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OLDIES SUNDAY: The Tamlins – Baltimore (1979/1980)


Today’s Oldies Sunday selection was inspired by the latest offerings by Recording Artist, Lila Ike. Our selection comes from Reggae Group The Tamlins with the track, “Baltimore“. Produced by Sly & Robbie for Taxi Records, this was released in 1979 and 1980, and is a cover of American Recording Artist Randy Newman’s 1977 track of the same name. It was heavily inspired by American Recording Artist/Civil Rights Activist Nina Simone’s 1978 cover, especially in the production department. With the song’s social commentary, it paints a picture of living in Baltimore, Maryland in the 70s with people living on hard times, and if given the chance to escape, returning is never an option.

Since The Tamlins’ version of “Baltimore” was released, it became one of their biggest songs, thanks to its excellent Reggae production and harmonies displayed throughout. The Sly & Robbie production went on to become a juggling Riddim that has been reworked by Star Trail and Main Street labels, and featured recordings from Courtney John, Lutan Fyah, Dennis Brown, and many more. As mentioned earlier, the selection was inspired by Lila Ike, as she released her debut EP titled, “The ExPerience” on Friday, May 15. The EP’s final track, “Thy Will“, which was produced by Protoje, samples The Tamlins’ version. The group, consisting of Winston Morgan, Junior Moore, and Carlton “Tamlin” Smith, went on to release more music, and collaborated with various Artists including the late Peter Tosh. Though still active, original member Winston Morgan left in 1983, and was replaced by Derrick Lara who passed away in February 2020.

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OLDIES SUNDAY: Sugar Minott – Herbman Hustling (1984)


Today’s Oldies Sunday selection is dedicated to the hustlers. We go back to the early 80’s with the late Sugar Minott. Titled “Herbman Hustling” and produced by Sly & Robbie for the Taxi Records in 1984. The song speaks on the day to day experiences of the Marijuana merchant including dealing with the law, and sourcing the best product. Minott’s delivery in this single puts the listener in a first person perspective (and possibly catch a contact high) over the smooth Sly & Robbie production.

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NEW VIDEO: @OnstageTV x Sly & Robbie x @SpicyChocolate_ Present: Reggae Power 2


The “Reggae Twins” a.k.a. Sly & Robbie along with Spicy Chocolate went in the lab and created “Reggae Power 2“. This project features a slew of artists on some top notch production and tonight Onstage gave viewers a sample of what’s to come with the help of T.O.K., Tanto Metro & Devonte, Richie Spice, Devin Di Dakta, and JL. Check out the video below and share your thoughts in the comments section.

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PRESS RELEASE: @TheRealSynnus Collabs With Legendary Duo Sly & Robbie


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Recording artiste, Synnus has accomplished one of his career goals of working with the legendary duo, Sly & Robbie. His brand new song, “Road Wi A Tek On” was produced by a joint effort of Taxi and Warm and Easy Records.

“As a new artiste on the scene working with Sly & Robbie, definitely it’s a great experience. We all know Sly & Robbie is the largest living icon working in Reggae and dancehall production. They are shinning a big light on my career. The world can expect greater things from Synnus because we have lots more to come,” – Synnus shared.

The music video for the track is now available worldwide via YouTube and VEVO. The high definition recording gives insight of the Jamaican nightlife. The energy is kept alive throughout with party scenes, gyrating dancers and stunt performing bike riders.

The single “Road Wi A Tek On” will be available on iTunes via 21st Hapilos distribution this Tuesday March 24th.

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OLDIES SUNDAY: Chaka Demus And Pliers – Murder She Wrote (1992)


In recognition of French Montana and Nicki Minaj’s hit, “Freaks“, today I feature one of the songs that was sampled in it. Titled “Murder She Wrote“, this was a very popular hit of legendary duo Chaka Demus and Pliers. Released in 1992 and produced by Sly and Robbie on the “Bam Bam” remake riddim, this song was described as a song for the ladies with an “Angel face but a Devil’s heart“. This song spoke about a girl named Maxine who was a user, very promiscuous, and was also a murderer. According to the artists, this was written off an experience but with a few details omitted.

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