Three years ago, Busy Signal and Dameon Gayle created one of the biggest hit records in Dancehall. The song is called “Stay So.” More than 38 Million views of the music video on YouTube, millions of streams on SoundCloud, Spotify, Pandora and the like, and his album, Parts of the Puzzle (“Stay So” is track 1 from the album), is still on the Billboard Album charts – 1 year after release.
Officially released is “Seen It Before,” the Prequel to “Stay So.”
Produced by Dameon Gayle of Warriors Musick, “Seen It Before” voices the all too familiar response to violent events that are reported in the news: we’ve seen it all before. Using a melodic voice, Busy uses examples of characters who opt for a non-positive path and are met with an untimely fate.
As a DJ / Selector, you will appreciate Busy’s placement of the punchline ‘seen it all before’ and ‘man been there done that.’ Timed perfectly with the music, Busy creates opportunities for fans to sing along with him as they recall times they have experienced in their past.
To accompany “Seen It Before” is a mini-movie. The launch of the mini movie directed by Dameon Gayle for Warrior Musick Productions in association with VP Records began with a Director’s talk back, with members of the cast and key media outlets from around the world. Not the usual set up for a new song and music video but, this is not an average music video. The story line for Seen It Before connects the characters and conflicts from the 2018 mega-video Stay So with the latest Busy Signal release. The experience is like a short film with extensive dialog, peppered by the music from both songs to accentuate this all-too-common ghetto reality -violence begets violence. The lyrics of the song illustrate Busy Signal’s understanding and lament, “Two fren a par, shot fire, skull bore, I’ve seen it all before, prison an’ morgue cyah hol’ nuttin’ more I’ve seen it all before.” The video was shot in Kingston, Jamaica between February, and September 2020, by Dameon Gayle, who produced and directed music videos for recent Busy Signal hits “One Way”, “Dolla Van” and”100% (featuring Afro B ).”
Acclaimed Producer/Engineer Bulby York releases his 3rd album titled Heartcrafted.
Bulby York’s highly anticipated album ‘Heartcrafted’ features Jimmy Cliff, Beres Hammond, Sanchez, Maxi Priest, Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, Busy Signal, Charly Blacks, Rying King , Stylo G, Etana, Tifa and others.
Kingston, Jamaica (Shuzzr) – As reggae-dancehall music continues to evolve and influence other genres, cultures, movements, and people across the world, to date, it stands unparalleled to any other worldwide. The treasured genre which spans several decades, not just chronicle an islands evolution and its influence globally but promotes the tenants of Rastafarianism whilst strengthening the voice of the oppressed.
On September 18th, 2020, renowned producer Collin ‘Bulby’ York will release his third album titled “Heartcrafted” on his label Bulby York Music. The compilation which features industry icons such as Jimmy Cliff, Beres Hammond, Maxi Priest, Sanchez, Dean Fraser, Tanto Metro & Devonte, Capleton, Beenie Man, Bounty Killer is balanced with a few youthful stalwarts such as Busy Signal, Agent Sasco, Etana, Tifa, Konshens, Cecile, Stylo G, Rygin King and a few others.
The album ‘Heartcrafted’ which can be described as a time capsule for future generations, captures not just the traditional sounds of reggae and dancehall but also gives its audience previously released materials with some of the industry’s most prolific, and successful artiste to date, bridging old school voices with a few from the freshman class.
The 17-track compilation which takes you on a musical journey across the breadth and depth of the islands luscious landscape, captures the sounds and melodies that echoes through the mountains and valleys chanted by its people, the pulse of a nation.
Bulby York who is a renowned musical architect as the genre went mainstream in the early 2000s, worked with some of the industry’s rising stars which positioned him to engineering tracks for No Doubt’s double-platinum Rocksteady album, as well as Sean Paul’s era-defining dancehall classic, Dutty Rock.
As time progressed, Bulby’s talent was revered by many, as his talent was noticed which led to other top Jamaican producers like Winston Riley, Steely and Clevie, as well as Sly and Robbie, enlisting him to engineer other productions. This led to him working with/for international artiste like Chaka Khan, Cyndi Lauper and Sinead O’Connor and is credited to several other noteworthy projects such as Bounty Killer’s “Suspense” and Beenie Man’s “Memories” which influenced Grammy-award winning rapper/producer Kanye West single “I’m In It,” from his 2013’s critically-acclaimed Yeezus album.
York who in 2016 released his debut project titled ‘Epic & Ting’ on Greensleeves Record also followed up with ‘Master Blaster’ in 2018 to rave reviews on his own label Bulby York Music.
‘Heartcrafted’ is distributed by VPAL Music, a subsidiary of VP Records and can be considered as a testament to the legacy of the late reggae icon ‘Toots’ Hibbert plus other reggae-dancehall industry icons.
