Spice – Frenz

Spice - Frenz

Queen of the Dancehall, Spice, today releases her new single “Frenz.” The song The song is hopeful and intended to encourage listeners who may be facing adversity.

Produced By Stephen “Di Genius” McGregor and SupaDups, the song was co-written by Angela Hunte (Alicia Keys & Jay-Z “Empire State of Mind”). Spice sings, “Mama used to tell me / friends not good for you girl / but I know I will learn the hard way / smile inna yuh face but chat behind yuh back….”

Debuted on the popular Instagram platform Chat and Laugh hosted by DJ Lava, “Frenz” was immediately received with positive reaction. Fans and supporters of Spice filled the Instagram screen with blue hearts and hand-praying emoji’s. Spice shared the broadcast on her platform which garnered additional support.

Prior to the release of “Frenz,” the Dancehall and reality TV star released “Inches.” Both tracks are VP Records releases.

Make sure you tag Spice when you play her song @spiceofficial and @vprecords @thesonicexecutive

Jahvillani ft. Skillibeng – Smooth

Jahvillani ft. Skillibeng - Smooth

Jahvillani and Skillibeng are “Smooth!”

Dancehall sensations Jahvillani and Skillibeng say “Smooth” is the way to be on their newest single of the same name, today released by VP Records.

Both artists, who hail from the West side and east side of Jamaica respectively, have found common ground through music, and entertaining the masses with their provocative lyrics and ear-catching riddim. Their bravura comes through the speakers as they brag about their maneuverings around the most beautiful women.

The release of “Smooth” is complimented with the release of the song’s music video. Directed by Mathofminds Production, the video was shot on location in Kingston.

About the single and music video Jahvillanii says “I enjoyed collaborating with Skilli. I like how the music video turned out too.” Skillibeng adds “Jahvi and Skilli link is a mad move – smooth for the ladies when West and East meet.”

Making music since his days in high school, Jahvillani is walking in his calling. His name, represents the balance he sings about: on one hand is Jah, the good in the world, and ‘villani,’ a clever twist on the word villain whom Jahvillani also sings about. Jahvillani is a portmanteau that reflects the positives and negatives in society through music. Jahvillani has been successful with multiple releases including “Clarks Pon Foot,” “Wileside Government” and “Nuh Reason.”

Skillibeng rose to fame with the release of hit singles “Brik Pon Brik” and “Crocodile Teeth.” His fan base continues to grow with followers who are attracted to his unique approach to telling stories.

“Smooth” was produced by Adrian “Mastermind” Martin Lawrence.

Stars Have To Shine Riddim

Stars Have To Shine Riddim

1. PINCHERS – GREATEST .
2. ABBY DALLAS – ONE AND ONLY .
3. UTON GREEN & AZEE – A ME SHE WANT .
4. SINGER IRIE – BAD INFLUENCE .
5. IYARA – GOOD OLD DAYS .
6. MITCH – JUST CHILL CHILL .
7. EVERAD – SLOW DOWN .
8. ROBERT MINOTT – LET’S CHILL .
9. TORCH – SHE REQUEST FARMER .
10. LONE RANGER – BOOM SOUND .
11. TONY LOWE – WHAT GOING ON .
12. LYRICAL – SEND US A LIGHTHOUSE .
13. CARLTON LIVINGSTONE – MAKE MAN LIVE
14. VIRGO MAN – BURN DI HERB .
15. REPPA FEAT. WINNIE LOVE CHILD – BEDROCK

Dancehall Anthems – Kabaka Pyramid – Agent Sasco – Bugle

Dancehall Anthems - Kabaka Pyramid - Agent Sasco - Bugle

VP Records releases Dancehall Anthems, a set of new recordings that paints a 2020 portrait of classic Reggae and Dancehall Anthems from the golden era of the 70’s and 90’s. This project brings fresh perspectives and voices to timeless classics. Some of the compositions have a storied history with VP Records and others are meaningful to the genre.

The album, produced by veteran dancehall producer Jeremy Harding, features Kabaka Pyramid, Sean Paul, Beenie Man, Agent Sasco, Wayne Marshall, Ikaya, Ginjah, Runkus, Blvk H3ro, Bugle, Royal Blu, Naomi Cowan, and Kumar, taking on classic material from Yellowman, Michigan & Smiley, Ken Boothe, Tenor Saw, Papa San, Louie Culture, and others.

