Saturday, December 29, 2012

J Boog Takes Home Big Honors

Flaming hot J Boog took home the honor of Best New Entertainer at the 2012 International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) on Thursday night - a huge accomplishment for the Hawaiian/Californian reggae artist of Wash House Music. By this point we all know Boog. For many, it's due to the popularity of his smash hit, "Let's Do It Again," but there's so much more to this guy that everyone should be exposed to. Above are some of our favorite tracks from J Boog over the years - enjoy!

Big up to Boog and to the whole Wash House crew on this great accomplishment!

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Friday, December 28, 2012

DJ Big Dog: Save The Music

This year, Burlington, Vermont's uber-popular Reggae Night, Mi Yard, is celebrating its 6th anniversary in a big way - in a rub-a-dub stylee on New Year's Eve at Club Metronome. And in preparation for the big night, resident selector, DJ Big Dog, has put together this smooth culture mix to help spread some excitement leading up to the big night. "Save The Music" is a nice collection of some of 2012's best releases, with a blend of upbeat and slow tempo'ed culture tunes, and lots of heavy bass to get the dance started. Technically, the mix is solid and seemless, and makes for easy listening and good cruisin' music. Big Dog does a nice job on this one - two thumbs up for sure!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Pacific Pulse: Mike Love - The Change I'm Seeking

****Purchase on ITUNES or AMAZON****

It is an absolute pleasure to share the music of Mike Love, one of the hidden gems of the Hawaiian reggae scene, who is also known for his roles with the prominent Hawaiian roots bands Dubkonscious and Father Psalms. After watching his live sets over the past 6 years, which are an unparalleled musical experience, I am stoked to finally hear recorded music from one of the most talented musicians in the region on his debut album The Change I'm Seeking. While reggae is certainly the foundation of his sound, the album draws influences from a diverse range of sources, all of which are harmoniously blended together alongside his powerful lyrics to bring music that could only be his own. Check out my favorite tracks off the album and if your ever in Hawaii I highly recommend catching a live performance from him (dates found at, although I like the ring of a Mike Love 2013 World Tour! 

Thursday, December 20, 2012

The Angel Wings Riddim

This rhythm selection was quite a surprise. It came through my inbox from Sam Diggy Music a few weeks back, and I didn't get around to listening through it until now. The Angel Wings Riddim is a nice, slow, lovers' rhythm with some big vocals from Natural Black, Ginjah, and Jerry Star (who comes in hot and heavy in the second position on the mix above) that mesh well with the simplicity of this riddim. Pressure and Junior Kelly also voice on this riddim, though I wasn't overly impressed with their tracks, so I didn't include them above.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Cris Cab ft. The Green - Fire

New track "The Fire" hot off the press from Cris Cab ft. The Green! Sick new single. Couldn't be more stoked to see these artists linking up to produce some music. Do I hear a new radio hit? 

Itation Records: The Trippin Riddim

One of my favorite production groups, the US-based Itation Records - an extension of the former Itation Sound from my hometown of Burlington, VT - is back with another rhythm selection. The production label recently released it's seventh (I believe) riddim, The Trippin Riddim, featuring the talents of legendary Dean Fraser on saxophone. In terms of sound and production quality, the riddim is fantastic - I'd say it's right up there with this year's best. However, the lyrical talent on here does the riddim no justice. Even some bigger names like Luciano, Turbulence, Sizzla and Fantan Mojah didn't show up on this one. I think Kali Blaxx does his thing on here - an artist who has consistantly performed well on Itation's riddims. And Delly Ranx did a nice job as well - a guy who has been a pivotal player for Itation throughout the label's young career.

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Major Lazer - Jah No Partial Music Video

Major Lazer just dropped the music video for "Jah No Partial" and it's certainly an entertaining three minutes.  I liked how he shouted out Johnny Osbourne in the beginning because I'm sure not a lot of people knew who that voice was.  And that concert looks unreal!  I'm also really loving the fact that Major Lazer is into Reggae, because he's got the huge platform to spread some of these lesser known artists — ie. Busy Signal, Chronnix, Jah Dan and Gyptian — and the outcome is always dope.

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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Queen of Queens Riddim

US record label, Larger Than Life, who was founded by a few members originally of Itation Records, has just released their sophomore rhythm selection, The Queen of Queen Riddim. A very rootsy, upbeat riddim with nice vibes this one is - overall much better quality than the group's first release, the Larger Than Lifetime Riddim. Gappy Ranks and Bobby Hustle have stand out tracks on here, though I gotta give it up to Chronixx, once again, with his single, "See Her Face." The man just can't be stopped right now!

