Tag: Jamaica

Jamaica PM Andrew Holness Unapologetic About Dancehall Contributing To Crime

The Jamaican Prime Minister is doubling down on dancehall music, being a major contributor to the high crime rate in the country. Crime has long been a growing epidemic in Jamaica that governments are often stumped with. The disturbing outbreak of violence is so outrageous that Jamaica is recognized as a country with one of the highest crime rates in the world. While this is not at all new and historically was spurred on by violent political strategies, the current government is calling for dancehall music to start observing a social responsibility to young listeners. Prime Minister Andrew Holness was recently criticized by music artists and fans for a statement regarding dancehall being a main cause of violence in Jamaica. Nevertheless, he is doubling down on his stance and is having the ...

Quavo Checks In With Popcaan In Jamaica While Escaping Saweetie Drama Stateside

Migos rapper Quavo and Popcaan have linked up in Jamaica, causing fans to speculate that the two might be up to musical mischief. As customary these days, almost every overseas artists touching down in Jamaica checks in with the Unruly Boss. A video posted by Quavo showed the two artists hanging out. The Migos rapper is seen shirtless and wearing some three-quarter pants, while Popcaan is stylish with an orange graphic t-shirt and chambray button-down shirt with his jewelry. Offset and Takeoff were not in the clip but were probably somewhere close hanging out. “What we doing?” Quavo asks in the video, to which Popcaan responds, “Vroom, Outside.” This might be a good move for the Atlanta rapper to escape some bad press recently regarding his ex-girlfriend Saweetie happening Stateside. Urba...

Bounty Killer Told PM Holness To Listen His Anti-Gun Anthem “No Gun A Rise” With Chris Martin

Bounty Killer told PM Andrew Holness to listen his new anti-gun anthem “No Gun A Rise,” with Christopher Martin. The dancehall legend shared a clip from the music video and used the opportunity to call Prime Minister Andrew Holness’s attention to the single. Holness have been under fire for his position on dancehall music being a major factor in the country’s surging crime rate. Bounty Killer and Christopher Martin’s “No Gun A Rise,” was released two months ago, long before the Prime Minister blamed dancehall lyrics for high crimes. Both men blended their voices to promote peace and happiness, while the Yakub & Amlak music video highlights all that makes one of the most famous islands in the world such a paradise. Christopher Martin opens the ...

Wesrok Aims To Become First Mainstream Country Reggae Artist

Wesrok the first mainstream Country Reggae star? The voice of the Jamaican people, reggae music, which derived from its predecessors Ska and Mento, has undoubtedly gone on to have a major impact on the international scene. Singer Wesrok has visions of taking the music to another level, as he works to establish a sparse version called “Country Reggae.” During a recent Gleaner interview, Wesrok said, “Country reggae is not a subgenre but a new brand, not quite country, not quite reggae. A brand new flavour for the masses.” Jamaicans have long had a certain fascination for cowboys and Westerns, a love that transcended into the island’s music. Island-based entertainers have provided their versions of country and western tracks in the past, much to the delight of t...

‘Yaad Man’ DJ Khaled In Jamaica Recording His New Album With Buju Banton

DJ Khaled is in album mode in Jamaica. The super-producer was met with a warm welcome from his longtime friend, Buju Banton. The warm welcome was not only for the We The Best Music Group chief but was also extended to his family. This meant his wife Nicole Tuck and his two sons Asahd Tuck Kahled and Aalam Khaled, also had their special one-on-one Buju time. In a video the DJ posted on Instagram, Buju Banton speaks over one-year-old Aalam, “Aalam is the lamb of God, how are you my son, welcome to Jamrock.” The “Destiny” singer, continued his chant while holding the hand of the toddler. “I just a see you inna di flesh. May God bless you, may God guide you, may God protect you, may God keep you holy. May your life be prosperous and whatever you do may prosper.” DJ Khaled also posted a video o...

G Herbo Granted Permission To Communicate With Brother & Team

G Herbo was successful in having a judge vary the conditions of his release so that he is able to communicate with members of his team and his brother, even as the fraud trial gets underway within a month. The rapper is facing federal charges laid last December in which he and his fellow associates were accused of stealing identifications and money valuing more than $1 million in luxury purchases that also included a vacation to Jamaica. G Herbo, who is expecting a baby with his girlfriend Taina, has denied any criminal involvement in the charges. The indictment also shows that some facts appear to say that G Herbo was aware of a named suspect involved in fraud but there is no direct link to him. He has since been released on several conditions of bail which included prohibitions on contac...

