Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Troyton Music Presents: The Contagious Riddim

Troyton Music just recently released the Contagious Riddim, which is a nice, smooth production, featuring some quality vocals from a few choice Dancehall artists. Mavado and Chino both deliver two of the better performances on this rhythm, which is a nice surprise as it's something you don't often see from such Dancehall-focused artists. Also look out for I-Octane and Jah Vinci on the mix above, who both give to-be-expected deliveries on a slow modern roots riddim like this one. Overall, I think the Contagious Riddim is a nice selection to kick back to.

Artists and songs as they appear on the mix above:
Mavado - Always On My Mind
I-Octane - Pretty Little Flower
Jah Vinci - Ghetto Youths
Chino - They Don't Know

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Friday, February 22, 2013

Natural Vibrations: New Single "Make You Stay"

New single from Hawaiian reggae band Natural Vibrations. Download the song for free off their website and check out tour dates for their US tour!! For all our Colorado followers, dont miss them this weekend at the Marquis Theater in Denver! 

BOOM TUNE OF THE WEEK: The Rootsman Riddim

PLAYHere Comes Trouble | Chronixx (Rootsman Riddim)

Overstand Entertainment presents the Rootsman Riddim, featuring the likings of Chronixx (above), Tarrus Riley, Jah 9 & more!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Silly Walks Presents: "The Honey Pot Riddim"

Hailing from Hamburg, Germany, one of my favorite production groups, Silly Walks Discotheque, presents their brand new selection, The Honey Pot Riddim. When we talk about modern feel-good reggae, this is what we're talking about! Featuring the lyrical likings of solid artists such as Chronixx, Exco Levi, Lutan Fyah, Ginjah, Torch and more, this rhythm is sure to please any reggae fan. The Honey Pot Riddim follows up Silly Walks' compilation album, Storms of Life, released last May, which was nominated by Rudeboy as the best of 2012. For those of you familiar with the album (and if you're not, familiarize yourself with it ASAP), you'll recognize this riddim as the same production backing Torch's "Reggae Music" and Jah 9's, "Brothers."

I've come to really respect and appreciate Silly Walks' production work, and get super excited whenever they have new releases available. They no doubt continue to impress, so big ups to those guys, Oliver and Joscha!

Artists & tracks as they appear on the mix above:
Chronixx - Smile Jamaica
Ginjah - Sweet Killer
Da'Ville - One in a Million
Exco Levi and Kabaka Pyramid - Strive
Lutan Fyah - Lonesome Soldier
Torch - Good Reggae Music

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Fiji: Born and Raised II (The Rebirth)

Legendary artist and Pacific Island reggae pioneer, FIJI, has just dropped a new album titled Born and Raised II (The Rebirth). For those of you unfamiliar with George FIJI Veikoso, he is truly one of the most innovative artists in the genre, helping establish Pacific reggae and take it to the main stage of music, even performing the national anthem at a Pittsburgh Steelers Football game back in October. His style and blend of music is incomparable to any other artist out there.

The new album is one of the best reggae albums that I've heard in a while. Straight off the top shelf, the music is superb, start to finish, couldn't ask for anything more. FIJI has stated this album as "coming around full circle. A greatest hits from the diary of his life." Big ups to Fiji for a beautifully composed and produced album that is the symbol of the evolution of Pacific Island reggae, a genre that wouldn't be where it is without him. Get the album for yourself on iTunes (sitting at #27 on the pop charts next to Neil Daimond and Justin Beiber as Im writing) and help support Pacific music! Album includes special guest appearances from J-Boog, Common Kings, Irie Love, and Peter Morgan. Find out more about the man and his music on his site Much respect to the legendary FIJI! Boom Bahng!

Monday, February 18, 2013

Introducing: Alific

Hailing from Washington D.C., Brendan Dane, aka Alific, is a Reggae/Rock/Dub artist and producer, who released his debut album, Dub in the District about 2 years back. It was just recently, however, that I was introduced to this artist, as he's now gearing up to release his sophomore album this April.

What I like most about Alific is that his music encompasses a wide variety of sounds and styles -- you can pick out a number of different instruments and tempos in each song that all seem to come together really nicely. Oh, and I should probably mention that all of his album (aside from one track, No Workin) is instrumentals. I would say that Dub in the District is a progressive take on Reggae/Dub music. You can tell Alific doesn't hold himself accountable to any one musical genre, and that he really embraces the creative freedoms that music offers. My favorite track off of his album would have to be Sun Roots (above). I really dig the Sublime influences here, most prominent with the drums, and the guitar and sax riffs.

Keep a look out for Alific's newest album, Echoes from the Soul, which is slated to be released in April.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Monday, February 11, 2013

The Green: Liars & Lovers Final Chapter + "Liar Live" Video

Check out the first video production from Rudeboy Reggae in collaboration with The Green. This footage was a compilation of their recent west coast Liars & Lovers tour that we were fortunate enough to be a part of as well as some bad ass editing work from UH Productions, our new partner for video content.  Here at Rudeboy Reggae we are always striving to bring you the most that music has to offer and music related video content is the latest endeavor of ours so stay tuned for more in the near future including artist interviews and acoustic performances. Also if you have the chance, don't miss out on catching The Green in their upcoming Liars & Lovers: Final Chapter tour kicking off today! Check out dates at and see's "live artist of the year" in action!

