VP Records Launches Jahshii “Meesh” for Strictly The Best Vol. 62

VP Records Launches Jahshii "Meesh" for Strictly The Best Vol. 62

VP Records Launches Jahshii “Meesh” for Strictly The Best Vol. 62

The VP Records compilation series Strictly The Best shifts gears this year with a digital focus on Gen Z dancehall with new music from trending dancehall star Jahshii and others.

Jahshii’s profile in the Dancehall space has grown rapidly since his foray into the scene in 2021. His catalog of tracks includes more than 32 YouTube music videos including his most popular tracks “Born Fighter,” “Keep Up,” “Energy,” “Promise,” and “Prosperity.” Regularly trending on YouTube’s Jamaica chart, fans seek his music and videos for content that reflects life. “Meesh” was produced by Adrian “Mastermind” Lawrence For Mathsofmind Productions and the music video which was produced in Panama, is directed by MathsofMind. Fans can expect to hear lyrics that resonate with the youth, delivered in Jahshii’s unique vocal style. Jahshii says “my motivation is the youths; showing that the struggle is not the end of the road but the beginning of the journey.” “Meesh” premieres September 16th on all streaming platforms.

About Strictly The Best:
Strictly The Best highlights trending dancehall and reggae songs that are breaking or about to break. Started in 1990 and leading off with Foxy Brown’s “Sorry,” Strictly The Best reaches its 62nd edition in 2022. In recent years, alternate editions have focused on reggae and dancehall, respectively. The series exploded in popularity in its early years, featuring four editions in both 1992 and 1993. Inclusion on the set has been a coveted first step for emerging artists and a point of pride for established performers. The artists with the most songs include on the series are Beres Hammond, Beenie Man, Sanchez, and Mr. Vegas. More than 350 artists have been featured on the series to date.

Yaksta – Ready (Strictly The Best Vol. 62)

Yaksta - Ready (Strictly The Best Vol. 62)

Yaksta – Ready (Strictly The Best Vol. 62)

Yaksta Hits Strictly The Best with ‘Ready.’

Prominent Jamaican performing artist Yaksta turns up the vibes with his new single “Ready.” The song is the lead single from the upcoming Strictly The Best Vol. 62 album, and perfectly mirrors the energy and vibrancy of the summer season. The Afrobeats influence on the song beautifully showcases the African diaspora’s connection to the continent, bringing it full circle.

“Ready” will officially be released on Friday July 29th, 2022. The song will debut with industry tastemakers in key markets; Jamaica, New York City, Toronto, the UK, Ghana & Nigeria.

Strictly the Best is the annual compilation of emerging hits and breaking artists on the contemporary reggae & dancehall scene. STB 62 contains the hottest current and upcoming hits; Yaksta’s “Ready” is the first release. Fans of roots reggae, lovers rock and dancehall flock to the Strictly The Best brand with confidence. Established July 1991, Strictly The Best is the longest running compilation series in reggae.

Since his premiere on the Reggae landscape, Yaksta has impressed audiences in Jamaica and her Diaspora. His storytelling within his songs has made him an in-demand artist and the song “Ready” is sure to create more demand for the artists sonic energy.

Richard ‘Shams’ Browne, A&R for VP Records, says “I believe Yaksta is one of the most promising ‘newcomers’ to the Jamaican music space. He thinks outside the box, as his style of music is more afrobeats focused as opposed to what’s popular in Jamaica today.

His lyrical content also stands out, with songs like “Ambition” and “Assets” we see him shine; they are fun, yet uplifting and motivating. “Ready” is a fun, summer vibes song, for the females!

“Ready” is exclusively available on Strictly The Best Vol. 62.

Label contact: [email protected]

About Yaksta:

From his early childhood, he spent his formative years working on music projects and focused on reggae and dancehall culture as opposed to his studies. After several stints in hospitality at popular Jamaican beach resorts and running his own business selling clothes to make ends meet, Yaksta soon decided a full-time life in music is the only way for him.