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Friday, December 14, 2012


 The High Grade Selection Riddim is an old classic coming from Green Lion Crew.  Featuring Spectacular, Lutan Fyah, Jah Mason, and others - you really can't go wrong putting this on for a crowd.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Update: Cris Cab

Speaking of Major Lazer check out this cover of "Get Free" by Cris Cab. Also figured id post some other media of what the 19yr old has been up to as of recent including a highlight of his Rise Tour and a remake of his hit track "Good Girls."  Working with some big artists and making a name for himself on the scene! Definitely hear his sound moving toward the mainstream feel but gotta let the kid go.. as Major Lazer says.. Get Free! 

Jr.Blender & Major Lazer Meet Bruno Mars

Cant get enough of these mixes. Check out the newest release of Bruno Mars hit track "Locked Out Of Heaven" remixed by the masters Jr. Blender and Major Lazer that featured on Bruno Mars recent album Unorthodox Jukebox. Stoked to see pop artists throwing on a reggae track to their albums! And who said reggae wasn't blowin up?

P.S. Check Bruno's original reggae track "Show Me" also included on the album!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Snoop Lion, "Lighters Up"

Dropping just a week or so after his last reggae single did, Snoop Lion and Major Lazer leak a third single off of the rap-star-turned-reggae-artist's upcoming reggae album. This third single, "Lighters Up," is the first collaboration we've seen from The Lion as Dancehall stars, Movado and Popcaan take their turns on this track. Unlike the first two singles we've heard from Snoop Lion, Lighters Up takes us back to Snoop's roots as it's much more of a hip-hop vibe than it is anything reggae.

So what do you think - which Snoop Lion single is best so far?

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Friday, December 7, 2012

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Mavrick Records: The Karukera Riddim

The Karukera Riddim was released by Mavrick Records a month or so back, featuring the likings of some typically under-appreciated artists such as Lutan Fyah, Spectacular, Turbulence, Hyah Slyce and Gyptian. Unfortunately, many of the artists on here prove just why they're under-appreciated, with the exception of Lutan Fyah and Hyah Slyce who bring some serious passion with their  'Sufferah' style verses. It's a pretty melancholy modern roots riddim, but I could listen to it all day.

Music Video: Protoje, "Kingston Be Wise"

Sick tune and nice video.  Look out for some other artist cameos in there.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

New Jr. Blender Mixes

Mixmaster Jr.Blender has recently remixed two songs from Hawaiian reggae bands. The first track is Jay Keyz "Come And Get Some Loving" for purchase on ITUNES and the other is "Decisions" by The Green which they have offered for free download off SoundCloud. Check the songs for yourself and you can download more of his mixes featuring artists like Bruno Mars & Rihanna on his site

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Josh Heinrichs Covers Adele

Another tune I had been meaning to share for a while now.  When Josh Heinrichs was with Jah Roots he was definitely one of my favorite vocalists around.  For some reason, it seems I've listened to him less with his solo career and have almost been taking his voice for granted.  Well it's good to be reminded of just how good he is — and this cover of Adele's hit, "Set Fire To the Rain", produced by none other than Stick Figure, is perfect.  Enjoy!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Snoop Lion, "Here Comes the King"

As with his first reggae single, "La La La," I'm just not sold on Snoop Lion's second single, "Here Comes the King," off of his upcoming all reggae album. I'll continue to say what I've said all along: I think the production by Major Lazer is super good, but I just can't get with Snoop's voice on this sound.

What do you guys think of Snoop Lion? Let us know in the Comments field below.

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Chimney Records: The Tropical Escape Riddim

From the production masterminds that brought you The Island Vibe and The Chill Spot Riddims, Chimney Records now presents their Tropical Escape Riddim, available for digital download tomorrow, December 4, 2012. The vocal talents on this modern roots reggae production are top-notch, featuring both massive reggae and dancehall artists such as Tarrus Riley, Christopher Martin, Romain Virgo, Queen Ifrica, I-Octane, and so forth.