Dej Loaf – Bird Call Lyrics

Aye, that’s that bird call All these haters got my nerves bad Writing rhymes in my word pad, feeling like I can’t be touched Drinking VOSS as a chaser I got to get this paper for my unborn creations Promise we gon’ live it up, we ain’t worried about haters I promise they gon’ give it up, and if not we gon’ take it I got a temper this short and I barely got patience He got a dick this long, I think he from Jamaica These niggas talking like they killers, I just call them pretenders I’m getting money with my niggas, I don’t want y’all around me Ain’t drop an album in two years these dummies thinking I lost it They done buried me alive, I’m bout’ to climb out this coffin Let me find out that you hating, I’ma f*ck him...

Justin Bieber On If He’s Influenced By Reggae/Dancehall, “The Answer Is Yes”

Justin Bieber says he is influenced by reggae/dancehall music but failed to meet the low bar in giving Jamaican music its proper credit. As a world advocate for reggae and dancehall music and Jamaica as a whole, DJ Khaled never fails to give credit to dancehall culture, which is not only a part of his roots but has spawned multiple hits for him. Khaled recently had the opportunity to interview Justin Bieber amidst the release of his latest album, Justice, and the hitmaking producer asked the pop superstar about dancehall’s influence on his own music. Justin Bieber sparked some controversy back in 2015 with his monstrous comeback hit “Sorry” from his album Purpose. The popular track had that rhythmic dancehall flavor and bassline, and its accompanying music video featured...

Popcaan, Shenseea, Beenie Man Condemns Khanice Jackson’s Murder, Dancehall Reacts

There’s an outpouring of condemnation from the dancehall community as yet another gruesome murder of a young Jamaican woman rocks the island. The hopes of many were high that 20-year-old Khanice Jackson would be found alive after the family reported that she had been missing since Tuesday after she left home. Her mother on a TV news report said the last time she saw her daughter was Tuesday when she left for work. She said she later told that Khanice did not turn up for work, and neither did she call in sick by concerned co-workers who noted her punctual presence. On Friday, all hopes were dashed as police reported that the body of a young woman later identified as Ms. Jackson’s was found bound at the neck, and she was half-naked, raising suspicions that she was raped before killed. One ne...

Vybz Kartel Cosigns Young M.A Repping Gaza in ‘Ooouuuvie’ Freestyle: ‘Real Recognize Real’

Vybz Kartel and his fans are today on a high after the dancehall artiste got a shout-out from rapper Young M.A. in her latest release. The song “Ooouuuvie (Whoopty Freestyle)” was released yesterday and is already trending at number 5 on YouTube. In the portion of the freestyle reposted by Vybz Kartel, Young M.A sings, “Smoking that Zaza, got yack in the mata.. I’m in Jamaica speaking that patois.. Big up to the Gaza.” The Gaza boss captioned the post saying, “BigUp @Youngma (fist pump emojis) #RealRecReal… 1 Don #GazaBadness.” Vybz Kartel’s fans were excited about the big up from the international performer who has Jamaican heritage by way of her mother. One comment under the World Boss’ post said, “Big up Young M.A (clapping emojis)… She knows the Vibes!” Another Instag...

The Best Dancehall Songs Of 2021 – So Far

A look at the best dancehall songs in 2021, so far. From Yaksta’s “acres over Mark X” to Skillibeng’s “Di plane just crash wid e coke,” it’s safe to say that Jamaica’s musical engine has been pumping out the hits since the start of the new year. The industry giants such as Vybz Kartel continue to provide quality in quantity. However, not on the level that he did in 2020 when he had the airwaves buzzing with tracks from his album, To Tanesha. Nonetheless, 2021 promises to be a very musical year, with numerous entertainers either queuing to release an album, a mixtape, or an EP. Vershon dropped his 6-track EP title Only One a few days ago, while Sean Paul released his feature-laden project Live N Livin, which is one of two albums the superstar ...

Chronixx Drops First Single Of The Year “Safe N Sound” Ahead Of Sophomore Album

Chronixx is “Safe N Sound” in his first release of the year as he continues to craft his sophomore album. Reggae singer Chronixx has just released his brand new song and video, “Safe N Sound.” The video gets direction from Dark X and SAMO and track produced by Soul Circle Music. Dubbed a lyrical master, the “Skankin’ Sweet” artiste does not disappoint with his delivery in this new track and video. For the most part, the video is set on a deserted inner-city street in Jamaica. Accompanying scenes also show him in a classroom and a market. He chants in the chorus: “We need more love flowing in the streets, Children?a smile an?a skin dem?teeth. More love flowing in the town. Whole community safe and sound. Love flowing in the street. Work affi g...

