Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Onstage Interview With Jacob Hemphill

Check out this solid interview with Jacob Hemphill of SOJA. Some really great content as they dig into some serious issues. Segment 5

"Reggae is the future" ~ Jacob 

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

77 Jefferson Releases "Rarities, Vol. 2"

One of the Midwest's top Reggae bands, 77 Jefferson, dropped their 5th full-length album this last May.  Rarities, Vol. 2 is the perfect album to kick off the summer!  Light, refreshing Reggae music with positive messages, catchy tunes and a feel-good vibe throughout.  You really just can't go wrong throwing this album on in the background of any situation.

These guys have been around for a minute (2008), and I have found that besides increasing their quality of production (Ganjah Records), their sound hasn't changed all that much - which is not a bad thing!  If you are already a fan, you should know what to expect, and if not, you are in for a nice surprise.  Make sure to keep an eye out for some impressive featured artists (ie. Josh Heinrichs, Jah Maoli, and Spawnbreezie), and Joel Castillo's vocals are just as smooth and relaxing as ever.  Also, check out the four remixes scattered throughout the album.  Each one is really good, but the remix of "Fast Girl" might be my favorite.

Check out the full album HERE.

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Cultural Spotlight: Project Kuleana

Its no secret that Hawaii has a strong affinity to reggae music. However, not everyone may be aware of the many other genres of music that live and flourish in Hawaii, especially traditional and contemporary Hawaiian music, which have undoubtedly influenced the reggae produced in the islands. I wanted to share this video of "Kaulana Na Pua" produced by Project Kuleana because its awesome as well as to show fans of Hawaiian reggae one of the significant musical influences that help inspire the genres unique sounds. The song is about the opposition to the annexation of Hawaii to the US back in the late 1800's and you can find translation here. As you'll see, the theme of Project Kuleana is to promote lokahi (unity), kuleana (responsibility), and aloha 'aina (love for the land), values similar to that of reggae, by bringing some of Hawaii's best musicians together to play music. Enjoy! 

Monday, June 24, 2013

Cas Haley La Si Dah

Finally got a chance to listen to Cas Haley's new album La Si Dah! Can't really go wrong with a voice like his. I love the style of this album. A more classic and vintage sound to the music that gives Cas Haley's tremendous vocals a timeless feel. Check out my favorite tracks and his upcoming tour schedule, including Europe dates, at and purchase the album for yourself on ITUNES! Much love Cas!

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Aotearoa Reggae All Stars

Maori Television has produced a one hour special bringing together some of Aotearoa's (New Zealand) top reggae artists. The piece, titled "Aotearoa Reggae All Stars" captures the collaboration of the different reggae acts like Katchafire, Tomorrow People, and House of Shem to celebrate Matariki and showcase a brand new remake of Herbs classic ‘Sensitive to a Smile’. Check out the music video above and make sure to watch the full one hour special with interviews and live performances at!

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Common Kings Musicmentary 2013

Sick new mini documentary, or "musicmentary", of the Common Kings. Some beautiful film to show all of the international touring they have been up to and some peaks at what sounds to be some dope music in the works. Check out more of their music and tour dates at Big up Common Kings! 

Thursday, June 20, 2013

J Boog, Katchafire & More in Lake Tahoe!!

The guys over at Devildog Productions have teamed up with Wash House Music to get J Boog back to North Lake Tahoe on July 9, at Crystal Bay Casino!!

No introduction should be necessary for J Boog, as he quickly has risen to the top ranks of contemporary Reggae.  New Zealand's Katchafire may be less known to the general audience, but for no legitimate reason.  These guys crush!  They especially stand out when given the opportunity to show their talents live.  For those that are in the area, keep an eye on the Rudeboy Reggae Facebook for some ticket giveaways.  Or just be proactive and purchase them for only $17 HERE.

For those that aren't in the area, check his full Live Up Tour to see where he's closest to you this summer.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Lion Fiyah Ft. Fiji - My Queen

New single from Wash House featuring Lion Fiyah and Fiji! Check it! Track off Lion Fiyah's upcoming EP, Still Mighty. Cant wait!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Iration - Automatic

Just found this teaser of Iration's new album Automatic set to drop next month. Sounds like theres nice diversity and some solid potential. Guess well just have to wait and see. 

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Introducing: Six60

Six60 is another solid band coming out of the Aotearoa (New Zealand) music scene. While they do lean more on the rock/alternative side, some of their music definitely has that reggae flare, including hit debut single "Don't Forget Your Roots." I really like their style, the blending of genres, and especially the mixture of these attributes alongside the soulful vocals. I am not a big electronic fan either, though I do find their inclusions to be tasteful. Check out some of my top Six60 picks below including probably my favorite track "Green Bottles" as well as the song "Forever" which is more on the rock side. Looks like they are making some moves and will be playing a couple festivals in the UK and US this summer. I wouldn't be surprised if we hear a lot more about these guys in the months to come. Listen to their debut self titled album, check out tour dates, and find more about the band on their website,


Monday, June 10, 2013

Top Cat ft Jacky Murda and Max Power - Sundown

I didn't post the song for the music video, but this track is a heavy hitter. Fat bass line and solid hook make this ganja tune a winner. Enjoy. 

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Pepper Drops Single "FKRND" Off Upcoming Album Releasing July 16!

