Ever met someone who instantly got you in your feelings? Always looking for love in the wrong way? Well maybe you can relate with Jamaican newcomers Djavan and Damani a.k.a. Friday Night Cru as they present to you their debut single and video. Titled “Monáe“, the single was produced by Austin Marc, while the visual was directed by Adam Armond. The single is a blend of Dancehall, Hip Hop, and Pop influences and finds the Artists (including collaborator LEO. who wasn’t present in the video) meeting the girl that embodies the swagger of the beautiful Janelle Monáe (whom the single draws inspiration from), and making moves. To hear them say it, she’s a “lil bad thing“! The new wave of Artists in Jamaica show respect to those before them, but draw influences from every genre out now to make their own unique sound. Friday Night Cru is the duo you should look out for more from. Check out the video below, and follow us on Instagram at @13thStreetPromo.
Jamaican-born Industrial Designer Mathieu Vaughan ranks high in the 2018 Pensole World Sneaker Championship. With 64 total entries, Vaughan is currently in the Top 32 after the competition’s 1st elimination round through online voting. A Pensole Academy Alum and currently enrolled at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), Vaughan’s design theme is “Abstract Approximation“, and is inspired by the Last (a mechanical form that has the shape similiar to the human foot, and is used by Shoemakers in the manufacture or repair of shoes). The finished product aims to give the wearer great support, comfort, and performance while adapting to the “Moc” style offered by some of the current Sneaker makers.
The competition is currently at the 2nd round of eliminations, and you can place your vote for Mathieu Vaughan here so that he can advance to the top 16. The competition continues elimination in the Top 8, Top 4, and offers previously eliminated entrants a 2nd chance at redemption before the Top 2 elimination and final winner. If Vaughan emerges as the winner, he will receive prizes from Tech company Wacom, have a limited run of his design being sold at select Footlocker locations, and a $20,018 cash prize.
The Pensole World Sneaker Championship was created in 2014 as the first global Sneaker Design Tournament to discover and develop the next great sneaker Designers. The Tournament goes through a single elimination, all or nothing style process in numerous rounds, and receives thousands of designs from all around the world yearly. It is sponsored by Wacom, Vibram, EDCO, and has partnered with Footlocker. Stay up to date with the competition on their Instagram, see more of Vaughan’s work here, and get familiar with the “Ja Got Sole” online community.
Mobay’s own Karma Crew showcases how dope he is in his recently released video for “Karma’s Interlude“. Directed by 876 Media Ent., Karma goes into complete revolutions in this one to show you that you’re too much of a square to spar in his circle. Try not to get too dizzy here as Karma keeps it short, and to the point. With a project on the way, you’ll be hearing more of the Rapper in the coming months. If you think you can go bar for bar with him, call him up and shoot the fair one. Check out the video below, and follow us on Instagram at @13thStreetPromo.
If you’re living under a rock (or you were pretty busy), the Carters (Beyonce and Jay Z) are in Jamaica! With their “On The Run 2” Tour dates drawing near, they’ve decided to hop on a Plane and pass through “Jamrock” to get some things done. Word is they’re shooting a video, and you know fans from all over are trying to get some camera time with Queen Bey and Jigga. While they’re no stranger to the Island, we’d like to highlight 5 times Jamaica has been a part of their careers. If no island vibes nuh inna it, it nah go nice! Check them out below!
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1. One of Beyonce’s biggest singles, “Run The World (Girls)“, sampled Dancehall.
Beyonce’s 2011 single was the anthem for Women Empowerment worldwide, and off the album, “4“. Produced by The-Dream, Switch, and Shea Taylor, the single sampled “Pon De Floor“, a collaborative effort between Major Lazer and Dancehall Icon Vybz Kartel. Beyonce’s single went on to become one of her biggest ones to date, and gave the “World Boss” some writing credit too.
2. Jay Z has rapped over a few Dancehall/Reggae samples.
Jay Z’s from Brooklyn, New York, an area that is heavily populated by Caribbean folks. He must have some sort of Jamaican influence in his songs, right? He has thrown some patois in the lyrics, but singles like “On To The Next One” off his “Magna Carter…Holy Grail” album borrowed a piece of Cutty Rank’s infamous intro off his 1992 single, “A Who Seh Me Dun“. Other samples include Max Romeo’s “Chase The Devil“, which was featured on “Lucifer“, the late John Holt’s “I Will” on “Encore“, Sizzla’s “Solid As A Rock” on “Crown“, and Sister Nancy’s “Bam Bam” and Jacob Miller’s “Tenement Yard” on “Bam“. Big up the Producers involved.
Gage’s musical journey is not over. While the Artist has enjoyed a lot of controversy over the years, many started to write him off because of it. Turning a new page however, he has made some changes in his life, and promises to deliver real hits. Today, he offers to uplift and motivate in his new video, “Motivation“. Directed by CG Studios and featuring a cameo from popular music promoter Walk & Talk, Gage sheds light on his career, getting support for his music in the industry, gets at Politicians, and letting those who are going through things know that genuine people are out there who can relate and will assist in any way. Life is not a bed of Roses, but it gets easier once you have faith.
Watch the video below.
Stay away from all fire prone objects, this one is too hot! When Dancehall meets Trap, “Sparta Boss” Tommy Lee Sparta teamed up with the “Topman” Baker Steez for the UIM Records produced “Propane“. Today, they finally released the visual for the song. Directed by RuptionDiBoss of RD Studios with assistance from ShotByDeth, we get a gritty visual filled with lots of fire, gasoline, hostages, ladies, and a whole heap of “badness“! Keep the extinguisher near just in case, and get rid of the flammable clothes. Watch the “Propane” video below.
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