This week on Dancehall Friday's we are playing catch up with tracks, collaborations, and cameos that graced the month of April thus far.
Here we are again. A week removed from Coachella, still feeling the "vibes" from the weekend. Well, thankfully, the 420 holiday comes to heal us up just in time. So, here is your 420 holiday playlist, peppered with some new tunes to vibe.
Jamaican musician turned actor Matthew Steel has been steadily working behind the scenes to make his 2017 debut a memorable one. Fresh off his new release "Guitars and Pianos," produced by renowned Jamaican selector and producer Supa Dups, Steel will star in Cess Silvera's highly anticipated "Top Shotta" TV series filmed in Miami Florida. Inspired by his work ethic, his viewpoint on the power of music and connection, KNG2LA wanted to catch up with multi-faceted artist and discuss his message.
The hit YouTube series, "Before They Were Famous," is a show that delves into the lives of celebrities before they were in the limelight. The Canadian-born host, Michael McCrudden, has covered quite an array of celebrities, be it YouTube stars, rappers, actors, porn stars, athletes and last week, he covered his first dancehall superstar none other than Vybz Kartel. His subscribers enjoyed the dancehall content so much that they requested Kartel's rival, Alkaline, as his next feature.
New week, new music. These songs are the perfect accompaniment to your poolside desert adventure. Here is The Listen Down: Volume 13 featuring new music from Collie Buddz, Frank Ocean and more.
Who doesn't love a good throwback? Especially one that gives us a history lesson on a pioneer. DJ Junky's newest mixtape is just this - a best of Leroy Smart. The Jamaican pioneer's discography is thick, and DJJunky guides the listener through hit after hit with ease. We asked the selector what inspired him to create his recent mixtape
The newest dancehall track to drop this week is generating some serious heat. Two of Portmore's best, Vybz Kartel and Masicka, lend their vocals to the single, "Infrared." The song was released on April 4th and already has over 500,00 views on YouTube. Not many dancehall songs or artists rack up that many views in such a short amount of time.
There is always new music to find and we here at KNG2LA make it easy for all you hip kids. The Listen Down, Vol. 12 is here for you weekly. This week we feature some heavy hitters with visually stunning videos. So, enjoy!
We at KNG2LA, love finding local talent and joining forces. That is what the City of Angels is all about. So, we are excited to feature one of our favorite Angelenos, DJ Nikki Kush. Her recent Chronixx mix, highlights the artist historic rise, as it takes the listener on a journey of all things Chronixx.
Dat bad man Eesah is back at it again, releasing a new track, "High Grade." The ganja-loving tune was inspired by The Weeknd and Daft Punk's big hit, "Starboy." The pop-dancehall, slow-wine rhythm definitely has us moving to the vibes. The name Eeash actually derives from Jamaican Patois and is an expression indicating positive vibes.
Same time, same bad-good channel. KNG2LA is back, putting our musical tastes on front street. In Vol. 11, we go over the past few months and highlight some artists and songs that we may have taken for granted; as they have continued to wind up in our weekend playlist. So, let's get started.
You know you're mainstream when the virtual band Gorillaz features you on one of their hot new tracks "Saturn Barz," from their new album Humanz, dropping on April 28th. Unruly gang boss and dancehall aficionado, Popcaan, laid down some phat bars for the new single. If there is still any debate, let's consider it over now. Dancehall is currently the most popular pop music around.
Whoa. What a week. A lot happened in the world of music over the past week. Let the newest edition of the Listen Down catch you up.
KingstonToLA was thrilled to be recently introduced to DJ Junky's modern mixtape compilations. One of his more recent mixes is "The Art of Afrobeat Mixtape 2K17," which dropped on March 17. The tape starts off with Flavour's "Nwa Baby," and continues with some of 2017's hottest Afrobeat tracks including Patoranking's "Girlie 'O' Remix" ft. Tiwa Savage, Danagog's "Hookah," Bracket's "Shoe Size," and more big tunes.
Taking notes from past reality shows and the LA lifestyle are some of the baddest dancehall dancers of Jamaica, starring in their own YouTube reality show called Bad Girls of Dancehall. The show follows top names on the Jamaican dancehall scene, Renee, Sher, Aneika, and Chinny Unique through their daily outings. This gives the viewers an inside look at the Jamaican Dancehall culture and the entertaining lives of these dancehall queens.
No, we're not in Austin. Yet, we'd like to be. So, in celebration of that, we're doing a little KNG2LA of who we'd like to see live, SXSW X Listen Down style.
Alkaline has been a force in dancehall. When he broke out on the scene, the critics were everywhere. Yet, the artist has stood the test of time and has not slowed down, in terms of releasing dancehall singles that resonate with the massiv. Yet, how do you hear all those hits? The German based duo Jugglerz has the answer.
It all started in 2003 when the group consisted of L.A.-based producer Sam "Squeak E. Clean" Spiegel and Brazilian producer Zé "DJ Zegon" Gonzalez. The two joined forces bringing along about three dozen other artists from all coasts forming N.A.S.A. The group is a musical project dedicated to the spirit of collaboration. The name is an acronym for North America/South America and their collective, unified goals, in the hopes to create more love and understanding in the world.