2013 Grammy Awards: Bob Marley Tribute

For those of you who didn't catch this epic tribute to Bob Marley at the 2013 Grammys tonight.. Bruno Mars, STING, Rihanna, Ziggy and Damian Marley paying respect to the king! I don't think Ive ever seen the grammys with so much energy, just about everyone on their feet dancing in what RollingStones called one of the highlights of the night! DOPENESS

"None of this would be possible without Bob Marley" ~ Bruno Mars

Ohh and of course, the winner for best reggae album: Jimmy Cliff: Rebirth

Nominees: Toots & The Maytals: Reggae Got Soul: Unlugged on Strawberry Hill, Sly & Robbie & The Jam Masters: New Legend - Jamaica 50th Edition, Sean Paul: Tomahawk Technique, The Original Wailers: Miracle

Friday, February 8, 2013


Comin' in hot, hot, hot is Romain Virgo with his exceptional track off the brand new Voyage Riddim, produced by Kheilstone Music. "Cold Side" is light-years ahead of all the other vocal performances on this rhythm selection. Enjoy!

AOTM: Aaron Kamm and the One Drops - "The Bomb and the Beast"

With this recent rise in quality American Reggae, it seems that a bulk of the bands are coming out of the California/Hawaii area.  Of course there are exceptions all over the country, but it is this strong Reggae scene in Missouri that has me interested.  Aaron Kamm and the One Drops, 77 Jefferson, Josh Heinrichs and the guys from Jah Roots are a few of the examples in mind.   Some stay more ‘true’ to the Reggae genre than others but it is this variation that I love so much.  It has provided us with an odd blending of styles that results in a new, unique flavor for our ears.

Specifically, Aaron Kamm and the One Drops, out of St. Louis, is a band I’ve been listening to for years and have wanted to write about for just as long.  Finally, I decided I would feature their most recent album (March ‘12), The Bomb and the Beast, for this month’s installment of Rudeboy Reggae’s Album of the Month.

From their first two albums, Gnu-Gnu (Dec '08) and Grow (Dec '09), these guys have set themselves apart with a really nice, unique mix of Reggae and Mississippi River Blues.   I honestly can’t think of another band that comes close to resembling their style.  With positive messages, upbeat tempos, and an ability to produce catchy tunes, these guys have been the perfect warm summer day music for me.  Aaron Kamm's distinctive vocals is another aspect that makes this band so unique, but I could imagine listeners could either love it or hate it. Their style seems well suited for an entertaining outdoor concert, and after checking out some videos and reviews of their live shows, I haven’t heard anything to disagree.  For some reason, they haven’t made it all that big, and I’m not sure why.  They don’t tour much outside of the Midwest, but I don’t see that lasting for too long.  Keep an eye out for these guys!

Check out a couple of my favorite older tracks to see if it's your style.  Also, download a track off the featured album, titled "Fire" for free!

New Volkswagen Commercial Takes Inspiration from Reggae Culture

One of this year's biggest Super Bowl commercials came from Volkswagen - a brand that has always had exceptional advertising. This particular commercial, for obvious reasons, strikes a chord with Jamaicans and Reggae fans alike. I personally think this commercial is hilariously brilliant, and I can't stop watching it. I felt I had to do my part and give it some face time on Rudeboy, especially for those of our worldly followers who may not have seen this spot already. Kudos, VW!

And, let's not forget that Jimmy Cliff was specifically casted to sing the background track for this ad. 

Thursday, February 7, 2013

The King of Music: Bob Marley

Today the king of music, Bob Marley, would have been 68 years old. Not much more can be said that hasn't already, nevertheless we can't help but persist as his profound music and message continue their everlasting legacy. Enjoy a rare interview from the vaults and a song off the most recent release from the Marley empire: Live Forever. One Love and let us not forgot the last words he spoke in the physical form, "Money can't buy life."

Aloha Nesta!

Monday, February 4, 2013

Etana - "Queen"

Female standout, Etana, is slated to release her third album, Better Tomorrow, on February 26. This track above is hot off the press and was just released by the Jamacain songstress in anticipation of her album drop at the end of this month.  Appropriately titled "Queen," this track is a soft reggae jam with some righteous, girl-power lyrics, and sets a nice vibe. Big up Etana on this one. Be sure to pick up her album later this month!

Friday, February 1, 2013

Common Kings - "Wade in Your Water" MV

Speaking of J Boog, I went to a show of his back in October and remember a certain tune that the opening DJ played which the crowd went nuts for.  I looked it up on my phone at the time and realized who it was — Common Kings. Three months later I searched the tune and found the music video, and these guys continue to impress.  The video is well done — simple, good quality, and some excellent casting haha.

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A lesser known big tune from the "2012 Best New Entertainer" - J Boog.