Yaksta is quickly becoming a household name. His hit single “Ambition” has more than 11 million views on YouTube, “Home“ earned more than 1 Million views on Facebook, and “Boogie Woogie” – a throwback reggae jam, became a fan favorite because of the mix of 60’s Jamaican rocksteady and ska crossed with modern roots and pop.

Connect on IG @OfficialYaksta | @VPRecords

Intence – Puissant

Intence - Puissant

Fanfare For Intence’s “Puissant”

Rising Dancehall artist Intence receives fanfare from fans with the release of his new single “Puissant.” The single earned 1.4 million views within the first month of release.

Puissant, meaning to ‘have great power or influence’ is the latest ‘talk’ to make its way through Dancehall airwaves thanks to the Dancehall trendsetter. The songs popularity is co-signed by Intence’s fanbase inspiring one fan to write on YouTube “yo the man have him own a flow in a dancehall.”

The music video was directed by KD Visuals and produced by Nuh Brakes Recordz.

“Puissant” is the second single released for 2022, “New Gear” being the first. Intence performs at Sandz in Ocho Rios on April 17th, 2022.

Riding high from a stellar 2021, Intence’s success has been bolstered by the global sensation of his songs “Yahoo Boyz,” “Go Hard” and “Yeng.” Proudly repping Jamaican dancehall to the world, Yeng Boss’s performance of raw and gritty music has connected with Dancehall enthusiasts primarily via YouTube and growing on all streaming platforms.

About Intence:

Intence is the most streamed artist from Jamaica on YouTube. His channel has received 174.6 Million views, and has a following of 544K. On Spotify, “Yahoo Boyz” has been added to 478 Playlists; on Pandora, his music has been streamed 1.5 Million times.

Stream “Puissant” Now: https://Intence.lnk.to/Puissant

Label Contact: Natasha Von Castle | [email protected]

Intence – NEW GEAR – VP Records

Intence - NEW GEAR - VP Records

NEW GEAR For The New Year!

Breaking Dancehall artist Intence kicks off 2022 with an introspective new single and video launched on New Year’s Day. In “NEW GEAR,” Intence speaks out of yearning, frustration, and the personal striving that has put him at the top of the deejay list in Jamaica.

The music video plays on the songs thoughtful nature, juxtaposing images of the deejay and his crew with the individual, alone in his room. Performed as a prayerful prose to the good life.

Riding high from a stellar 2021, Intence’s success has been bolstered by the global sensation of his songs “Yahoo Boyz,” “Go Hard” and “Yeng.” Proudly repping Jamaican dancehall to the world, Yeng Boss’s performance of raw and gritty music has connected with Dancehall enthusiasts primarily via YouTube and growing on all streaming platforms.

“NEW GEAR” comes full circle as it is produced by the stars father, Stephen ‘Father Axe’ Gabbidon under his label Nuh Brakes Records.

Officially released on Saturday January 1st, 2021, check out the music video for “NEW GEAR” – WATCH NOW (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IzFUpddLv_U).

About Intence:
Intence is the most streamed artist from Jamaica on YouTube. His channel has received 157.3 Million views, and has a following of 510K. On Spotify, “Yahoo Boyz” has been added to 478 Playlists; on Pandora, his music has been streamed 1.3 Million times.

Label contact: Natasha Von Castle
Email: [email protected]

Tarrus Riley – Love Salute

Tarrus Riley - Love Salute

Love and togetherness have been the theme at the heart of Lover’s Rock since the genre’s inception. International recording artist Tarrus Riley is set to release his single “Love Salute”. A contemporary take on Roots Reggae, with an infectious yet familiar baseline. Appealing to younger audiences and traditional Reggae fans, “Love Salute” is a heart-warming track with a powerful meaning.

Keeping with the authentic expression of heavy bass and horns associated with the roots of Reggae’s expression, Kareem Burrell unearthed a classic production from his father Fatis’s catalog called “Hold On.” The 1997 X-Terminator released original featured the vocals of Marcia Griffiths and the message to not give up hope for what you are looking for.