“Originally, this was going to be a VP Records 40th anniversary project, but it expanded, as I wanted to pay tribute to the history of dancehall in the broadest sense, reconsidering iconic songs and particularly the roots of the genre, including what played heavily on Soundsystems when I was growing up. I wanted to give the artists, new and veterans, the chance to put their spin on these classics,” said producer Harding.

The first tracks released from the album included Beenie Man’s “Mad Kings,” his update of Yellowman’s “Zungguzungguguzungguzeng.” This was followed by Kabaka Pyramid’s exceptional interpretation of Michigan & Smiley’s “Nice Up The Dance,” followed by Wayne Marshall’s tribute to Tenor Saw’s “Lots Of Sign,” and Runkus’s ode to Papa San’s “Strange.”

While the album features a variety of straight ahead covers, it also includes creative adaptions such as Sean Paul’s “Marijuana Mi Love,” based on Tiger’s “No Puppy Love,” featuring all new lyrics.

In addition to “Who Am I,” Jeremy Harding is known for Mr. Vegas’s “Nike Air” and Sean Paul’s “Infiltrate” (all on the Playground Riddim); and Elephant Man’s “Log On” and Tanto Metro and Devonte’s “Give It To Her” (both on the Liquid Riddim). Harding was Sean Paul’s manager through the apex of his career and produced three tracks on the platinum Dutty Rock album, the biggest selling title in VP Records’ history. More recently Harding produced “Heaven” for Jah9, found on her Note To Self album.

Harding has been a prominent guest on Jamaican television and other media platforms in recent years, giving his take on industry trends. He is known as one of the most innovative dancehall producers of the 1990s, helping to usher in a new era of music production in Jamaica as an early adopter of ProTools software now industry standards, as well as the still controversial Auto-Tune plug-in. He is one of the first examples of a DJ-turned-producer, now a standard music industry path, having started in college radio while studying at McGill University. He is a trained guitarist and has degrees from the Royal School Of Music London and Trebas Institute and is adjunct faculty in Reggae Studies at the University of the West Indies.

Runkus – Strange – Dancehall Anthems 2020

Runkus - Strange - Dancehall Anthems

As we continue down the path of exploring classic songs and their covers, we ‘buck up inna’ Reggae talent named Runkus. The young artist’s remake of Papa San’s song “Strange” has many nodding their heads in approval.

Official release date for “Strange” is Friday October 2nd, 2020!

Opting to stay with the original lyric sheet, Runkus brings a youthful vibe to the song. “Strange” is the fourth release from the forthcoming Dancehall Anthems compilation project produced by GRAMMY Award winning producer Jeremy Harding. The project is due for release on October 16th, 2020 on the VP Records label.

Previous releases from Dancehall Anthems include King Beenie Man “Mad Kings” in honor of King Yellowman, Kabaka Pyramid “Nice Up The Dance” in honor of Michigan and Smiley, and Wayne Marshall “Lots of Sign” in honor of Tenor Saw.

Collectively, all previously released titles have dominated the radio airwaves worldwide and have radio presenters such as Lee Major from New York’s Earth Ruler Sound call “Nice Up The Dance” a ‘classic remake that in itself has become a modern classic.’ Richard Banton from Toronto’s VIBE 105 FM says the project ‘is an anticipated release’ and King Lagazee from Ghana’s HITZ 102.9 FM agrees that fans will ‘have this project on repeat.’

Available for you to download is Runkus and the song “Strange.” When you play the song please share your video / audio on Instagram and tag the crew @runkusinno @misterharding. Make sure you tag me too @vprecords @thesonicexecutive!

On release day, Friday October 2nd, 2020 at 1 p.m. EDT (noon in Jamaica), Federation Sound’s Max Glazer will takeover @VPRecords Instagram account for a conversation with Dancehall Anthems producers Jeremy Harding and artists Kabaka Pyramid, Runkus, and Wayne Marshall.

Please inquire for interviews with Jeremy Harding.

King Waggy Tee – Dancehall 2020 Mixtape

King Waggy Tee - Dancehall 2020 Mixtape

The highly anticipated Dancehall 2020 Mixtape is available now on VP Records. Mixed by the legendary King Waggy Tee, this mixtape includes some of the best tracks from the genre as well as VP’s iconic catalogue released this year. Featuring artistes such as Beenie Man, Aidonia, Daddy1, Tommy Lee Sparta, Chronic Law, Masicka & more!

