Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Good riddance The Bill

Tonight, saw the final episode of The Bill. I tweeted The Bill "kept black actors in business". Sensing sarcasm? Then you are on the right road.

So on to tonight's episode, what was it about? Blank gang done for gang raping a girl and a murder with some drugs thrown in there.

So was there a big bang ending? Nowhere near. The pigs had a conference, that ended on some talk about respect, because the black kids murdered the other guy because he "disrespected". Smart innit? Nah I didn't think so either, patronising piece of...

Show was pants anyway. Only two things I liked about it was I'd point out local areas or see people I knew and the end credits. It never continued, so why should I watch again?

Yeah, laters fam. Stupid program

The Fives 'It's What You Do (Hottest By Far)'

A reader of my blog sent me this tune in relation to this post in attempt to convince me UK funky isn't dead. I was supposed to blog it last week, but been rushed off my feet with these deadlines maaan. Anyway, low and behold DJ B tweeted the video today. Hasn't this happened before? Oh yeah, the previous post



This tune BANGS!!! Had it on repeat that day. Shout out to James Simon. As I said in my reply email, "Jeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeez this tune 'It's What You Do' is doing a LOT for my system!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh my goodness! Wow. Both are quality but that one in particular is a skankers."

The other tune I'm referring to is Rian Peters featuring Wiley



Yeah, I'd never heard it before. I shall be looking out for more from them.

See readers, if you disagree, email me or comment. I'll see it, may not be able to get back to right away, but I will, and I'll post it if I like it. Thanks again James.

On the uk funky vs. dubstep debate, I wrote this to James last week

"In regards to funky being dead, it was more a question than a statement. I feel on the MC-side* theyve run the gravy train dry. I think commercially, the train may have gone in favour of dubstep which is the point I was making. Dubstep producers get the remixes for the street** that this time last year would have probably gone to Crazy Cousins. As we've seen recently, Magnetic Man entered the top ten and Katy B looks set to claim number 5 this week. UK Funky never claimed a top 10, KIG managed to scrape a top 20."

*MC songs
**street appeal/alternate remix for the cool people

I realise Dash Down by Mr M is a big tune, but come on, its cack.

Saturday, 28 August 2010

Mr Vegas featuring Teairra Mari 'Boy Shorts'

Another week, another American jumps on the dancehall wave. I tweeted about this song after hearing it on Robbo Ranx's 1Xtra Dancehall show (a must listen for the biggest tunes). Then the next day there's a remix. Thankfully I tweeted it before the remix. No bandwagon hopping around here.

Teairra Marie is the girl that was sisgned to Roc-a-fella just as Jay-Z had taken over Def Jam, came out the same time as Rihanna and Neyo. Her first song wasMake Her Feel Good followed No Daddy. Rihanna killed off all her chances with Pon Di Replay. Neyo had So Sick and Sexy Love. All dancehall inspired beats. Now Teairra's on it? Realisation maybe?

Anyway here's the tune:



Big up Snocone, riddim mad

Last week we had the hottest female rapper in the game Nicki Minaj tweet the lyrics to Ricky Blaze's Just You and I, and stating she wants Vybz Kartel for her album Pink Friday (not forgetting frequent use of Jamaican patois), Estelle on Wayne Marshall's My Heart, Americans like Neyo (if you have proper ears and a brain, Miss Independent was a rip-off before Kartel jumped on it), Rihanna and Sean Kingston's imitation dancehall beats, Drake loves it... It's crazy how often they fight against the music yet every time it rises back again. Sign of great music. Don't sleep

Friday, 27 August 2010

MTV Wrap Up: Wayne Marshall inteview

Yeah, back with another installment. The dancehall takeover on MTV UK's urban site. Last one with Popcaan proved a big winner. Twitter was going crazy from the tweets I managed to see whilst on holiday in Jamaica (the grind doesn't stop). Seems like everybody wanted to know "Wah gwaan Popcaan?!" as it was posted on at least 14 other websites including many leading dancehall ones. Thanks for that. Appreciate it. (Yeah I typed "marvin sparks" & "popcaan" into Google. It was raining + I was bored)

This time around, I interviewed Wayne Marshall. Yeah, interviewed him outside the studio of a popular hitmaker, but all in good time. Back to Wayne Marshall, some of you may know who he is, others may be wondering "Who?" or "The washed up G-Spot singer", but you'd be wrong. Not only is he a member of Bounty Killer's Alliance along with Busy Signal and Mavado, he has one of the hottest songs bubbling in dancehall circles right now. There's the original with Marshy on his own, the remix which is now the version for the video, and the remix remix (still with me?) featuring UKs very own Grammy winner Estelle. Besides, if you claim to like/know/be into dancehall, but don't know about the Wayne Marshall & Vybz Kartel combination, donate your stripes to a worthy cause.

