Thursday, 17 December 2009

Wasn't Gonna Blog This But...

Heard this tune last month, but didn't blog it in fear of lobbyists pickiting my blog.

However, I've changed my mind

This Munga tune sell the r**s off! Voiced on Karim's Duffle Bag riddim. Riddim also features Busy Signal's 'Question' how his money went so fast.

He isn't being rude or 'phobic, he's just setting the law according to him.

Also feelin this 10 Long 10 Strong riddim

Leftside is a big jugglin tune, Bugle is probably my favourite on there. Kartel is a good one too. Who says they don't make what's commonly known as dancehall sounding anymore?

8 Days 'til Christmas, soooo...

Was the not the last great pop Christmas song? Talking about original ones here. Materialistic as anything, and who the hell rubs feet, especially leading up to Christmas. Them cold toes in my warm, clean hands. Or just imagine it's after walking up and down Oxford Street in socks and Uggs. Dem pongin feet there.

Song was on the re-packaged version of one of the greatest r&b albums in recent times, The Writings on the Wall.

Kinda off-topic rant there, I haven't done any Christmas shopping yet. I know what I'm going to buy, just need to buy it. So technically sorted.

This is another Christmas time banger

What happened to Xtina? That voice was incredible! Obvs she had a baby, sure she made a failed comeback when people were comparing her style to Lady Gaga, to which she asked "Who?" She wouldn't say that now.

If I never blog again (highly unlikely), Merry Christmas one and all. Thanks for visiting my blog

Monday, 14 December 2009

Beast Gets His Beauty (The-Dream weds Christina Milian)

Everyone loved off the light skinned girl who couldn't sing but appeared on Ja Rule's Between Me and You

Before embarking on her own (short-lived? Stop-start?) solo career. AM to PM was horrible, but the next single, When You Look At Me was a lot of things. I won't lie, I liked the song

Can't embed so click here for a reminder

"Be gone" said Christina Milian (well her people) to her clean cut, girl next door image with the release of the seductive Dip It Low (written by one of the best female artists to drop an album this decade, Teedra Moses), was a hot video. The faux-dancehall riddim had me sucked once upon a time. Not anymore! Cheesy!!!

Taking it back a little, I know all the UK males were with me hating on Romeo from So Solid when he collaborated with her. Not only that, but there was chemistry in the video between them. Not gonna lie, I used to look at that video hard to see if they actually recorded the video in the same studio

I'm a big a fan of The-Dream's music. Love Hate is a modern day r&b... good album. Love vs Money was aight, but his melodies/songs are infectious, and he's got a little swag going on. Girls don't find him attractive in the slightest. So what on earth did this Cuban princess see in him? Come on, that gives hope to all of us.

They got married last week sometime, I poured out a little liquor (into a cup) for humanity. The balance is really messed up when dudes girls think is erm, buttaz gets a beauty. Alas, I can't hate on him, gives us all hope.

Wedding Pic

Saw it and first thing I thought was, he looks like an African dictator about to play a game of polo before indulging in a spot of croquet with his chaps.

Idi Amin

As played by Forrest Whitaker in the Last King of Scotland.


Saturday, 12 December 2009

OK! Mag Kano and Noel Clarke mix-up

Spotted this over at Mad News. You guys get that I like that blog yet? This must be the 4th time I be jackin material san! It isn't really jackin, it's inspiration.

As big as OK mag are I don't know what kind of mag they are; women, gossip, entertainment? All the same thing anyway. Men aren't supposed to read it so I'll make an educated guess that there's also fashion and make-up tips, hot fella's and pointing out sexy thick celebs cellulite to make insecure 40 year-old ugly journalists feel better about themselves (don't tell me most wimmin mags don't follow that blueprint)

Anyway, apparantly they wrote an article on

Noel Clarke

But ended up using a pic of



Well Kano can give thanks as this will probably be the most mainstream promotion he's had in his whole entire career, as evidenced by his tweet ( regarding the situation: "Has anyone got a screenshot of @okmagazine using my picture instead of @NoelClarke?"

Mr. Clarke, not to be confused with Justin Clarke a.k.a. Kano's Robin (not my words) rapid-fire grime MC, Ghetto/Ghetts - I just clocked I want to interview Noel Clarke. Missed out last year due to conflicting arrangements. Get your people to holla at my people... ok so I haven't got any people, but you know what I mean - back to what I was saying, Mr. Clarke ( wasn't best pleased, twranting (Twitter Rant):

"Click link wait 4 page to load. look at picture. I'm offended. WE DON'T ALL LOOK ALIKE Retweet their ignorance"

"nice @OK_Magazine Except the picture of "me" u put up is not me It's Kano. All look the same do we? what year is this?"