The riddim is not as high energy as we saw in the aforementioned riddims from Chimney, but honestly, it's just because they're different styles completely. The Tropial Escape Riddim is a bit more light and airy - a bit slower, which makes a great vibe for some of the love ballads we see on here. Overall, solid production from Chimney, with a wicked artists line-up. A must listen, for sure. This one will be all over this winter's DJ mixes, I can already tell.

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Roots Corner: Twinkle Brothers - Enter Zion

The Twinkle Brothers were formed by Norman and Ralston Grant in the early 1960s.  The two brothers later linked up with Eric Barnard, Karl Hyatt, and Albert Green to create one of the longest lasting reggae bands to date (several members of the group still perform together in the UK).  The album Enter Zion was recorded in 1984 on the Twinkle Music record label and contains some of the group's best hidden gems.  With a raw roots style, the Twinkle Brothers truly stand out from the rest of the pack.  The songs “Your Oil Runs Out” and “No Loving Tonight” are perfect examples of why the Twinkle Brothers' music has withstood the test of time.  The group's unique blend of conscious lyrics and heavy drum and bass provides for some pretty catchy tunes.  Check out the rest of the album on itunes.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Busy Signal: Jail Juice

Busy Signal, who recently just returned home to Jamaica from prison, is already back in the studio with manager and producer, Shane Brown. Over the past year or so I've become a huge Busy fan, and I am super excited to see he's already pushing out new music. This song, Jail Juice, is a little more on the dancehall side than what we usually post on Rudeboy, but nonetheless it's still a good example of Busy's vocal and lyrical talents.

Music Video: SOJA - Everything Changes ft. Falcão of O Rappa

Thought I'd share this music video remix of "Everything Changes" off the band's most recent album, Strength To Survive featuring Brazilian artist, Falcão of O Rappa. Some pretty cool shots of SOJA in Brazil where their fan base seems to be growing exponentially. Big ups to South Americans for supporting International Reggae in what looks like some raging shows!

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Sneak Preview: Corner Shop Riddim

21st Hapilos is set to release, what is sure to be one of 2012's biggest and baddest riddims, on December 12th, and I can't wait! Titled, The Corner Shop Riddim, this production features a killer artist line-up, including the likings of Romain Virgo, J Boog, Collie Buddz, Christopher Martin, Jah Vinci and Richie Stephens, to name a few. One thing that I think sets this riddim apart  from others, aside from its superb vocals, is it's high energy. Listen below and see what I mean -- each artist in this mix brings some serious heat!

Keep a look out over the next week or so as this riddim makes its way around - we'll be sure to mix it properly for your listening pleasure, meaning no voice over or obnoxious sound effects.

Cannot wait for this one!


The Corner Shop Riddim is now available for digital download on iTunes & Amazon (follow links above to purchase). Listen below for a mix of some of the best tracks off this rhythm selection:

Necessary Mayhem Collaboration

Necessary Mayhem Records recently released the track "Champion", featuring Million Stylez, Ziggi Recado, Cali P and Mr. Williamz.  A really nice upbeat track, mashing up some of today's top artists, that will definitely get any crowd moving.  It reminds me a lot of Don Corleon's "Rub-A-Dub Soldier", which featured Protoje, Ky-Mani Marley, and Da Professor.  I would love to hear more tunes come out like this with multiple artists one song.

Definitely check out more that Necessary Mayhem and their mastermind Curtis Lynch (Da Grynch) has to offer.  A well established UK record company that continues to produce fire.  Just refer to their most recent "Possessed Riddim".

Monday, November 26, 2012

A Tarrus Riley Afternoon

Sometimes I just need a Tarrus Riley afternoon...  I had heard his most recent release on the Adam & Eve Riddim, "For Me" and I had been meaning to check out a BSMG Mixtape, "Still Outta Da Box", that he threw up on his Facebook a little while back.  The combination of both was a solid session of one of my all-time favorite artists.

These mixtapes made entirely of one Reggae artist have been growing on me recently.  ('Introducing Protoje' by Yaadcore and Randy Valentine's 'Bring Back the Love' first come to mind.)  Tarrus Riley's most recent mixtape is solid as well.  Made up of mostly his newer tracks and some cool mashups I hadn't heard, it is interesting to see his roller-coaster view of relationships and love.  Judging by "For Me" we can only hope that things are on the ups for him.  The two mashups above were my favorites off the mixtape.  First, I've always loved the beat from Miguel & J. Cole's "All I Want is You," and it's awesome to hear Tarrus' voice over it.  Second, Tarrus and Alaine crush it on a cover(ish) of Gotye's, "Somebody That I Used to Know."

