Friday, December 30, 2011

BOOM TUNE OF THE WEEK

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Introducing Monty G

Okay, maybe it's not actually the introduction of Monty G, as he dropped his first album way back in 2002, and has released six albums since.  However, his name was completely unfamiliar to me when I checked out his most recent (December '11) album, King's Highway.  Born in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, but raised in the Bahamas, he has a strong Christian message, and is actually "one of the most influential and sought after artists in the world of gospel reggae."  Maybe the reason I hadn't heard of him was because of his focus in the specific genre of gospel reggae.  I find no heavy connection to this message, however I do believe he is one of the most talented and intriguing vocalists I have heard in a while.

After giving the album a couple listens through, I strongly advise that you purchase it for yourself.  At different points, his voice reminded me of some of my favorite artists: most often Jah Cure, with moments of Buju Banton and Petah Morgan.  Most definitely though, it is his similarity to Jah Cure that caused me to enjoy the album so much.  It actually made me nostalgic, reminding me of the way Jah Cure used to belt out with such raw emotion, before it seemed to get overly produced.

The production is on point as well.  The album features mostly solid culture riddims, but offers some dancehall and some really quality slow jams as well.  Here's the official video for "Warning," which is on the album.  I also had to include "Tomorrow," which features CLASSIC Jah Cure vocals — ignoring the 25 seconds of rap.  "Plead My Cause" shows his range, with a more dancehall sound.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Happy Holidays Rudeboy Massive!!



A lesser-known Christmas tune from Mr. Robert Nesta Marley, off the album, Destiny: Rare Ska Sides From Studio 1.

Friday, December 23, 2011

BOOM TUNE OF THE WEEK


Japanese Translations in Dub



American  sound system/production group, Boom One Sound System (B.O.S.S.), presents their debut EP, Japanese Translations in Dub. The group's newest release is a four song collection inspired by their recent tour in Japan, and the tsunami and earthquake destruction that devastated parts of the country. Said best by Karl Pearson of United Reggae, the EP blends ancient Japanese melodies and poetry with classic 70’s bassy roots reggae and thick psychedelic dub production. Traditional Japanese music, Pearson says, is music that has something of a sedate feel, but these cuts are paceier with a steppers feel that still manages to retain something of an inner tranquil vibe.

No doubt, Japanese Translations in Dub has a unique sound. I always hold a great appreciation for music that bridges the gap between cultures and musical sytles, and B.O.S.S.' debut EP is certainly no exception. 

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Reggae Acoustic Club: Lyricson





The group, Reggae Acoustic Club, from Paris, France has been posting some legit acoustic sessions on Youtube for a while now.  The first video features Kubix (guitarist) and Lyricson, and proves to be a CLASSIC!!  Lyricson starts it off with a cover of Ini Kamoze's, "World A Reggae" and then blows me away with his vocals on an original tune, 57 seconds into the video.  If anyone knows what song this is, I'd love to see it in the comments...

The second video is a live performance put on by the crew, featuring Lyricson and Mo'Kalamity — both representing Paris, France.  The live cover of Bob Marley's "Forever Loving Jah" looks like an awesome experience, and judging by the crowd shots, they wouldn't disagree.

Monday, December 19, 2011

NPR Tiny Desk Concert: I-Wayne


Over the past year or so, NPR has showcased a number of top reggae artists on its "Tiny Desk Concert" series. We've posted videos in the past of both Tarrus Riley and Gyptian on Rudeboy, and this time we're happy to have gotten our hands on this clip of I-Wayne.

A few weeks back we posted an article that touched upon the talents and potential of I-Wayne to solidify himself as the future of reggae music. I think this NPR video is a great example that supports our claim. This guy's got a super unique voice, and his lyrics are conscious, coherent and flow nicely. His music broken down into a soft acoustic melody like this does wonders for I-Wayne. It allows you to follow his message, and let's us see I-Wayne for who he really is as an artist: a story teller.

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Collie Buddz "I Feel So Good"

Bermuda's own, Collie Buddz, hits us with a very nice track titled, "I Feel So Good." Being relatively quiet in the past couple months, it's good to see Collie producing some quality music again. Enjoy!

-Etac




Thursday, December 15, 2011

Gappy Ranks - Mi Nah Ready Fi Die

Gappy Ranks - an up-and-coming dancehall artist of Jamiacan and Dominican descent - released his debut album, Put it on the Stereo, in August of 2010. The album was a hit, and led to a few musical award nominations for the artist. Since then, Gappy has been steady doing his thing, delving into not only dancehall music, but more modern, culture reggae music as well. 