Before directly tweeting Ok Magazine's twitter account:

"@OK_Magazine if you can tell me ANY excuse for this i'd like to hear. Google+sense. A 2yr old could see that ain't me."

Some next dude, James Moran ("Writer for film and TV - Severance, and episodes of Doctor Who, Torchwood, Primeval, Spooks, and Crusoe" according to his bio), tweeted: "Wow. @OK_Magazine photo of @NoelClarke is not him: -but hey, black guy with stubble, close enough eh?"

I agree it is a damn near impossible error to make when using Google images, I don't suspect they use archives from filing cabinets, or do they? Saying that, I guess it depends on what was typed into the search bar: "I C 1 male, stubble, entertainment, light brown" - not very likely.

But I'd like to challenge that "do all black people lookalike" question. Yes, Noel Clarke and Kano do actually lookalike. Hell, I'm surprised they didn't throw in one of the miscellaneous guys from JLS. Apologies, I don't actually know his name. If it isn't Aston or Marvin (what a great name), I don't know who's who.

Dude on the extreme left

Can I get a witness?

Real Badman Never Afraid: Iyaz - Replay

Quick post to say I'm overly feeling this tune at the moment.

Was convinced it was Sean Kingston, but it's some geezer called Iyaz out of tax-haven British Virgin Island. Sean Kingston alledgedly discovered him on MySpace. MySpace? I didn't know people still used that site since the emergence of Facebook (dead out!), and my new favourite site Twitter!!! I can't see why Sean Kingston didn't sing this and cut out the middle-man.

JR Rotem is fast becoming that go-to producer in my opinion to join Tricky Stewart and The-Dream. Red One and David Guetta are doing their thing in pure pop, but since Timbaland with the assistance of Danja blurred the lines/opened the door for that sound there hasn't been one (to my memory anyway). He never really followed up on Sean Kingston's Beautiful Girl, but J-J-J-J-J R's success with Jason Derulo's 'Whatcha Say' and even our boys JLS 'Everybody In Love' will probably lead to him being the man of 2010.

My fave JR track is Boss by Rick Ross. Push was big too.

For previous Real Badman Never Afraid posts click here

Friday, 11 December 2009

Song of the moment: Demarco - True Friend

As the year draws to a close, it's always a time when life reviews take place. Have I done what I wanted? How can I fix what I did wrong this year in order to improve for next? What's the motive for next year etc. Another prominent question in my head is who really deserves my time next year. Nuff suckers, leeches, users, whatever about amongst the people I can depend on for a good conversation, creating memories, chucklin etc.

This song is another one of those dancehall songs which ring off because it talk a real topic everyone can relate to in a simplistic, easily digestible way. Singer/DJ (rapper)/producer DeMarco sings about frenemies.

Riddim up my seleckta

Initially, I was going to blog about why I love dancehall, but I think it's more a recurring theme as apposed to something I can do in one post - 4th dancehall post in-a-row. Whether it be social-commentary, struggles ghetto youths face, poltical, inspirational, death, religion (conscious tunes), straight up thriller/action movie types or braggadocio (gun/badman tunes), romance or man-to-woman interactions/"transgressions" as ol' Cheetah Woods put it (gyal/whinin/daggerin tunes), dancing, or songs like the above, there's usually an emotion evoked - usually signifyed by people bussin gunfinger accompanied by sounds like "pie pie pie" (in high pitch), "pam pam", "boowup", "ky ky ky" (high pitch) etc. *exhales*

I love the outspoken, political incorrect nature of it. Last one left that isn't regulated or dictated to by buyers/labels a.k.a. those who aren't real fans, but ride the wave while it's hot, rinsing it for all it's worth. I always enjoy my interviews with them. Always fun as they are very grounded; in touch with the grim realities of where they are from, and also majority of the fans of the music face - unlike their hip-hop counterparts.

Even when the beats sound under the influence of hip-hop (as above) it sounds better than a lot hip-hop beats produced at this moment. No other genre can lay claim to using a bass line as effectively and predominantly as reggae/dancehall before rocksteady/reggae did it.

If you don't like dancehall and reggae, you are most probably hearing the wrong stuff (check Sean Paul post where I pointed out waste waggonist DJs) and ultimately I do feel you are missing out.

