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  1. Busy Signal “Fresh From Yaad” Album Review

    The Newly Energized Entertainer Hints That A Busy Signal U.S. Tour Is In The Works Reanno Gordon, Busy Signal continues to stand out as an artist in 2017. He stepped out onto the musical scence in 2002, modeling his career after international reggae icon, Bounty Killer.  Now he has an even clearer vision for his future with his new VISA status. In January, Busy Signal visited New York for a quick media run with  Ebro Darden, Laura Styles, Funk Masterflex,Bobby Konders and Jabba for Hot 97 FM and Reshma B for Boomshots TV (four-part interview at the end of article) to discuss his new EP, Fresh From Yaad.  Following this, Busy embarked on an European Tour and this week he revived up his fans in the U.S. with a tweet:  “Coming to a city near you. Wherever in world you are! ASAP- Turf President.” In light of the impending tour, this article will serve to give an in-depth review of the Fresh From Yaad EP. Album Review After The Jump Busy Signal – “Step Out” (2006) Bounty Killer and Busy Signal Step Out in Black  Album Review In-depth, track by track analysis of Busy Signal’s “Fresh FromYaad” EP The first single on […]

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  2. HEAR THIS: Konshens ft. Chris Brown “Bruk Off Yuh Back” Remix

    Remix adds R&B Flavor to Dancehall Smash Hit The ladies received a special treat on March 21, 2017. Two heartthrobs in the genres of R&B and Dancehall, respectively, collaborated on a remix for a song released in 2016. Konshen’s  incendiary hit “Bruk Off Yuh Back” on the Moskato riddim produced by Christopher Birch, begins:  “Wah dis make you feel like do? / Wah dis make you feel like do? / Wah dis make you? For most dancehall lovers, this song makes you want to break into dance moves. The song merged into mainstream music culture and remains an international hit.  More After The Jump… The video directed by Dameon Gayle, starts off like a movie and ends up bringing dancehall vibes to the wilderness and uncharted territory. In an interview with Seani B, Konshens had a premonition that a hit was on his hands: “I know when something has the right sound. The producer sent me the track and it seemed to click together very easily. We shot the video and the rest is history.” –Konshens His vision manifested and earned him a contract with Empire, a U.S. label. Under new management with  Sharon Burke, Konshens states: “Sharon is opening doors and making […]

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  3. WATCH THIS: Judith Gayle “Incredible Love” Official Music Video

    A Song that Addresses Suicide From A Spiritual Perspective Lent  is the 40 days preceding Easter, when Christians all over the world, reflect on their own lives and the life of Jesus Christ. People commemorate the life and crucifixion of Jesus Christ by fasting and praying. During Lent, Jesus was tempted by Satan and many feel that this spiritual season marks a period of spiritual turmoil. In light of this time and the fact that suicide is the second leading cause of death of persons between the ages of 15 and 34 and  the U.S. suicide rate is at the highest level in 30 years,  we wanted to present a video which addresses suicide from a spiritual point of view. Judith Gayle’s video for “Incredible Love,” starring Jermaine “Zbek ” Nelson,  let’s people know they are not alone in a world of scrutiny and constant pressure. More After The Jump… Directed by Ariff Butler of Bloozick Filmworks, Zbek prays to God in agony because of the difficulties in his life. The actor parallels Jim Caviezel in “Passion of The Christ“ as he portrays Jesus praying to God in distress in the Garden of Gethsemane. In both scenes, the character questions why […]

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  4. Vybz Kartel Appeal Moves Forward

    Gaza Fans Rejoice But There’s Still A Long Road Ahead Gaza fans are celebrating at today’s news that Vybz Kartel and his co-defendants have been granted “leave” to pursue his appeal. His Lawyer Tom Tavares-Finson told the Jamaica Observer that this was an important step in the case. “It’s the first but critical step in the appeal process,” the prominent attorney explained. “A single judge, Justice Frank Williams, has read all the papers from the trial and determined that there are grounds on which an appeal could be allowed, so he has given the green light to proceed. We will move on to a full appeal in September. It is a limited victory, but an important moral victory for my client, as it reinforces the notion in his mind that justice will be srved and he will be acquitted.” Full Story & Video After The Jump…  Kartel was given a life sentence for murder along with three others including Gaza deejay Sawn Storm, was to be eligible for parole in 35 years. In this new update the World boss is looking to have his new trial by the end of this year and if all was to fall in his favour then he could […]

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  5. Dameon Gayle: Behind The Lens

    Envisioning music with Director (Warrior Films) and Producer (Warrior Musick Productions), Dameon Gayle Dameon Gayle, is to reggae and dancehall what Hype Williams is to hip hop. He grew up in Waterhouse and learned to play drum, keyboard and bass guitar by ear, as a child. By 18, he began  hanging out with local musicians in his community including,  Bob Andy. This early introduction to music would shape his life and career. More After The Jump… “I was just sick pon the drums and the musicians in the local studio gave me a keyboard.  I went from playing quiet church hymns to playing “Bang” reggae and  Bob Andy would come and show me how to play inna di backa the yard. This opened me up to more music as a musician. Rance Chambers, the band’s leader introduced me to Courtland “Gizmo” White,  the guitarist of Raging Fyah.  I went to Courtland’s house and I was fascinated by his equipment – he ended up renting a room in my family home. It was during this time, that I  learned how to build a riddim and realized that I liked it more than playing in a band.  Devano was the first artist to […]

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  6. Kelissa Captivates Fans with “Spellbound” EP