This single above, Mi Nah Ready Fi Die, is along the dancehall side of things. The riddim is very "hip-hoppish," but really catchy nonetheless. The chorus is one that'll stick in your head for days too...

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Mashin' it Up!

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Footage of some of the Rudeboy team showing off some BIG dance moves to get everyone in the holiday spirit!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The Phantom Series



The first reggae album I ever purchased was a three-way compilation album between Sizzla, Luciano and Anthony B, called 3 Wise Men: Love, Peace & Consciousness, in 1999.  It was an amazing collaboration that put three different voices of reggae on display, and eventually enticed me into the genre.  They continued to add more artists to the collaborations in the following years, such as Capleton and Junior Kelly; however, these collaboration albums have stopped in the recent years.  More so, no up-and-coming artists have joined together to adopt a similar style of album.  Until now!

Tad’s Records has just announced the drop of The Phantom Series, Vol. 1:  22 tracks between four of the most promising young Jamaican’s in the reggae scene, Jah Vinci, I-Octane, Khago, and Zamunda.  Obviously with the changes in reggae music over the years, this album is far more dancehall style than the collaboration albums of the past, however, still promises to be an exciting move in reggae.  Let me also make it clear that these aren't new song releases.  It is a collection of the artist's hits in an attempt to spread the music.  Similar to what the 3 Wise Men album did for me.  My only issue with the album is that my favorite artist, Jah Vinci, is completely under-represented with only three tracks. Other than that, it's definitely a solid purchase.

On a much larger scale, this album made me think about our recent Non-Jamaican Reggae post.  It is argued that with the influence of non-Jamaican bands/artists, Jamaicans who strive to make similar money will change their style of music to adapt.  I find it extremely relieving to see a group of young Jamaican artists come together to represent their country and their original style of music.

"The music industry in Jamaica is ripe with fresh new talent, so naturally, Tad's Record has to keep music lovers worldwide up to speed with the latest. Volume I is just the beginning, music fans can look forward to a new Phantom edition roughly every four months."  - Tad Dawkins [owner of Tad’s Records]

The Bobo Ting Riddim



Island Life Records presents what is arguably the best roots riddim to hit the airwaves in a long time, The Bobo Ting Riddim. Starring five of reggae's longest-standing "roots" artists, this riddim proves to be a big one.

Sean Paul Speaks Out Against Vybz Kartel


Perhaps it's his goofy style, or the fact that he's "sold out" in the reggae/dancehall industry - or most likely it's a mixture of both - that has always led me to care less about Sean Paul. Sure, he's talented, but he very rarely does much to impress me. After watching this short clip of a Sean Paul interview, however, my respect level for the guy has gone up ten-fold. Not only does he speak out against an artist that I can't stand (Vybz Kartel), but he explains a lot of truth in his reasonings why, and he gives us a good understanding of where he himself comes from in terms of his own music and the message he tries to uphold for his fans/listeners. 

Give it a careful listen for yourself to see what I mean...

Another Big Riddim From Cashflow



The Faithful Riddim was released a week or two ago from Cashflow Records - a label that traditionally sticks to more dancehall tunes. Every so often, though, they'll put out a riddim like this one that leans slightly in the direction of a modern roots riddim, and 9 times out of 10, its a hit, as is the case with their new Faithful Riddim. 

A surprise duo on this mix is from brothers Ginjah and Singing Jah (second to last track on the mix above). I'm a fan of both artists, and it's nice to hear these two collaborate on this kind of riddim, as they historically stick to roots reggae production.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Isasha - To Di World!



Isasha is arguably the biggest reggae name to ever come out of Trinidad. He's certainly the biggest current name from the island. Isasha - mostly seen in concert with his brother, Million Voice - is still an "underground artist," in that he hasn't truly hit the main stage in reggae quite yet. And to be honest, he may never blow. Not due to lack of talent though, but because he keeps the majority of his production and recording local, at Studio 53. By saying so, I don't want to take anything away from Studio 53, because I honestly like 99% of all of their work. And at the end of the day, you gotta give a guy credit for keeping it local. However, because Studio 53's production doesn't get much international airplay, it's almost impossible for Isasha to make it big unless he spreads his talents into different, more mainstream studios around the Caribbean. 

