remix to Protoje’s “Love Gone Cold” (she was featured on the original), she had the audience mesmerized as she belted out tune after tune. I still refused to believe she did all that on a sore throat (Editor’s Note: She’s my Hero!!). By the time ZJ Sparks gave Protoje & The Indiggnation the greatest introduction ever, the venue was packed with patrons who were eager to sing and dance along with them.
DJ Scribz promises to give listeners a lot of mixtapes this year, and there will be no slowing down anytime soon. Today he fires off the follow up to his “Street Vibe” series. In the 2nd volume, he gives us nothing but the hits in Dancehall and Reggae. Expect some special Scribz dubplates to “vibe” to. From Mavado to Khxos to Dexta Daps to Masicka, this will be a fun listen all week long! DJ Scribz, a whappen to dem! Listen to and download the mixtape below!
Got all the treats and festivities ready for you and your boo on February 14th? No? Damn! No worries though, DJ Scribz has the soundtrack covered to make up for it with his “Soul Train” Mixtape! Featuring a selection of 90s love songs, Scribz has the music to make you wanna get things popping! Remember the wine, the Romantic film (or the naughty flick), and set the mood! Don’t blame Scribz’s selections for the bun in the oven later. Check out the Mix below!