Words by DJ Shirkhan—
Words by Jesse Serwer—
Last month, Cham voiced JA Productions’ (very Dave Kelly-esque) Overtime riddim and pretty much knocked it out of the park, shouting out Jamaica’s most lawless quarters, from Tivoli to Standpipe to Gully to Flankers. The song was so hot, apparently, that Cham has revisited the riddim again for “Portmore Anthem.” This time he takes a more focused approach, voicing lyrics that at times recall his last truly great tune, “Ghetto Story.” Stream both tracks below, and tell us in the comments which version wins.
Words by DJ Autograph—
During the 90s Dave Kelly’s Madhouse records and its sub labels dominated the dancehall scene with hit riddims such as Showtime, Bruckout and Stink. Cham, then going by Baby Cham, rose through the ranks of the dancehall as a Madhouse artist voicing some classic material on Kelly’s riddims.
Words by DJ Shirkhan and Sammy K
No video this week, just a special Christmas treat. The other day we brought you A Reggae Christmas, a brilliant mixtape roundup with—almost—every great, holiday-themed reggae classic there is, from Sweden’s Safari Sound. Except one tune, that they told us they wished had made the mix. So we asked them to say a little something about it.
Words by DJ Theory
Demarco’s new video “Show It” (ft Craig from Voicemail) has broken through the tough outer skin of commercial Hip Hop/R&B (and god forbid reggae) in the states courtesy of its recent debut on 106 & Park on BET. As you may know, 106 & Park is one of the most influential platforms for any artist to appear on, and rarely is a reggae/dancehall artist featured (one “reggae” artist who’s videos air on the show regularly would be Sean Kingston, but that’s mostly due to his relentlessly commercial appeal, teenage fan base, and bubble gum pop lyrics). As the official video (watch it after the jump) demonstrates, “Show It” is a definite club-banger poised for commercial success, and it goes without saying that Demarco and Craig would have no reservations about seeing some of that mainstream $$ find it’s way into their pockets…