On April 30, Jamaican Selector/Producer DJ Stamma kicked off one of the most important Producer battles in Dancehall music, Stephen “Di Genius” McGregor vs Donovan “Don Corleonie” Bennett. If you’ve been following these Grammy winning Producers, you’d know that they have given Dancehall a proper facelift during the heights of their individual reigns, and contributed to the growth of Artists like Vybz Kartel, Mavado, Munga Honorable, Laden, and many more. We don’t want to do any long talking here, we just want you to hear good music, and decide whose legendary catalogue is better in this battle. With Stamma’s selections, he challenges the world to find anything better than this. The Champs are in their respective corners, now get seated and press play.
Singer/Actress/Reality TV Star Amara La Negra has been enjoying an enormous amount of buzz since crossing over to the US market thanks to her appearances on VH1’s “Love & Hip Hop: Miami“. Since then, she has signed record contracts, and made her brand spread everywhere. Making time for the studio however, she has released her latest single, “Insecure“. Produced by Theron Thomas of Rock City and Supa Dups (with Stephen “Di Genius” McGregor making a cameo appearance), Amara wants to get to the bottom of things as her intuition is tingling when it comes to matters of the heart.
This marks Amara’s first official single for her upcoming debut album, and her second release in recent weeks with the first being the Sister Nancy sampled, “What A Bam Bam“. What’s next for the Afro Latina bombshell? Stay tuned. Check out the track below.
As 2017 comes to a close, we look back at a few songs that were favourites on the Blog for the year. While we can’t name EVERY one, we’ll give you 5 (in no particular order so hold off on the ego) to reminisce on, or get familiar with.
Our second to last pick today comes from the “Dread and Terrible” Chronixx with “Christina“! The single is track #15 off his Grammy nominated debut Album, “Chronology” which was released in July. Featuring Stephen “Di Genius” McGregor as the Producer, and contribution from Blues Guitar legend Donald Kinsey, Chronixx speaks on believing in himself and working towards his dreams despite facing opposition from his then partner, Christina. The message in this is to never let anything stop you from pursuing your dreams. Leave those that doubt in the back, and move forward. A video for this would be lovely (tell Chronixx and his Manager Daddi Barnz that we have some ideas) however. If you missed our previous picks, check them out here. Hear “Christina” below!
It’s no secret that Hip Hop Artist Drake is a fan of Jamaica’s music culture. From his choice of slang, to his affiliations, to his hometown being chock full of the Jamaican influence, it’s only right that his “Views” album gets some of the essence. Off the recently released album, Dancehall Artist Mavado is featured on Views’ 2nd track, “9“. “9” features a sample from the Deejay’s 2007 single “Dying” off his “Gangsta For Life” debut album. “Dying” was produced by DASECA Productions and features Serani. It’s not the first time both Artists have crossed paths as Mavado played a role in Drake’s “Find Your Love” video off “Thank Me Later“, and Drake was a guest during Mavado’s set at “Britjam 2011“. “Views” also sampled Beenie Man’s “Tear Off Mi Garment” on an updated version of “Controlla” which was previously leaked with Dancehall Artist Popcaan. “Controlla” also gave writing credits to Jamaican Producer Stephen “Di Genius” McGregor and Supa Dups. “Tear Off Mi Garment” was produced by Patrick Roberts and was released in 1995 on the “Urkle Riddim“. Popcaan’s “Love Yuh Bad” is also sampled on the Rihanna assisted “Too Good” and also includes Supa Dups in the writing credits. The track was produced by Dre Skull and is featured on Popcaan’s debut album, “Where We Come From“. Popcaan is currently affiliated with Drake’s OVO group. “Views” is now available on iTunes.
In a world where disloyalty and evil deeds run rampant, Stephen “Di Genius” McGregor, Jahmiel and Konshens join forces to bring you “Evil Friend“. Produced by Di Genius, the three Artists speak on the evil that walk the earth and some come in the form of friends who want to see your downfall, warns to avoid the Pagans, and continue walking the path that Jah has shown you and protected you on. Three Artists, three verses, three different experiences, and one big tune that grasps you at first listen. Check out the track below and share your thoughts in the comments section.
The McGregor boys of Di Genius and Chino recently teamed up to deliver the visual for their single, “Zero Tolerance“. Directed by BiggzShip and Judeane Moore, we see them in mob mode ready to take a stance against the injustices happening in Jamaica. From poor performances displayed by Politicians to citizens suffering from poverty, Chino and Di Genius are armed with their crew ready to deliver a message to the nation. Off their upcoming G.M.T.A. (Great Minds Think Alike) project, check out the video below and share your thoughts in the comments section.