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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Jacob Hemphill on Mainstream Reggae, Bob Marley & Pop Music

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."