Beenie Man Joins Growing List Of Artists Angry At PM Andrew Holness Over Curfew

Beenie Man joins a growing list of dancehall artists venting about Prime Minister Andrew Holness curfew measures. The onset of the Covid pandemic has led many Jamaican entertainers to assess the government’s plans to halt the spread of the virus. The measures which have since come under scrutiny by a handful of entertainers include mandatory wearing of masks in public spaces, tightened curfews, a band on large public gatherings, and most recently, the distribution of vaccines. The likes of Spragga Benz and Buju Banton have publicly blasted both their fellow entertainers who promise to take the vaccine, as well as the government’s instructions to the citizens of Jamaica. Another dancehall veteran is seemingly hitting out at the Andrew Holness-led administration for apparently st...

Popcaan, Beenie Man, Koffee, Sean Paul & More Covers i-D Magazine Jamaicazine Issue

A ton of reggae and dancehall artists were featured in the Utopia in Dystopia issue of i-D’s Jamaicazine, and they answered questions about the current music scene in Jamaica and their vision for 2021. Gary Sorrenti wrote an extensive article featuring the top artists in Jamaica right now after he visited the island in late December to interview and get shots of them. Among the plethora of artists he met were the likes of Koffee, Sean Paul, Buju Banton, Beres Hammond, Shaggy, Ken Boothe, Chronixx, Protoje, Popcaan, Skillibeng, Lila Iké, Sevana, Jaz Elise, Yellowman, King Jammy, Shenseea, Beenie Man and believed it or not, even more. Almost all the artists agreed that the current music landscape in Jamaica is much more diverse than it once was. While some appreciate what the youngster...

Mavado Shares Heartbreak Over His Mother’s Passing On IG: “Love you mama I’m so so sorry”

Dancehall artist Mavado reminisced about his mother, who passed away on Thursday, as he shared an emotional message about how he was coping. The artist, who is in the United States, said his mother had been feeling unwell, but she assured him she was doing fine. “After you told me that your feeling much better and your telling us that your ready to go back to your house I feel so good when you said that to me on the phone,” the “Give it All to Me” singer said. “Mama still can’t believe it now I’m all alone can’t trust no one but I could always put my life in your hands from I was A kid it was always me and you walking up and down Constant Spring road, them days my little sister was just a baby them days I always said as a kid I’m going ...

Chronixx – Safe N Sound Lyrics

[Intro] Wise ghetto youth start wise up now Rise ghetto youth start rise up now Hear mi Bun sufferation and bun poverty Mek dem know a evolution time A Babylon invent crime [Chorus] We need more love flowing in the streets Children a smile an a skin dem teeth More love flowing in the town Whole community safe and sound Love flowing in the street Work affi gwan and food affi eat More love flowing in the town People tell me how mi sound [Verse 1] Lord a mercy All of a sudden everybody a gun man State of emergency and a bag a tension Politician doh have nuh development plan That’s why every community need a one don One order, everybody fi unite Nyahbinghi order Rastafari Nuttn nuh precious like di youth dem life Dat a one thing nuh mount a money cyah buy Chat dem a chat A talk bout dem ...

Beenie Man Reveals Late Mom Inspired “Fun In The Sun” With Popcaan & Dre Island

Dancehall entertainer Beenie Man has been steadily promoting the leading track off his much-anticipated album Simma. The new song and video titled “Fun In The Sun” dropped just a few days ago and featured Popcaan and Dre Island. The dancehall veteran recently joined in on the new audio-based app Clubhouse to discuss the new album. He also explained just how he penned the leading track and where he soaked up the inspiration for the lyrics, which call for unity and love. Beenie Man explains that the track is actually a tribute to his mother, Lilieth Sewell, who passed away last year after a stroke. She was laid to rest in October 2020 in her birthplace, Shrewsbury St. Elizabeth. While commenting on the song, which according to The Star, was also played during the Clubhouse sessio...

Nigerian Rapper Cruel Santino & Koffee Working On New Collab

Cruel Santino and Koffee got a collaboration on the way. There has been much buzz around Jamaica’s youngest Grammy Award-winning artiste Koffee after she stripped down for a sultry Calvin Klein shoot. It turns out that there is much more coming our way from the 21-year-old, this time as it relates to music. The “Rapture” singer and Nigerian rapper Cruel Santino were definitely cooking up in the studio, and by all indications, their impending release will be worth the wait. The brand new track was previewed by Santino during an Instagram LIVE session just a day ago. The African-based entertainer showcased just why he is thought of as one of the continent’s most inspiring and unique young entertainers, as he blended his Nigerian dialect with that of Jamaica’s pa...