Tracklist:
01. Bella Blair – Gimmie A Light
02. Beenie Man – Zungguzungguguzungguzeng
03. Kabaka Pyramid – Nice Up the Dance
04. Konshens – Nah Leave U
05. D Major x Busy – Something New
06. Masicka – Just A Minute – Dunwell Prod
07. Govana x Aidonia – Yeah Man – RedBoom Supamix
08. Aidonia – Fever Temperature – 4th Genna_Darshan Records
09. Chronic Law – Free Me G
10. Contagious – Blade
11 .Tommy Lee Sparta – Rich Badness
12. Jahvillani x Prince Swanny – First Class Flight
13. Rytical – My World – East Syde Records – One Time
14. Christopher Martin – Big Big
15. Aidonia – Look – 4th Genna_Darshan Records
16. Daddy1 – Pretty Pon Snap
17. Daddy1 – Rich
18. Daddy1 – Free So – MR RANKIN X DJ LUX REC X LAMPSHADE MUZIC
19. Gold Gad – Closet
20. Masicka – I Know
21. K-Lion – Diss (Once)
22. Noah Powa – Spend Nuff money
23. Noah Powa – Rich Life
24. Squash – Different Rankin
25. Daddy1 – Our Time
26. Christopher Martin – Guh Fe Dem
27. JDon Heights – Brand New
28. Masicka – Memories – Gold Leaf Riddim – Natural Bond Ent
29. Jahvillani – Bad Rider – Gold Leaf Riddim – Natural Bond Ent
30. TeeJay – Who You – Gold Leaf Riddim – NaturalBond Ent
31. Badda General – Money App – Real Squad Records
32. Ajji x Stylo G x Busy – Live Fi Di Summer
33. Chronic Law – Count My Blessings (Intention Riddim) Attomatic Records
34. Squash x Vybz Kartel – Do This Mi Self Remix – Attomatic Records
35. Daddy1 – It Nuh New To Us (Intention Riddim) – Attomatic records
36. Squash – Energy Up ft Sonovic
37. Shaniel Muir – Yamabella – Papi Don Muziq
38. Noah Powa – No Stress
39. Govana x Xtassi – That Mi Like Hear – Emudio Records
40. Spice – Inches

Different Rankin Riddim – VP Records

Different Rankin Riddim - VP Records

Trap-Dancehall’s heavy hitters Squash and Daddy1 as well as TeeJay, Ishawna, Christopher Martin, Gage and Ace Gawd assemble on the Different Rankin Riddim produced by two of Jamaica’s top producers, Hempton Music and ShabDon Records. King Waggy Tee from 99 JAMZ Miami includes the mix on his end of year ‘Dancehall 2020 Mixtape.’

First heard with the release of Squash’s song “Different Rankin” which appears on the Reggae Gold 2020 compilation, the title track for the Different Rankin Riddim quickly became popular with the core Dancehall market. That popularity led to the song being chosen by VP Records Senior A&R Neil ‘Diamond’ Edwards as one of the lead tracks for the Reggae Gold 2020 compilation.

Proving popular among the artists as well, the decision was made to add artists to the riddim resulting in 7 artists covering topics popular in Dancehall segments worldwide. Since the release of the music video by Trap-Dancehall King Squash, the accompanying music video has earned 2 million views on YouTube.

King Waggy Tee from 99 JAMZ (WEDR FM) in Miami picked up on the Different Rankin riddim and included it on his Dancehall 2020 Mixtape. The Mixtape features some of the hottest songs released this year which prompted the premier DJ to comment “another nice Trap Dancehall riddim brought to you by Shabdon which features artists like Squash, Daddy1, Teejay, Christopher Martin, Noah Powa. Ishawna, Gage and new artists like JDon Heights & Ace Gawd.

This one will definitely take you on a ride with the right elements included with the top track by Squash title Different Rankin.”

Wayne Marshall – Lots of Sign – Dancehall Anthems 2020

Wayne Marshall - Lots of Signs - Dancehall Anthems 2020

There is no better compliment an artist can give than to cover a nostalgic song. Wayne Marshall, teaming with Jeremy Harding, covers the classic “Lots of Sign” originally performed by Tenor Saw in 1985.

Re-created especially for the Dancehall Anthems compilation project, the track holds evocative value for being a hit record at the time of its original release. Sound System operators and Radio presenters deemed the song an instantaneous classic which preserved its future value. Today Wayne Marshall brings the track back to the fore adding his stand-out voice which compliments Harding’s enhanced sound.