With that said, Isasha is one of my top 4 or 5 favorite artists, of all time. Why you may ask? For starters his lyrics are top-notch. But truly it's his delivery that I love. It's too hard to try and explain what I mean by this, so to help exemplify what I mean, go to approx. 45 seconds of the dubplate session below. I think this should help:
  


Isasha stays true to a pretty traditional style of reggae, with a real "islandy" feel to his music, which is another reason why I respect him so much as a reggae artist. If you've followed me and the Reggae Feva collection over the past nine years or so, you know that I try and include Isasha in all of my mixes - usually multiple times in each mixtape. Like I said before, he's one of my all time favorite artists, and I'm really pullin' for him to make it big in the reggae scene. With his talent and the "uniqueness" about his style, he deserves to be an international star, not just a Caribbean star.  

To give you a taste of the man and his works, I've put a few of my favorite Isasha songs at the top of this post, starting off with his most famous song, "Don't You Know." Below you can check out a 10 minute interview with Isasha and Million Voice on some Caribbean talk show. The duo finishes with a mini concert at the end. If you notice, there's not a single male in the crowd. Dude must be killin' it in Trinidad...

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Save Foundation Reggae Petition



Mr. Vegas (pictured above) is not a name I would use synonymously with "reggae." However, as of recent, Mr. Vegas has been in the reggae media pleading to the DJ massive to "save foundation reggae." The dancehall artist claims that reggae music is dying, and is being replaced by "Hip Hop sounding beats." Wow. I couldn't agree more. But, I'm surprised to hear such a claim coming from someone who is such a proficient dancehall artist.

Vegas has started a petition for all to sign, hoping that his action will spark some sort of change. "Our youths are not exposed to the work that our icons did to set the foundation," claims Vegas. "Artists like Dennis Brown, Alton Ellis, Culture, Denroy Wilson, Cynthia Schloss, Hortense Ellis and Gregory Isaacs are no longer here to showcase their work, so we must play our part in keeping their legacy alive." The petition urges reggae and dancehall DJs and selectors all around the world to play at least 10 minutes of foundation reggae in their programs in an effort to preserve reggae music.

While I think it's a rather half-baked effort to make a difference in the slow death of culture, roots reggae, I give all the credit where it is due to Mr. Vegas for at least making some noise about the obvious over-take of hip-hop riddims today. I urge you guys to do your part and sign the petition to save foundation reggae here.

And in an effort to play our part, here's at least ten minutes of "foundational reggae" below. Seen?!



Tuesday, December 6, 2011

SOJA: "Strength To Survive" Due Out January 31st

Washington DC's, SOJA (Soldiers of Jah Army), one of America's biggest reggae bands, is scheduled to release their 4th full-length album on January 31st. The album will drop either under ATO Records or Dave Mathews' Label - an astounding accomplishment for a national reggae act. 

SOJAs success in recent years has not only helped trail blaze the way for other American reggae bands, but has also helped bring the international spotlight to the American reggae scene. The band is currently playing in various locations in South and Central America, but will be kicking off the "Strength to Survive" tour on January 21st in Honolulu, Hawaii. You can check here for a full list of tour dates in a city near you. 

After listening to the pre-released tracks from the new album, it sounds like it's going to be another masterpiece, again changing the face of contemporary reggae music.

A Dash of Dancehall


What a big tune from Jah Vinci! We hear him do a lot of unique things with his voice, but the chorus on this track is a bit different. I like it.

"Money what the yutes dem want. Tired of di struggle and hungry days bout ya!"

Monday, December 5, 2011

Reggae Feva Strikes United Reggae, Again!

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The eighth and latest addition to the Reggae Feva collection - mixed and presented by yours truly, Jah Love - is up for the world's listening pleasure! Show some support and spread the word!


Big thanks to the fine people at United Reggae. Merci!





Wednesday, November 30, 2011

I-Wayne: Reggae's J. Cole?


In mid-October, I-Wayne - born in Portsmore, JA, as Cliffroy Taylor - released his third album, "Life Teachings."Arguably, I-Wayne is most known for his unique voice and superb lyrics. If you ask me, he's also known for being the most allusive big name in reggae music, seldom found on any riddims and releasing a new album every four or five years (Sizzla, on the other hand, releases a new album every four or five days). With that said, when he does release an album or hop on a new riddim, he kills it. Truthfully, I-Wayne represents a lot of what reggae music is missing these days: lyrical skill and a coherent message that is meaningful and relatable.

Above is a 25 minute mini-doc about I-Wayne, promoting his latest album, "Life Teachings." Depending on how fluent you are in Patois, this one is hard to understand at times. However, you don't need to understand every word that is spoken to take away the overall message behind the piece. 

