by Jodee Brown Where We Come From, the debut album from popular Dancehall star, Popcaan, has entered Billboard Magazine’s Reggae albums chart at number two, just two weeks after its unveiling, according to reports Wednesday. The former Portmore Empire standout’s project only trails Rebelution’s Count Me In on the chart and is one of four albums by Jamaican artists in the top 10, with Ziggy Marley’s Fly Rasta at number three, Bob Marley and the Wailers’ Legend: Remixed at number five and Jo Mersa Marley’s EP, Comfortable holding down ninth spot. Featuring 13 tracks, Where We Come From features a blend of Dancehall, Reggae and hip-hop sounds, with efforts such as The System, Everything Nice and Hustle standing out, the latter a collaboration with former Clipse rapper, Pusha T. The album is produced by American label, Mixpak Records and executive produced by the label’s lead hit maker, Dre Skull. Major foreign media outlets such as The Guardian and the Washington Posthave recommended Where We Come From as a must listen, with the former saying Popcaan’s effort ‘creates a warped take on synth-fueled urban pop, breathing new life into old sounds.” Popcaan has featured on the Billboard charts before, entering the magazine’s R&B/Hip Hop chart in 2012 with his hit single, Only Man She Want. Since then, he released the well-received Yiy Change mixtape as well as the Unruly EP. A former protégé of incarcerated Dancehall superstar, Vybz Kartel, Popcaan burst onto the international scene in 2010, featuring on Kartel’s chart-topping hit, Clarks along with Vanessa Bling. Chart-topping hits such as Dream, Party Shot, Ravin and others followed. Some of his standout songs in 2014 include Tie Mi on the UIM Records-produced Punjabi Riddim, Da Ting Deh on the JA Productions-produced Overdrive Riddim and Only Jah Know on the Notnice-produced Devotion Riddim.
The BYB team brought the party to the water last Saturday night with Pirates of the Caribbean: The Boat Ride. The music was a non-stop delight with Toronto’s top DJs including JUK, Loudmout Chiney, and Outcast Sound ft. Fresh Cut tearing up the soundwaves. The drinks flowed, the crowd cheered. De entertainment tun up, and de party shot!! Below are a few photos from the night.
by Jodee Brown
Reggae singer, Jah 9 has announced the impending release of her sophomore album, Rebellion this summer as she looks to build on the buzz she garnered with her strong debut effort, New Name last year, reports Tuesday say.
It was with that first album’s lead single, New Name that made the Rastafarian songstress a household name within Reggae music in 2012, one of the main faces among a plethora of new stars to enter the genre’s framework that year. Now, she hopes to recreate that magic with Rebellion, which will feature more of jazz-on-dub style music that made her first album stand out while also showcasing songs filled with socially conscious lyrics.
“Many people don’t really have exposure to the words of His Majesty, so it’s important to present his words. I put them in context they (the people) can understand, she told the Jamaica Gleaner in a report published Tuesday.
Despite this album being the second to come out from Jah9, she insists she had been working on this project as far back as 2007, but decided not to release it as she wanted to learn more about herself as a person.
In the meantime, Jah9 is promoting her recently-released mixtape, For the Love of Kush, a project she is using as a way to advocate for the legalization of marijuana amidst the government’s consideration to decriminalize the herb. She hopes the mixtape will help spread knowledge about the nutritional benefits of the drug, admitting her cause is personal after losing a brother to leukemia when she was nine years old.
“There are many people, in Jamaica in particular, who suffer from a set of diseases that plague people on this side of the world. Herb is medicine and we should capitalize on its use,” she said.
“We’ll see how legislation and discussion in Jamaica can progress a little more quickly now, but the reality is that there is still oppression on marijuana here.”
by Jodee Brown
Dancehall star, Mavado has opened up about his ongoing feudwith former mentor and Alliance leader, Bounty Killer, claiming a lack of respect, among other things have cause the falling out between the two deejays.
Mavado appeared on CVM’s OnStage talk show, aired Saturday night, speaking from the We The Best Music Group headquarters about the issues between himself and Bounty. In the interview,Mavado held nothing back, joking that Bounty must be ‘mixing Hennessey with crack,’ after questioning his loyalty to the Allianceand calling him a ‘sellout,’ saying he’s always shown his ex-mentor respect.
“Mi stand up beside yuh straight and mi show yuh loyalty and respect straight, everywhere inna di world mi go, mi she big up Killa when yuh nah dweet,” he said. “How Killa fi get up and she mi nuh show loyalty and who sellout. Weh u mean by dat Killa? A your actions mek we inna da spot hah today.”
Mavado then brought up the fatal shooting outside the QUADnightclub in Kingston in 2011, outside Bounty Killer’s birthday party, which claimed the life of his best friend, Conroy ‘Connie’ Edwards.He says Bounty acted disloyal in the first place by having the party at a club which was partially owned by then rival deejay, Vybz Kartel. However, his biggest gripe remains that Bounty never sent condolences to him about his loss, instead blaming him for ruining his party.
“After what happen at the club, Killa still couldn’t tell mi condolences fi mi friend,” he said. “Him couldn’t look pon mi fren mother, daughter, family and seh simple condolences, and remember she is a ute weh u know too,” saying Bounty used to have Edwards run errands for him and even hung out with him and Mavado the week before the shooting.
Following a slew of diss songs Bounty Killer aimed at Mavado, the ‘Gully Gaad’ maintained that the songs were not up to par, saying Bounty sounded ‘hungry’ more than angry. He even said he went to great lengths to defend his then mentor, but never felt he got enough credit for it.
“Me a di defending champion fi di Alliance, when you nah do nutten, when a man a diss you to the last ground and you couldn’t defend yuhself. Mi loyal to the Alliance weh mi help mek.”
Not only did Mavado speak openly about his issues with Bounty, he took shots at former Alliance teammate, Busy Signal, who he called an ‘idiot’ and ‘Gary Reanno Gordon,’ in reference to Busy’s hit One More Night in which some music listeners said Busy mentioned ‘Gary’ in the song.
“Oooh, mi sell platinum and this and that. 30,000 streaming inna Europe. Platinum? Yuh a gwaan like yuh sell a million copy Busy. Stop talk and top gwaan suh Busy,” Mavado said in response to Bumaye, Busy’s single with Major Lazer which went platinum in Denmark.
“Yuh nah no street cred Busy. We nuh see yuh no weh. How yah talk bout ‘di General, di General,’ and nobody nuh see yuh and Killa a par fi years now,” he added, which also calling Busy an imitation of legendary artists Shabba Ranksand Terror Fabulous.
Meanwhile, We The Best Music Group founder, DJ Khaled also spoke on the Bounty-Mavado feud, tellingOnStage, “Mavado is my friend and I heard things in the street that there is a little vibe going on… But at the end of the day Mavado will tell you I am always going to promote love and promote peace and I am always going to promote positivity because that is what a real friend is going to do.”
He also hopes for a future peace collaboration between Bounty and Mavado, writing on his Instagram page, “Everyone always ask me what’s a collaboration u would love to make happen. I tell the world I would love to make a rec wit @mavadogully @grunggaadzilla ! Jamaica STAND UP! #Alliance #wethebest the people the streets want to see this happen!! I’m going go hard and find away to make it happen !!! Jah know!!!!”
Watch the full OnStage interview with Mavado here: http://www.youtube.com/user/OnstageTVJamaica/videos