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.
With so much going on in the world, sometimes, you just need some love. For the Listen Down we have some of our favorite songs, which also happen to be love focused. So sit back, relax and make sure to load your playlist with these next few joints.
Canada is a country who's open borders and multicultural acceptance breed unique and talented artists. One such artist is the Grammy-nominated Toronto singer, Tory Lanez. Lanez, recognized mostly for his rapping skills, is also no stranger to the good dancehall vibes. The city of Toronto continues to produce multi-faceted, Caribbean-influenced music makers, and Tory Lanez is a prime example.
We are back with our favorite hits of the past week. Peruse what we have compiled and add these jams to your weekend playlist. Featuring The.Wav, Remy Ma and Nicky Minaj. Wheel Up!
This week we're musing with two of LA's rising stars in the mixtape game; DJ Enroute and DJ Skighwalker. Click the link to turn up with some of the best reggae, dancehall and Latin inspired fusion of the week. KingstonToLA approved.
Much of the content and subject matter of reggae and dancehall music's lyrics revolve around social and political awareness, with the hopes of raising the consciousness of the people. To bring forth topics of social injustices and criticism of the political systems known culturally as "Babylon." Some believe this is one of the main reasons many politicians have fought to stop reggae and dancehall music from being heard.
Marvin "Jah Bami" Walters is an underdog in the game, known for his gregarious and outspoken personality. The well-loved entertainer is popular the world over, yet his brand maintains a modest presentation, despite this major success. Perhaps it's Jah Bami's ability to make everyone around him feel comfortable; his appeal is massive and spans from Caribbean fans in his native country of Trinidad and Tobago, to the reggae lovers in Slovenia.
It's that time - to listen up and listen down to some of our favorite vibes over the past week. Click the link for tunes from Micah Shemaiah, Beyonce and more!
This week we are featuring a mix from across the pond with DJ Madbwoy's, Reggae Vibrations Live Sets. Live sets are always a favorite, as they are fueled by the crowd; more so than a traditional mixtape, which is mostly done in the confines of one's home base. This "live" aspect can add to the vibes of a mixtape, and DJ Madbwoy continues to impress, whether live or in the studio.
Over the past week, love was celebrated as couples around the world celebrated the Babylon holiday - Valentine's Day. Many dancehall artists took the celebration as an opportunity to release new music videos dedicated to true love, sex, wining, and more.
The.Wav continue to bring the vibes. This week they released a new single "Proposition," produced by Masterkraft. Their signature sound, a mix of dancehall afrobeat and trap, is the perfect backdrop for a song inquiring if a fine lady would spend the evening. Yet, what makes the band unique, is they employ the clap back. Kelly Be gives a strong female voice to the male members of the band's request and it makes the song memorable. Yet again, this is the formula that makes The.Wav, well, The.Wav.
There is such beauty in the strength and power of both the presentation and the content of Aza Lineage's music. A Jamaican songwriter and recording artiste who is making a name for herself with her ethereal voice and commitment to unity. Born Dana Bernard in Kingston Jamaica, Aza Lineage has defied all life's limitations by utilizing her creativity to inspire others. Read more about Aza Lineage here on KingstonToLA.
Swift Soundz' DJ Willy Wonka is right on time with his latest mix "Soca Factory Vol. 5." As the carnival fetes begin to sweep The Caribbean and beyond, the soca massive historically begins to come out of a winter-long hibernation. However nowadays, with events such as LA's monthly Fayah Sundays: Soca Explosion, where DJ Willy Wonka is the resident, soca fans can party like it's carnival all year round.
The Grammys are predictable. You know there will be things that some people love, other people hate. Yet, whether you hate this performance or loved this one, you're talking. That's what the Grammys are really about. To pay tribute to the artists that are at the forefront of popular music. To see if they can take what we have experienced over the past year and make a show out of it.