Nov 25, 2014
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Posts tagged: Dre Skull

Toppa Top 10: The Best Dancehall Albums

Words by Jesse Serwer, Sherman Escoffery and Edwin STATS Houghton—

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Gaza City Revue: Watch Vybz Kartel’s “My Crew” Video

Words by Jesse Serwer—


Vybz Kartel’s absence has forced video directors to get creative, as Kartel’s continued popularity, in spite of his incarceration on two separate murder charges, necessitates promotion of the massive amount of material the Werl’ Boss left in his wake. The latest example is “My Crew,” from Kartel’s Kingston Story LP, re-issued today in physical form by Vice Records after a phyical-only 2011 release through Mixpak Records. The video spotlights the breadth of Kartel-themed graffiti in the area of Portmore known as Gaza City, as well as the area’s youth, from likkle pickneys jumping over a gully to bandana-clad young men pouring liquor down from rooftops. Watch below.

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Kartel’s Kingston Deluxe: Hear It Now Here

Words by Erin MacLeod—

It was a big deal when the Dre Skull-produced Kingston Story dropped last year. Matching the innovative and interesting riddims of the MixPak label boss with the equally innovative and interesting lyrics of dancehall’s Werl’ Boss, the album has been selling digitally and singles picking up radio and sound system play from NYC to KIN. Now, thanks to Vice Records, Kingston Story is getting the full vinyl and CD treatment–available August 13. And, of course, there will be some extra goodies tucked in to the album for good measure.  Thing is, you don’t have to wait to listen. You can check out the record (and the extras) right here.

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Mixtape Mondays: The Heatwave, Saydis, WILDLIFE!, Murlo

Words by DJ Theory —

Big Mixtape Mondays on deck today, celebrating 50 years of JA raving in the UK, JA Independence Day and of course good music worldwide. A string of essential classics, UK bashment, bass, dancehall, hip hop and more squeeze their way in this week, with big sounds and vibes from Switzerland, UK, NYC and JA. Get some below:

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Video: Beenie Man, “Hot Like Fire”

Words by Jesse Serwer—

Dre Skull and Mixpak Records aren’t playing around when it comes to hyping this summer’s Loudspeaker riddim. Just a week after releasing the first video, for Popcaan’s “The System,” from the riddim, already they’ve got a second for us, in Beenie Man’s “Hot Like Fire.” In fact, Dre has suggested that there may be videos for each of the four songs from the riddim—the others being Machel Montano’s “Go Down” and Natalie Storm’s “Rock the Runway” in the wings.  Along with the usual Kingston visuals, “Hot Like Fire” also takes us to a side of Kingston (or more specifically the villages on its outskirts) we can’t ever recall seeing in a dancehall video before: a bauxite mine.

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Audio: Popcaan x Dre Skull, “The System”

Words by Jesse Serwer, via The Fader

Last week, we brought you the world premiere of the first tune from Dre Skull’s Loudspeaker riddim, Machel Montano’s “Go Down.” A few days on and we now have Popcaan’s “The System” taking things in a completely different direction—both for the riddim and the artist himself. Known for his breezy party tunes, Poppi throws his hat into the social commentary arena with “The System,” and he wears it well. The Vybz Kartel heir apparent is rapidly developing as an artist, and, after hearing “The System,” it seems conscious material will be part of his repertoire. Stream it below, and look out for more tunes from Loudspeaker to drop soon, via Mixpak.

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