Words by Jesse Serwer—
Words by Jesse Serwer—
Words by DJ Theory and Eddie STATS Houghton
Black Chiney, 10 Year Anniversary Mix: What can you really say about Black Chiney? Members Supa Dups, Walshy Fire, Bobby Chin and Willy Chin have been callin’ shots and murdering sounds for years and years with no tears. Ten years, specifically, and they’ve just launched a mix CD and tour to commemorate that fact. The silky r&b special intro (from Notch?) is so sick, moving directly into a plate of the hiphop reggae remixes that made them famous in the first place, including the Vybz Kartel remix of Eminem’s Supa Dups-produced “W.T.P“. The mix closes out with a grip of their classic live sets and a preview of their 10th Anniversary Tour, which starts May 14th in their homebase of Miami, then heads to Canada, the Caribbean, and Europe. Make plans accordingly and download the mix here, or stream at Soundcloud.
First up this month is the tragic news that Smiley Culture, UK dancehall icon and a key inspiration for this column, has died, aged 48. In fact, we’re dedicating the whole of this month’s update to his memory and legacy. The circumstances surrounding his death are somewhat mysterious, with some debate over how his fatal stab wound was inflicted during a police raid on his home just outside London. An investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission is underway and there have been calls for a full public inquiry into his death.
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Fans of Rick Ross’s Deeper Than Rap may recall Magazeen, the deejay who plays Officer Ricky‘s foil on “Yacht Club,” one of that album’s standout tracks. The Bawse signed the Miami-based yardie to his Maybach Music Group and is said to be making some efforts to break him properly in Jamaica. While one might question an American rapper’s ability to buss a deejay, Ross frequently performs at Caribbean clubs and events and is planning his own tour of the islands in November (We also hear he’s playing C-Pac in Flatbush, Brooklyn next month). The newly released “7-11 Hustle” features both the star and his protege on Jah Snowcone‘s (now year-old) 7-11 riddim, with a corresponding video shot in Kingston. Ross hopping on a juggling rhythm is notable in itself but will this catch on in yard?