Video:


The remix with Estelle:


May be thinking "That isn't reggae or dancehall; it sounds like hip hop/r&b" but it is the sub-genre from Jamaica called Island Pop. Anyway, I spoke to him about that, working with Estelle, what defines island pop from hip-hop/r&b/pop 'cos it's all one genre now if we're honest. Read it on MTV The Wrap Up

Oh yeah, he's in this video



And this video:



And this is him with his mates Mavado & Drake



But you'll find out more about him taking Drake around Jamaica, any possible collaborations between the two, whether him and Vybz Kartel still have beef, which girl is really messing with his heart and more in the next part of the interview (on Monday).

To read more reggaae/dancehall interview click here, for other genres including US hip hop and R&B or UK stars from grime, funky and pop click here

FlashBack Friday: Film OST

Welcome back to FlashBack Friday; a moment we all take out to reminisce. Well I do, hopefully you enjoy reading it and get that warm fuzzy feeling inside (no Ready Brek).

This post was inspired by the 9th year anniversay of Aaliyah's passing on Wednesday. You'll see where I am going with this in a second. Remember back in the days when they released a BANGER(!!!) of a single to promote a movie? For some strange reason, you felt as if the quality of the track reflected the movie. To be honest, I can't remember feeling like I'd been missold, so it wasn't that inaccurate, I guess.

Well, apart from Robin Hood = Bryan Adams 'Everything I Do, Do It For You', Bodyguard = Whitney "When I COULD sing" Houston 'I Will Always Love You', Titanic = Celine Dion 'My Heart Will Go On'. Big tunes, but I've never watched any of the films in their entirety.

Disclaimer: I'm not a film guy, so if I see a movie is any longer than 120 minutes (UNLESS it's likely to be my kind of movie) I will NOT watch it. Ignorant much? Yeah, so what! Especially as a youth, I'd much rather play Scalelectrix, run-out's, SNES or before that Sensible Soccer/World of Soccer on my Atari/Amiga (on my life I wasn't spoilt, no sarcasm, real talk).

Aaliyah 'Are You That Somebody'. This remains in my top 5 of both Aaliyah songs and Timbaland productions. He sampled a baby for Pete's sake! I was too young to know what she was singing about until a while after. Giving my age away there (them reverse ones). The innocent execution, melody, unusual-yet-infectious beat typical of Timbo back then (then he started making music for his gym play list) etc.

Remember the film?

Eddie Murphy played the lead role. Also had one of my teenhood (I think I made that up. Sounds cool to me) crush's Raven-Symone ("damn, homegirl. High school you was the girl..."). In fact one that became another teenhood crush, Kyla Pratt played Raven's sister. Little did (or does) she know she would overtake her and stay until this very day, but that's another FlashBack Friday.

So yeah the film was Dr Doolittle, 1998. I don't think people liked this film, but I thought it was alright.

Also featured Why I Lie by Ray J

Single chart performance: #1 = US R&B, Dutch & New Zealand. #21 Billboard Hot 100. #11 in UK which was her highest chart position. Won Grammy for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. Album; 2x Platinum (2 million+)
Film performance: Didn't win anything of note, can't find sales. Sorry



Next up, the Jodeci imitators that actually made good music. Lead by the black chap with blonde hair. Yeah, the unforgettable Sisqo. Him and the other members of Dru Hill 'How Deep Is Your Love' = BANGER!!! Video was deep too. Weren't feeling some of the lyrics though. As a staunch fan of dancehall, I'm sure you can spot which ones.

Martial Arts dude and stunt man Jackie Chan co-starring hilarious high-pitched Chris Tucker. This movie was a lot!

Also featured Can I Get A... by Jay-Z, Amil and Ja Rule, and Faded Pictures by Case and Joe

Song performance: #1 US R&B, #4 US Hot 100. Album: platinum (1 million +)
Film performance: 7th top grossing film of 1998; gross of over $140 million dollars at the U.S. box office.