I don't want to be misunderstood here. I'm not being so bold as to say I-Wayne is up to par with J. Cole, but I do believe there are many similar characteristics between both artists that are reinforced by many testimonies in the documentary above. Assassin praises Wayne as a true artist in the way that he can uniquely rhyme four or five syllables and at the same time preach a coherent, cohesive message that the massive can relate to. This is something that first attracted me to J. Cole in hip-hop, the unique way can make a verse rhyme fluently while still telling a story that relates to myself and to my demographic. Cole and Wayne are also similar in the way they talk about "real" things. They talk about life, about their lives - certain trials and tribulations that they actually have gone through, and that some of their audiences have gone through. They don't talk about how much money they have, how nice their cars are that they drive, or how good-looking the women they have are. These are qualities that are becoming more difficult to find in both hip-hop and reggae today.
The artist and their livity, in this time, often become schizophrenic. The artist will say one thing, but his livity, the way he actual acts, is the next thing [he doesn't practice what he preaches, in other words]. In I-Wayne, we see, conversely, it is his livity that propels his music... it is really hard to find a reggae artist that is philosophical, and yet, is living that philosophy in the truest sense of the word (Mutabaruka).
I-Wayne has the potential to be the future of reggae music. It's really up to him, though. He needs to be more proactive about getting out new, diverse music. Right now, he's rarely in the studio, and when he is, a lot of his production sounds too alike. All musical greats exert diversity, and that is definitely something I-Wayne is lacking. I'm interested to see if this new album has inspired him in any way to step it up into a higher gear and get busy in the studio with new, different sounds. In the words of Bob Marley, though, "only time will tell."



"The beautiful thing about his lyrics that I particularly like is the anticipation, the suspense - not quite knowing what he's going to say, but you know he's sure going to say something deep and profound."
-Elise Kelly

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

"Wheel It!" (Back To '08/'09)

How this one slipped past us, I don't know. We here at Rudeboy have been huge supporters and followers of Itation Sound/Itation Records for many years now. The group is comprised of a number of members from across the nation, but originated in our hometown of Burlington, VT as a sound system. Fast forward to the present day, and Itation Sound is now better known as Itation Records, and has worked with countless renown reggae artists to produce five hit riddims and one full-length album. My personal favorite of these projects - the label's debut riddim - is The Higher Meditation Riddim, released in 2007.

What I never knew, however, until just now, is that in 2008/2009, Missy Elliot and Jazmine Sullivan collaborated with Itation Records to sample the Higher Meditation riddim on the duo's single, "Need U Bad." With this hit single, Sullivan was nominated for the Best Female R&B Vocal Performance at the '09 Grammy's, and received an ASCAP award.

The song itself is impressive. Jazmine Sullivan absolutely kills the track with her vocals, which play well with the heavy bass line and dubby-style drum beat. Big tune if I do say so myself! Look for the sampling of the Higher Mediation Riddim around min. 2:35. And for those who can't recall what the riddim sounds like, pre the riddim mix below.

New Tarrus Riley Video!



Depending on how much you follow Rudeboy Reggae, you may have realized that Tarrus Riley is easily one of our favorite artists on the scene.  So anytime he drops a new music video - especially directed by the highly respected, Storm - it's going to be posted.  The tune is "Come Ova" on the Sex On Di Beach Riddim, and unlike most reggae videos, this one really impressed me.  Blending in some Tarrus acappella, and featuring artists such as Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley and Dean Fraser, it has a real professional feel.  Check it out!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Is Turbulence Back?


Turbulence gives us some nice vocals over a gritty production by Angry Stuff Records entitled the "Buss no gun" rhythm. I'd never heard of this label, but apparently they're a small group stationed in Paris, France with a handful of European artists on their roster. With the current reggae scene being dominated by Dancehall, hopefully more long-standing artists like Turbulence, Anthony B, and Sizzla can link up with European production to keep roots reggae moving forward.

In the past five years or so Turbulence hasn't really given fans anything to sink their teeth into. However, with his track on the "Think Twice" rhythm and this latest release, it begs the question if he is back for good.

-Etac


Saturday, November 26, 2011

The Daylight Riddim

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Introducing, The Daylight Riddim - another November release from NOTICE Productions. This one's a nice, low-key riddim. It reminds me a bit of the Automatic Riddim from 2009; both have similar vibes. I'm going to have to take Jemere Morgan (yes, of the Morgan Family) as the best on this riddim - the second artist on the mix above - with his track, "Sunshine Glow."

