Rebel Code – Monkey Marc, Blvk H3ro, Turbulence and Yeza (feat Mista Savona)

Rebel Code - Monkey Marc, Blvk H3ro, Turbulence and Yeza (feat Mista Savona)

Rebel Code – Monkey Marc, Blvk H3ro, Turbulence and Yeza (feat Mista Savona)
Lead single from Monkey Marc’s Vital Sound (LP)
Lyric video release date: TBC
Official release date: 13 November 2020
Label: Digikillaz / DubShot

Australian superproducer Monkey Marc is teaming up with Turbulence, the reggae veteran who gave us the smash hit Notorious in 2006, and exciting Jamaican artists, Black H3ro and Yeza, for the new single, Rebel Code, which also features fellow Australian Mista Savona (Havana Meets Kingston) on keys.

Rebel Code is an upbeat and driving reggae tune, with an inspiring message of empowerment and a collective call for revolution.

The track is the lead single from Monkey Marc’s new album, Vital Sound (release date 13 Nov 2020).

The lyric video was created by acclaimed Jamaican artist Robin Clare.

Monkey Marc tapped 300K, Jamaica-based director, cinematographer and filmmaker 300K, for Rebel Code’s visual treatment. Hailed by Billboard as “one of Jamaica’s most in-demand music video directors”, the director looked to cult classic “Mad Max” as a springboard to explore themes of Black empowerment, revolution and legacy.

The track has recently been premiered on DJ Gringo’s show The Joint on SiriusXM, with solid upcoming support from Australian radio stations triple j, RRR, PBS, 4ZZZ, RTRFM and more.

Contact: Kim Williamson, kim@monkeymarc.org.

Shaggy – Christmas In The Islands – DJ Pack

Shaggy - Christmas In The Islands - DJ Pack

Artist: Shaggy
Song: “Raggamuffin Christmas ft Junior Reid & Bounty Killer”
Label: Mr. Luva Luva/BMG

Artist: Shaggy
Song: “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”
Label: Mr. Luva Luva/BMG

SHAGGY: CHRISTMAS IN THE ISLANDS

“Christmas in Jamaica is all about sun, sand, family, friends and parties!”

That’s just as much Shaggy’s description of his beloved Caribbean home during the holidays as it is a welcoming invitation into the world of his forthcoming album Christmas in the Islands, to be released worldwide November 20th on BMG.

With Christmas in the Islands, Shaggy serves up a Caribbean-infused twist of reggae, dancehall and pop sounds on holiday classics as well as new festive originals with help from a who’s who of musical luminaries including Bounty Killer, Junior Reid, Beenie Man, Ne-Yo, Conkarah, Joss Stone, Rayvon, Shenseea, Craigy T, Jamila Falak, CARYS, Richie Stephens, Sanchez, OMI, and Romain Virgo. The album was produced by Shaggy, Tony “CD” Kelly, iLLWayno, Shane Hoosong, Jerry Fuentes, Martin “Cherry Cherry Boom Boom” Kierszenbaum & Richie D. and mixed by 4x Grammy Award winner Robert “Hitmixer” Orton.

“Raggamuffin Christmas” and “Holiday in Jamaica” form the soundtrack to a typical Grand Market Christmas party while the listener can almost envision being in the crystal blue waters at the Maiden Cay Christmas party on “Christmas Time,” “Open Presents” and the reggae-fied, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”

Shaggy encapsulates the holiday allure of the islands in “No Icy Christmas,” “Sunny Celebration” and “Catch Myself Some Rays” while underscoring the joy of fun, sun, and rum on “Warm & Easy,” “Take You to the Cool” and the title track “Christmas in the Islands.”

Born Orville Richard Burrell and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, Shaggy got his start as a club DJ in New York City’s burgeoning dancehall scene soon after moving to Brooklyn in his teens. Not long after serving four years in the U.S. Marines (including two tours of duty in the Middle East as part of Operation Desert Storm), he inked his first record deal and quickly scored a global crossover smash with “Oh Carolina.”

As the only diamond-selling dancehall/reggae artist in music history, Shaggy, managed by the Cherrytree Music Company, has sold more than 40 million album units to date, in addition to landing eight singles on the Billboard Hot 100 and seven albums on the Billboard 200 (including four in the top 40). Along with 44/876 (winner of Best Reggae Album at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards), his most recent projects include his twelfth studio album Wah Gwaan?!, a 2019 release that amassed over four million streams during its first week on Spotify alone and spent a chunk of that year in the Top 10 on Apple’s iTunes Reggae chart. That was followed by the release of Hot Shot 2020, commemorating the 20th anniversary of his diamond-selling album, which included re-recorded, modernized versions of the biggest hits and most beloved fan favorites across Shaggy’s catalog. This year also saw the massive success of his viral hit, “Banana” with fellow Jamaican artist, Conkarah which spawned 35 million Tik Tok videos and over 5 billion video views for the #bananadrop challenge!