Vybz Kartel Dominating Dancehall A Decade After Incarceration – What’s His Secret?

Critics of the dancehall legend, who is aptly called ‘Worl’Boss,’ proclaimed in 2014 ahead of his sentencing that if convicted, the life and career of the controversial but highly gifted artist would be effectively over. Fast forward to 2021, and a lot has changed from 2014 when Kartel was convicted and sentenced to 35 years to life for the murder of a former acquaintance, and now, the world in the throes of a pandemic. While things have changed, it has also remained the same as Vybz Kartel’s dominance spreads from jail and continues to top the charts locally and abroad. Vybz Kartel continues to enjoy top-of-the-line airplay on local radios. While other artists might be lucky to get one or two of their songs played, there is no other artist who regularly and on-dema...

Bunny Wailer ‘The Last Of The Wailers’ Life, Music And Legacy Explore

Bunny Wailer, the last of The Wailer, died leaving behind a rich musical legacy that will forever etch in the fabric of reggae music and Jamaican culture. Wailer, whose real name is Neville O’Reilly Livingstone, died at the Medical Associates Hospital in Kingston. Also affectionately called ‘Jah B’ by friends and family, Bunny Wailer was a singer and songwriter and percussionist and the last living member of the renowned Bob Marley and The Wailers group that also included Peter Tosh, another founding father of Reggae Music. Wailer is a three-time Grammy award winner and was awarded the Order of Merit for his contribution to popular culture, an award given to Jamaican nationals for their lifelong impact and contribution to the development of Jamaica. Among those who have publicly grieved hi...

Intence Responds To Vybz Kartel Over Fake Views With Strong Spotify Numbers

Intence has seemingly responds to Vybz Kartel previously calling him out for alleged fake views. Fans have built up a convincing case against Intence after much speculation that the deejay is buying views. While the evidence is compelling, the controversial dancehall deejay does not appear to have any intention of quitting while ahead. In recent times, incarcerated dancehall mogul Vybz Kartel has admonished the practice of manufacturing artificial viewership. It is believed that his multiple subliminal posts on social media are aimed at Intence, who has answered the accusation in the past. Though the “Go Hard” deejay previously claimed that he neither buys nor considers buying views, he often stands accused both by fans as well as other artists. Intence has historically done nu...

Beach Boys – Kokomo Lyrics

Aruba, Jamaica ooo I wanna take you Bermuda, Bahama come on pretty mama Key Largo, Montego baby why don’t we go Jamaica Off the Florida Keys There’s a place called Kokomo That’s where you wanna go to get away from it all Bodies in the sand Tropical drink melting in your hand We’ll be falling in love To the rhythm of a steel drum band Down in Kokomo Aruba, Jamaica ooo I wanna take you To Bermuda, Bahama come on pretty mama Key Largo, Montego baby why don’t we go Ooo I wanna take you down to Kokomo We’ll get there fast And then we’ll take it slow That’s where we wanna go Way down to Kokomo To Martinique, that Monserrat mystique We’ll put out to sea And we’ll perfect our chemistry By and by we’ll defy a little bit of gravity Af...

Bounty Killer Says Busta Rhymes Deserves Marcus Garvey Award Over Kanye West

Kanye West was honored with the Marcus Garvey Humanitarian Award, but Bounty Killer argues that there was a more suitable recipient. Marcus Garvey is a Jamaica-native, but he is also a global icon held in high regard in black history. He was not only the first national hero of Jamaica but also the leader of Pan-Africanism, a worldwide movement that aims to tighten the bond among Africans across the world. He is a well-respected figure in history whose name has been lent to many literary works, institutions, streets, and even awards. The Chicago Music Awards is one such franchise that has incorporated Garvey’s name. The awards recognize those who have made significant contributions to various music forms. For his great deal of contributions last year, Kanye West was honored with the M...

Dancehall Star Shenseea Is BET’s Amplified Artist Of The Month

Shenseea is one of Jamaica’s fast-rising deejays, and the sky is certainly not her limit! The young artiste is taking the United States music industry by storm as she stretches her wings from Jamaica. Her latest accomplishment is being named the BET Amplified artist of the month. The recognition spotlights upcoming talents, which in BET’s view, are stars on the rise. In spite of the pandemic, the “Blessed” singer continues to thrive with multiple brand ambassador deals as well as launching her own eyelash line. She has been in the United States touring as she entertains her fans and seeks to widen her fan base, all while establishing Public Relations connections to bring her voice and image to the global music industry. The announcement by BET was made on Monday on the network’s Instagram ...