Ras Penco - "Do U Right"
Jemere Morgan - "Sunshine Glow"
Gappy Ranks - "Daylight"
Gyptian - "Through My Window"
Daylight Riddim Version

BOOM TUNE OF THE WEEK

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Bob Marley in the Studio

What great footage this is of Bob Marley in his infamous, "Tuff Gong Studios." This 4.5 minute clip highlights some of the Wailers working on a few of their classics, such as, "Zion Train," "Could You Be Loved," and "So Much Trouble." The actual quality of the video is nothing to brag about, but it's always exciting to see a musical legend like Bob in this light - hard at work, in the purest, most natural, creative environment that is the studio.


Tuesday, November 22, 2011

R&B Artists and Reggae

Ever since I started listening to reggae, I've always wondered what some of the popular R&B artists would sound like on an old-school roots rhythm, a guitar-laced Don Corleone production, or even a hard-hitting Dancehall beat. The likes of John Legend and Estelle have released a handful of reggae tracks which managed to catch the attention of many dedicated R&B fans. Legend's collaboration with Buju Banton on "Can't Be My Lover" is a party anthem, while his duet with Estelle entitled "No Other Love" is a great way to set the mood with a special lady friend.

This summer, I came across these two tracks during a long road trip listening to XM Radio. Anthony Hamilton keeps with the theme of love on his uplifting track, "Everybody." Next, John Legend teams up with Philadelphia's own The Roots to cover the Royal Rasses' song "Humanity." The YouTube description of this track sums it up best by saying:

"Fantastic to see R&B artists like John Legend and Anthony Hamilton incorporating reggae music into theirs."

Can you imagine Tarrus Riley collaborating with John Legend? I think R&B and Reggae fans will both agree that more fusion between the two genres will only have positive results for music as a whole.

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Rebelution Releases Free Tracks Off Of Upcoming Album, "Peace of Mind"


California's reggae powerhouse, Rebelution, has released four free tracks on their website to help promote their upcoming triple album that includes dub and acoustic versions of their music. The album, "Peace of Mind," is set to release January 10th, followed by their US tour - January through March. The tour spans from East to West coast, hitting many cities of the reggae massive, but also visits a few of the lesser known states of the genres followers, like Minnesota, Iowa, and Kentucky. They will be accompanied in the East by PEPLove & The Grouch, and PepLove and The Green in the West.

The new tracks have definitely not strayed from Rebelution's distinct sound. I really enjoyed the tracks with guest artists. Hip-Hop infused, "Closer I Get," featuring John Popper of Rock Band "Blues Traveler," "Meant to Be" with Jacob Hemphill of SOJA, and I especially liked "Good Vibes" featuring Jamaican artist, Lutan Fyah. I love the concept of releasing a triple album to help diversify the sound and emit the acoustic and dub vibes on top of the normal music.

Check their website at Rebelutionmusic.com to download the tracks and see the upcoming tour dates in a city near you!


Monday, November 21, 2011

"It Is What It Is"- Irie Love ft. Fiji



Here's a new single from up-and-coming Hawaiian female singer, Irie Love, featuring Fiji: "It Is What It Is" I really dig the music on this track. Irie Love's voice mixed with Fiji's soulful presence make this duet a keeper. Check it!



Sunday, November 20, 2011

The Heart & Soul Riddim



OK, Chuck Fenda. Where have you been since the Hard Times Riddim? It's definitely been a minute since we've heard anything worthy from this guy, but his track on the new Heart & Soul Riddim is what we've been waiting a long time for from the elusive Brooklyn-native.

The Heart & Soul Riddim, produced by NotNice Records, is a pretty middle-of-the-line culture riddim - not bad by any means, but nothing that stands out in my eyes as exceptional. At least that's my initial take on it. Something tells me though, this is one of those riddims that grows on you with every listen, and I'll probably retract that statement down the road a ways. I think the riddim could absolutely shine if we saw some bigger names on the production. Aside from the three tracks from Chuck Fenda, Busy Signal and Jah Cure, the riddim has no quality artist support. The rest of the tracks are fairly weak, and is thus why they weren't included on the riddim mix above.

East Park Reggae Collective



In light of the recent post about "non-Jamaican reggae," I'm stoked to introduce East Park Reggae Collective, all the way from Leeds, England.  The nine-piece band just dropped their second full length album, Three Stripe Science on iTunes.  The band has a unique sound that is arguably completely new to Reggae.  The fact that the lead vocals come from a British woman is groundbreaking enough, as she provides a soulful, old-fashioned sound unlike any other you will hear in the genre.  Of course vocals aren't all it takes, and the band is getting quite the reputation for putting on an awesome live show.  From the sound of their recorded tracks and the fact that they have a four-piece horn section, I can't imagine a reason why they wouldn't be a good time.  Check out the leading track from their album, "Love Radar".

