Friday, 17 July 2015

How Shaggy became first Dancehall artist to score UK hits in THREE separate decades

I don't think any other living Jamaican artist has scored a hit in every decade since first entering the UK charts with chart-topper "Oh Carolina". While Shaggy's career began in New York, he scored his first ever hit in the UK. We buss him. There definitely hasn't been one from a dancehall background. This is something worth shouting about, and if I don't do it, who will? Ay?

Thursday, 16 July 2015

About Chronixx Somerset House show: this is NOT a review

So basically, I went to Chronixx's show at the prestigious Somerset House on Sunday. Had the time of my life again. Decided I'm not gonna write a review on Monday because what else is there to say? I've seen him five times (six if you include the time babylon locked off proceedings cos of curfew in Jamaica. Seven if you include his appearance at Rebel Salute) and been impressed every time. How do I keep retelling the same story? "You have to see this guy. It is one of the best shows you will experience in these times," will forever be the moral.

If you wanna read a review of this show go here. You can take in my reviews of Chronixx in 2014 and 2013. If you wanna do that and wanna hear what I've got to say, stay here.

Monday, 13 July 2015

FAO JA music: Don't go chasing Cheerleader

So what I'm saying is, I know the success of "Cheerleader" by Omi is a major deal, but please, please, please, learn the right lessons from it. I noticed people only started cheering it on when it first touched the US charts despite it topping charts in 17 countries before. Typical, but very problematic issue that's happening in Jamaican media and filters to Jamaican music makers.

Nobody seems to care even a little bit about the Jamaican music success outside of Billboard chart. I seriously have to ask "If a song is a hit outside of US, was it actually a hit?" We live in a digital age, information is easier to access than ever before, yet I get the impression that some are only slightly more knowledgable than when foreign distributors only communicated with producers they licensed from and the artists had no idea a big hit sold a single copy.

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Then why doesn't everyone know UK loves reggae?

A compilation called Dancehall Reggae Anthems was released the other day, topping the iTunes album chart for four of the seven days in week of release and entered the official UK compilation chart at number 3. Of course, I was on hand to give daily updates - obviously. But then certain responses made me think: why do people make say "Yeah, but…" and "It's only because of…" type responses when reggae and dancehall does well? Is it just a lack of faith based on various reasons, lack of historical knowledge or a lack of faith because they lack historical knowledge?

Saturday, 30 May 2015

Cool? Wtf is "cool? Tell cool I said "your mum"

Funniest things you learn in life. Especially on Twitter where you can see opinions from people outside your social circle. In most cases, they're people you'll never meet so big up the internet.

I was listening to a podcast (Vlad TV with Lord Jamar and Star) after I listened to the latest Combat Jack (Jamillah Larrieux). As we know, the whole "system is designed to keep the black man down" is omnipresent in black American  conversation these days. But for some reason, I clocked something that sparked this post. It will go off in various directions 'cos I've got a few examples. Some are things I've said, some are things I've witnessed, but the thread is all the same. I'll wrap it up at the end. Just stick with me.

There are those sayings like "going against the grain" What is the flipping thing? It's all relative to the times, innit? 'Cos when you pree the thing properly, there are loads of things that were considered rebellious or against the grain once upon a time that are the grain now and vice-versa. Like, a few years ago marijuana was an illegal drug in US, today its legal in certain States of America. People who were saying it isn't that bad for you are more likely to be believed today than they were. Even further than that, smoking weed was a wasteman pastime. Now it's the in ting to be a stoner. Again. Comprendez? Just a little light example. Warm and easy.

Hey black British artists, reppin' your ends is the new black

(Generally speaking now. I can't be arsed to deal with people who say "Oh, but what about this artist?" cos it's stupid. There are always exceptions to the rule. But guess what? In the grand scheme of things, IT DOESN'T MATTER!)

I've been meaning to write this post for a couple of weeks, but I decided to start writing this when I watched Tinie Tempah's new video. Everything made sense again.

Saturday, 16 May 2015

That time they try tell me about black British history… looooool

Disclaimer: This post is inspired by a conversationThe people quoted in this post are who I believe are symptoms of, not the problem so please understand this isn't a personal attack - it's addressing a wider issue. They were quoted for context so readers could fully understand wah gwaan. Also, they are very up in certain aspects of black American and black British culture. Do not take them for some weak, any guys at aaaallll. The conversation wouldn't have been a conversation if that was the case. Respect them guys. And I'm speaking generally. If you don't feel like you fit the category, you probably don't. This isn't a black vs. white thing, it's a "there's a lot more to the story" thing. Bless up.

Before we proceed, I'd like to start this post by quoting BDL founder, Big Narstie. "Black man can't fool again, my lard." This is a history lesson outside of Black History Month *gasp*. That's about Black American history anyway, so you wouldn't get this kind of stuff anyway. Also, make sure you understand the disclaimer before you get worked up or start drawing your own conclusions.

A tweet I posted sparked a reaction yesterday. So much so, a long conversation followed (you can read it here). I was asked to admit I was chatting shit or got it wrong. Which part?! Wrong for using a word that offended soul heads cos they don't feel they were begs? Based on the fact a few missed the point, maybe, but the essence of the tweet is true. And as Bob Marley said "The truth is an offence but not a sin".

(Definition of "beg" in this instance: placing somebody else's culture higher than your own. Yes, I understand some people just prefer the music but you'll get me if you continue reading. Safe)

It's so mad; it went so left, people were bringing what they think I said based on who they think I am and what they think I know. Mate "You might see me on the tweets but homie, you don't know me".