“I have poured my heart and soul into this project and now its here for the world to hear, see and enjoy. Each track has its own meaning and history, just as how each parish in Jamaica captures a piece of what Jamaica represents. I have worked with some of our nation’s best, national treasures and this project captures not just our musical history but who we are” states Bulby York.
Join Fyah Squad as we turn up the summer in quarantine creating an Iconic Summer. A mix of all your favorite Hip-Hop & R&B, Dancehall, Afrobeat, & Soca. Powered by Riddimstream & Fyah Squad. Hosted by: DJ Chemics.
1. Go Crazy (Clean) – Young Thug & Chris Brown
2. Lockdown (DJ Kayla G Go Crazy Remix) – Koffee
3. Something Special (Clean) – Pop Smoke
4. U 2 Luv (Clean) – Ne-Yo & Jeremih
5. U 2 Luv (DJ Kayla G Remix) – Popcaan
6. Hotel (Clean8Mix) – Kranium Ft Ty Dolla Sign & Burna Boy
7. Secret – Young Devyn
8. Enjoy Yourself (Remix) (Clean) -Pop Smoke ft Burna Boy
9. The Woo (Clean) – Pop Smoke ft 50 Cent & Roddy Rich
10. You Me Say (DJ Kayla G Woo Remix) – Vybz Kartel
11. Like That (Clean) – Doja Cat ft Gucci Mane
12. Freaks (DJ Kayla G Mash Up) – Tyga, Lil Vicious, Meg Thee Stallion
13. Tap In (Clean) – Saweetie
14. Double Tap In (DJ Kayla G Remix) – Saweetie & Queen Ladi Gangsta
15. Pussy Talk (Clean) – City Girls ft Doja Cat
16. TROLLZ (Clean) – 6IX9INE & Nicki Minaj
17. Made It (Clean) – Teyana Taylor
18. Born Fi Dweet (DJ Kayla G Dub) – Fully Bad
19. Address It (Dirty) – LPB Poody
20. Still Be Friends (Clean) – G-Eazy ft Tory Lanez & Tyga
21. Say So (DJ Kayla G Remix) – Doja Cat feat. Busy Signal
22. Woman – Rema
23. One Woman (DJ Kayla G Remix) – Motto
24. 1 Milli – Davido
25. In My Bed (Clean) – Rotimi ft Wale
26. Don’t Rush – Young T & Bugsey ft Headie One
27. Dumpling Remix (DJames Don’t Rush Edit) – Stylo G ft. Sean Paul & Spice
28. Cake – Juls
29. Fine Wine & Hennessy (Clean) – Afro B ft Slim Jxmmy
30. Ye (Fine Wine & Hennessy) (DJ Kayla G Remix) – Burna Boy
31. Collateral Damage – Burna Boy
32. Gangsta (Clean) – Darkoo & One Acen
33. Skeletun – Tekno
34. I Like – Kojo Funds Ft. WizKid
35. 4AM (Clean) – Manny Norte, 6LACK, Rema & Tion Wayne ft Love Renaissance (LVRN)
36. 4AM (Fine Whine) (DJ Kayla G Remix) – Alkaline
37. Call On Me (Serg Sniper Hype intro) (Clean) – Candle Joseph
38. Cool As The Breeze/Friday – Chronixx
39. Wag1 – Cashh & WSTRN
40. Breaking News – Dexta Daps
41. Yamabella – Shaneil Muir
42. The Sidechick Song – Shenseea
43. Call Me If – Dexta Daps
44. Gal Policy – Kranium
45. Life – Mavado
46. Ocean Waves – Alkaline
47. Run Di Road – Hoodcelebrityy
48. Platinum – Boogzino
49. Heavy Remix – Jada Kingdom & Vybz Kartel
50. Young – Stalk Ashley
51. 3D – Shaneil Muir
52. Obviously – Dexta Daps feat Beenie Man
53. Bring it Come – Showtime Damion & DJ Ashani
54. Taboo – KHXOS, Chargii, Konshens
55. Pretty Pan Snap – Daddy 1
56. Aphrodisia – PG Valentina & Teejay
57. High Props – Alkaline
58. Captain – Hey Choppi
59. Soca Feeling – Christo
60. Red Gyal – Christo
61. We Outside (Soundboy Ryan Intro) – Viking Ding Dong
62. Birthday Song (DJ Tony Styles Intro Edit) – Mical Teja
63. Happy Birthday Song – Drizzy Ft Bunun
64. Wine & Ben (Part 2 Remix) – DJ Cheem X Riddim Master
65. Carry On – Patrice Roberts
66. Feel It – Problem Child
67. Play Harder – Machel Montano
68. Boss Lady – Kes x Teamfoxx
69. Midsection – Marzville x Teamfoxx
70. Shots – Motto
71. Naked – Skinny Fabulous x Teamfoxx
72. Bring Da Vibe (Paul P Project x Riddimstream) – Al-Tek & Cherish
73. Dont Break Yet (Paul P Project x Riddimstream) – Faith
74. Bend (Paul P Project x Riddimstream) – Fiyah B
75. Wuk Up & Bend (Arch & Bend Riddim) – Walkes
76. Up Down (Arch & Bend Riddim) – Freezy
77. Lost And Found – Preedy
78. Best Side – DJ Addo X TBoss
79. Married – Trinidad Madman
80. B.O.H (Bottle Over Head) – Wetty Beatz ft. Triniboi Joocie
Coming on the heels of the ‘Stories’ and ‘Street Code’ rhythm compilations, two of their most successful productions to date. Recording imprint New League Music known for working with a plethora of stalwarts in the Reggae and Dancehall genre is once again stepping to the fore with a solid offering for the summer.
