Thursday, April 4, 2013

'No Guns Allowed' Snoop Lion's Plea for Peace

Snoop Lion has released a video for single, 'No Guns Allowed' taken from his upcoming Reincarnated album and featuring his daughter Cori B and rapper Drake.  However, since it's release the video has received mixed reaction across his U.S. fan base but   despite what anyone thinks, it is obvious that Snoop Lion will keep going and hopefully effectively inject the positive messages he's sharing with his fans.  

Clips from the video featured striking images of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, Aurora theatre massacre and Trayvon Marting Killing that brought to the fore the issue of crime that has plagued not only Caribbean nations but the United States of America and the rest of the world.  These images are constant reminders of the hurt and pain families of the victims grapple with and the reason why Snoop Lion's, 'No Guns Allowed' is a relevant and positive message to embrace, coming from a once real hardcore rapper who was arrested multiple times on gun possession charges.  

How does Snoop Lion feel about this song?  "It's a powerful song and we hope to spread a positive message that hits home with people," he reportedly said and in relation to purpose continued, "We've seen too much bloodshed involving guns and we want to prevent the next incident from happening.  That's what's it all about, trying to bring awareness and push love and peace."

'No Guns Allowed' is number six on Snoop Lion's sixteen track 'Reincarnated' album due for an April 23, 2013 release.  The reggae-influenced album will feature, Chris Brown, T.I., Busta Rhymes, Mavado, Rita Ora and more.   

By: Sophia McKay

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Chris Brown's Amazing Comeback!

Click to watch full interview 
Chris Brown is back having reached Number 1 UK Itunes! Number 1 Switzerland iTunes! plus one million views for #FineChina video in less than 24 hours? Amazing!!!!  Both Chris Brown and Rihanna currently holds VEVO Top 1 and 2 spots.

Although Chris Brown is not a Reggae or Dancehall artiste to which this web magazine place most emphasis,  his recent comeback after the release of new single #FineChina, is possibly the most common topic of discussion in the music industry at this time.  Apart from not dodging questions having to do with his relationship with Rihanna (now Britain's new Most Influential Pop Star) in a slew of interviews across radio stations to promote his new single, the RnB Star has lived up to expectation by dropping a throwback single of sorts that he promised would be different.  According to Chris Brown on The Boom Box, "the old school inspiration that I had growing up," explaining his sonic approach. "Sam Cooke, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder...This album, honestly, I tried to stay away from anything I was listening to on the radio and I tried not to follow anybody's footsteps."

Fine China has brought back memories of what old school RnB once was, great vocals, rhythms, dance moves and dance moves in a video that captures the essence of what Michael Jackson and Stevie Wondeall the above directed by Chris Brown.  in more waby the likes of Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder 

According to a piece written by RJ Cubarrubia for Rollingstone Videos, Chris Brown offers
Clip from Fine China video
a taste of his new album X, due later this year, with a new video for first single "Fine China."  In the clip, Brown faces an age-old cultural conflict when the stern Asian father of the woman he loves forbids their relationship.  She leaves anyway, and Brown whisks her away to a club for a night out, but later has a showdown in a dark alley with his lover's father and his gang

Chris Brown also talk about how his experience after the 2009 incident between him and Rihanna changed him saying, "I've been humbled by the whole experience.  From me losing everything, you know, to me having to regain public opinion or whatever it is - but most importantly, you know, knowing that what I did was totally wrong and having to kind of deal with myself and kind of forgive myself in the same breath and being able to apologize to, you know, Rihanna and be that man that can be who is a man, you know?"

The RnB Star's determination to get back into the game and to be on top speaks volume of how one can beat the odds.  This is a motivational story other artistes who has been discouraged or been through the ringer can use as example to reach their goal.  Artistes are said to be some of the most persistent human beings and like Chris Brown, the ones who are fearless usually see their dream come through even though they suffer the most. 

Source: Rolling Stones Videos
                   The Boom Box
Other:   Read RoccStar Talk About Producing Fine China

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Elaj the Belizean Reggae Artist Drops New Single & EP 'For You'

Jah Mix Entertainment and VPAL Music present Belizean Reggae Recording artiste Elaj's brand new release entitled, 'For You' click to watch video.  The single comes as part of an EP of the same name that will be available for download on iTunes as of April 9, 2013 through Jah Mix Entertainment/VPAL Music. 

'For You EP' includes new songs 'Beautiful,' 'Fyah Blaze' and 'Gimmi.'  Guest musicians include Dean Fraser, Paul Kastick, Kirk Bennett and Carol 'Bowie' McLaughlin

Jah Mix Entertainment is a Los Angeles-based record label specializing in Reggae music established in 2005.  

VPAL Music is a New York-based record label.  The label is a sub-label within VP Records Music Group since 2009.  VPAL Music deals with independent artists and record labels.  through VP Records distribution channel VPAL is Israel Vibration's Reggae Knights.  The album got high recognition and strong sales through VPAL distribution and was nominated for Best Reggae Album Grammy in 2012.  Another accomplishment for VPAL is Konshens who is one of the hottest dancehall artists now, who had his album upstreamed from VPAL to the VP Label after his successfull album, Mental Maintenance with VPAL.  VPAL's recent releases include Sizzla In Gambia, Midnite In Awe, Mr. Vegas Sweet Jamaica, Coco Tea In a Di Red, Richie Stephens and Gentleman Live Your Life, and Bunny Ruggs Time to name a few.