Saturday, November 19, 2011

New Dancehall Track For Tarrus



You gotta love when Tarrus Riley tries his hand at a dancehall riddim. We've come to know and love Tarrus for his unique voice and  his ability to use his pipes in ways most of us can only dream of being able to do. Every now and then he'll hop on a dancehall track and vocally dominate it, the same we see him do on the more rootsy reggae tracks he's more accustomed to.

This is Tarrus' single - "Don't Fight Me Down" - off of Chimney Records' newest dancehall release, The Intensity Riddim.

Friday, November 18, 2011

BOOM TUNE OF THE WEEK



Everyone knows Collie Buddz's hit single, "Come Around," which single-handedly put him on the reggae map. However, many have never heard Alborosie's take on the same riddim. In my opinion, it's just as good, if not better.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Hawaiian Band "Hot Rain" Drops Self Titled Debut Album!


Hawaii's music scene has given rise to yet another top caliber Reggae band with its newest phenom, a band hailing the name "Hot Rain." The band's members have been playing music with each other since high school, offering some deep rooted musical chemistry, and despite running on some serious Hawaiian time, have finally released there self-titled debut album. The delay coming from extended time as a backing band for artists like J-Boog, Tanya Stephens, Cas Haley, Don Carlos, and several others. I guess thats acceptable...


Hot Rain has produced a sound that has once again raised the bar for Hawaiian Reggae. Smooth vocals, heavy jazz influences, Polynesian swag, and a dash of comedy is what makes Hot Rain's music irresistible. From start to finish, it's a stylish compilation of music. Check the album on iTunes and look for them to be heading on a national tour sometime hopefully in the not-so-distant future. Even in Hawaii the sun isn't always shining, so until then enjoy the rain!

Take A Breathe

So Pure

Romain Virgo and Don Corleone Team Up


Famed producer Don Corleone out of Manchester, Jamaica has linked up with my favorite artist, Romain Virgo, with his release of the "Antique Riddim." On paper, this rhythm is loaded with star power including Tarrus Riley, Proteje, and Kymani Marley. However, many of these superstars don't seem to bring the same energy and unique hooks they've been known for. Below is the link for Romain's track "Never go under," where he spreads a strong message regarding the power of love in hard times. It's great to finally see one of the next big names in reggae and a legendary producer team up for a BIG TUNE! 

PlayNever Go Under (Antique Riddim) | Romain Virgo


UPDATE:  I just couldn't leave this post alone without giving props to Ky-Mani Marley, and his version of the riddim, "Be Smart."  Ky-Mani has been impressing me with many of his releases these days.  His voice seems to consistently stand out on riddims, and his take on the Antique Rididm exemplifies that.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Ginjah - "Souljah"




For some reason, I love this guy. I don't get why though. He only has maybe two or three good songs that I've ever heard, and the rest are almost un-listenable for me. But at the end of the day, I'm always rooting for him, and every time I see a new single out by him, I can't wait to hear it in the hopes that he'll surprise me with a hit.

This new single from him, "Souljah," isn't quite a "hit" in my opinion, BUT I do like it nonetheless. It's very different from anything we've heard from Ginjah in the past, but it works for him on this one. Check it out.

Love & Affection Video


Check out the new music video for one of The Green's singles, "Love & Affection," off of their newest album, Ways & Means, which remains steady killin' it at the top of the Billboard Reggae Charts. Pretty cool, entertaining idea for a video huh?


For all you Green fans in the greater Boston area, these guys will be in town this Saturday, November 19th, at The Middle East, 'longside Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad and special guest, Cas Haley. This is definitely gonna be a show you don't wanna miss!

GET TICKETS HERE

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Also, check out The Green's website - they've got us quoted on there from a post we did a while back about Ways & Means!



Tuesday, November 15, 2011

New Mix From Nickel B


Nickel B is finally back on the reggae scene, introducing the 35th edition of his self-titled collection - this one subtitled, "Boom Skeng." This mix incorporates a selection of both Culture and Dancehall tunes that span from 2010 to 2011. The one thing you can always expect from Nickel B is a solid collection of current music and quality mixing, and this mix is no exception.