One of the best OST's has to be Romeo Must Die released in 2000. First single was Try Again = banger. Second single released off it was the Aaliyah & DMX 'Back in One Piece'. Wasn't really a fan of it despite rating both artists. Aaliyah - I Don't Wanna = banger; Aaliyah - Are You Feelin'? = banger; Destiny's Child - Perfect Man = banger! I remember wheeling tracks on the official cassette tape that I swapped with a family friend for a Romeo set on So Solid Sunday on Delight 103FM. Oh how I wish I kept that tape. The punk taped over it with nonsense! Fumin when he gave it back.

Never seen Romeo Must Die in its entirety. I just can't. Never went to the cinema I hate strings so I never got the Jet Li hype and by the time it came on TV Aaliyah wasn't here. More a Jackie Chan fan, he did stunts without strings.

Single performance: #1 US Hot 100, 86 Rolling Stone 100 best songs of the decade, won two MTV Video Music Awards for Best Female Video and Best Video from a Film, nominated for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance at Grammy's. 2 Soul Train Music Award nominations: Best R&B/Soul Single and R&B/Soul or Rap Music Video.
Waddaya know can't find album figures for the one I really needed.
Movie performance: $91,036,760 gross Revenue

Aaliyah - Try Again



Destiny's Child - Perfect Man. Just listened to this again, still bangs. Had to post the audio



And on the flip side, I also rated Destiny's Child Independent Woman (before the OVERKILL), but I never got around to/wasn't interested in watching Charlie's Angels. Never seen Mo' Money but liked 'Best Things in Life Are Free' by Janet Jackson & Luther Vandross (was too young and haven't seen it since), never seen Double Take with Eddie Griffin and one next breh but Stutter by Joe is clasic. Didn't realise it was for a film 'til a while after. I realised the video used bits of the film.

Can't think of any others right now. On that note; 'til next time.

Catch up on previous episodes here.

Monday, 23 August 2010

Mystic Marvin Sparks... again

Only kidding with the "again" (not really but I don't want to appear like I'm getting gassed). Anyone that follows me on Twitter will see that for the past few Thursday's, I have pointed out that I have featured all 5 of Robbo Ranx's top 5 on this very blog at least a month before it appearing on his chart.

You may remember this blog post where I predicted the hottest songs for the summer. The title say top 5, but I gave 6. Well when I say 6, I gave 4 single songs and 2 riddim mixes.

Anyway, I am pleased to say all of those have been on Robbo Ranx's chart. 5 of 6 have been playlisted by 1Xtra (all except for Jazzwad 'Your Place or Mine'), special shout out to Gyptian's song got remixed unofficially by hottest female rapper in the game Nicki Minaj, Clarks which has received national newspaper coverage over here in England, racked over a million hits on YouTube, stormed dancefloors and "Wha' gwaan Popcaan" (click to find out who Popcaan is as interviewed by I an' I) one of the phrases of 2010.

Oh and only 2 of those songs are currently on Robbo's chart at the moment. The other songs are Ricky Blaze 'Just You and I' (watch out for this track), Aidonia 'We A Tek It Off' which was knocked off by 'Straight Jeans and Fitted' and Wayne Marshall 'My Heart' (which features Grammy winner Estelle on the latest remix with other big ones to come).

But anyway, enough trumpet blowing, I'm here to tell you that Vybz Kartel will take the winter with 'Touch A Button', Better Can Wuk and Street Vybz riddim (the most slept on riddim in UK) will buss up dances (both the Kartel pieces and possibly the Popcaan on (Popcaan's is hard) ).

Remember who told you first. Mystic Marvin Sparks aka the opinion you can trust (is it me or is their a sly rhyme in there?

Oh yeah, and a bonus, you may remember me singing the praises of a rising dancehall talent called Chino (here for interview, here for me singing his praises oh and here). You most probably don't, but anyway, he won something like best newcomer at a prestigious reggae awards last year, but this year he had the #2 best selling album in Japan a few weeks ago. Anyway, this past weekend they have been performing in Japan

All I'll say is watch @ 3mins 49 secs



Safe

What's That Smell? Loick Essien 'Love Drunk

Loick Essien (featured on Bashy's Black Boys and Chipmunk's Beast) brings this absolute beauty of a tune. Well I'm not sure if its his or Labrinth's doing. The beat is ridiculous



You can watch the official video here. This not letting people embed really gets on my nerves. Why not? Your related videos come up. Doesn't it count towards YouTube views? I'm sure it must do in 2010, surely.

Anyway, this got me thinking; this beat sounds grimey to me, a grime MC could spit on this with an r&b hook and get a top 10 simples, innit? I know Tinie Tempah did that with Pass Out, but this sounds grimer than Pass Out. Will UK "urban" DJs knock this?

