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!
For those who aren’t familiar, Va$htie is an American DJ/Designer/Blogger/Director who is of Trinidadian descent. For those who are familiar with her, you may have seen a few of her videos, worn her Sneakers (She designed a special Air Jordan II and has a line with Puma), or raved to her DJing at a party. Tonight, after a heads up on her Snapchat recently, she released her Island-flavoured “West Indian Summer” Mixtape. Featuring over an hour of Dancehall, Reggae, Salsa, Reggaeton, Bachata, Merengue and Soca, Va$htie pays homage to the sounds that raised her. Featuring selections from Johnny Osbourne, Protoje, Machel Montano, Romeo Santos, Buju Banton, Celia Cruz, Daddy Yankee and many more! If you represent the Caribbean, I encourage you to wave your flag while blasting the decibels out on this mix! Just in time for the Labor Day Weekend, may this provide the soundtrack to your raving! Check out the Mix below and share your thoughts in the comments section.
In recognition of the recent Reebok Skyscape commercial, I present to you the song that was used in it from Dancehall artist, Sister Nancy. Titled “Bam Bam” and produced by the late Winston Riley for Techniques Records on the “Stalag Riddim” in 1982, Nancy speaks about being an ambitious woman, her lyrical prowess that will “nice up” Jamaica, growing up in Princeton 6, and being a very unique person along her infectious chorus “What a Bam Bam…“. “Bam Bam” was a single on Sister Nancy’s debut album, “One,Two” which was released in 1982 by Techniques Records. Sister Nancy is regarded as the first female Dancehall artist and the first female deejay to tour internationally. “Bam Bam” is her most famous single and borrows a little from Toots And The Maytals’ 1966 hit “What A Bam Bam“.