It's been a long time coming since we've seen this guy get busy with some reggae, as he's been consumed recently with his Dubstep endeavors. However, I'm hoping this new release is a sign of more mixes to come down the road.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

NPR Article: "Non-Jamaican Reggae"

NPR posted an interesting article about non-Jamaican reggae. The article explores the phenomena of reggae today being an international sound, with many artists coming from outside of the genre's birthplace. The big question of the article asks, "should we respect these non-Jamaican acts?" Silly question if you ask me. Should we not respect The Beatles because Rock 'n Roll was born in America? From Gentleman to Katchafire, Groundation to Midnite, Steel Pulse to Dry & Heavy, Reggae has firmly established itself outside of Jamaica. If anything, this should be an indication of the powerful allure behind the musical force known as Reggae, and ultimately give more credit to that small island in the middle of the Caribbean for being the birthplace of it all.

The truth is that Reggae today is listened to and played by people from all different cultures around the world and has been infused with different musical genres throughout the spectrum. Reggae in the new millennium can really only be attributed as the underlying style amongst the vast array of music that defines the genre. Even Bob's very own son - Damian - has been on the forefront of breaking through Reggae's boundaries with hybrid projects like Distant Relatives and Superheavy.

As Reggae moves into the 21st century and its torch is passed to the next generation, we realize that it no longer represents one color or culture of people. A concept that Reggae's founding fathers like Marley, Tosh, and Cliff had envisioned from the very beginning... A music that brings unification. So here it is. Reggae being embraced from Japan to Jamaica, Canada to Brazil, by Rich, Poor, Young, Old, Liberals, Conservatives, Gays, Straights, Rastas, Jews, Christians ... The roots will always be in Jamaica, but the tree continues to grow!


"I love the development of our music; that's what I really dig about the whole thing. How we've tried to develop, y'know? It grows. That's why every day people come forward with new songs. Music goes on forever."
~ Nesta Marley

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Daily Dose of Dub


It's not often we post Dub tracks on Rudeboy, but today, I'm in the dubby mood. These two tracks were both produced sometime in 2011, but reflect a classic rootsy/dub style that brings you right back to the early days of reggae music. Enjoy.
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NOTE: Ignore the creepy intro on "Zion Train." Once you get past that, it's a great tune!



Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Tarrus Riley Interview

"Its all about waking up and hearing the roosters...and not eating them..."
-Tarrus jokes about waking up at his home in St. Thomas



Mid-October, Tarrus Riley (and his sidekick, the saxophone genius and debonair, Dean Frazer) met up with David Rodigan on the Kiss100 Reggae Show from the UK. Above, the trio discusses Tarrus' background - both personal and professional, his music, his beliefs, his family and friends, etc. All the bases are covered in this hour long session. The dialogue is intertwined with a number of Tarrus' hit singles over the past 5-6 years. You should recognize most. This one is definitely for the reggae heads - those like myself who are really passionate about reggae music, specifically Tarrus Riley and his music.

Shout out to Bennie B who was gracious enough to post this link and share the vibes first. Give thanks!

Friday, November 4, 2011

BOOM TUNE OF THE WEEK



An old classic for your listening pleasure as we enter the weekend. Enjoy!

"Coming In Hot!"



This song's been around for a while, and I've been trying to get my hands on it for some time now. I first heard this  tune - "Hot" by Fantan Mojah -  on DJ Big Dog's "We Love Radio" show on Burlington's independent radio station, WRUV 90.1FM . It's got undeniable energy - something you can always expect from Fantan Mojah. It screams "Boom Tune of the Week," and was going to be, until I stumbled across an old classic last night that I couldn't deny the Boom Tune title this week (coming later today). I needed to post this one as well though, this tune is too wicked not to...

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Big thanks to Big Dog for helping me get a hold of this track. You can follow him via SoundSurvivor.com, and through his radio show every Saturday night from 10pm - 12am (est) at wruv.org. And of course, you can always find him at the controls every Sunday night at Necatars' Reggae Night in Burlington, VT.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

The Green Drops 2nd Album: "Ways & Means"



One year later, “iTunes Best Reggae Album of 2010” winner, The Green, has just dropped their second full-length album, “Ways and Means,” to defend their belt in 2011. One listen through and you can tell that "sophomore slump" isn’t even in The Green's vocabulary. The album came out swinging and it's no fluke that the first week of its release has been busy occupying the #1 spot on the iTunes reggae chart.