    New EP is Uniquely Outstanding Kelissa’s recent Spellbound project isn’t your run-of-the-mill reggae EP, it’s a resurrection in the form of roots renaissance recordings. Spellbound takes the listener to Reggae’s remotest regions and ventures beyond into the exotic. The EP contains 11 tracks, including three extended interludes and two dubs. The interesting instrumentals including Native American drums and flute, in conjunction with thought provoking lyrics, makes this EP a force to be reckoned with. More After The Jump… The title track is a compelling composition with a poetic flow.  Saxophone riffs create an easy listening experience. The song climaxes in chimes and chanting over a breakdown of primal drums.The second track is the familiar stone-ground jam-down roots and culture song,  “Wake Up and Live,” featuring Jesse Royal. “Best Kept Secret” contains soft sounds and content about feminine vulnerability. The trombone solo by Nambo Robinson adds to the melancholy feel of the tune. The incendiary song, “Topsy Turvy” talks about journeying through life with the forces of Babylon. The interludes  keep the thesis cohesive, and the listener engaged. “Take Your Time” is a soulful lover’s rock song. “How Many More” contains passionate pleas to “organize and centralize, come as one” because of the violence […]

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  7. Flashback Friday: Notorious B.I.G.: “Sky’s The Limit”

    Brooklyn’s Finest Rapper Continues to Live On Through His Powerful Lyrics March 9, 2017, marked the 20th anniversary of Christopher Wallace, Notorious B.I.G.’s murder in Los Angeles, California. He was only 24 years old and at the height of his career, when he lost his life. His murder remains a cold case despite the $50,000 award for any leads in the case. However, Notorious B.I.G. ‘s musical anthology continues to inspire generations born during and after his time. A quote from one of his inspiring tunes (below) trended across social media as fans new and old, commemorated the life of this music legend. The surge of quotes came after Puff Daddy put out a tweet, requesting that fans remember his friend by posting their favorite Biggie quotes. The most admired quote was from “Sky’s The Limit,” released in 1997. This song features the R&B group 112 and comes from the album entitled, “Life After Death Album.” This Friday, we reflect on the lyrics of this classic B.I.G. song and the quote from the last line of the song which touched so many. Quote and Video After The Jump… This quote emphasizes the need to be bold in the pursuit of […]

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  8. Orlando Octave: Deeper Than Soca

    A Thought Provoking  Soca Song Makes It All The Way To The International Soca Monarch Finals When Orlando Octave’s father entered him into a local television competition in Trinidad, his life changed forever.  After, a few local hits, he wrote a breakthrough song “Single,” that catapulted him to a spot in the International Soca Monarch Finals. We spoke to him a few days before  the competition to learn the message behind this smash hit. Interview After The Jump… Interview Angel: Orlando Octave! I am happy for you and Linky First making it for the 25 Finalists for International Soca Monarch. Orlando: I feel good about it. It’s a good mix in these finals. Hard work pays off and it’s a lot of new faces. I’m wishing everyone the best, including my brethren Linky. Angel: How did you come to write the smash hit “Single”? Orlando: Reading the bible I came to understand myself and who we are as a people. I am an Israelite and I was reading the laws in the books of the old testament and it continuously mentions that there will be seven women to one man. I realize this is true in nature too, when you look […]

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  9. Rihanna Honored As Harvard University’s Humanitarian of the Year

    Robyn Rihanna Fenty Graciously Accepts Award on Harvard University Campus On February 28, 2017 students and faculty filled the Sanders Theatre at Harvard University. The gathering was held to honor musical artist, Rihanna for her philanthropy and exemplary compassion humanitarianism. More After The Jump… Notably, Rihanna generously supported many projects including a project in 2006 called the “Believe Foundation.” This was her first philanthropic effort to help terminally ill children by providing medical, educational, emotional and financial support. Rihanna served as an ambassador for the UNICEF Tap project which funds clean water and sanitation projects in third world countries. The Clara Lionel Global Scholarship Program (named in honor of Rihanna’s grandmother) provides millions of dollars in scholarships and health causes internationally. Rihanna built a state of the art, breast cancer treatment center at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Bridgetown, Barbados. To be selected as a recipient of the “Humanitarian of the Year” at Harvard University is truly a top honor. Other recipients of this prestigious award include, James Earl Jones, Ban Ki-Moon and Malala Yousafzai. Written By: Angel Love @LoveDeepAngel Follow @Boomshots Like Boomshots on Facebook Subscribe to Boomshots TV

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  10. HEAR THIS: Thornato ft. Gappy Ranks “Rhinoceros” PREMIERE

    You Coulda Have the Heart of A Lion, Speed of a Cheetah… Since the success of his 2014 release “Gaita Gaita,” Queens-based producer Thor Partridge aka Thornato has been making waves around the world as a beat maker and remixer. His new project Bennu showcases the talents of versatile vocalists from around the globe. UK grime-turned-dancehall don Gappy Ranks  features on “Rhinoceros,” which Boomshots proudly premieres today. “The beat that I initially created and sent to Gappy ended up morphing into something completely different once I received his vocals,” Thornato recalls. ” I ended up stripping everything down to let Gappy’s powerful voice take the lead.  The synth is inspired by an ancient Greek bagpipe called ‘Askaulos.’ I heard a solo performance that was incredibly haunting and unique and I immediately thought it would make a great lead synth sound.” Once this riddim gets rolling, it’s oddly reminiscent of the sound of a thousand stampeding rhinoceri. Audio After The Jump… “Run when you see the rhinoceros!” Run that… Pre-Order “Rhinoceros” pon Bandcamp Like Boomshots on Facebook Subscribe to Boomshots TV Follow Boomshots on Tumblr Follow @Boomshots

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