Saturday, 31 March 2012

Drake bigs up Sneakbo

Drake is fast becoming my favourite rapper. I don't really play his music much but in two interviews he has said something I have been trying to explain to people. First interview with Kiss FM, he mentions that is smash-hit single is dancehall-influenced. He also shouts out Mavado and says "free up world boss" a.k.a. Vybz Kartel

Skip to 5:30 interview

"I'm a big dancehall fan, I spend a lot of time in Jamica. Mavado is like family to me. I feel like there was dancehall-influence on Take Care, the actual song. I'm not too into 4x4 house, techno feel. I feel like for me to get to that tempo... I'd rather get with Jamie xx and bring a soul and island feel to it. That's when I get into the faster tempos. I look forward to doing more of that."

Then listen to the song here

Then in an interview with hip hop legend he speaks on being a fan of Sneakbo. He says "Huge fan, I'm inspired by his movement... There's a lot of artists from London and I love watching the underground street stuff... and I love it because they're rapping over sort of almost dancehall beats."

Oh, and Sean Paul is still #2 in the UK singles charts with his global pop in a dancehall style record "She Doesn't Mind". Not bad

Friday, 30 March 2012

Snoop Dogg & Diplo making a reggae album

Super producer Diplo confirmed suspicions that Snoop Dogg is recording a reggae album. Interested to hear how it sounds. They were recording in Gee Jam and Bob Marley's home studio, Tuff Gong. Alicia Keys, Akon, John Legend and Babyface have all been recent visitors to the beautiful island at Gee Jam. Actually, Akon was at Tuff Gong.

Diplo told MTV: "Snoop Dogg is an icon, man; he's bigger than the music," Diplo said. "What we're doing is a reggae record. It's like Snoop Dogg and Major Lazer together. It's all reggae and he's singing and he's doing a f---ing awesome job and I never knew it, but he had his heart in every song. ... We're going to get back into the production of it next month, and I'm really proud of that record. It's the first record I've ever executive-produced and his crew is amazing. " Diplo also mention that he has been working with No Doubt in Jamaica too. Look forward to this. As mentioned last year, reggae has been in the mainstream in a big way, just hasn't been credited.

All the pics of Snoop wearing a tam (hat Rastafarian's wear) make sense now I see this video of him visiting a Nyahbinghi session.

Check out the reggae mix he made whilst out in Jamaica


DJ Quik - We Smoke Da Bomb Bud
Jimmy Cliff - The Harder They Come
Peter Tosh - Johnny B Goode
Bob Marley + The Wailers - Soul Rebel
Bob Marley + The Wailers - Rat Race
Gregory Isaacs - Night Nurse
Third World - Cool Meditation
Musical Youth - Pass The Dutchie
Third World - Low Key Jammin
Sister Nancy - Bam Bam
Dawn Penn - No, No, No (You Don't Love Me)
Stevie Wonder - Master Blaster
Heavy D -Love In A Bottle
The Abyssinians - There Is No End
The Abyssinians - I & I
Burning Spear - Marcus Garvey
Black Uhuru - Guess Who's Coming To Dinner