Sunday, 22 August 2010

My 2nd Bloggers Delight

As you may have seen a few posts down, I am part of the Bloggers Delight crew. It aired this past Wednesday.

We spoke about:

What do you really hate in a man?
What do you really hate in a woman?
Blackberry vs Iphone?
Cheating footballers?
Should HIV infected people be punished if they do not disclose that they carry the virus to any person they get initimate with?

BLOGGERS DELIGHT 18/8/10 by misslala

I was really tired before this recording, but I really enjoyed it. Very fun, and I never said anything I regret (from what I remember) unlike the first time.

If you are interested in hearing the first one, good luck finding it

Check the website: Bloggers Delight and happy searching

P Money 'Ho riddim' "What's that smell face" Alert!

I wasn't around to hear this tune before, so may be a touch late. Had to post
it though.



See what I mean about "What's that smell face"? Tell me your face isn't scrunched up like someone dropped a silent x violent one. Swerve and P Money smelt it, so evidently they dealt it (that was clever wasn't it? I smiled to myself in appreciation).

Shouts to DJ Swerve on the production. D Double E's Street Fighter knocked, so does this! I remember seeing the radio DJ on Kiss tweeting Dready about producing. Good to see what it has produced (made it sound like I was part of the process innit? SICK!). I guess this is where the line between grime and dubstep is blurred. Not saying Swerve reps either scene, but based on sound it's hard to define. Either way that bassline is durrrty

P's too sick. Like beyond gone. He has everything; hype bars, sing along's, deep bars, war bars, clever and witty punchlines, sits on every beat, and (he has what a lot of skippy grime MCs lack) clarity. Ultimately, he has retained the ability to write performance bars. With the live element of grime going down the pan since the first generation of grime, many have concentrated on being good for your own personal listening, in my opinion, and gone a bit too complex and lost it on delivery and clarity.

Tempa T, P Money and Blacks are three artists that I see (on YouTube) and feel are the best live MCs, but P has more in the locker than them for me. Take the song above; the chorus is straight hype, you can see that setting a rave alight reminiscent of the old day one-line flow, then the verses full of punchlines and quotables that the new-age laptop grime fans appreciate.

If I controlled the cheque book of an independent label, trust me, I'm signing P. Likewise, a booking agency.

Friday, 20 August 2010

FlashBack Friday: HomeGrown Mockery

Sup people dem! I was away on holiday-e-a-e-a a-e-a-e-a (pronounce the letter as you would in the alphabet) as Chevaugn sung, so haven't done a FlashBack Friday (click for previous episodes) for a hot minute. Before that I was probably too busy to do it (or so I'm telling you muahahahaha). Anyway, I'M/ITS BACK!

Today, for some random reason a song came into my head. I have them word association moments from the smallest things, so it could have been anything. Anyway, I heard searched it in YouTube, listened to it, and yes it was still as cheesy and crap as it was over 10 years ago.

This inspired me to post about the 3 cheesiest knock-off's of UK homegrown sounds.

Disclaimer: Well, sounds that to my knowledge are UK homegrown (go easy you keyboard warriors, mistakes happen).

1st up, the song that inspired this all. According to ever-reliable online encyclopedia, this group formed in Finland. That's right Finland. (This is the reason for the above disclaimer because to me this sounds like Jungle/D&B which as far as I know is UK homegrown.) You may remember this cheesy knock-off D&B track, released in 1999, it reached #2 on the UK charts and topped quite a few around Europe. Been on soundtracks for films... Still don't care, the song was rubbish. And their name was arguably worse than the song. Guess you want to know what song I'm talking about? Bomfunk MCs - Freestyler. His "freestyling" is the only reason why I won't question his accent or what the hell he's actually saying?



Next up, a track that came out long after the garage scene passed on RIP *pours out a little Apfelsaft (into a cup and drinks it)*. At the time of release, we were raving to old skool garage, that's how long after the phase had passed. The last song of any credibility to chart from garage is Daniel Beddingfield 'Gotta Get Thru This' ("thru" was for the street cred init?) and that was 2001. In the midst of the grey period of grime being grimey, taking over as the sound of the underground (but not charting), this managed to virtually come out from nowhere as far as I'm concerned. The route for garage songs to mainstream charts was through underground clubs, white label release, big label sign + promotion = chart success. I never heard this song anywhere. This song actually makes me vex when I hear it. Not quite as vex as when I hear Blazing Squad 'Crossroads' and these tunes but still.

