Popcaan Pays Homage To Dancehall Legend Spragga Benz, Teases New Track “Level Up”

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Popcaan gave Spragga Benz a huge shout-out as he teases a fire-new single “Level Up.”

The Unruly Boss is one of the hottest dancehall artists in the game right now, and he is paying homage to one of the greats from the 90s, Spragga Benz. Popcaanposted a video clip on Instagram yesterday of himself and his crew vibing to his upcoming single “Level Up.” Buju Banton’s son Markus Myrie produced the track. “We run the road G-Wagon Benz, man a shotta ask Spragga Benz,” Popcaan deejay before pulling up the track.

“#levelup unruly a worldwide thing a who a them?? @1realmarkus #Levelnuh don’t nuff up,” the deejay wrote on the Gram. Spragga Benz liked the post which is a sign that he is digging the track. The Red Square” deejay has a new hit, “Different” featuring Sean Paul, Chi Ching Ching, and Agent Sasco, bubbling on the airwaves.

Popcaan has been dropping plenty of new tracks since the start of the year. So far we’ve heard more than half of a dozen new bangers from the Unruly Boss, and it’s very clear he is not slowing down anytime soon

Bounty Killer Names One Dancehall Legend Greater Than Vybz Kartel Lyrically

Bounty Killer says dancehall legend Papa San is a greater lyricist than Vybz Kartel.

Bounty Killer always drop some gems even if you don’t agree with what he has to says sometimes, he always speak his mind and give his unbiased opinion on all things dancehall. For the past couple of weeks, dancehall fans have been debating about who is the current king of dancehall. Vybz Kartel has been dominating the headlines and we saw Beenie Man stepping into the arena while touting his success and contributions to dancehall.

Outside of the “kingship” of dancehall, Vybz Kartel is widely regarded as one of the greatest lyricists to ever take up the mic. Bounty Killer thinks there is one dancehall icon who is greater than the Worl’Boss lyrically.

“For the record, as much as I love Vybz Kartel, original lyrics architect, you are a great lyricist but you are not better than Papa San,” Bounty wrote. “Weh San do lyrics wise them no born the end of this topic is not up for debate.”

Buju Banton’s Welcome Home Party Set For Friday At Mas Camp

Buju Banton will be hosting a welcome party is set for Friday night at Mas Camp.

A day before he performed live for the first time since leaving prison, Buju Bantonfans will get a chance to get a glimpse of the singer at his welcome home party on Friday night at Mas Camp in Kingston. The Gargamel will kick off his highly anticipated “Long Walk To Freedom Tour” on Saturday with a massive show at the National Stadium. Mas Camp will also host the after-party for the show.

“You can literally feel the excitement as we get closer to the big day,” Buju’s publicist, Ronnie Tomlinson, said. “People have already begun to fly in, and what we have been hearing from them is that they do not want to stay in their hotel rooms until Saturday. They want a weekend of celebration, and we’re going to give them that.”

Fans can expect to hear Buju Banton music playing all night. Music will be provided by Stone Love, Spex Da Boss, Richie Feelings, JamRock, and Massive B. The gates are opened at 10 p.m. and fans are encouraged to turn out early. Admissions will set you back US$30 for general admission and US$50 for VIP, and we’re told that you can get tickets at the gate.

Gargamel Music, Rocker’s Island Production, Solid Agency, in association with main sponsor Boom Energy Drink are the organizers behind Friday night’s show at Mas Camp.

There is another event set for Fiction Nightclub on Sunday which will conclude the first set of events on Buju Banton’s “Long Walk To Freedom Tour.” The singer will then head overseas where he will perform across the Caribbean before heading to Europe for more tour dates.

Buju Banton, real name Mark Myrie, was released from prison on December 7th last year. He touched down in Jamaica the same day that he was released and since then he has been spending time with his loved ones.

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Buju Banton Confirms New Music Is On The Way With Studio Video

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Buju Banton got some new music on the way.

The Grammy-winning reggae superstar has not released any new music since his release from federal prison in December last year, but the wait may soon be over. Buju Banton posted a video clip on his Instagram account showing himself in the studio voicing new music. The audio is mute, but you can see the singer enjoying the moment of getting back to what he loves, making music.

“Yo world, working on the night shift… I’m feeling it, don’t worry you will too,” Buju wrote. A rep for the singer previously said that he is working on a major project due early this year. So far, he has not released any details on the pending album.

