“Oh she cute eeh?” are the opening words to Reggae Artist Sizzla’s “Woman I Need You” single from his critically acclaimed 2002 album, “Da Real Thing (Get It Here)“. At the time, Sizzla was on a blazing trail thanks to his “One Of Those Days (Dry Cry) single, but today he has another high point in his career. Today marks the release of DJ Khaled’s 10th studio album, “Grateful“, and Sizzla is both featured and has his 2002 single sampled on the album. “Woman I Need You” was produced by Bobby “Digital” Dixon for Digital-B Records on the “Dem Gone Riddim“. The sample appears on the track, “It’s Secured” which features Rapper/Producer Travis Scott, and Hip Hop Icon Nas, and produced by DJ Khaled, Cool & Dre, and 808-Ray. This marks the second time the track has been sampled as it first appeared on Rapper Cam’Ron’s 2004 “More Gangsta Music” which featured fellow Rapper Juelz Santana. Digital-B Records has been a part of many successful singles from the likes of Shabba Ranks, Coco Tea, Morgan Heritage, his son Giark, the late Garnet Silk, and was the Producer of Sizzla’s “Black Woman and Child” album. DJ Khaled’s “Grateful” album also features Dancehall Artist Mavado with production from Jamaican Producer Troyton. The album is now available on iTunes, and all streaming services. Check out the tracks below.
You know that warm, fuzzy feeling you get when you’re in love? If not, you need some in your life! Let Estelle and Tarrus Riley make that happen with their new duet, “Love Like Ours“! Produced by Supa Dups, this a nice song to rock to, and something to chill on the couch with your lover and talk about love, life, and what to watch on Netflix to. Congrats to Estelle as she is the newest member of VP Records! When a love connection is made, let no evil heart tear it up. Listen to the track below, and get a love like theirs!
With Agent Sasco a.k.a. Assassin being a fixture in entertainment news overseas, today’s Oldies Sunday takes you back to one of the first times you’ve heard the artist born Jeffrey Campbell. Titled “Gi Wi Dem” and produced by Ward 21 for King Jammy’s Production in 2000 on the “Trilogy Riddim“, this was a clique record where Spragga Benz gave many an introduction to his Red Square Crew. The crew, comprised of Assassin, Spragga Benz, Sugar Slick, Greg Hines, Briggy, Natty Chris, and Limousine, all dropped lyrics about being available for any woman that comes their way with the proclamation that they will always be in their thoughts, hearts and souls.
Dropping off his newest mixtape is Red Square’s own Xyclone. Titled “Almost There” and teaming up with Federation Sound, Xyclone drops a whopping 37 tracks which include dub plates, interludes, old hits and of course his popular “Back Pocket Rag” single and the remix. Xyclone is in a ring facing himself because he is his own competition and with his popularity rising, many will agree and many will try to oppose. Check out the mixtape below and share your thoughts in the comments section.
[In respect to the 17th anniversary of Biggie Smalls’ passing, my Oldies Sunday selection features a song he sampled on his first album.]
Today’s Oldies Sunday selection comes from Deejay Pan Head. Titled “Gunman Tune” with production by Lloyd “John John” James Jr. on the “Soap Riddim” and distribution by Father & Son Records in 1991, we hear Pan Head paying tribute to all the gun men in Jamaica while showing disrespect to informants (or snitches). He also speaks on the different communities that the gunmen reside in, the types of weaponry they have in their artillery, how they use them and the type of friends gunmen and informants should have.
After taking the time out of her career to focus on family, Etana came back on the music with new material and joined Winford Williams on Onstage to have a chat. Here she spoke on working with VP Records, family life, parting with Fifth Element Records, working on her 4th album and her single “Trigger” and the story behind it. She also premiered the video for her collaboration with Jo Mersa Marley, “Thy Will Be Done“. Etana has always been a highly respected artist and I do look forward to more from her. Check out the interview below and share your thoughts in the comments section.