3 of a Kind aka N-Dubz before N-Dubz, but nowhere near as talented. Ergh, and what a sh*t title 'Babycakes'. Absolute MOCKERY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Topped the UK chart but who cares? Who can forget the ghastly video filled with stereotypical dance video innuendo's?



And last but not least, a song I absolutely cringed at every-single-time it played. A DJ could have played the biggest set of his life leading up to this tune, I'd stop dancing dead on the dancefloor. Care not, that is nearly as big a spoiler than when my uncle told who won out of Roy Jones jr. vs John Ruiz, then had the cheek to tell me to shut up when I told him I didn't want to know. If you're wonder I did indeed shutup. Anyway, came off the back of what I call the nearly-genre aka never-quite-did-what-it-was-supposed-to better known as bassline. Don't care how big it is in midlands, it ain't sh*t down here (in London). Everyone thought it would dominate the charts after Heartbroken, I said no, no, no.

I remember the London people saying bassline was just garage, bassline people refuted that vehemently (thought I'd throw in some words I don't usually write on my blog. Fingers crossed I used them correctly. Go easy broadband badmen). Garage had collective So Solid, bassline had producer H 'two' O. Says it all. Song 'What's It Gonna Be' reached #2 in UK if I'm not mistaken. Once again, "IT DOESN'T MATTER!"



So that's one for D&B, garage and bassline. Haven't decided on one for UK Funky. Head, Shoulders, Knee & Toez is definitely the frontrunner though. Also, haven't got one for grime. Leave any suggestion in comments or tweet me @MarvinSparks

Honourable mention to what I consider the cheesiest garage tune ever to chart. This came out while garage was still in, but my goodness was it a bag-a-fresh-cow-dung-with-flies-and-magg... you get the point. Saddest thing about it is I rated DT, Melody (BOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! (that meant good) ) and Sharky P. Who the f**k was Unknown though? Didn't know who he was then, where the hell is he now? And why did he use my parody garage voice? Alesha Dixon had more vibes "H'insiiide" her. (Deep down I do realise it is a good summer vibe track)



Special shout out to DJ Luck and MC Neat & MC Neat for consistently putting out cheese after Little Bit Of Luck. Such an underground song, to stuff like Piano Loco? Come on bruv



p.s. I was a big garage fan, I realise there were a lot of cheesy garage songs in the charts. Difference is I could bear with and liked a lot of them, but these ones took the biscuit.

Here's is an example of timeless classic to me. Did it the proper way too. I remember girls singing this in school (showing my age now) before it was anywhere near the charts. If my memory serves me correctly, I'm sure it was the first one to buss from the underground to #1. I think this would have been in 1998/1999

Shanks & Bigfoot - Sweet Like Chocolate



I won't post anymore, that will be for another post. Make sure you tune in to the next episode of FlaaaaaaaashBack Friiiiiiiiidayyyyyy

Sunday, 15 August 2010

I'm not a blogger but...

I'm a panelist on a new radio show called Bloggers Delight. It's basically a bunch of opinionated Blogger's scouted by Mr Silk and Miss Lala (no they aren't a couple, the Mr & Miss just coincidental (I think)) having a round table discussion about current affairs. When I say current affairs, I'm not talking that Government type of politics, I'm talking political stuff like popular celeb stories to lacefront weaves, and other stuff us normal people regularly converse/debate about. Conversate is a better word than converse, why isn't it a real word?

Check out the website, meet the panel, (mandem there are a few hot girls in there so check the pics if you can't be arsed to read. One of the hot girls faces isn't on the site sadly, but truss me!!! And they have brains too), listen back to the shows, but most importantly, tune in to Bang 103.6 FM

Check the website out here: Bloggers Delight

Ohhhhhhhhhh yeah, my pic is the same as my Twitter pic. Why? No I'm not showing off that I met Keri Hilson, but I don't take pictures. "Photophobia, no Kodak moments" - Lil Wayne 'Carter I' interlude from Tha Carter II (you bandwagon hoppers wouldn't know that). They took that pic from my Twitter, because I didn't submit a different pic.

Why is it your Twitter pic if you're not trying to show off? Well at the time, it was the most recent pic I had taken.

"Why have you got a pic with Keri Hilson if..." Arghhhhhhhh shadup!!! Stop asking questions. I took it because I take one with most of the artists I interview to use as my Facebook profile pic to promote, but also to document it so I remember and can show my kids in years to come.

Capishe? (that's how you spell it according to WikiAnswers)

This Shardinay chick

Yeah, so I was away in the homeland, JamRock! Had a great time as per usual. A whole host of highlights of my life that I will remember forever. Think I may give a quick rundown soonish.