Tarrus Riley’s consistent musical success in Reggae transcends across roots rock, soft rock, and dancehall. His ability to deliver a contemporary roots Reggae track is a skill Kareem ‘Remus’ Burrell applauds of Tarrus Riley. “Tarrus is a musical genius, and it is always a joy and a seamless musical effort working with him. His knowledge of music allows the production process to flow easily across all genres beyond Reggae. To work with a vocalist who is aware of evolution in the genre and able to use his tool, his vocal where he sees fit is magic” says Kareem ‘Remus’ Burrel.

According to Patricia Meschino, for The Daily Beast, “Tarrus’ impressive catalogue showcases his finely tuned expressive vocals, which are adaptable to a range of styles from soft rock (“Jah Will”) to traditional Rastafarian Nyabinghi drumming (“Lion Paw”) to energetic dancehall (“Good Girl Gone Bad”). Then there’s the EDM power ballad

“Powerful,” a certified gold single produced by Major Lazer, featuring Tarrus and Ellie Goulding”.

In 2021, Tarrus continues the contemporary roots Reggae messaging that he began in 2004 by encouraging everyone listening to ‘Love Salute’, “don’t wait until it’s too late to show the people who you love, that you love them. Salute the ones you love; simple, Love Salute” says Tarrus Riley.

“Love Salute” is the second collaborative effort between the two second generation Reggae royalty musicians. Both Tarrus and Kareem agree that the world needs to appreciate love in all forms and never take a person for granted. Slated for international release on November 19th, 2021, “Love Salute” arrives in time for the festive holiday season, which will bring family and loved ones together.

Riley’s history with Reggae hits includes the chart topping “She’s Royal” and “Lighter” featuring Shenseea. As well as covers and ballads, which include hits like “Heartbreak Anniversary,” “Superman,” “Human Nature,” and “Stay with You.” Fostering his signature sound, “Love Salute” showcases the artists musicianship with the songs dub rootsy-Lover’s Rock vibe that adds a slight Reggae feel.

To compliment “Love Salute,” the music video will be debuted on Surf Roots TV on the day of release and will be widely shared on Tarrus’s YouTube channel on November 20th, 2021.

Jahvillani – Pro-Gress – Dirt To Bentley

Jahvillani - Pro-Gress - VP6699

Dancehall frontrunner Jahvillani has released his debut album Dirt to Bentley.  The 13-track album was produced by collaborator Tevin “YGF” Richards (for YGF Records), Adrian “Mastermind” Martin Lawrence, Ridwaan Razak and Jahvillani.  The album explores topics such as life, women, money and success.

The lead single from the album, “Pro-Gress,” was released June 25th, 2021, and was ranked at #1 on the Jamaica Trending Chart on YouTube.  Within 1 week of release, the video has been viewed 504K times, and has more than 3K comments expressing appreciation for the songs content.

The follow-up lead single, for which the album is named, “Dirt to Bentley,” features the smooth vocals of New York-based Dancehall star Kranium.  The two tell the story about their rise from humble beginnings (‘dirt’) to their successes (‘Bentley’).  The official music video for “Dirt To Bentley” will be debuted on Jahvillani’s VEVO Channel on Saturday July 10th.

In addition to music videos, Jahvillani has also shared an album visualizer which has been met with fan acclaim.  It has trended on YouTube in Jamaica and accumulated 11,000 ‘thumbs up’ emoji’s and more than 1,300 comments about the impressiveness of the project.

Presented by VP Records, the Filmaica production was directed by Sameel ‘Samo-I’ Johnson.  The mini documentary begins with several attractive images of the artist and segues into audio from the albums first track “1Gov’t Bad.ness.”

Captions within the piece hear from Jahvillani who explains that he was not born with a gold spoon, but proudly represents Ocho Rios, St. Ann, Jamaica; these statements are supported by images of the artist in his community.  As the album title suggests, Jahvillani represents the artist who has gone from walking on foot in the dirt, to now being driven in a Bentley – all this thanks to his commitment to his artistry and thanks to the support from fans.

Watch Jahvillani’s Dirt to Bentley Visualizer here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=papc8VXmiMg

Jahvillani – Dirt To Bentley | https://Jahvillani.lnk.to/DirtToBentley

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


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.

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