Posts tagged Reggae
Snoop Do... err Lion, Leaving Gats For HIM?

In an unexpected but understandable move Snoop Dog is no longer, now stands Snoop Lion and that's all good but there are a few things I want to talk about. Having stayed in Jamaica recently Calvin Broadus had an experience or awakening to the Rastafarian way of life, which then transformed his old gun totin' and capitalizing on violence self into an uplifting and peaceful new person. While I applaud any artist or person willing to reinvent themselves and seek a higher calling spiritually or by way of religion, there might be things which cause doubt and conflict in his new reasoning and transformation. The announcement of his new album might seem a little too soon due to the drastic change of ideals and lack of instant knowledge, but it can be labeled as journaling your experience as you learn and grow which is fine. One thing that bothered me was him self referencing himself as "Bob Marley reincarnated" and don't think it will be appreciated by many Marley followers if you're coming off saying you are the new version of a legend, it just doesn't sit well overall for me but am open and welcome change so I'll wait to give a real verdict later as Snoop's new life unfolds.

On a positive note... the internal growth of a man is necessary and many music artists stay stuck on their selfish and short fuse teenage attitude, it's nice to see Snoop Lion say he is tired of that life and way of thinking. Have I ever been a fan of his music? Very much so and in the beginning of his career which can be considered his most violent, but that was a different time and inhabits a different space of appreciation for me. To realize you need change for self and to actually go thru and do something about it isn't easy at all, I have been on a similar path of change and it's no cake walk so major points go to Snoop for that. I honestly hope that his new vision/life flame doesn't get diminished once he returns to the music industry reality and stands ground with his new beliefs because it's no game when you change your way of life to a radical departure of your old self. Do I think it's all some marketing ploy? Somewhat due to the reasons I mentioned but I will reserve harsh and quick judgement to the higher powers and will continue to watch as Lion takes place.

As I watched the trailer for the upcoming documentary that coincides with the experience Snoop had in Jamaica, I had the feeling that it was just a calmer and laid back rap video. Sinsemilla filled many shots (no bible study clips) in the trailer and there were no hoes and liquor pouring to be found, show the real deal before you get to the puffing tho. While I do understand the importance and have no issues with the using of certain elements to bring you closer, I think it was shown too much in a trailer that deals with a major life change regardless if it's Snoop (King Toker) but that's just me. The documentary will be premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival September 7th and be sure to watch the trailer above. Diplo (Major Lazer) will be producing his upcoming 'Reincarnated' (no date) album on Vice Recordings, they have their new single titled "La La La" which features a strictly Reggae sound and will be what the rest of the album is going to sound like. Yep he's "tired of rap" and is on the Reggae tip, the track is enjoyable but the new accent and vibe is kinda off. I wish him much luck in his new venture of life and all positive wishes to his inner mind, for when growth is necessary and steps are taken all good things happen.

Nixtamal's Healthy Dose of Cumbia Bass

As we all know I have a deep appreciation of Cumbia Bass and the preservation of the cultured sounds in present music, today lead me to perusing my messages and submissions in Soundcloud and out surfaced an artist by the name of Nixtamal from France. While Cumbia is one of the main and key ingredients in his sound, he also mixes in Dub, Reggae and any other good hefty bass ready for the picking. Peep the tracks and live DJ set he has below.

Brenton Brown x Robby Hunter Offer 'Peach Skies'

Ok... this is more like it. Brenton Brown and Robby Hunter got something dope brewing for their upcoming  album 'Fresh Produce' and we got a single for you to listen to, this sounds like a good jam to vibe out to when you got that rooftop chill game going. Listen to the track below and pop to the iTunes store for the purchase.

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Busy Signal - Real Gallis (Borovicci Remix)

Busy Signal - Real Gallis (Borovicci Remix) by BorovicciGoing thru the emails and requests/submissions it's always good to find some Tropical Bass. This one come by way of Borovicci and takes the laid back bass approach that always makes a great addition. I really think that this type of genre needs a bit more exposure at least in the party/club/event scene.

A few words about the artist: Borovicci is a young up & coming producer living in Miami, FL. His production style crosses over many genres from trap music, reggaeton, dancehall...or to simply summarize, bass music. Be on the lookout for new releases & projects coming soon to a sound system near you.

"...and they stay THEAAAAA!"

GagaDilo's Skafrobalkanik Jazz Project Rhythm Explosion

Well... French artists are surprising me a little more than what I thought of lately, while finishing up GagaDilo's album "Skafrobalkanik Jazz Project" all I could think of was how much I didn't expect this type of sound to come out of France. Melting Reggae, Ska, Jazz, and Afro beats in a highly enjoyable project, GagDilo is a group to look out for if they ever come around your area. The horns sound clean and soothing to the ear while guitars skit with the graceful pleasant sound of Reggae, while the Ska is heavy in some tracks they retain the true core of that sound and incorporate them into that slightly Middle-Eastern horn pitch. Never sounding obnoxious as some of these genre blending bands have a tendency to be, GagaDilo seems to have did their homework when it comes to their sound. I am not a huge fan of Ska so at certain times I felt like I could do without much of it, this is not to say they overdid it but more of a personal opinion on said genre. Taking a page out of some of the most passionate musical generes out there this isn't a easy feat, but I can safely say they did a great job combining everything and look forward to any new releases they will have. This album is a wonderful example of the great feeling you get when you stumble upon an artist and decide to pursue their music, not knowing what to expect and then coming out totally enjoying the tracks... it's great I tell ya. As a bonus I am giving you all a taste of GagaDilo with a preview and free download option for 'Km 9', hope you all enjoy, also don't forget to support them by passing by their iTunes store and picking up the album!

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DOWNLOAD: GagaDilo - Km 9 MP3