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FlashBack Friday: Yard Times

Hey guys and gals, I'm back with the sixth episode of the popular series FlashBack Friday (click for previous episodes) for the year like 2011.

This one's slightly different to the others. Not sure if it's holiday blues, but I've been tracing back songs that remind me of time spent in Jamaica. Jamaica is the land of reggae and dancehall , I don't take pictures, so naturally those songs remind me of my time. So, I've decided to document them all here. Bit of a personal one, so you may or may not enjoy it. Something I will deffo look back on in years to come to remember happy times. You'll have to guess the years.

p.s. you get the "Yard Times" play on words from "Hard Times"? Genius. It's far from hard times, truss me

To start you off nice and easy, these are my earliest memory of reggae. Before my first trip to Jamaica but I'm documenting them too

Lovingdeer - Wild Gilbert

Audio in the video is poor so here's a better quality versi…

Chase The Sample: Gwen Stefani - Rich Girl

I only found this out today via Wikipedia. I was reading about Eve, it says she featured on Gwen Stefani's "Rich Girl" and mentions it's a remake of an old song. It's obviously reggae-inspired, but I thought that was it.

Gwen Stafani ft. Eve - Rich Girl

Well, originally, the melody for the chorus comes from musical Fiddler on the Roof, song titled "If I Were A Rich Man"

But who knew, the concept for Gwen Stefani's song is so explicitly lifted from Londoners Louchie Lou & Michie One?

Louchie Lou & Michie One - Rich Girl

I didn't even know the above song before today. I knew the dynamic duo (lol) for "Shout" which peaked at #7 in the national UK charts. Yes, that is the same riddim track as Shaggy's "Oh Carolina".

I beg you watch their performance on TOTP (Top of the Pops) if you get the chance

Yo, I'm gonna run some Louchie Lou & Michie One for old times sake

Somebody Else's Guy

Louchie Lou may not be the greate…

MOBOs dropped Jah Cure from nominations/Letter to Kanya

Just in

"Reggae artist Jah Cure has had his Mobo nomination for best reggae act withdrawn, after organisers found out he was a convicted rapist.

The 33-year-old was given a prison sentence in 1999 for a gunpoint assault in Jamaica.

Jah Cure, whose real name is Siccature Alcock, was released in 2007.

Mobo organisers said they made the decision after finding about about the "severity of the crime" ahead of the ceremony in Glasgow in October.

The move leaves just four remaining nominees in the best reggae act category - Damian Marley & Nas, Alborosie, Khago and Mavado.

It's not the first time a reggae act has been dropped from the awards.

In 2004 Vybz Kartel and Elephant Man were both removed from the category after they refused to apologise for homophobic lyrics.

Jason Derulo and Alesha Dixon will host this year's ceremony, which recognises music of black origin such as R&B, jazz and hip hop.

The Mobos, now in their 16th year, take place in Glasgow on 5 October&quo…

Some songs I fux with

Kes the Band - Wotless

The Heatwave been banging this since near the beginning of the year. Trini soca vibes. Groovy tune. Was one of my tips for carnival, but I didn't do a post for that. Couldn't be arsed.

Angel ft. Sneakbo - Ride Out

This is probably my favourite r&b song from the UK this year. Taken over Nathan ft. Wretch 32 - Hangover. Has a credible r&b vibe with pop appeal. Best song I've heard by Angel. Swear I saw the lead girl from the video working guestlist at west end club Diu on Saturday. If that was you, hi.

KOF - What's The Deal? (d&b remix)

Heard this on Sian Anderson's Emotional Wheelage show on Rinse. Don't really care that it's two years old, it's a tchyoooooooon. Zone out and buss a skank during the verse then singalong to the chorus. That's what I do anyway.

Meek Mill ft. Rick Ross - I'm A Boss

I like this song, yeah, but you can't both be a boss now can ya? 'Cos at least one of you is an employee.

I like "…

Shaggy interview

Former US marine Orville Burrell​, known to most by his dancehall moniker Shaggy, has reached mainstream heights no other dancehall artist has in terms of mainstream success. Chart-topping singles and album all over the world with a career spanning near 20 years, most notably 2001′s diamond-selling Hot Shot which boasted singles “It Wasn’t Me” and “Angel” – both in the top five selling singles of the year in the UK.

Summer 2011 sees the release of new EP titled Summer In Kingston lead by single “Sugarcane,” a cheeky song about a females addiction to the cane, which is rapidly rising up the reggae charts.

Marvin Sparks recently spoke with the legend himself (yes, it was him) to find out why he started making music, evolving his style, working with Mavado, nerves about performing in the UK this weekend and why he thinks UK artist Chipmunk is “A force to be reckoned with.”

Read rest here:…

Stephen "Di Genius" McGregor interview

Big Ship sailing! If you don't know the name, you may have skanked to his riddims/songs. Kartel "Bicycle", "Come Breed Me", MR. Vegas "Gallis", Busy Signal "Stamma", Mavado "Hope & Pray", "House Cleaning" , "Weh Dem A Do", "Stulla" + "Peppa" and many more. This is the radio edit. Longer version soon

The Wrap Up’s Marvin Sparks ventures down to the Big Ship studios in Kingston, Jamaica to speak with Stephen McGregor about kick-starting Mavado's international career whilst still in high school, working with Estelle, Ne-Yo and much more...

Dubbed "Di Genius" for his understanding and ability to produce music from a young age, McGregor has been creating music for over a decade despite only being 21 years old. Although he is better known for producing hits, he started out in the booth recording songs like ‘School Done Rule’ at the tender age of 9. As the son of the legendary Fred…