Not only a multi-award-winning songwriter and hitmaker, Shaggy has also long used his platform to strengthen his community and homeland. In 2009, he established the Shaggy Make a Difference Foundation and organized the first of many, Shaggy & Friends benefit concerts, which to date have raised millions for the Bustamante Children’s Hospital (the Caribbean’s only English-speaking children’s hospital, located in Kingston).

“I always try to bring the fun when I’m performing, and keep everything very lighthearted and joyous,” says Shaggy. “I think my purpose and my job is to bring joy to as many people as I can, and I want that to resonate within all of the music that I create.”

With Christmas in the Islands, Shaggy continues to spread joy as well as heaps of holiday cheer, Caribbean style.

Dj Crown Prince X King Vers X Ricardo Drue – Lift Me Up

DJ Crown Prince X Ricardo Drue - Lift Me Up

International Dj, Curator and trendsetter Dj Crown Prince presents, Lift Me Up. A Song that speaks volumes in these difficult times. It features Soca Music hit singer Ricardo Drue alongside caribbean singer/songwriter King Vers. The song takes you on a journey through difficulties and hardships and culminates in asking God for strength to overcome. The instruments and production are deeply roots in an Afro sounds to set the tone of speaking to the creator.

Bella Blair – Gimmie A Light – Frankie Music

Bella Blair - Gimmie A Light - Frankie Music

Bella Blair comes at us with her ethereal new single “Gimmi a Light”, a fresh, edgy reggae take on a classical favorite. The single, was first pre- released on the artiste’s Instagram page and from the very start, won hearts with its infectious vibe.

From the title and the opening hook, Blair introduces the track as a marijuana smokers’ symphony. Throughout the first verse, with fun and impeccable word play, she speaks to her fellow herb connoisseurs about the importance of the flower.

A devotee to the school of the healing herb, she captures both the spiritual and recreational purposes of ganja, Blair takes it a notch higher with sweet, melodies and relatable lyrics, which makes “Gimmi a Light” an instant hit and creates the perfect mood for the perfect high.

Allan Mensch – Dont Run – Tropic Vibez Studio

Allan Mensch - Dont Run - Tropic Vibez Studio

Allan Mensch Dont Run a dream coming true, his latest single entitled Dont Run hit number 9 on the Foundation Radio Networks New York Reggae Charts. The single was also charted on the South Florida Reggae charts. Currently Allan Mensch is number 4 on the Future Mixx FM Charts with Dont Run.

The song features production by rising production team Str8 Fyah Beats and is on the Tropic Vibez Studio Label.

Dont Run is a Reggae song about the times we are living in. It is a testament to the troubling times people in the world are facing. With the election in Jamaica finishing and the US election approaching, this record truly expresses the feeling that people wish they could run.

Mensch, who is originally from Portmore, St Catherine Jamaica, now resides in the United States Of America. When living in Jamaica, he had dreams of becoming an international Reggae artiste but upon his migration to the U.S those dreams were put on hold.

Mensch upon arriving and spending years in the US made his daily living as a Mechanic. The dream of singing never left him, he decided to pursue those dreams now. Bringing Dont Run to the ears of all Reggae lovers young and old.

Kukudoo – Jerusalem – Tad’s Record

Kukudoo - Jerusalem - Tad's Record

Jerusalem is a profound compilation with the right rhythm, perform by an artistic individual called David ‘Kukukdoo’ McDermott.
Kukudoo is known as a vibes machine with his signature revivalist style and sound “Hai Hai Hai”. He is one of Jamaica’s vibrant gospel singers, born and raised in the March Pen area of Spanish Town, St Catherine. David initially had no interest in church or gospel singing but this proved to be his divine destiny. ‘Kukudoo’ is water baptised, Holy Ghost-filled and he is also a Minister of the word of God. His songs are popular in Jamaica’s nine night and set-up settings creating that good Jamaican vibes. Kukudoo’s aim is to continue breaking new grounds; with the of hope of positively impacting Jamaica and the world with his ministry and music.
This album, Jerusalem, consists of 16 spirit filled tracks, with biting lyrics, backed by rhythmic drumming; featuring hit singles such as ‘King David’ and ‘Thank You Jesus’. Jerusalem is a true representation of Jamaica’s spiritual heritage and promises to keep you rocking to every beat.

Written by: Garcia Clarke

Produced by: David McDermott for Tad’s Record
Executive Producers: Tad A. Dawkins, and Tad A. Dawkins Jnr.

Freezy – Test Yuh Waistline – 2020 Album

Freezy - Test Yuh Waistline - 2020 Album

The almost immediate rebuttal to the name ‘Freezy’ is mention of his hit song “Split In the Middle.” Understandably, it is through his 2017 Dennery Segment rendition that he became a household name throughout the Caribbean diaspora. Before this, the St. Lucia born and bred songwriter/singer/producer has been consistently contributing to the musical landscape of his island.

