Saturday, March 23, 2013

Jamaican Slangs Pat-wah Mix Up n More

'Kiss me teeth' of course in annoyance to anything that bothers me and if I wish to share my disgust on twitter, bbm or wats-app it's, 'kmt.'  Den (then) if the music is popping it's 'str8 shellingz' like (straight shellings) yeah like dat.  Better yet, Pop Star Rihanna is such a darling quickly making one of her fans even a bigger fan after she (di fan) tweeted, "on my way home from Chicago we didn't get to meet her blah blah blah." Rihanna saw that and asked, "you left????" "How Far (u reach?)" Jamaicans would ask, but anyway bottom line, Rih sent for her and took pictures and shit n post di pix pon twitter, dis bitch yah 'slap whey.'  What the hell, WTH! Yeah man, Rihanna slap whey!

Tun up has become, turnt up and turn up, no sah, dat nuh right, it kine a (kind of) boring da way deh still, but wha nah go boring is #CBXAlbum when it drop April.  It did a trend pon twitter and everybody a sey it ago 'shat (shot)!' Well that it certainly will, the expectations are high plus Chris Brown is now enjoying a combination of two major stars fan-base, 'dweet' (do it) Chris.

One or two tings Jamaicans dare not use mek slang and dat is the word, 'ass' no sah, nuh run nuh joke wid da word deh and doe go 'bitch' dat pass bright.  Absolutely no slangs there at all.  Well, how budding reggae artiste Tafari have so much "Money in Ma Pocket" yet him caan get no love?  Doe know, but the song all ova iTunes wid free download.  Did Konshens get it een? Everybody waan kno and dem may neva kno, anyway d song hot, she 'Raine' and siddung pon di track doe, it bad!

Mumma Saw nuh mek fun fi 'talk up di tings dem' calling out all her past mattie; whey she sey? One a day? Pupa jeezas!  Mavado sey wid Kartel a prison him nuh see nuh competition in a Dancehall, OMG!! So the focus now is making it big ina merica (America) and it look like it can gwaan, MTV debut an video debut pon Billboard, Cash Money Millionaire head Bird Man stand up ina one a di video dem, Judge pon BET 106 and Park, a history.  What is di unda-lying prablem betwix Snoop Lion and di Legend?  A who first come up wid da album title deh? Re-incarnated -50...lawks, mi doe kno.

Whew! After that Jamaican dialect total take over, we beg to continue:-

Jamaicans love drink soup pan sat-day (saturday), eat rice and peas and chicken every Sunday even doe ackee and saltfish a di national dish.  Stew peas wid white rice and piece a 'salt ting' one day ina di week as well as curry chicken, chicken back/neck wid white rice or dumpling 1-2-3-times a week fi some people.  Jerk chicken, pork, lamb for the elite at take out or just jerk chicken back-neck-gizzad ina ghetto style, oh and fish any style fi di rasta dem.  Well some a dem caa some just stick to veggie.

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by Sophia McKay

Thursday, March 21, 2013

MTV Debut for Mavado's 'Take It' Video

Recently Mavado's "Take it" video which became the first ever track or music by a Dancehall artiste to debut on Billboard, now makes another massive debut on MTV.

By Marlon Bishop

Imagine Mavado flying above Jamaica and surveying his realm.  It must be an eerie feeling for the dancehall king to look around and see no challengers in sight, after hustling in the island's brutally competitive reggae scene since he was a teenager growing up in Kingston's slums.

That's because Mavado has been the unrivaled lead voice in dancehall since arch-nemesis Vybz Kartel was thrown in jail on a murder charge in 2011.  Now, the undisputed ruler is using that hard-won stature to develop a new career in a much bigger pond than Jamaica, the US.

It's a full scale assault - collabos with heavies from Rick Ross to Akon, tours supporting hip-hop royalty and an upcoming record on DJ Khaled's We The Best label.  If the plan succeeds, Mavado may become the first dancehall artist since Sean Paul to crossover in a big way.  If he doesn't, it will be a major blow to a teetering dancehall scene back home on the island.

"I definitely feel the responsibility," said Mavado in a phone conversation.  "That's the main reason why I'm working so hard right now because I know I have to be keeping dancehall relevant, keeping dancehall moving."

Mavado's latest push comes via a new single and video, an infectious "sex me up" -style tune called "Take It" with chorus and curves courtesy of Canadian-Jamaican artist Karian Sang.  The video was exclusively premiered by Billboard in early March, a first for any dancehall artist.