From the roots jams “Love is Strong” and “Transparent People” to the more progressive tracks like “Keep On” and “Love & Affection,” to the smooth love songs such as “Decisions” and “Come In,” all the way to the Ska sounding jams like “Ways & Means” then back to the lovers rock style of “She Was The Best” and the captivating pieces of “Jah Love” and “That’s the Way”, you’d be hard pressed to find any band in any genre that emits as much diversity under one album. "Ways & Means" not only showcases the style and power that they have come to infuse in their music, but also the tremendous growth of the band's sound since its debut. Another fresh addition to the album is the tempo changes in songs like "Decisions" and "Gotta Be" helping keep the music alive and away from the repetitiveness that Reggae is often cited for. As far as the listeners' comments, there has been so much variation on the top tracks that it seems like the only consensus is that the album is nothing short of exceptional!

My only critique is I would have liked to see a few more guest appearances from other artists. Regardless, "Ways & Means" is a monumental transition for The Green into the next level of musicianship that can’t help make you wonder where this band is destined for. But talk is cheap, so get the album on iTunes or Amazon and listen for yourself!

No Doubt Riddim



After its highly anticipated release, the No Doubt Riddim is finally here! Now available for full download on iTunes! We posted about this one a few weeks back before it officially made it onto the market, and I'm finally just now getting my hands on it.

I love this riddim. It's just another testimony as to why France makes the best reggae music today. Hands down. Nothing competes with French production these days. Don Corleon (Jamaica) obviously is up there, but all his culture hits sound too similar after a while. And Itation Records (USA) has traditionally had consistent, quality culture rhythms, but much of the musical genious behind those hits is due to the French production groups that they collaborate with on those projects.

Anyways, super excited to finally have this riddim in my pocket. Big ups to Dub Inc who was the mastermind behind this one; you can link them here to hear more from 'em.

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My pick off this riddim is Busy Signal with "Worldwide Love." Pressure and Capleton's singles both bring the high heat as well though...


PlayNo Doubt Riddim Mix | Jah-Love


Busy Signal - "Worldwide Love"
Pressure - "Put Down Your Gun"
Capleton & Bakey Clifton - "A So We Stay"
Tarrus Riley - "No Doubt"
Dub Inc - No Doubt Riddim Version

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Protoje Freestyle

Check out this video from a few years back - it's Protoje, pre-dreads, throwing down a mean freestyle on some hip-hop beat, which I'm assuming from all the equipment set up around him, he produced? Not sure though. Either way check it out. This dude's got talent for sure. He's Don Corleon's cousin, so you know he's set with tight production, and he's got lyrical skill for days and a smooth flow to add on top of it all. He's just beginning to blow in the mainstream reggae scene, so I'm definitely excited to see more from him in the future.


Follow him online at Protoje.com

Friday, October 28, 2011

BOOM TUNE OF THE WEEK



PlayJah Rule The World | Cali P

This one's been around for a minute - circa 2008 I believe. Real good tune though. Enjoy it, and enjoy the weekend!

New Romain

Brand new video from Romain Virgo - a two part mix of his single, "System." This first part is a slow acoustic version, and the latter is a more upbeat, poppy version. Both are good, though I think I like the slow acoustic ballad better. Judge for yourself.

I don't wanna over look the lyrics of this one either. Super conscious - seems to resonate with many of us in today's tough economic times...

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The Bomboflow Riddiim


Released this past August, and just now starting to get a lot of recognition and appreciation around the reggae community is the Bomboflow Riddim, produced by Vermont's own, Upsetta Records. And the praise given is rightfully owed! This riddim is one of the best that I've heard in a long time. In my opinion, with it's uplifting, worldly, culture vibe, this riddim stands as a quintessential model for what reggae music today should sound like. I'm proud to say this one comes from my home town of Burlington, VT. Big ups to Upsetta Records!

Keep a look out for Collie Buddz on this one...


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Even though Fall has clearly nestled in to stay a while, and the days continue to get darker earlier and colder fast, I guarantee this warm, Summer-time jam will have you runnin' it back, over and over. Because with this riddim, Summer nah done yet!


Zumunda - "Change Gonna Come"
Kali Blaxx - "Farmer Man"
Collie Buddz - "Too Watchy"

New Single Feat. Peetah & Gramps

"Guarantee"


Thursday, October 13, 2011

Stringz Riddim


A very smooth, upbeat strings riddim: The Stringz Riddim (appropriately named) has such potential, but unfortunately brings very little to the table due to a serious lack of good artists to back up such a quality-sounding rhythm. These three tracks on the mix below are by far the best tracks off of this release, which features some 15-20 mostly unknown artists. This sort of thing happens every now and then and it's too bad. Sometimes really good riddims slip by unnoticed because of a lack of big names to fulfill the work's potential.


Chezidek - "Still Want More"
Jus Goodie - "Crazy Love"
Capleton & Black Prophet - "You Get What You Want"
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