When asked about re-introducing this track to the Reggae landscape and the attraction it holds for younger audiences, Jeremy Harding said “this is a very well executed refresh of a Dancehall classic. Tenor Saw is a challenging artist to emulate so Wayne Marshall did a really good job of being inspired by the soulfulness of the record and putting his own unique brand of soul on it.”

Feedback to the project indicates that fans appreciate the direction Jeremy and the artists have taken the genres golden treasures. “Mad Kings” by King of the Dancehall Beenie Man, was a re-take on King Yellowman’s “Zungguzungguguzungguzeng” and “Nice Up The Dance” by Kabaka Pyramid is a re-take on the classic 1979 song of the same name by Michigan and Smiley.

Dancehall Anthems is a collection of new recordings of classic reggae and dancehall songs that span from the 1960’s to 1990’s otherwise known as the golden era. Dancehall Anthems features Kabaka Pyramid, Sean Paul, Beenie Man, Agent Sasco, Wayne Marshall, Runkus, Blvk H3ro, Bugle, and Royal Blu among others, taking on classic material from Yellowman, Michigan & Smiley, Ken Boothe, Tenor Saw, Papa San, Louie Culture, et al. The first track from the album was Beenie Man’s “Mad Kings” which was a take on Yellowman’s “Zungguzungguguzungguzeng.”

In addition to “Who Am I,” Jeremy Harding is known for Mr. Vegas’s “Nike Air” and Sean Paul’s “Infiltrate” (all on the Playground Riddim); and Elephant Man’s “Log On” and Tanto Metro and Devonte’s “Give It To Her” (both on the Liquid Riddim). Harding was Sean Paul’s manager through the apex of his career and produced three tracks on the platinum Dutty Rock album, the biggest selling title in VP Records’ history. More recently Harding produced “Heaven” for Jah9, found on her Note To Self album.

Tag Wayne Marshall and Jeremy Harding when you play this song on air @waynemarsheezy @misterharding and me too @vprecords @thesonicexecutive

Dancehall Anthems will be released Friday October 16th, 2020 on the VP Records label.

Spice – Inches – Reggae Gold 2020 Exclusive

Spice - Inches - Reggae Gold 2020 Exclusive

Dancehall Queen Spice is a certified star. Her music has streamed more than 270 Million times on YouTube, she has performed to sold-out stadiums and venues around the world, and she is a leading character on Love and Hip-Hop Atlanta.

Spice’s song “Inches” has social media in a frenzy, and radio wanting the track right now. Taken from the Reggae Gold 2020 Compilation, this song is officially available and streaming right now!

Spice’s weaves and hair extensions have always been a topic of conversation because of their color. Women like seeing the star express herself through her hair. Spice’s confidence has empowered women around thew world to celebrate their choice of hair length and color, so Spice has applied a winning formula: Music meets Style! Spice sing “inches / inches / all about my inches / y hair long to me back / real or fake my money buy dat / mih nuh wear cheap hair me leff dem fih dat ….”

To compliment the catchy chune, Spice’s music video takes on a playful theme by recreating the Rapunzel scene by displaying her signature blue hair that is several inches long. Also featured in the music video are her dancers sporting various looks and lengths of weave from Spice’s hair line.

Get ready for callers to call in to your show to talk about Spice, her song “Inches” and the length of hair they are wearing today!

Queen Ifrica – Mih Love Yuh – Reggae Gold 2020

Queen Ifrica - Mih Love Yuh - Reggae Gold 2020

Sometimes a song is performed and that song speaks truth on many levels. Queen Ifrica’s recent release, “Mih Love You” speaks truth on behalf of many around the world who are experiencing relationship problems.

“Mih Love You” comes from Reggae Gold 2020 which was released by VP Records on August 28th, 2020.

Known for incorporating social issues in song (“Daddy,” “Serve and Protect” and “Black Woman” to name a few), it is not surprising that our reigning Queen puts the dynamic of honesty between man and woman front and center. Also included in her lyrics are the consequences to not being honest. Queen Ifrica sings: “me really shoulda tell yuh from the day when we meet say me is a girl who just love things / yuh shouldn’t borrow no car fih come look me / dat did kinda just shaky / if me did know den you wouldn’t get nuttin caw no walk-foot-bwoy can date me ….”

Although the song was released for Valentine’s Day 2020, Neil Diamond, Senior A&R for VP Records felt the track should be included on Reggae Gold. Neil says “this is a song that still brings up conversations that are needed in relationships. It’s a great song and I’m glad it’s included on Reggae Gold.”