"we been getting a lot of love for this song," said Mavado.  "It was number one in England for like eight weeks, and number one in Trinidad for a month.  It's on the charts in Europe, on the islands, so things are going real great right now."

If things are good for Mavado, it's partially because he doesn't need to watch his back like he used to.  For years, dancehall in Jamaica has been dominated by the feud between two crews; Gully and Gaza led by Mavado and Vybz Kartel respectively.

The dancehall dramas of Jamaica make US hip-hop beefs seem like kindergarten quarrels.  The sheer complexity of the politics between factions can be harder to follow than a shakespearian tragedy.  Whereas US rappers trade more than insults, Jamaica's music industry battles have gotten bloodier and bloodier over the years.

The war between Gaza and Gully that unfolded over the 2000s took things farther than they had ever gone before.  The fights and reprisals between supporters literally threatened to destabilize the country.  Everybody had to choose a side - even track star Usain Bolt was said to have an allegiance.  It got so bad that the Prime Minister himself stepped in to broker a truce in 2010.  So did infamous drug lord Christopher Coke, who allegedly organized the Kingston concert where the rivals finally shook hands.

Since then, things have settled down, minus little flare ups between Mavado and up and comer Popcaan, but even that was squashed when both artists worked together on Snoop Lion's "Lighters Up."

Mavado doesn't see anybody coming for his crown anytime soon.  "I don't have any competition I don't think," he said.  "I've been building my everything towards music for many years now and nobody is working as hard as I am working."

Mavado entered the scene as the archetypal "badman."  On tunes like "Last Night" and "Weh Dem A Do," he recounted ghetto gun battles and tussles with the law.  He smoothed things out a little on his 2009 sophomore release with songs like, "So Special," his biggest US radio hit to date.  And of late he's been putting out a string of party-focused, "wine gyal" tracks of the type that have been hot in Jamaica over the last few years.  See: "Caribbean Girls."

But he's also been popping up in all sorts of non-dancehall places too.  There's the 2010 video for Drake's Find Your Love," in which he has an acting role as a villainous gang leader.  He's worked with Alicia Keys in '09, did a remix for Ne-Yo in '11, and scored an Akon feature for his track "Survivor."  More recently, he makes an appearance on DJ Khaled's "So Suicidal" video alongside Birdman, came off a tour with Drake, and has a new track coming out shortly called "Rise Up," featuring Khaled and Rick Ross.

In interviews, Mavado has also hinted at features with French Montana, Niki Minaj, Lil Wayne and Pharrell.  Looking forward, there will be a US-oriented mixtape and a full length, major label-distributed studio album.  No precise dates for either of those releases have been set.  

Mavado says he intends to push his career in the US while still maintaining his place in Jamaica.  "I know there's more I can do, more I can achieve," he says.

Historically, it's been hard for reggae artists to maintain credibility at home while pursuing fame and riches abroad.  For example, Shaggy and Sean Paul, the most successful dancehall crossover artists have largely been written off as sell-outs back home.  But by signing with Khaled, Mavado appears going a different route than either of those artists, who went for more of a pop market than a hip-hop one.

But with characteristic confidence, Mavado shrugs off the suggestion that his loyal fans at home might one day turn against him.  "I'm not just doing this for me," he says.  "This is for all Jamaican and dancehall."

Source: mtviggy

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Reggae Needs a New Face of a Superstar to Inspire and Motivate

The recent school boys and girls athletic championship held at the National Stadium in Kingston Jamaica during the week of March 14-16, 2013, saw an historic thirty (30) records broken in the annual track and field event.  An absolutely amazing and astonishing accomplishment by these young high school students all of whom have no doubt been inspired by Jamaica's male and female World Olympic Sprint Champions, Usain Bolt, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Johan Blake, Veronica Campbell, Osafa Powell and the other outstanding and elaborate athletic performances at the last two world championships. This development typically describes one artiste view of what the industry of Reggae music needs.  

Tafari's recent analysis of why Reggae music is uninspiring in an article published on this website, is an expression of his personal opinion regarding the present status of the Reggae music industry.  Stating that both, Sean Paul and Shaggy are the Bob Marleys of his generation," and citing that both have, "surpassed normal" in their music careers, clearly outlines the point that both artistes are deserving of Reggae Superstar accolades in their own rights. 

Had it been that Sean Paul and Shaggy's success were not somehow suppressed then more Jamaican Reggae and Dancehall artistes would have been inspired and/or motivated to reach for the stars.  To read this article click here