Anyway, while I was away I kept reading about this Shardinay chick. Now not only is that a blonde girls name, it's a rubbish name.

Moving on, the song



Nothing to say about the quality of the song that hasn't been said before.

Check out an interview she did if you haven't heard it

So bet you're wondering the point of this post is? I mean it's an eom after interest in the story has dwindled. Well I thought I'd ask "if this was a UK Funky song, would the vocals have been under such scrutiny?" I mean, it isn't too far from what we've heard on hit funky tunes.

And speaking of funky, how is the Are U Gonna Bang refix Dash Down by Mr M so big? People "claimed" to hate Funky Dee's tune, yet like this one? Ok

Friday, 13 August 2010

Ms Dynamite 'What You Talking About?'



Naomi's back. Tune's hard and all that yeah, but I want to know whether this was arranged and recorded before Mz Bratt's Selecta (which when you type "Selecta Mz Bratt" into Google, that is the top result :) ) , because if it was done after, I guess we can tell where the inspiration came from. Not like Bratt wasn't kinda flowing like others, but she did what she did on Selecta.

Jammer tweeted Dynamite that he had this beat for his album, but Ms. Dynamite paid 50 bags (£50,000 for the un-street urchins). First of all, producers still make that sort of money off one beat? Secondly, where my cracked version of Fruity Loops go...

Thursday, 5 August 2010

Popcaan interview for MTV.co.uk/TheWrapUp

If the name doesn't ring a bell, "Wah gwaan Popcaan?!" from the tune of the summer Clarks by Vybz Kartel should.

Marvin Sparks speaks to Jamaican artist Popcaan for The Wrap Up about his troubled upbringing in the ‘Gangsta City,’ avoiding temptation to enter a life of crime and tells us what makes Clarks an essential purchase for the summer... and the winter!

The Wrap Up: Where did the name Popcaan come from?

Popcaan: Me and you can reason about that name at a different location one day [laughs], but it was from a friend who passed on.

TWU: How would you describe yourself?

Popcaan: Hot skull, fry yiy [eye], boil brainz! [laughs]. Where my families concerned, I'm a loving person, where the ladies are concerned I'm a very loving person and I'm full of hype.

TWU: What have you learnt from being around Vybz Kartel?

Popcaan: I've learnt countless things from Kartel. You see di Teacha, he is the real teacher. He's taught me loads of things outside of music too, so he's a teacher in every way.

TWU: Most people will know you from your intro on Vybz Kartel's hit song ‘Clarks’. How did your feature come about?

Popcaan: Clarks are shoes we've worn from school days. Everybody wants Clarks. For a while me and di Teacha have only worn Clarks. One day a girl saw him and said, 'Them Clarks are bad you know!' He went home, called me and said, 'Yo Poppy, you know we need to do a tune about Clarks.’ He couldn't find a better person to record the song with, because we only wear Clarks!

Get to know Popcaan a lot better by clicking here for full interview

Clarks



And 'Gangsta City'



Shouts to Raine and JP

You may also be interested in:

Peetah and Mojo Morgan (Morgan Heritate) interview

Tarrus Riley interview

Big Ship's Laden and Chino interview

Shane "JukeBoxx" Brown interview

Jah Cure interview

Anthony B interview

Beres Hammond interview

Gyptian interview

Busy Signal interview

Etana interview

Siiiiiiick Bounty Killer Documentary

Yeah I described it as "siiiiiiiiiick". I don't need to express myself in a formal way, ah my blog dis, weh dem feel like? Oh!

Anyway, even if you aren't a fan of dancehall music, I think you should check it as a music lover and appreciate a living legend full stop. The reggae industry such as King Jammy (man who created Killer's first hits), international artist Shaggy, world-renowned DJ Tony Matterhorn, and leaders of the new school Aidonia, Agent Sasco (formerly Assassin), Wayne Marshall and more pay tribute to Bounty Killer prior to his recent honarary by Reggae SumFest for his outstanding contribution to reggae music. To me personally, it's what he has contributed to music full stop.



I was lucky enough to bear witness to Bounty Killer and Beenie Man sharing the same stage on Sunday night. I'll try upload footage soon. I realised late last night, I can say I've seen Nas & Jay-Z share a stage, now Bounty Killer and Beenie Man. Both scenarios are two legends, once at war, made peace and shared a stage. All I need now is to see Vybz Kartel & Mavado, but I WILL be there when Dizzee Rascal and Wiley go back-to-back. Know this!