Sean Paul Clears Up Comments On Jay-Z Jealous Of Him Being Around Beyonce

Sean Paul has stepped forward to clarify some recent comments alluding to Jay-Z being jealous of him being around Beyonce. In a January interview with RJR 94’s Too Live Crew radio show in Jamaica, Sean Paul was cornered with questions about the long-lived conspiracy that Jay-Z was not very fond of him and was even quite jealous of him and Beyoncé. While Sean seemed to agree that there was something odd at play, he never admitted to anything happening between him and the famous singer. However, he believes his words were taken out of context after the interview. Sean Paul spoke with HotNewHipHop for a new interview where he addressed the speculation once more. For those who thought ‘nothing’ was code for ‘something’, SP made it abundantly clear that he never di...

Rosh Rebel Debuts “Tomorrow” Visual

Rosh Rebel is celebrating life in her new music video and single “Tomorrow.” “Tomorrow is not a promise to any man,” Rosh Rebel sings in her latest release. The new single titled “Tomorrow” follows the singer’s banger “Lockdown With Me,” whose music video premiered at the end of November. In the new track, Rosh Rebel shows utter gratitude for life and talks about the importance of being present. The Jamaican songstress who has been in the business for more than a decade but only emerged as a solo artist in recent years has an incredibly moving story that has spurred on truly inspiring music. The music video accurately depicts Rosh Rebel’s intentions when she wrote the uplifting ballad. It’s about appreciating our existence ...

Rapper Eazi Money Accuses Jah Cure Of Theft & Threats, Shares Voice Notes

Eazi Money wants his money back from Jah Cure. Reggae singer Jah Cure is no stranger to controversy, and he has made the news yet again. This time around, The Cure has allegedly failed to complete his verse of a track he was paid for some four years ago. Urban Islandz caught up with Brooklyn-based artiste Eazi Money to get his side of the story. Eazi recently released a number of voice notes allegedly of Jah Cure on social media in an effort to bring attention to his dire dilemma. He further detailed the unpleasant encounter he has had so far in his attempts to collaborate with the reggae superstar or get a refund of his money. In the lengthy Instagram post, he rehashed what has been transpiring behind the scenes between himself, his father and the singer. “[Jah Cure] Over 4 years no...

Novelist – Major Player Lyrics

[Verse 1] Ever since a minor kid I knew I was major Real Gs recognise real G behaviour Girls like the presence of a man that’s not a hater N*ggas think they’re bad because they don’t respect their neighbour I ain’t got the time to get mad I get paper Laughing at them rappers tryna talk like Darth Vader Composed when I gotta do my thing later I seen a brudda die because he was an underestimater Dressed well best smelling in the elevator When I intro myself I’m a first-namer Asking what I do, who I know, I’m not a claimer What’s the point in bragging if they’re gonna hear later I can make a trackie feel like I’m wearing a blazer Vigilance will have you more attractive than a shape up Dilligence has got me on the road to big paper Amarett...

Ramriddlz – Left, Right Lyrics

[Intro] Tropical ass beats make you feel like you’re in Jamaica or some shit, uh Bubba, Bubba-bathroom Ay que rico Perrico [Verse 1] I love how she whine up on me, whine up She said meet me in the bathroom So I wet her in bathroom And If you know me Then you know that’s that dude And I get it how I live I do what I wanna cause that ass too big Come here girl, come whine up on me [Hook] Left, right, up, down I just wanna see you move Right, left, down, up I always got two cups (I always got two cups) Baby I always got two cups, ohh, ohh Left, right, up, down I just wanna see you move Right, left, down, up I love the way you whine up (on me) I love the way you whine up on me, wind up on me I love the way you whine up in on me [Verse 2] Cause I don’t want to hold hands Like...

Flavour – Black Is Beautiful Lyrics

I can see her from afar She just dey shine like a morning light I can see very clear She just dey shine in a broad day light (hey) And she was walking And i was watching Every step and the move she was making She is adoring i am admiring her hips Beauty is a natural thing Original thing and a mysterious thing hey Rise up ma voice and sing i thank the lord for a beauty queen Cos your black is beautiful Beauty from my own Baby your black is beautiful (baby moo) Beauty in disguise And your black is beautiful (ahhhhh) Black is beautiful hey And your black is natural, (ahhhhhahh) black is original Oo oo ohoo Oo oo ohoo Oo oo ohoo Yoo yoo yoyo, mama moo Cha cha chei She is black she is proud and she knows it She is cool and i everybody likes it She is bold and she very very humble She is strong...