The Kona town boys are back at it again. Pepper has recently released their single "FKARND" for a taste of their upcoming self-titled album set to release July 16. Im always a fan of Peppers mellower acoustic style jams and hoping the new album has more of that and the reggae feel to it that my favorite music of theirs contains. Regardless, should be some great music on the horizon from these Hawaii boys. For our younger followers, make sure your parents aren't standing behind you when you watch this video. More info at and you can also help fund the new album through

Friday, June 7, 2013


Kabaka Pyramid | Ready Fi Di Road 

Sophia Squire - "Some Day"

PLAYSome Day | Sophia Squire

Some Day is a soulful, righteous roots/hip-hop song from Sophia Squire, an established Jamaican songbird who got her humble beginnings as a backup vocalist for some big names like Gregory Isaacs, Lutan Fyah, Glen Washington and Fantan Mojah. This single comes from the Bob Locko Riddim, produced by Rocksteady Fred, hailing from Sweeden.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Ticket Giveaway: The Republik Music Festival ft. Damian Marley

BAMP Project presents the 3rd Annual Republik Music Festival. This years lineup features Damian Jr. Gong Marley, Santigold, Citizen Cope, and Jah Maoli on June 15 at Kaka'ako Waterfront Amphitheater! You can purchase tickets at the link here, or you can enter our TICKET GIVEAWAY and try to win a pair for free.  To enter, all you need to do is 3 simple things. 1. Subscribe to our email list using the widget on the right side of the page that says "Follow Us By Email".  2. Comment on this post with your favorite Damian Marley song. 3. Forward your email subscription confirmation to RudeboyHawaii and include the name you posted your comment as. Contest ends at Noon (HI Time) June 13th! Good luck and enjoy this video of Jr.Gong with Jack Johnson & Paula Fuga a few years back at the Waikiki Shell.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Stephen Marley ft. Spragga Benz & Damian Marley, "Bongo Nyah"

Slated to appear on Stephen Marley's upcoming album, Revelation Part II: The Fruit of Life, "Bongo Nyah" is a pretty tough, gritty hip-hop/dancehall tune with some subtle culture influences. Featuring brother, Damian Marley, and Spragga Benz, Bongo Nyah -- a slang term used in Jamaica to describe someone who is both a rasta and a ganster, one that was introduced by Little Roy back in the '70s -- is a brand new single sure to make some waves ina di dancehall. Stephen's new album is set to be released sometime this fall, the exact date is still TBD.

Hawaiian Radio Hits

For those unfamiliar, here in Hawaii we have 4 FM radio stations constantly pumping reggae. Typically they feature music more on the lovers rock and Hawaiian style vibes, with a majority of the music coming from local artists, but also play those reggae bombs when they hit. Figured I would share some of the popular tracks at the moment to give everyone a feel of some of the music that resonates here in Hawaii. Enjoy tunes from Jordan T, Maoli, Lilo Delima ft Jah Maoli, and Rebel Souljahz. There are also acts like SOJA, Fiji, The Green, and Anuhea holding their share of the frequencies but I wanted to bring attention to some of the lesser known artists/bands.  And for those of you looking for more. Feel free to stream the stations online through Island 98.5, KCCN FM100, 93.1 Da Pa'ina, or Q103.7

Sunday, June 2, 2013

AOTM: Gentleman - New Day Dawn

Gentleman's new album New Day Dawn has finally dropped in the US and has undisputedly won our album of the month for June. If you haven't heard the new music, I highly recommend checking it out on ITUNES and preview some of my picks up above. Gentleman is one of Germany and Europe's biggest contemporary reggae artists, and there is a good reason for it. His conscious lyrics and passion filled vocals are some of my favorite aspects of his music that have made me a fan of his since I was in high school. For our Europe massive (or those traveling through the region) make sure to check out tour dates at! Massive respect Gentleman!

Saturday, June 1, 2013

The Courtney John Project

Over the last few years at Rudeboy Reggae, we’ve seen a ton of new variations to the genre.  Personally, it was the Reggae/hip-hop fusion (Distant Relatives, Bobb Deep, Mos Dub, etc.) that I first noticed.  Then, Reggae/Blues (Aaron Kamm & The One Drops), then Reggae/Dubstep (Major Lazer), and I’m sure to forget some others.  Now there seems to be a whole new genre invented:  Rootstronic.  Described as “one part Kingston mash up, one part euro-electronica and 100% provocative in its approach to contemporary music,”  The Courtney John Project is attempting to totally change the game.

For strictly Roots Reggae fans, I would skip to the next post, because this may just be too far outside of your comfort zone.  The trio is made of award winning writer and lovers-rock vocalist, Courtney John, the extremely talented, young producer, The Wizard, and Grammy winner, Steven “Lenky” Marsden.  While John carries the direction of the vocals, The Wizard takes it to a very electronic place with her production.   The familiarity of John’s voice is probably going to be the only thing familiar to the listeners of this groundbreaking project.  I won’t promise that everyone will love it, but I do promise that you should check it out.   It’s always interesting to see the direction that people can take Reggae music, and this one is surely out there.  It can be a bit too electronic-heavy at times for me, but I'm definitely excited to see what they have in store with their full-length album.


A classic Tarrus Riley tune off of Contagious should get your Saturday night going perfectly.