Buju recording some new music with DJ Khaled in December last year when the We The Best Music Group chief visited Jamaica for a work vacation. Khaled’s song with Buju will appear on his upcoming album Father of Asahd.

Buju Banton recently revealed that he is now in full control of his Instagram account and will regularly update his fans about his moves. “Sooo, Hi world do I have to post shit on here everyday??? Lol,” he wrote.


New Music: Jahmiel – “I Need You”

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Jahmiel comes through with a love ballad “I Need You.”

The soulful track arrives just in time for Valentine’s Day, with the dancehall singjay serenading the love of his life over a beat produced by Emudio Records. “First thing first, I know this is really love / ‘Cause baby, me feel the love / Never waan speed it up
Me need more than a single touch / Is it too soon (soon), to say I love you (you) / ‘Cause girl, I do / I know those words are few / But I’ll show you,” Jahmiel sings.

The Patriotz boss has a couple of new singles bubbling on dancehall’s airwaves including “Mankind” and “Feel Like Party.”

Rygin King – Monument

Ryging King is heating up dancehall with a brand new banger “Monument.”

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The Good Good Productions-produced single saw the Mobay deejay taking on his critics and his enemies including Masicka and Alkaline. The track was not released as a diss record, but dancehall fans have already labeled it as such. “War head inna your forehead spend shell / The autopopsy read a no sickle cell / The dunce dem lef’ a clip inna him mango head / A close casket ’cause me no see no dreads,” Rygin King deejays.

King is one of the hottest new acts in the game right now and is heavily present in the new wave of artists rising up out of Montego Bay.

Shaggy Set To Perform On American Idol Season 17

Shaggy will be making an appearance on American Idol season 17.

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Grammy-winning dancehall star Shaggy is gearing up to release his next solo album Wah Gwaan, due sometime this year. In between recording the project, the dancehall legend finds time to tour with his collaborator Sting and of course, perform on American Idol. Shaggy made the announcement on his Instagram account last weekend telling his fans that he is excited about the performance.

“Excited to announce I’m joining @AmericanIdol this season for their All-Star Duets! Tune- in for the premiere March 3 and later in the season for my episode on ABC,” he wrote.

Aside from Shaggy, some other big names will be performing with contestants in the duet round including, “Chris Isaak, Elle King, Ben Harper, Lukas Graham, and more.

Shaggy is still in a celebratory mood after picking up his second Grammy award earlier this month for Best Reggae Album.

Busy Signal – “What Is A Friend” [Listen]

Busy Signal debut a new single “What Is A Friend.”

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The Turf Boss is one of the most consistent artists in dancehall currently. You can always depend on him to release some good music. Last year he had one of the biggest hits on the airwaves, “Stay So.” For this new single “What A Friend,” Busy Signal links with Chimney Records to voice the track on the label’s new project Kingston Riddim.

“So When the food a eat / Eyes a peep, mouth a look, heart a leap / Wolf a wold and sheep a sheep, yeah yeah,” Busy sings. “What is a friend in these times me a fi ask the question.”

Listen to Busy Signal new song “What Is A Friend” below.

Beenie Man Adjust His Crown As Vybz Kartel Named ‘King of Dancehall’ On Mainstream TV

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Beenie Man adjusts his crown as Vybz Kartel named “King of Dancehall” on mainstream TV.

On Thursday, Fox 5 New York crowned Vybz Kartel the “King of Dancehall” in a riveting segment on their morning program. The new channel often features dancehall acts as well as hip-hop, and in the past, we’ve seen Alkaline and Masicka making guest appearances on the show. Kartel is in prison so he can’t mark present, but the channel went ahead and did a feature on anyway while labeling him as the undisputed king of the genre.

Beenie Man has been referring to himself as the king of dancehall since the 1990s. It seems he got wind of what was taking place yesterday and fired off a post on Instagram reminding everyone that he is still around.

“1995 before social media, streaming platforms, and digital media. Then and now. #dancehall #LoverOftheMusic&theCulture #reggae #IfYouKnowYouKnow #FashionIcon #DancehallKing #MusicalPioneer,” Beenie wrote while adding a king emoji.

In 2009, Reggae Sumfest crowned Beenie Man the King of Dancehall while honoring the dancehall veteran on stage. Beenie’s post ignited a heated debate between his fans and Vybz Kartel supporters.

