Friday, December 30, 2011


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


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.


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!


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!


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!


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!