Nov 22, 2014
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Posts tagged: Yosef Imagination

Toppa Top 10: Ten More Fake Reggae Tunes + Faux-hall Parodies

Words by Jesse Serwer—

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Dinner Theater: Sani Showbizz’s “Big Piece of Chicken”

Words by Jesse Serwer—

Reggae lends itself to parody perhaps more than any other music, but there’s one man elevating the spoofing of it to new heights: Sani Showbizz. An ’80s-style skat chatter in the Eek-A-Mouse mold, Sani has previously given us the legend-making “I Know” (No. 4 on our Toppa Top 10 Fake Reggae Songs list) and starred in a hilarious sequence of webisodes with “Jamaican Damian Hirst” L.A. Lewis.

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Video: Watch I-Octane’s “Informer A Work”

Words by Jesse Serwer

Arguably the most consistent and certainly one of the most prolific new reggae/dancehall artists to emerge from Jamaica recently, I-Octane is having a big year. Having built up a solid catalog of singles, such as “Nuh Love Inna Dem” and Nuh Ramp Wid Wi,” the singjay is just now getting around to actual releases. Straight From the Heart, an eight-song EP, is out Dec. 6 with Crying to the Nation, I-Octane’s debut album, set for release shortly thereafter, on Jan. 31, through VP Records. Adding to his sizable repertoire of badmind-themed singles, meanwhile, is “Informer A Work.” Directed by Yosef Imagination, the video, which premiered online last night, takes a humorous tack to a song which was recently banned by Jamaica’s Zip FM due to the subtext of lyrics like “So if yuh kno wah good fi yuh health bwoy, betta keep di chattings to yuh self bwoy.” Hard to figure why more dancehall videos aren’t taking the comedy route—it’s just what the doctor ordered for a genre plagued by controversy.

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