Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Movado & Raine Seville: "Cheating Games"

Really diggin' Movado's verse and chorus on this tune off of the brand new, Real Reggae Riddim. Easily one of the best songs off of the riddim - the rest are just OK, in fact, the quality of the riddim in general is just OK in my opinion...

Monday, January 30, 2012

The Turnpike Riddim

Introducing a sweet, smooth roots riddim from Pure Music Productions - The Turnpike Riddim. This one has a good deal of talented vocals on here: Lutan Fyah, who continues his absolute tear through January with arguably the biggest tune on the riddim, "Dont Wanna Be," Jamere Morgan - the newest up-and-comer from the Morgan family tree does a nice job with the first single above, "Paradise," and Delly Ranx and Gappy Ranks do not disappoint as well with above average performances.

The no-namer that I take away from this one is Esco Levi, who closes out the mix above with "Do Good Everytime" - a song with a relevant message and great vocal range.

Artists as they appear in the mix above:

Jamere Morgan - "Paradise"
Lutan Fyah - "Don't Wanna Be"
Delly Ranx - "If I Knew"
Gappy Ranks - "Lord Have Mercy"
Esco Levi - "Do Good Everytime"

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Kush Morning Riddim

Fire!  Dynasty Productions gives us a great rhythm with a solid selection of artists as well.  I was introduced to this rhythm about a month back and been waiting anxiously for the full release.  Everyone does pretty well on it, but Peetah Morgan's chorus on "Heart like a Lion" makes this track my favorite.  Enjoy!  

Artists, as they appear on the mix above:

Capleton - "Fire, Fire"
Jah Vinci - "Real Woman"
Jah Sun ft. Peetah Morgan - "Heart Like A Lion"
Collie Buddz "I Feel So Good"

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Kingston 13 Riddim

Ranch Entertainment released Shaggy's July album, Summer in Kingston, and my favorite track was easily "Just Another Girl" featuring Tarrus Riley.  Well the label has just released the full riddim with some other big names, and titled it the Kingston 13 Riddim.  Easily, one of the most exciting tracks is from J Boog with, "Low the Gunz."  Check them both out for yourself.   I was happy to see that Gyptian and Alaine tried out the riddim, but wasn't too pleased with their final products.  Check out the full riddim mix for yourself and see if you like any of the other tracks.

Monday, January 23, 2012

5000+ for Anuhea, The Green, & SOJA at Kakaako, Hawaii!!!

Over 5000 came out to attend SOJA, The Green, and Anuhea @ Kaka'ako Waterfront Park Amphitheater Saturday Night in Honolulu, Hawaii. SOJA's first appearance in the islands was 5 years ago in 2007 with an attendance of around 1,000. Saturday nights massive turnout is reflective of not only Anuhea, The Green, and SOJA's recent success but also the rapidly growing popularity of the new age reggae acts. And this comes at no surprise considering the high energy and superb musical performances these bands manage to put on. All three acts will be touring the next few months so be sure to check them in a US city near you!

The Green (Rebelution Peace of Mind Tour): http://thegreen808.com/

And of course check out some footage from the epic encore!!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Tarrus Riley vs. Dean Fraser

Check out this awesome footage of Tarrus and saxophone-great, Dean Fraser going toe to toe, live in Paris. What more could you ask for than these two musical legends sharing one stage?

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Must-Listen: Jah Sun Promo Mix!

Jah Sun has been a mysterious guy, bouncing around random rhythms and different production studios for the past couple years. I personally don't know much about him, but what I do know is his new album entitled, "Battle the Dragon," sounds HOT. I've attached the Promo mix below crafted by DJ Child of East Oakland's own Project Groundation. If this isn't up for reggae album of the year I'd be surprised -- with guest appearances by culture giants like Gentleman, Peetah Morgan, and J Boog, this CD will definitely keep the fyah blazin' in the cold winter months.

Pay attention to his track at 9:45 with Peetah, where it features the same rhythm as Collie Buddz' "I feel so good." Let's hope this rhythm CD gets released soon as well!

More From Special Delivery:

In light of the massive riddim release from Special Delivery below - The Feel Good Riddimit's only proper that we showcase a little more of the label's talents. This tune features an artist by the name of Chronixx, and it's titled, Beat & A Mic. 


The Feel Good Riddim

PlayThe Feel Good Riddim Mix | Jah-Love

Special Delivery comes bearing some serious gifts with their newest, Feel Good Riddim! Before even taking a listen, you know this compilation is going to be a good one when you see it's accompanied by the vocal likings of Peetah Morgan and J Boog - a solid 1-2 punch we're seeing together more and more these days since Peetah took J Boog under his wing about a year ago or so. Regardless of the big names involved, the music speaks volumes for itself, and would be an equally top-notch production with less-talented artists on board. This culture riddim has a nice, low-key flow, highlighted by a wicked acoustic riff that hammers the chorus - overall a real smooth jam.

The third big single coming off of this rhythm aside from Peetah and J Boog is from Jah Sun, featuring Mr. Perfect and Steevie Culture. While Jah Sun is rather forgettable on this track, Perfect's verse and chorus absolutely kills this one, and carries the song throughout - to the point where I might even say it's my favorite tune off of this whole riddim set.

