Monday, April 30, 2012

Follow-Up: Obsessive Happiness

Deja Vu Records just released the Obsessive Happiness Riddim this past week, which has turned out to be a fantastic collection! While there's a whole heap of sloppy "talent" thrown all over this riddim, when you take a moment to pick out the real singers from the group, as the mix above does, the true quality of this modern-roots riddim truly shines bright. It reminds me in some ways of the New Day Riddim (specifically Lutan's tracks on both rhythms), in terms of its semi-somber vibe, paralleled lyrics, and wicked vocally talented artists, that when combined produce greatness. 

Big Ups to Deja Vu for this one! Keep up the good works. Similar props to Ginjah who really crushed it on this selection. It's great to see him excel on here, for it's few and far between that we see him rank at the top of the riddims he appears on.
Artists as they appear on the mix above:
Chuck Fenda - "Tribulations Life Bring"
Ginjah - "Gone Too Soon"
Pressure - "I Love You"
Lutan Fyah - "Jah Love Is"

Jacob Hemphill: On Mainstream Reggae, Pop Music & Bob Marley

I was recently Digging through the archives and I found this interview with lead singer, Jacob Hemphill, of SOJA, as he stopped through the Rudeboy Reggae Studio in Boulder, CO back in 2009. Some very interesting dialogue about the transformation of reggae into popular music and Hemphill's take on it all. His words are a very appropriate follow up to the release of SOJA's latest album, Strength To Survive, which raised questions surrounding the band's musical direction.

In light of the new Marley documentary, it was very interesting to hear Jacob speak about Bob Marley's popularization of Reggae by transforming the music to reach the masses, but keeping true to the message (sound familiar?). Furthermore, he makes a valid point that if Bob Marley hadn't done so, it is quite possible that we wouldn't be here listening, performing, and conversing about music in the genre today. As Hemphill states in the interview, "making popular music isn't bad," and Bob Marley and his music are undoubtedly a testiment to that statement.

The interview helps give some insight into SOJA's vision and how their mission closely parallels that of Bob's. Keep in mind this interview was recorded three years ago on the "Get Wiser" tour and before the release of the Marley documentary, so it is cool to see where the band and the genre have come since then. Of course, I couldn't make a post without sharing some music, check the track following this interview piece as SOJA does an acoustic cover of Bob Marley's, "Shes Gone".

Strength to Survive - SOJA

Friday, April 27, 2012

Anuhea, "For Love"

For Love, is the second full release from Hawaiian female artist, Anuhea, after her debut self-titled album. The new music is a great follow-up to the original work that fans fell in love with. Her alluring voice and classy style are just some of the reasons why she is making waves on the scene and doing a great job representing female reggae artists! In my opinion, contemporary reggae significantly lacks female presence. Anuhea's pop-infused reggae is the perfect remedy to revive or perhaps even blaze the trail for more women in the genre.

Regardless of what gender, the music is catchy and message straight from the heart. And while it may be heavily influenced by love, the world can always use a little more. Some of my favorite tracks are Moving On, Sunday featuring JP of The Green, and What Am I Doing. The album also holds a few radio hits that include Higher Than The Clouds, Simple Love Song, and her rendition of Come Over Love. You can check dates to see Anuhea on her upcoming tour with Mishka at, and don't forget to get a copy of the new album off iTunes! Enjoy her music video Higher Than The Clouds...

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Obsessive Happiness Riddim

Brand, spankin' new, is the Obsessive Happiness Riddim, from Deja Vu Records. A very technically simple riddim, this one is complimented nicely by the vocals of a few (surprising?) artists. I guess "surprising" only really applies to Ginjah here, whose track, Gone Too Soon, starts at the 7:20-min mark. It's a rarity to see hear him tear it up. The last big tune we heard from Ginjah was, Never Lost My Way, on the Rub-A-Dub Riddim years ago.

Other big contributers here are Chuck Fenda (1:53-min mark) with Tribulations Life Bring, and Lutan Fyah (11:50-min mark) with Jah Love Is. This production just dropped TODAY, so only the promo mix above is available. We'll post full singles once we get our hands on them. Stay tuned!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Recent Tarrus Riley Video for "Jah Will"

Tarrus Riley and Storm (director) team up again for his most recent music video, which dropped in early April. The tune, "Jah Will" is no big news, as it was released almost four years ago on his second album, Challenges.  However, it is a really cool version of the song being recorded live in Times Square, NY.  It is a very simple and organic video, and I love some of the shots that continue to give us more of a glimpse into Tarrus' crazy life.  The passerby's throwing money into his hat are hilarious.  True reggae legend — always putting on a show.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Morgan Heritage: 'The Return'

Morgan Heritage is back with a catchy single, The Return, brought to you by one of the industry's finest, Juke Boxx Productions. The Heritage fam is set to hit the road in Europe this summer with their "The Return Tour." Unfortunately for us Americans, the official return will have to wait a little bit longer.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Follow-Up: 'MARLEY'

As many of you know the high-anticipated documentary, MARLEY, was released on Friday - available for rent of iTunes, Facebook and On Demand, as well as playing in select theaters. This film is hands down the best production on Marley's life, his career and the impact his music and message has had on the world. Everybody should see this film, not just reggae fans or casual Bob Marley listeners. This film is deeply moving, and speaks to people from all walks of life. Marley's mission and relevance has never been made more clear. The film is a must-see!



One of my favorite tunes from one of my favorite European artists.

Friday, April 20, 2012

MARLEY, PremiersToday!