That is all

p.s. I guess that did turn out to be a "Why I love dancehall" post didn't it? D'ah well

Thursday, 10 December 2009

Sean Paul - Hold My Hand [video]

Another day, another vid (no WorldStarHipHop)

After releasing two singles at approximately 138bpm (that's like really fast), dancehall's flag bearer Sean Paul slows it right the way down with this lovers anthem Hold My Hand

Finally the Sean Paul 'Imperial Blaze' success can begin. Rated this song from I first heard it at the listening session back in July (click for album listening party review). I actually prefer the solo version over the duet with Keri Hilson.

Here's a blog where I asked for this song to be released. Glad to hear my prayers were answered. Nice video too

Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Chino - Never Change video

As you may or may not know, I only post videos that evoked some form of emotion from me. Sometimes it's anger at a utterly butters tune, but I do tend to post videos to songs that I'm feeling more often than not

This one is probably one of my favourite tunes from 09 full stop. Any genre! Powerful message, catchy melody, playful beat... also reminds me of my time in Jamaica this past summer. Song gives me such a good feelin'. After fuelling up on Cranberry and Vodka/Rum, draw for the Skip To Ma Luu dance and it's that summer vibe! In fact, I featured this tune back in July/August.

You most probably don't know who the hell Chino is. If not, he's son of living legend reggae singer Freddie McGregor and brother to leading producer (and producer of this track) Stephen "Di Genius" McGregor. Here is an interview I did with him earlier on this year. Most fans of dancehall/bashment are so engrossed in the Gully/Gaza debate over here in England they don't even know how big Chino is in Jamaica. One of the leading artists I'll have you know.

I'm gonna take a little time out to speak about these "DJs" over in England. You lot (in most cases) are absolutely crap! Why must you follow fashion in the whole Gully/Gaza ting leaving listeners completely unaware of what else is going on? Then you have these little hurry come-up top 40 urban DJs harping on about Gully and Gaza when "I bet you a tenner" they don't know why it's called that or where it is. Stop hyping and stick to playing tunes. What are you going to do now there isn't Gully vs Gaza? Huh? Where you gonna get your cheap forwards from?

Anyway, back to Chino, he's the next best commercial artist to Sean Paul in my eyes, but with all due respects a lot more street cred than Sean ever had. Don't get it twisted, SP isn't a slouch but I don't think he ever got a forward like this or Protected get in the ghetto dances (the livest parties may I add and NOT all like Passa Passa DVDs).

Monday, 7 December 2009

Mavado & Kartel UNITE on stage [pic & vid]

Yes you read it correctly. The two have been embroiled in beef since 06, last seen on stage together during their much-hyped, but very disappointing clash last year at Sting.

Dudus (if you know who he is you know, if not, well Google) made it all happen at West Kingston Jamboree, literally minutes ago.

Here is the evidence (thanks to Liv_Up "ya riddim straight"):

What does this mean for 2010? We've been here before with the press conference last year but that didn't stop the clash at Sting. "Mi hope and pray// hope and pray" this one lasts longer and everyone can work on the same riddims (click for post I did on Gully vs Gaza vs Producers), shows and no more "fussin and fightin". Guess it's only La Lewis and Mr. G warrin at Sting this year unless Bounty wants to clash. Grung Gaad still has a problem with him.

Peace, one love and unity mi say! (I still say Gully but whatever)!

If you liked that/ "bare plugs, pluggin ting" (this was the bottom of the original post but with the updates it looks like "We interrupt your regular scheduling to bring you this announcement from our sponsors")

Marvin Sparks x Busy Signal interview

Marvin Sparks x Beres Hammond Interview

Marvin Sparks x Jah Cure interview

Marvin Sparks x Chino & Laden interview

Marvin Sparks x Gyptian interview

Marvin Sparks x Etana interview

Marvin Sparks x Shane Brown (Busy Signal manager/top reggae producer) interview

Marvin Sparks x Queen Ifrica interview

Marvin Sparks x Anthony B interview

UPDATE 7/11/2009

Blurry video but you get the point

UPDATE Mavado calls up Kartel full vid

Or onstage footage courtesy of Julian "Ah bait dem ah try bait mi up" Jones-Griffith

Full show below

Isn't it funny how they both finish each others songs? You know they were listening singing-along to each others songs behind closed doors.