With a career that pivoted in 2014, Johnnick “Freezy” Leo has had his sights on “many great pursuits,” one of which is an album. Finally his 18-track album titled “Test Yuh Waistline” is here. Through his partnership with Riddimstream, the album is set to be available on all digital streaming platforms throughout the world as of September 30th 2020. Featuring previously and never before released songs, Freezy is making his best attempt to represent the genre of Soca and his island of St Lucia.

Ultimately, it is Freezy’s goal for the album to attain success on the Billboard Music Charts. “I have my eyes set on getting to number one on the billboard chart so that I can do my part to put Soca on the map,” says Freezy. Both Freezy and the team at Riddimstream are hopeful that with the right support Freezy’s album can make a noticeable dent in the international market.

Biography for Freezy

Long before he became the sensation that he is today, flying out every other week and selling out shows and rubbing with Soca’s royalty we met the President of the “Eh Care” crew at the opening of Dennery Carnival 2014. His professionalism will forever resonate in our minds as he had no problem working with a corded microphone unlike artistes who were to perform before him. As he commanded the crowd and chants of the “Eh Care” phrase vibrated throughout the multi-purpose court, we knew then and there that if his music didn’t make him a hit his attitude would.

His single has garnered a massive six million views on YouTube and his video has breached the one million mark. He prefers to look at the many blessings his hit single Split in the Middle has granted him over the past few months and his love for the art form and industry is ever present in his high praises for the individuals credited with his success thus far.

The beaming pillar of the Dennery Segment highlighted a few of the countries that are knocking on his door and his eagerness to represent and fly the Saint Lucian flag. He laments the lack of more unity within the Dennery Segment fraternity and gives high praises to all of the artistes who were ensuring the product continues to leave its mark on the world. “There are certain parts of the world that the song and the music is still very new to them and they are falling in love with it”.

Since the success of “Split in the Middle”, Freezy has had offers from various record labels and streaming companies but the artiste stays resolute and is weighing each option carefully. He has also released more material like “Bend D Banana”, “Badang”, “She Like Dat” and “WOY” This carnival season Freezy looks to drop a up and coming album called Test Yuh Waistline

01. Freezy – Split in De Middle.
02. Freezy – Back It Up (Natoxie Remix).
03. Freezy – Badang!.
04. Freezy – Bend De Banana.
05. Topo La Maskara & Nyla & Freezy – Bam Bam.
06. Freezy – Touch Down.
07. Noahseas – Pave It X Freezy.
08. Shemmy J & Freezy – OTW.
09. Freezy & Ambi – In Her Hole.
10. Freezy Feat Michael Robinson – Sa Feb.
11. Freezy – You Like Dat.
12. BumBum Trix -feat Cooyah & Hitmaker.
13. Freezy Feat Kirk brown – Bend.
14. Freezy Feat King Buuba FM – Back it up (Scratch Master and Dee Jay Puffy remix).
15. Freezy – Batap Patap.
16. Freezy – Bacchanal.
17. Freezy & Mata – Boom.
18. Freezy & Blackboy & Boyaka – By Di Truck.

Rondell Positive – Shunammite – Frankie Music

Rondell Positive - Shunammite - Frankie Music

Rondell Positive Pens Tribute To Wife:

Amid several media reports that the emergence of COVID-19 has caused a spike in the divorce rate among other relationship issues globally, this trend has not affected entertainer Rondell Positive. In a show of gratitude, the inspirational singer has penned a tribute to his wife Latoya titled ‘Shunammite’.

According to Rondell, “The song represents what I believe men should be dishing out to women, to celebrate them. Worldwide almost 95% of the songs about women are not necessarily highlighting the more worthwhile attitudes and attributes they possess. I wanted to also underscore the positives and power of marriage which many couples enjoy.”

‘Shunammite’ is a term taken from the scriptures of the Old Testament describing a woman from the small village of Shumen, the biblical text lauds her a woman of great virtue.

Alluding to the inspiration behind the intriguing title, Rondell exclaimed, “Shunammite is a song I wrote in tribute to my wife Latoya Allen and by extension all women worldwide. It’s a song that I believe I have been privileged to write. COVID-19 gave us more time together and so I began loving my wife all over. The Shunammite woman is a woman who is industrious, wise, discerning, and has faith in God. She’s trustworthy, patient, a great wife and mother and by the way, these traits are built into every woman and just need to be tapped into.”

Relating to the production, Rondell Positive says he was connected to Frankie Music by a mutual friend and following a meeting, he listened to several tracks and the moment he heard this particular beat the melody popped in his head. However, it was Catherine Goodall who encouraged him to pen a song for his wife and that was all the confirmation he needed.