Artists on the mix above, in order:

Jah Sun ft. Perfect & Steevie Culture: "Do Good"
Gentleman & Rebellion: "Intentions"
Peetah Morgan: "Im A Survivor"
J Boog: "It's Alright"

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The Redeemer Riddim

We're a little behind the 8 ball on this one, and I wanna give thanks to Ben Jah--hailing from sunny Los Angeles--for pointing me in the direction of this massive riddim! Coming from German label, Oneness Records, The Redeemer Riddim was released this past December. This riddim has a lot of what I'm looking for right now. Most notable is the fact that it's a summer-time jam released in the heart of winter, so naturally it brings with it a lot of warmth and fond memories of a distant, sunnier time - something we all need this time of year to remind us that this freezing Northeast weather is not everlasting, and that Spring is just around the corner.

In my opinion, the two biggest tracks off of this riddim, without a doubt, come from Lutan Fyah and Fantan Mojah, in that order. While Lutan comes hard with an up-beat ganja anthem that harkens back to the late 90's, Fantan delivers an equally as catchy track, albeit a bit slower-tempo'd, highlighting some classic "Fantan Mojah" vocals on the chorus. And I can't forget to shout out the sleeper track on this one, "Dancehall Stylee" by Mark Wonder & Al Pancho. I wouldn't have guessed in a million years those two could put out a half-decent track together, but this one is up there with the others.

The Redeemer Riddim is no doubt the biggest roots riddim I've heard in quite some time!

Artists from the mix above, in order:

Mark Wonder & Al Pancho - "Dancehall Stylee"
Lutan Fyah - "Bag a Herbs"
Fantan Mojah - "Giving Praises"

Monday, January 16, 2012

Yaadcore Music

I just heard about the Jamaican DJ, Yaadcore, through his September 2011 collaboration with Protoje, This is Protoje.  (For those that haven't heard Protoje, I highly recommend this mixtape as a way to get familiar with his sound before his sophomore album drops.)  While looking into Yaadcore, I discovered that he just dropped another mix, called Rock-in-Steady: Over an hour of well-mixed rocksteady musicI've been wishing that someone would drop a mix like this.  I don't consider myself too educated in this style of reggae, so to have a mix of all the classics at my fingertips is perfect. It's super nice to put on and just let it set the vibe in the room.

Download Rock-in-Steady HERE.
Download This is Protoje HERE.

'This Is Protoje' Mixtape Presented by Yaadcore by Protoje

Friday, January 13, 2012


PlayI Am Rich In Love | Romain Virgo

One of the biggest singles from this Spring, and featured on Reggae Revival, Romain brings it heavy on this one! Enjoy the weekend!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Editor's Note:

In recognizing how depressing the previous post was, here's some old school Sizzla and Anthony B, circa late '90s, to pick up your spirits. Two of my all-time favorite tracks from each artist: Praise Ye Jah and Universal Struggle.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

3 Wise, Old Men

Though the "3 Wise Men" are arguably a washed-up group of has-beens in the reggae industry, it's always good to hear them on some new, retro (for lack of a better adjective) production - something with a sound that harkens back to the late '90s/early 2000's.

The new Quickie Riddim, produced by Sayjay Productions, is a good example. While Luciano sounds like he hasn't missed a beat, both Anthony B and Sizzla, on the other hand, try their best to bring the same voice and energy they did ten years ago, but fall just short of par. With that said though, I do still enjoy these three tracks off of Sayjay's latest release. But unfortunatley, it's just another reminder that the heyday of Sizzla, Anthony B and Luciano - The 3 Wise Men - is long past.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Gappy Ranks: "Love Jamaica"

British star Gappy Ranks teams up with Dynasty Records to lay down a very catchy, dancehall-laced tune entitled "Love Jamaica." Growing up in England and having Jamaican roots, this track obviously has significant personal meaning to Gappy Ranks. He tells us that although Jamaica has widespread poverty, the country's beauty and culture makes it a special place.

I'd keep an eye out for Gappy in 2012 - he's been featured on some big rhythms lately, including Special Delivery's "Feel Good" Rhythm due to be released this week.

- Etac

Friday, January 6, 2012

Pressure Music Video: Touch You

Check out Pressure Buss Pipe's new music video for his single, "Touch You."  It's split up into two sections:  one on the same riddim as Johnny Osbourne's classic, "Trench Town School" and then it slows down for his feature hit.  I'm not sure if it's actually considered the same song or not, but I definitely like them both.  It's a classic Pressure love jam if you ask me.  More importantly — just as Tarrus Riley showed — the video production is getting better and better for the genre, and the casting isn't doing a terrible job either...


Thursday, January 5, 2012

Party in Session

It's not your typical "party" track, but there is no doubt something catchy about this one from Ras Attitude. Titled, "Party In Session," Attitude's latest single showcases a few nice verses accompanied by a smooth, airy riddim that keeps your head nodding the whole way through. The sound in general strays from the kind of reggae we like at Rudeboy - it's much more along the hip-hop side of things - but it's a good track nonetheless..

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

J Boog Music Video: Let It Blaze

Back in late September, J Boog released his sophomore album, Backyard Boogie.  In my review of the album, I listed one of my favorite new tracks as "Let It Blaze".  Well, after releasing an official video for the tune, it looks like this is one of their favorite tracks as well.  It's pretty cool to see J Boog continue pushing his reggae onto the mainstream airwaves.  I'm curious to see see how this track does for him as a hit.