If you are reading this with interest but haven't been to a concert or a session (party) in Jamaica, you haven't lived. Crazy mad vibes

UPDATE 10/12/2009

Mavado and Vybz Kartel meet Prime Minister of Jamaica Bruce Golding

Wednesday, 2 December 2009

What's right/wrong with Sway's new video?

taken from the lovely Melissa Delicious' blog.

Question is "What's right/wrong with Sway's new video" delete as you feel necessary. If you care to, leave a comment and let me know. I'd love to hear your opinions.

Sway featuring 2Face Idibia - My Kind Of Girl (lead girl played by former Miss Black Britain Rachel Williams)

Do I feel the song? Not really. Evokes zero emotion. Fodder

If you don't know who 2 Face is, you need to stop pressing snooze! One of the biggest artists out of west Africa (I'm sure it's Nigeria lol).

Check this classic. Was a big tune in Jamaica in 2007

2 Face - African Queen

You may also be interested in these previous posts:

Do we still care for Sway?

FAO: Casting Directors of Black R&B Videos

Why Cheetah Woods, whhyyyy?!?!?!

We must all know about the predator nyamin woman (no bowcat reference intended - or am I lying? *shudders*). Anyone heard the voicemail he left for the girl he's been PARrin (there was a golf reference there) his wife with?

Easy now my selekta as we rinse some tunes for di one name Tiger. Man like him doesn't know how to play.

(By The Endz not Ruff Sqwad)

How you gonna leave a voicemail for a girl with your real name at the beginning? Do you want to be held to ransom? Man from 'the ends' know (in the words of Kano) "That's slippin'!" And when isht hits the fan (like it has) he's buggered.

Not something I deal in but surely the point of cheating is for an assortment of ladies. All his ones look the same; blonde, no breast nor batty.

Rachel Uchitel bawlin at the scene of 9/11 where her man (fiancee/boyfriend/husband) died

The chick whose sold his voicemail on and can be heard above

The wifey (why cheat on her with the ones above I'll never know)

You think if I had ol' Cheetah's money, I'd be moving to the same girls? Nah brav! I'd have me everything from a hood white chick to a posh black chick and everything in between, Monday-Sunday regular rotation.

Having said that, I just realised the advantage of them all looking the same. Listen to this Cheetah, here's how you become Tiger again. Tell your wife you was delarious and thought it was her all along using a different name, influenced by the sounds of Dwele. Play this song (Dwele - I'm Cheating) to her and you may get a bly

Play her some more slow jams, do the usual kissing stuff, some growling (these are getting cheesier aren't they?) then it may lead to this next song

Hole in one mate *bob and weaves tomatoes* Ok, that one was bad

Failing that, providing you signed a pre-nup, take your cards back make her live in the dog house and say "Remember what life was like before me? You wanna go back there? Huh? I can't hear you..." If that doesn't work, take all the unworn shoes you bought that are in boxes to the new girl's house. That will KILL HER!

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Urban Brit-Pop success influenced by Kylie?

Howdy! Now you're most probably looking at the title crazy like "How the hell you work that one out?" Some are probably thinking "Com'on son?! This is some bs" but hear me out.

Today I was listening to my iPod when Kylie (the Aussie from Ramsay Street with the illusion pert bum) came on the dance/pop playlist. Yes, you read correctly. First song that came on was the 2000 chart-topping classic Can't Get You Out Of My Head. As a listened, I ran the choreography through my head - yes I know some of the dance steps in the chorus (blame my diet of music television) - when I realised there was a popular UK Funky dance in there.

Look @ 1:49

Does this

not look like this popular dance?*

Excuse the lite version. Someone needs to re-dub the original tunes over the video. Credit my blog somewhere on the video in the pop-up tags!

Ok, but on a more serious note, the next tune was Kylie (yes again) Come Into My World. Tune is mad under-rated! Skankers.

& Love At First Sight

Another big tune

But anyway, I clocked this is the same sort of sound Taio Cruz and Tinchy Stryder are singing and rapping over.*

If you guys somehow manage to read this I expect to hear you both say you were influenced by Kylie.

Disclaimer: the real motive behind this post was a Kylie circa 2000/2001 appreciation/real badman never afraid but you were so wrapped up in my madness you never thought "'Ang abaat, this guy listens to Kylie". *The points made may or may not have been made in jest, a gentleman never tells muahahahahahahahaha *disappears in the puff of smoke, mirrors and bright lights*

If Marks & Spencers made West African dishes...

This would be the advert

Tell me that isn't sick! Never had west African food in my life if I'm honest, but that isn't the point.

Props to UpShot TV and Babatunde