Friday, June 24, 2011

Rudeboy Reggae's Debut Riddim!

Rudeboy Reggae, in collaboration with Mike Irish Productions presents "The Brighter Days Riddim." Big Ups to Mike Irish for his huge influence and assistance in making this production possible! Please, let us know what you think in the comment form below. Any and all feedback is welcome!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

More From Protoje

Protoje continues his hot streak - with help from his cousin, Don Corleon - with his latest single, "Our Time Now." This track features Don Corleon on the production, but I believe he also sings the hook as well (obviously excluding the classic sample that's used --  does anyone recognize who this sample is by the way? I can't put a name to it.)

This track brings a lot of energy - something that we've come to expect from Protoje over the past half year or so since his introduction to the reggae scene. If you dig back into the Rudeboy vaults four or five months, you can download his entire debut album, Seven Year Itch. There are some great collaborations on there, and obviously plenty of top-notch production from Don Corleon.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Jah Army Riddim: A Big Let Down

After the huge success of Stephen and Damian Marley's single, "Jah Army," I could only image the greatness that would follow when other artists hopped on the riddim. To my great surprise, however, the riddim set - even with the likes of Tarrus Riley, Jah Cure, Pressure, and Gappy Ranks - is a huge let down. Tarrus and Jah Cure are the only ones who really do anything on this one for me, but even with that said, their individual tracks are just OK. Perhaps the hype and expectations that were built from the Marley's original track was too much?

Here's the riddim mix from YouTube. I didn't like this one enough to take the time to mix it together myself.

Monday, June 20, 2011

J Boog Drops His New EP

Of Samoan decent, born in Compton, and adopted by Hawaii, J Boog has been one of the best reggae artists on the scene since his debut album "Hear Me Roar" in 2007. Unlike his first album, which was produced in Hawaii with the help of popular Hawaiian reggae artist FIJI, his new EP was recorded in Jamaica in world renowned studios such as Bob Marley's "Tuff Gong" Studio and Don Corleone's "Hit Maker"

The EP - a sample of his album "Back Yard Boogie," set to drop in 2011 - has collaborations with Jamaican Artists Morgan Heritage, Tarrus Riley, and Richie Spice and even has Snoop Dogg scheduled to make an appearance. J Boog has set the bar for what I like to call "smooth reggae" with some of his original tracks like "Love Season" and "Aye Ok," and while this album seems to have shifted more toward a Jamaican style with songs like "Got To Be Strong" and "Coldest Zone", he still is stickin to his roots as seen in my favorite track off the EP "Every Little Thing". Boog considers his music a collaboration of Reggae, Hip Hop, and R&B and is best known for his captivating voice and stories of the heart. Check this video of one of his most popular hits off the album "Lets Do It Again" shot on Oahu with many scenes coming from my hometown beach "Sandy's".

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Don Corleon: Dub in HD

Arguably the top producer out right now is Jamaica’s Don Corleon, who has proven himself over and over again with premier riddims such as the Drop Leaf Riddim, Major & Minor Riddim, and the Seasons Riddim. He is set to drop his most recent project, Dub in HD, on June 21. And I can’t wait! To hear one of the best producers step into the dub genre has the potential to be epic. Check out the video of him mixing Proteje’s track, "Dread". Look out for some tracks to be on Rudeboy Reggae as soon as the album drops.

BONUS: After listening to the album for a little while now, I think I came up with my three favorites. The first one that caught my attention was the remix of the Tarrus Riley track, "Wildfire" on the Major Riddim. The second was a mashup of one of my favorite Protoje tunes, "Wrong Side of the Law." And the third was a classic - Jah Cure's track, "Far Away" on the Istanbul Riddim. Check em out and see if you agree. Also, definitely check out the full album, cause all the tracks are real tight in their own way.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Protoje ft. Ky-Mani Marley: Rasta Love

This isn't a new song by any means, but I just saw the video and it gave me a whole new appreciation for the track. Ky-mani's voice is perfect on the chorus, and Proteje's lyrics tell a powerful story that I haven't heard any other songs touch on. The more I listen to Proteje's album, 7 Year Itch, the more I'm really starting to like this guy.

Friday, June 3, 2011

City Streetz Riddim

Dynasty Records presents their first summer time release - The City Streetz Riddim. It's a bit of a different sound from Dynasty, who's usually they're more towards a dancehall/hip-hop'ish vibe, but this rootsy, feel good rhythm is one of this summer's best thus far. There's no real standout single on this release for me, but I will say it's good to see the likes of Gappy Ranks and Warrior King on this drop.

Sizzla - "Nah Go Work"
Gappy Ranks - "Life Goes On"
Warrior King - "All My Days"
Delly Ranx - "Work Hard"
Teflon - "On My Way"
Lutan Fyah - "Hush"
City Streetz Riddim (Version)

Stephen Marley: "Jah Army" ft. Jr. Gong & Biggie Smalls

I just stumbled on the new video of Stephen Marley's "Jah Army" featuring Jr. Gong and Biggie Smalls. It's a really tight mashup that should be blowing up soon. And the video compliments the tune really well with some footage of the Marley brothers recording along with some old footage of Biggie. Ever since the release of Distant Relatives, the fusion of hip-hop and reggae has been solidified, and this song is a nice addition to the genre. I've heard some really big things about future linkups between hip-hop and reggae artists, so we'll just have to wait and see what happens. For now, check out the video..