The project titled, ‘Live For The Summer’ is a collaborative effort and features dancehall heavyweights, Busy Signal, Stylo G and potent lyricist Ajji (formerly known as Ajrenalin) boastfully flexing their lyricism on the sauce-filled record as they sing about the opulent lifestyle and all its trappings. Privy to an exclusive listening session the song has been touted by a myriad of noted industry players as a ‘must-have’ on your playlist and one to watch for the summer.
Conceptualized by label executive Michaelius Phipps, he explained the creative process behind the record, “I wanted a hit, and so I started working on a beat with Marlon Easy. Once I had the instrumental I then reached out to Ajji who has been doing his thing on the New York circuit. He wrote the track and then presented it to Stylo G as a collaboration. Stylo G liked it and immediately recorded his verse and said the song was perfect for the summer. Like a stroke of luck or good fortune while the song was being mixed Busy Signal walked into the studio session and heard the project and immediately wanted a piece of the action. The final product is like ‘magic’ and I’m even more impressed with the effort and delivery of all the artistes.”
Phipps says he is very optimistic the dancehall community will embrace this project.
“I’m not gonna call it a rhythm because everybody has a new rhythm coming out. I have a project,” Kirk Kirkledove Bennett told The Jamaica Sunday Gleaner.
Kirk Bennett is one of the most prolific drummer and producer you’ve ever heard of. From building the tracks for Busy Signal’s Bedroom Bully and Elephant Man’s Too Bad Mind, to playing drums with Beres Hammond for the past 18 years, he still found time to produce his own dub albums. As recent as two
years ago, he released Rumble In The Jungle, which featured Etana, Beres Hammond, Tarrus Riley, Cocoa Tea, and Jesse Royal.
As a drummer he worked with notable producers like Donovan Germaine, Don Corleone, Fada Pow to name a few. “The first song I did with Fada Pow was Too Bad Mind,” Kirkledove shared. In addition to drumming for such prominent, pioneering producers, he has been called to perform live with Elephant Man, Tanya Stephens, Marcia Griffiths, Toots and the Maytals, Busy Signal etc.
His first recognised project for 2020 is the Elephant Man’s recent return to the dance floor, Find It.
Kirkledove has had his skills acknowledged by the Recording Academy for:
• Etana’s Grammy-nominated Reggae Forever (2018), he played drums and produced the track 6 mins 21 secs.
• Morgan Heritage’s “Avrakedabra” (2018).
• Julian Marley “As I Am” (2019)
• Sly & Robbie vs Roots Radics “The Final Battle” (2019) As the drummer for Roots Radics.
The Project is now out! It has Busy Signal’s “Baby Dance”, “Save Your Love For Me” Romain Virgo. Fiji from Hawaii with “Slowly but surely” and “maximum Speed” by Hezron. With VPal handling the distribution aspect of things I foresee an interesting musical year for Kirkledove Records.
Socalize 2 Tracklist
- Kes & Iwer George – Stage Gone Bad
- Fay-Ann Lyons & Badjohn Republic – Do It Over
- Bunji Garlin & Badjohn Republic – Magician
- Smash, Busy Signal & Badjohn Republic – Road
- Mr. Famous – Wildness
- Mr. Famous – H.I.V.
- Dev & Badjohn Republic – Daiz Wah We Love
- Iwer George – Convert
- Adana & Badjohn Republic – Good O
- Emstar – Spanish Soca Harlem
- Badjohn Republic & Prince George – Different Jab (feat. Luni Sparks & Electrify)
- Jonnelle, Buffy & Badjohn Republic – Buff & Tuff
- Sabella – Give It To Me
- Badjohn Republic & Ziggy Ranking – Out On The Road
- Tony P & Badjohn Republic – Party