“Why can Lady Saw keep her crown but he can’t?” one fan questioned. “Some of you dislike the man for no reason. I know what Beenie Man means to Dancehall music. If you google “King of the Dancehall” right now, Beenie is the answer. It wasn’t until yesterday, that another name also pops up. Don’t get me wrong, I can’t deny that Kartel is a lyricist, but Beenie put the work in. He deserves his crown.”

“You’re not even five years older than Vybz Kartel, y’all in the same age group and you are fighting to be King lol,” another fan wrote. “You’re not even relevant I thought you were like 60+ until I googled you’re just 45 and Vybz Kartel is 43 and I cannot recall a hit from you in ages and Vybz Kartel in a prison a run street.”

While we’re having this debate, let’s not forget that King Yellow Man is still alive and well. There is also Sean Paul who is the most commercially successful dancehall artist in history.

It appears that the crown is broken in pieces but which deejay has more in his possession?

Bounty Killer Co-Sign Vybz Kartel Getting “King of Dancehall” Status

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Bounty Killer gave Vybz Kartel his stamp of approval.

Dancehall legend Bounty Killer cosigning Vybz Kartel as the “King of Dancehall” is significant given his statue and influence in the genre. The legendary Five Star General is one of the biggest names in dancehall’s history. Not only does he carries a massive fan base, but he is also responsible for introducing some of the current biggest names in the genre to the masses including Kartel himself.

While Bounty Killer and Beenie Man have made peace over the years, Grunggaadzilla is clearly in full support of his former protege Vybz Kartel being the “King of Dancehall” even while he is behind bars.

Killer posted a clip from Fox 5 New York’s profile of Kartel on Instagram and captioned it, “More Black Excellency.” The dancehall giant continues, “Vybz Kartel remains a dominant force in our music because of THE CONTINUOUS HITS HE PUTS OUT STILL WHILE IMPRISONED and huge respect to all Vloggers that KEEPS HIS NAME GOING BEYOND THE MUSIC.”

Beenie Man had to adjust his crown after the Fox 5 reporting went viral online. He is insisting that he was the king then, in the 1990s, and is still the king today. Dancehall fans are divided in the debate, with the ever so outspoken Gaza fans blasting Beenie Man, while the Doc’s fans push back while reading out his list of accomplishments.

Bounty Killer throwing his voice into the mix says a lot, and perhaps we need more dancehall acts to speak say something on the topic of who is the current “King of Dancehall.”

Frankie Music To Release Album With Reggae 'Generals'

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Recording imprint Frankie Music, a significant contributor to the Jamaican music landscape for over a decade and best known for producing hits such as  'Dweet Again' by Grammy Award winner Beenie Man, Konshens and Delus 'She's Happy' and most recently 'Raggamuffin' by new sensation Koffee, is set to release their first official compilation for the New Year. 

The project, an adeptly crafted 14-track rhythm album titled 'General A General' will see a plethora of reggae luminaries lending their vocals alongside several burgeoning stars. Features acts; Anthony B, Christopher Martin, Jesse Royal, Romain Virgo, Lutan Fyah, Qraig (Voicemail) and D-Major with Javada, Naomi Cowan, Tia, Shawn Antoine, Kumar and Symatic rounding off the aggregation.

According to Executive Producer, Comar 'Frankie' Campbell owner and operator of Frankie Music when asked about the reason behind the name and what music lovers can expect he said, 



"The word General refers to a commander of an army or an army officer of very high rank and as my first album of the year, I thought it was fitting to take charge of the year as such and produce quality music with authentic Jamaican talent. As for listeners, I hope they will appreciate the good energy and powerful lyrics."

Reviewing the tracklisting reveals the inclusion of several young talents, a move Frankie says was deliberate in compiling the project. Having worked with artistes such as Sizzla, Konshens, Delus, Voicemail, Chevaughn, Beenie Man, Alaine, Chris Martin, Demarco, D-Major, Aisha Davis, RR,  Omari, Javada, Koffee, Shawn Antoine, Chuck Fenda in the past Frankie explained that,
 
"In recent times there has been a major upsurge of new talent especially in dancehall and that is good for the genre but it is also equally important that we maintain balance hence the reason I decided to make this latest effort predominately Reggae. That's my way of helping to preserve the music and culture for future generations." Despite no definitive date, the project is slated for release in the weeks ahead with distribution courtesy of  VPal Music.

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