The highly-anticipated debut of the new Bob Marley documentary, MARLEY, has finally arrived. Today, the movie is now available in select theaters, on iTunes, On Demand, and is even available to stream (with a fee) directly from Facebook. Follow any of the links below to grab the movie for yourself and enjoy!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Bruno Mars "It WIll Rain" Reggae Remix

Check this solid reggae remix of "It Will Rain" by pop sensation Bruno Mars. In the day and age of musical sampling, I wouldn't mind hearing more remixes like this from artists and bands in pop, hip-hop, R&B, classical, and other genres of music...

Saturday, April 14, 2012


Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad - In These Times

While I can't say I have been a fan of Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad in the past, I have now become one after a few listens through of their newest album, In These Times. The album was surprisingly rootsy and heavily infused with that classic North-East reggae style found in bands like John Browns Body and 10 Ft Ganja Plant. Perhaps most distinguishing to me was the song topics and lyrical content from the band, hailing from Rochester, New York.

If you have ever seen these guys live then you know how much they love to jam! While thats never a bad thing, I felt they did a good job at keeping that jam band/dub feel in moderation to allow for the production of a solid reggae album. Check out two of my favorite tracks Far Away & Family Sake and visit their website to check upcoming tour dates!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Happy Birthday, Bunny!

Happy Belated Birthday to the great, Bunny Wailer, who yesterday, April, 10, turned a young 64-years-old. We wanted to make sure that we paid our respect a living legend. Check out Bunny's '86 concert at MSG:

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Common Kings

Born in various areas of the South Pacific but raised in Orange County California, Common Kings has been quickly gaining notoriety for their smooth blend of Pop, Reggae, and R&B. The band has gone platinum on their youtube hit "Alcoholic" which has helped get the ball rolling for the emerging act. The music's graceful style alongside lead singer JR King's soulful voice has helped produce a sound that seems to effortlessly seduce listeners. The band is currently finishing up a west coast tour that ends with two festivals in Hawaii. Check out these acoustic videos featuring their hit "Alcoholic" as well as their debut single "Fly".

Friday, April 6, 2012


We Must Be Doing Something Right...

For the second time in 2012, was quoted by an artist on their main website - first The Green and now Jah Sun

Each and every day we strive to post the latest and greatest in reggae music, as well as provide our insightful, opinionated editorial and comments to help steer you down the path of modern roots reggae. To be recognized by the artists themselves as providing quality reviews, it feels good, and it's reassuring that we're doing something productive here.

Thanks to everyone who checks in at Rudeboy every day. We love bringing you good music and will continue to do so as long as there is good music to bring to the table.


Thursday, April 5, 2012

Behind The Scenes: The Green Documentary

Check out this behind the scenes documentary with one of the fastest growing bands in reggae, The Green. All the way from their homeland of Hawaii, the band gives a look into life behind the music.

Jah Golden Throne

US production group, Zion I Kings are back again with quite an impressive compilation set, Jah Golden Throne. This 16-track collection is made up of very solid roots and contemporary-roots production, with some mean horn sections and heavy bass lines that nicely accompany many of the vocalists on here.

In my opinion, the two biggest, baddest tracks off this compilation are "Crown I Got" from Toussaint -- a very talented and versatile artist we covered a while back with his debut album, Black Gold -- and "Set A Way" by the raspy-voiced, General Jah Mikey.

Purchase Jah Golden Throne album on iTunes or Amazon.

Related posts:
Full of Joy Riddim
Toussaint: "Where I Lead" Album Preview

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Groundation's new album: "Building an Ark"

Perfect. Thats what this album is, and yet more proof why Groundation is incontestably one of the best Reggae bands of our time. Since the groups formation in 1998, they have created phenomenal recorded music and toured the world spreading their original sound with some of the most captivating live concerts this planet has ever seen. The new album clearly reflects this vast experience, musical expertise, and diverse cultural influence.

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 bands 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.

What I found most impressive on the new album was the relentless drive that keeps the music moving song in and song out. As always Groundation's lyrics are uplifting and in a category of their own. From the beginning Harrison Stafford has been a visionary and prophet of positivity, however, Building an Ark is the first time where I can really feel his intellectual maturity. The instrument solos are solid time and time again and I couldn't go without mentioning the excellent performance by the female vocalists.

Check out some of my favorite tracks like Building an Ark, Humility, and Sunlight Reflection. You can click HERE for tour dates and purchase the new album on ITUNES!

Monday, April 2, 2012

J. Boog DESTROYS Boston!

Last night, one of the hottest names in reggae music - J. Boog - came through Boston's Middle East, 'longside Siaosi and JahYzer of Wash House Prod. The show was off the hook!

I've been fortunate enough to see some of reggae's biggest and best acts perform over the past 8 or 9 years,  and J. Boog was right up there with the best of 'em. Not only does he have an unreal voice, but he's got style, stage presence, and top-notch production to back him up -- and his backing vocals, by Siaosi, were MEAN! Look this guy up, too! I can't wait to hear an EP from him soon.

Fortunately for us out on the East Coast, Boog was doing a short stint out here to wrap up his Backyard Boogie Tour. He's traditionally toured only on the West Coast, so it was quite the treat for us to get him out this way. If you ever get the opportunity to see this guy live, DO NOT pass up the chance. You can't put a price tag on this kind of talent, trust me! Big Up to J. Boog and crew for putting on a great show. Hope to see you guys soon!

Check out Boog's smash hit, "Let's Do It Again," as he performs it live last night for his closing track: