Friday, August 31, 2012

BOOM TUNE OF THE WEEK


This is the definition of a BOOM TUNE right here.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Roots Corner: Triston Palma - Joker Smoker

Triston Palma, also known as Triston Palmer, began his reggae career in the late 1970s while playing with Soul Syndicate.  Palma made his big splash onto the reggae scene at the age of 14 when he recorded the hit track “Entertainment.”  While Palma went on to have a long and successful reggae career, I think Joker Smoker was Palma’s greatest contribution to reggae music.  Joker Smoker was produced by Jah Thomas in 1982 and was backed by the legendary Roots Radics.  Joker Smoker was recorded at a time when the Roots Radics absolutely dominated the Jamaican music industry.  There truly was none harder than the Roots Radics, and Triston Palma's youthful energy was second to none.  The title track “Joker Smoker” and the track “Innocent Man” are just a small taste of Palma’s wicked rub-a-dub style.  The original album featured 10 tracks, but you can find a re-mastered copy of this classic on iTunes with 4 bonus tracks.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Buju Banton - 'Law & Order'


In place of this week's Boom Tune, I wanted to finish out the work week with a classic from Buju Banton - "Law and Order," from his album, Unchained Spirit, released in 2000. It's been coming through a bunch on my Pandora station and I can't get it out of my head. It's a catchy tune, dripping with irony and foreshadowing, in light of his current legal troubles...

"Monday morning, I've got to face the juge. They don't know me, but I hope they've got some love."

FREE BUJU!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Pacific Pulse: The Steppas

In light of the newly added category Roots Corner to the blog, its a pleasure to also introduce an up and coming roots band emerging out of the Hawaiian reggae scene, The Steppas. Formed back in 2010, the band hailing the Big Island of Hawaii has just released their self titled debut EP. The 8 track compilation has some heavy cuts including their  single "Good Roots" that was featured on Rudeboy Reggae's Road To Redemption Mix. Check out The Steppas music for yourself on ITUNES & much respect as always to bands keeping the roots alive!
 

Monday, August 20, 2012

Roots Corner: Mystic Eyes - Mysterious

My name is Robbiemillz and I am going to be contributing to Rudeboy Reggae in a new category titled "Roots Corner".  My posts will mainly cover a very brief, yet crucial time period in the history of reggae music (1978-1985).  During this era, some of the most influential records were released, which paved the way for later generations.
My first post features the album Mysterious by the group Mystic Eyesand is an absolute killer for all you roots heads. It is one of my favorite albums produced by Linval Thompson, who although was most famous for his vocal abilities, was actually a much better producer than singer. Thompson was mentored by the famous Bunny “Striker” Lee in the mid-1970s and began producing under his own Thompson Sound label in the early 1980s. Mysterious was released in 1979 on the Burning Sound label and was backed by the legendary session band The RevolutionariesThe vocal harmonies  are similar to other harmony groups such as the Meditations and the Gladiators. As far as I know, Mysterious was the only record ever released by Mystic Eyes. Not much more is known about the group, which seems fitting given that the name of the album, after all, is “mysterious.”
The two tracks I’ve uploaded showcase Mystic Eyes’ heavy roots style.  “Linger A While” is a song about longing for a woman’s love, while “Life is Not Easy” is your typical sufferer style tune about the trials and tribulations of the time.  This album is a collection of 9 heavy hitting tracks and is a true testament to Linval Thompson’s ability to produce top quality roots. 

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Late Introduction to Raging Fyah

PlayKarma | Raging Fyah 

Check out Judgement Day on Amazon or iTunes.

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Listening to Simple Simon's new "Missile 52", I couldn't help but investigate the intro track that he used.  It was a tune that wouldn't get out of my head, with unique production, solid vocals and intelligent, catchy lyrics.  I had to hear more from the artist!  To my surprise however, it wasn't a solo reggae vocalist.  Instead, I found a talented six-piece roots rock-reggae band straight out of Kingston 6, Jamaica: Raging Fyah.

Despite forming in 2006 as a backing band, they have only dropped one album, Judgement Day, in August 2011.  I've been listening to that album and can't believe what I've been missing out on!  It's not very often that I will post about an album that is such old news, but I felt that I had to help spread their music if I could.

The beautiful thing about Reggae music is that there are so many different styles within the genre.  So much of the reggae that I grew up on was deejay's over riddims.  Recently, however, full bands are making a huge splash in the scene.  The Green, Groundation, SOJA, and Katchafire are all solid examples.  Although, for some reason, very few of these bands are coming out of Jamaica anymore.  Bands like The Wailers and The Gladiators obviously started the movement, while Rootz Underground and Morgan Heritage proved it could still be successful.  But I hardly hear any new big bands in comparison to the flocks of new dancehall artists each year.

That is why I was so happy to hear Raging Fyah.  Not only have they done something less mainstream, but they have done it to the highest quality.  I only hope to hear more from them soon, as well as more Jamaican roots rock-reggae bands, in general.




Friday, August 17, 2012

Slightly Stoopid is on "Top of the World"


Sample more or buy it on Amazon or iTunes.
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Slightly Stoopid is back!  Back to my favorite style of Slightly that is...  After the release of Chronchitis (2007) and then Slightly Not Stoned Enough to Eat Breakfast Yet Stoopid (2008), I was beginning to worry about one of my favorite bands.  It seemed as though they were moving away from their classic Reggae style towards Blues/Rock.  And while it was still quality music, it just wasn't the Slightly Stoopid that I had grown accustomed to.

Well they just released Top of the World, and it looks like things are back to being like the good old days!  One of the biggest differences from the last two albums is the return of a strong horn presence. The horn section was one of my fondest memories of seeing them live, and it seemed like they had moved away from that aspect of their style.  The guest artists on this album are great additions as well. Barrington Levy, Don Carlos, G. Love and Chali 2na particularly kill it.

Trying to pick my favorite few tunes is impossible!  From start to finish, this album kills it.  It really is a new classic from an already proven, legendary Reggae band.

Also check out Rudeboy Reggae's interview with Slightly Stoopid on our Interviews page, or here.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

BOOM TUNE OF THE WEEK


Brand new production - Aug. 2012



New Interviews!

What's good, Rudeboy massive?

Be sure to check out our Interviews page for two new interviews that were just uploaded - The Green, and Groundation.

You can also find interviews with other big names such as Luciano, Don Carlos, SOJA & more! Check them all out on our Interviews page, or for those who are too lazy to move your hand that far, click here: http://bit.ly/P1Qe9g.

Hip Hop Homage: Nas - Life Is Good


Nas has just recently released his first solo project after the legendary collaboration with Damian Marley. While I don't feel nearly qualified to give a review of the album, I will say it had a handful of tracks I am a big fan of. Some songs even sounded reminiscent of the worldly vibe of Distant Relatives. Check the album for yourself on ITUNES and listen to one of the hip hop greats and reggae's extended family members as he lays it down. Glad to see at the very least he retained some of the positivity of reggae, titling the new album "Life Is Good"!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Inside Tuff Gong Studio

In celebration of Jamaica's 50th anniversary of independence, UK radio personality, Robbo Ranx, travels to Kingston, JA, and takes us into the legendary Tuff Gong Studio - founded by Bob Marley - for some exlusive performances and interviews with some of the Jamaica's most popular Reggae and Dancehall artists today. See how many you can spot. For starters, there's Damian Marley, Richie Spice, Christopher Martin, Beenie Man, Khago, Assassin (Agent Sasco), TOK, Capleton, Gyptian, Mr. Vegas, Elephant Man. Did you catch anyone else?

SPECIAL NOTE: check out Capleton's freestyle around min 35:30. Unreal.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Storms of Life

Silly Walks Discotheque presents, "Storms of Life," an outstanding compilation album that was released this Summer. The German production group - a duo comprised of Selector Oliver Schrader and MC Joscha Hoffmann - came onto the European reggae scene in 1991, and gives a lot of credit for their present-day successes to German reggae superstar, Gentleman (featured on the album), who started out his career as the group's official MC.

Silly Walks has worked with a number of big artists over the years to produce some very solid work - and their latest album, Storms of Life, is another great example that stands as a testimate to the group's talents and special skill set. Notice how different each production is on the album. Notice how each production matches each artist's style so well. That's what I find most impressive about this album - the way Silly Walks has perfectly honed in on each artists' unique style and created a custom piece of music that plays to each's talents.

Above is a smorgasbord of the different artists represented on Storms of Life. After one listen through, you'll know what I mean when I say Silly Walks is the real deal. Every single song on this album is good, and it's largely due to the fantastic production from Silly Walks Discotheque.


Saturday, August 11, 2012

Rudeboy Reggae on FACEBOOK!

In order to keep our followers updated on all fronts we have just gone live with our Facebook Fan Page! Expect content similar to the blog and also check out our bandpage that shows upcoming shows we are sponsoring as well as a collection of acoustic tracks (samples below) recorded in the Rudeboy Reggae Studio. We also will be using the facebook for TICKET GIVEAWAYS and other cool opportunities in the future. If you want to keep up, please "Like" our page and invite your friends who enjoy staying up to date on their reggae to do the same! Mahalo for the continued support..

- Rudeboy Reggae

Friday, August 10, 2012

Introducing: ARTIKaL Sound System

ARTIKaL is a sound system out of South Florida, who backs artists such as RedLyte (above, from Trinidad) and Biggz General of Jamaica. From what I've seen, they have a pretty fresh sound. This song above is probably my favorite that I've stumbled across, called, "Come My Way." Check it out. And, you can follow up with ARTIKaL Sound System a little more here.

BOOM TUNE OF THE WEEK


Thursday, August 9, 2012

J-Boog: Top Shelf #2

Check out J-Boog & the Wash-House crew on the second half of their recent US tour. Good to see that our iconic musicians are people too!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Chronixx - "Plant It"

Brand new from Chronixx - an artist who, if you follow Rudeboy Reggae, you know is one of my favorite up-and-comers today. His new single really needs no introduction. "Plant It" is your cookie-cutter ganja track, with some upbeat, fast-tempo'ed production. Another fair track to add to Chronixx's resume, if you ask me.

--- UPDATE ---

Just stumbled across this other new single from Chronixx, "Rain Music." I can't stop listening to this single. I like it a lot. It really highlights Chronixx's versatility as a reggae artist - able to change tempo and style at will. Be sure to purchase any of Chronixx's new music on Amazon or iTunes.


Sunday, August 5, 2012

Ikaya: Rasta Heart



Going off the previous post, I had to show some more love for another promising female artist: Ikaya.  I first noticed her vocals on Don Corleon's The Message Riddim, and since then haven't been too impressed with the other tracks I've heard.  I'm convinced, however, that was due to the production that she sang over rather than her voice.  So I was was extremely happy to hear, "Rasta Heart," a new tune leaked off her upcoming reggae roots full-length album.  Keep an ear out for Ikaya, as she promises to be one of the biggest female reggae artists after this new album.

Pacific Pulse: Anuhea & Irie Love

Heres some fresh tracks featuring two of Hawaii's top female artists. Anuhea's duet "Perfect Day" with Maori artist Awa is a perfect summer time jam. I can't help but admire the versus spoken in Maori & Hawaiian and hope we can hear more indigenous languages of the Pacific fused into these and other artists from the regions music in the future. 
Irie Love recently released a single titled "My Love" with more music on the horizon as she is currently in the works with what I believe to be her first full length album. Irie also comes with a solid summertime duet produced by Bost & Bim and featuring Peetah Morgan titled "Let It Fly". As always, much respect to the female reggae artists making quality music! 


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Friday, August 3, 2012

Hyah Slyce Slows It Down


I love it when dancehall artists show their versatility and quality by slowing it down like Hyah Slyce did on Randy Rich Production's recent Horizon Riddim.  Had to post it.  Also, make sure to check out lesser-known, Vybrant, on the same riddim.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Lovers Rock Title Contender: Courtney John




I was reading through our recent post on Maxi Priest and saw that he was labeled as "THE go-to artist for light, airy, summertime reggae jams.  Hands down."  This reminded me that I had been meaning to write about my newest favorite in the category.  Courtney John dropped his fourth studio album, From Letters to Words, on July 17.  Even though John has been on the scene since the early 90's (originally under the moniker, Yogie), I must admit this is the first album of his that I have heard.  And I was certainly surprised with the quality that his falsetto brings on this mainly lovers rock album. John describes his mission as one "to make music that transcends time and leaves listeners happy and lifted."  He certainly succeeded in transcending time, as I had to check a few times that this album was actually recorded so recently. It brings such a classic and authentic lovers rock style that you don't tend to hear anymore.  Just as we recommended Maxi Priest, I highly suggest that you get acquainted with this man!

Check out these two lovers rock tracks above, as well as the video for "It's Gonna Be Alright," where he changes his sound and still comes up with an equally pleasing tune.  Check out Amazon or iTunes for the complete album.


 

Sizzla Disses Snoop


Snoop Lion is all over the media these days, and we're guilty of feeding into it as well at Rudeboy. The most recent news? Legendary reggae artist, Sizzla Kalonji disses Snoop Lion, claiming his newfound Rastafarian faith is a gimmick - that it's Snoop taking advantage of the Rasta community for financial gain. Perhaps. Who knows... 

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

REINCARNATED

Set to premier at the Toronto International Film Festival in early September is, REINCARNATED, a documentary produced by VICE films, in collaboration with Snoopadelic Films. This film follows Snoop Dogg along his journey to Jamaica where he is openly embraced by the Jamaican people, finds the light of Jah, and records his first reggae album -- the process of his reincarnation into "Snoop Lion." This film should get a lot of attention, as Snoop's first reggae single, "La La La," alongside the official changing of his name has stirred a ton of public and media chatter.


"... no disrespect, but I'm tired of rappin" - Snoop Lion
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