For those of you that are still getting familiar with Tarrus Riley, here is another mixtape consisting more of his older classics.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Mainstream Music: Rihanna

Theres no doubt that mainstream music influences contemporary reggae. Just listen to our interview with Katchafire to hear first hand where some of today's biggest reggae groups draw their influences from. On the flip side, its always cool when we see reggae influencing mainstream music. After listening to Rihanna's new album, Unapologetic, I had to share this reggae style track, "No Love Allowed." Also figured I'd throw in my other favorite song off the album since in many ways Rihanna represents the cutting edge of mainstream pop music - sometimes there's nothing better than some killer vocals backed by the piano. Enjoy!  

Wednesday, November 21, 2012


NOTICE - The Digital Love Riddim

The Digital Love Riddim was released a week or two back, and has since been making some waves throughout the Reggae circuit. And there's no doubt, this is definitely a solid Modern Roots riddim from NOTICE Productions - the same group that brought you the Heart & Soul Riddim this summer.

I really dig a few tracks off of this collection - namely Ras Penco's, "Pressure of Life," and Queen Ifrica - who just recently gave birth to her baby daughter - back after maternity leave with, "Tiad A Da Supm Ya." One other note from this riddim: Chronixx, who is one of my favorite up-and-comers today, was less than impressive here, and for that, I left him off of the mix above.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Acoustic Sesh: Cas Haley - Crazy Good Woman just started a new acoustic series and debuted with this track "Crazy Good Woman" by Cas Haley. Cas is a great friend of Rudeboy Reggae and I was fortunate enough to link with him while recently on the road where he showed us some new music he has in the works. Enjoy this solid acoustic track and stay tuned for more music from the man coming soon! 

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Isasha - The Mental Riddim

"On My Mind" is another WICKED tune from one of my all-time favorite artists, Isasha. This track comes off the Mental Riddim, produced by Q-Ban Productions, and was released a few months back.

When I first heard the song, I thought the lyrics sounded familiar - and then I realized, some of the verses in this track are taken directly from another one of Isasha's songs, "Your Lady," (below) off the Green Trees Riddim of 2009 - featured on my annual mix from that time, "Pure Life."

I continue to be impressed with Isasha, and I'm always excited to hear new music from this artist. If you want to catch up on this guy's music, follow the links at the bottom of this post to go back in time and read some of our old reviews/posts of Isasha.


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Saturday, November 17, 2012

Marcia Griffiths & Friends

After almost a half-century career, a member of the legendary I-Threes, and the singer of the all-time highest selling single by a female Reggae artist — the "Queen of Reggae", Marcia Griffiths, needs no introduction.  And after she just released her 15th album, Marcia Griffiths and Friends, I shouldn't need to write a long review to get you to check it out.  Especially for the fact that it is 38 duets pulled from her broad discography, featuring the following artists:  Busy Signal, Buju Banton (5 songs), Gentleman, Peetah Morgan, Duane Stephenson, Beres Hammond (3 songs), Freddy McGregor, Queen Ifrica, Gregory Isaacs, Da'Ville (2 songs), Tanya Stephens, Assassin, Anthony B, and many more.  An unreal (almost overwhelming) lineup of artists!

Check it out on iTunes and Amazon.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Apologizing with Gyptian Usually Works, Right?

Here at Rudeboy Reggae, we wanted to apologize for the lack of activity for the last few weeks.  The three of us have coincidentally all been on trips around the country for different reasons.  And as those are all coming to an end, we are excited to get back to what we love:  discovering, spreading, and promoting Reggae Music!

So, I figured there's no better way to apologize than a slow jam from Gyptian.  And perfectly enough, he dropped an EP a month ago that I had been meaning to feature.  SLR reminds me of the Gyptian that I couldn't stop listening to — after he released I Can Feel Your Pain. The EP is solid from top to bottom, but my favorite is "Wine Slow" cause you can't beat when Gyptian slows it down on a dancehall riddim.  "Overtime" is a classic as well, "One More Time" is a solid rendition on the Live in Love Riddim that I hadn't heard before, and "Number One" has an old school Gyptian sound, covering Gregory Isaacs' classic hit.

No complaints with this EP - short and sweet!  Check it out on Amazon and iTunes.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Ticket Giveaway: Point Panic Music Festival

I would first like to apologize for the lack of posts in the past 2 weeks. Unfortunately our main contributors including myself have all been traveling. I hope our fans will accept our apology with an offering of another ticket giveaway, this time to the Point Panic Music Festival at Kaka'ako Waterfront Amphitheater in Honolulu, Hawaii this Saturday featuring an impressive lineup of Sublime with Rome, Bone Thugs N Harmony, Groundation, and Ooklah The Moc. Send an email letting us know if you think we should keep doing ticket giveaways or never do them again to and you could win a pair of tickets to the epic concert. More music coming soon!

Friday, November 2, 2012


When Love Comes Knocking At Your Door | Queen I-Frica
The Groove On Riddim (2006)

Rudeboy Links With The Green for "Liars & Lovers" Tour

I am super stoked to announce that Rudeboy Reggae is linking up with The Green to assist in documenting the bands West Coast Tour with Natural Vibrations which started Oct. 30th in Pheonix, Arizona! The footage will also be used for a documentary we are embarking on which will be exploring Pacific Island Reggae.  Don't miss out on catching the historic tour for yourself at the dates below! 

We will also be giving away a pair of tickets to the Boulder & Denver shows which The Rudeboy Reggae Show on Radio1190 KVCU Boulder Radio will also be sponsoring (Tune in this Sunday night 9-11 CO time for more ticket giveaways as well!). To win the tickets through, all you have to do is post a video on facebook of your favorite Green song, the show you wanna see them at, & tag Rudeboy Reggae or Rudeboy Hawaii in the post (or email us a picture of the post)! One lucky winner will be chosen at random for each night to win the pair of tickets to the show! And for you facebookless people out there (whom we still love dearly), send an email to letting us know your favorite Green song and the show youd like to catch! 

Nov 02: SAN DIEGO CA @ House Of Blues 
Nov 03: ANAHEIM CA @ House Of Blues 
Nov 04: LAS VEGAS NV @ Hard Rock Cafe 
Nov 06: SALT LAKE CITY UT @ In The Venue 
Nov 07: GRAND JUNCTION CO @ Mesa Theater 
Nov 08: ASPEN CO @ Belly Up Aspen 
Nov 09: DENVER CO @ Cervantes Masterpiece 
Nov 10: BOULDER CO @ Fox Theatre 
Nov 13: SEATTLE WA @ Showbox At The Market 
Nov 14: PORTLAND OR @ Wonder Ballroom 
Nov 15: EUGENE OR @ WOW Hall 
Nov 16: SAN FRANCISCO CA @ Great American Music Hall 
Nov 17: SAN LUIS OBISPO CA @ SLO Brewing Co

Also check out this video from their recent acoustic set at AudioTree in Chicago or watch the full version for yourself at ! Can you hear The Green coming!? 

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Snoop Lion is Officially Embarrassing

Let's be honest for second. Show of hands as to who likes Snoop Lion. No one? Yeah, that's what I figured.  When I first heard his single, "La La La," off his new reggae album, I cringed at the sound of his voice over such a well produced Major Lazer riddim. But, I thought to myself, "maybe this single sucks, but perhaps he'll surprise us all with the remainder of his debut," and decided I'd give him and his album a chance - I wouldn't judge right away. Well, after I saw his music video for La La La, Snoop Lion has officially embarrassed not only myself, but I would assume much of the reggae community as a whole. I can't tell if this video is a joke or not. It looks like something Lee Scratch Perry would do these days (with all due disrespect to the legendary producer) - see Scratch's video for "Pum Pum," equally as weird and embarrassing.

With all that said, I've thrown in the towl on Snoop "Lion."

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Groundation: Fall Tour 2012

Groundation's Fall Tour is now underway! Aside from a brief East Coast stint beginning next week, the majority of shows on this tour will be along the West Coast, and span through mid-November. Be sure to check out a full listing of all the stops along the Building An Ark Tour to make sure you don't miss these guys when they come through your city. I know I speak for the reggae community here when I say we're excited in Boston to welcome Groundation when they play The Paradise Rock Club off Comm. Ave. on November 6th. If you're in the area and haven't seen this group live before, do not miss your chance this time around -- they are a must-see!

"Groundation has one of the more unique sounds in Reggae, with a heavy jazz influence that appeals to even some of the most critical music connoisseurs. The band's consistency at staying true to this sound while continuing to progress their music and message, album after album, is something magnificent and extremely rare. Building an Ark is no exception to this statement." - Rudeboy Reggae, taken from Building an Ark album review

 Rudeboy's interview with Harrison Stafford of Groundation:

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Pacific Pulse: Kaipo

Local Hawaiian artist Kaipo Kapua has just released a new self titled EP. The new music gravitates toward a R&B/Reggae fusion type feel and has some smooth tracks to say the least. Personally I really dig the new style where Kaipo's voice seems to fit perfectly with the smooth R&B beats and reggae keys.  Check out his new EP for yourself on ITUNES or AMAZON and I also threw an older reggae track from him to compare the new music to. "With You" is my jam!!! 

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Music Video: Anuhea & Awa - Perfect Day

Another new music video shot in Hawaii coming from Anuhea & Awa featuring their duet "Perfect Day."

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Music Video: Collie Buddz - Won't Be Long

New music video from Collie Buddz filmed in association with J-Boog & the Wash House crew during the Red Star Music Festival in Hawaii. 

Monday, October 22, 2012

New Single From Isasha, "Tell Me"

One of my all-time favorite reggae artists is Isasha, who hails from Trinidad & Tobago. In an effort to avoid repeating myself, and to keep from rambling on and on as to why I like this guy so much, I think it's best just to link to a post I did months back introducing Isasha. If you haven't heard of him before, please do yourself a huge favor and get acquainted: "Isasha To Di World! - December 2011."

This song is classic Isasha - if you check out the previous link, you'll understand what I mean. The riddim is produced by Trinidad's famous, Studio 53, and I don't think there's any question Isasha shines the brightest on this selection. 

Big ups to Etac who stumbled across this one!

Introduction: Josh "WaWa" White

To follow up Drew Deezy's The Poly Tape, I would like to introduce one of the artists featured on the album, Josh "WaWa" White. Born & raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, White has recently been gaining some exposure, especially here in Hawaii where he is all over the radio. I was actually introduced to him a couple years back by a fan in Denver who showed me his track "Love Da Way" and was immediately impressed by his unique sound. 

His debut album Line Em Up was recently released back in April and has some smooth island style jams that would make you think twice about him coming out of Utah. I dig the mellow vibe and simple but captivating music that can't help but make you wanna kick back and relax. Enjoy some of my favorite tracks off the album and big ups to "WaWa" White holdin it down for the Utah reggae scene! 

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Anuhea and Tarrus Riley Link Up!

I got word of this collaboration a few weeks back, and I'm super psyched to finally get my hands on it! I've been a big Anuhea fan for some time now - some of the other Rudeboy writers have done a couple write-ups on her in the past, which has really helped introduce me to the talented, Hawaiian native singer. This track with Tarrus Riley, The Only Man In The World, is everything I hoped it would be. Both artists deliver nice smooth vocals, and the chemistry is palpable between the two. Would love to see more from this duo in the future.

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Street Rockaz: Man of the Living Riddim

Coming to you from the little-known, Street Rockaz Family, is the Man of the Living Riddim.  Consisting of only three singles, this riddim is not your classic reggae sound by any means - actually, it's far from it - having much more of a hip-hop beat with some reggae up-tick influence and an old reggae sample used throughout.

Check out Chezidek & Peetah Morgan's singles below:

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Throwback Jam: "Original Man" - Capleton ft. Q-Tip

I was recently walking through the University of Hawaii Campus for an event when I heard a DJ bumping this track. Had to go up and ask what track it was cause I was lovin the old school beat mixed with the tuff vocals. Turns out its a track off Capleton's album I-Testament released in 1997 featuring hip hop artist Q-Tip from A Tribe Called Quest.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Dionne Reid: S.M.I.L.E.

Another positive outcome of Randy Valentine's mixtape, "Bring Back the Love" was that it introduced me to Dionne Reid, through her feature on the tune "Someone Else's Girl".  Born in the UK to Jamaican parents has given her a unique upbringing in music, and she definitely has a set of pipes to excel in whatever genre she chooses.  She describes her sound as, "Indie Reggae with a soulful tone," and while there are definitely Reggae influences, I found her latest EP, S.M.I.L.E., to be mostly soul/R&B.  One solid reggae jam of hers is a sample of Barrington Levy, "Here I Come".  You can only hope there are more tunes like this in her future.

Don't believe me with her vocals?  Check this live version of "Here I Come" as well.