Busy Signal shares new video “Bruk Dung Di Bed”

Busy Signal shares new video “Bruk Dung Di Bed”
The track appears on the dancehall star’s Tri-Circle Riddim EP.

By Sajae Elder

July 20, 2021

Dancehall star Busy Signal shared the visuals for his latest video “Bruk Dung Di Bed,” the first from his latest EP, Tri-Circle Riddim. Produced by Junior Brown, the bouncy record blends a booming bassline and staccato percussion with playful synths. The release comes after a steady flow of one-off singles from Busy including “Gwan Whine” and “Bubble It” from earlier this year.


In the Dameon Gayle-directed clip, Busy is surrounded by a bevy of beauties in a penthouse. “This track is just highlighting the girls who are vibrant, energetic, and entertaining,” he told FADER via email about the song and video.

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Watch the video above.


Busy Signal Says Publishing Deal With Sony Music Is “A Good Look”

Busy Signal signed a publishing deal with Sony Music Publishing.

Things are looking up in Busy Signal‘s music career more than a decade after he got started in the business. The veteran dancehall artiste penned a new publishing deal with Rich Stone/Sony Music Publishing/Benelux. The agreement was orchestrated by Rich Stone Publishing’s Richie Flores, who Busy said reached out to him to make the deal.

Sony Music Publishing (formerly Sony/ATV) is a major publishing house whose roster includes the likes of Ed Sheeran, BTS, Celine Dion, John Legend, 50 Cent, and more. Dancehall artistes Beenie Man and Skillibeng are also signed to the outfit. In a recent interview with the Jamaica Observer, Busy Signal encouraged other artists to find a publisher so they can establish lifelong income from their work.

“It’s a good look. Mi doing music for some time an’ wi now starting to get certain deals, it shows something and it motivates me to keep doing what I am doing. I keep working while attracting new markets and new ventures,” the deejay said. “Having a publisher dat’s like your pension. Dat’s your retirement plan, dat’s your everything in terms of di music business aspect of it. Whether you’re a co-writer or you wrote di song by yourself, its always good to have your publishing set up.

He continued, “Your publisher monitors airplay, they authorize the use of your song in commercials or in samples of music. They are very important in terms of what we do. I would urge every artiste to reach out to a publisher.”

Busy, who also recently signed a single deal with Universal Music UK subsidiary 3 Beat, says it’s a blessing to work with a major because it really enhances an artist’s reach. His new single “Bad Gyal” which was released a week ago has already garnered over a quarter of a million streams on Spotify.

“It’s a blessing working with a company like Universal,” Busy explained. “We do di work; people see di work and feel di work. Di link to the link. Richie (Flores) reached out to me an’ said some people are interested in working with me, an’ he set di thing. And out comes di deal with 3 Beat and I’m so thankful. Dat’s a big one.”

While Busy Signal first achieved mainstream success when he teamed up with Major Lazer for their smash hit song “Watch Out Fi Dis” in 2013, this somehow still seems like his real big break. The dancehall star told the publication that he often dabbles in things outside of Jamaican culture and is constantly evolving. On his journey, he says he has been encouraged by some of reggae music’s icons, including Beres Hammond and Frederick ‘Toots’ Hibbert.

With a single deal under Universal and a publishing deal under Sony now in his portfolio, Busy Signal is looking forward to what’s to come.

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Wesrok Aims To Become First Mainstream Country Reggae Artist

Wesrok the first mainstream Country Reggae star?

The voice of the Jamaican people, reggae music, which derived from its predecessors Ska and Mento, has undoubtedly gone on to have a major impact on the international scene. Singer Wesrok has visions of taking the music to another level, as he works to establish a sparse version called “Country Reggae.” During a recent Gleaner interview, Wesrok said, “Country reggae is not a subgenre but a new brand, not quite country, not quite reggae. A brand new flavour for the masses.”

Jamaicans have long had a certain fascination for cowboys and Westerns, a love that transcended into the island’s music. Island-based entertainers have provided their versions of country and western tracks in the past, much to the delight of their fans. The late Toots Hibbert soared with his rendition of “Take Me Home Country Roads” by John Denver. Freddie McGregor’s rendition “King of the Road” by Roger Miller (1964) also became famous, and the Reggae artiste admitted that he was a fan of Miller’s music. How about Busy Signal’s renditions of Kenny Rogers’ “The Gambler?”

“Country is one of the biggest art forms. Other artistes have experimented with country reggae and failed because they’ve not sustained the efforts. We at 360 Global want to re-energise those efforts,” the recording artiste said.

The artiste, who has released a number of country reggae songs, is from the rural district of Swamp Lane in Bog Walk, St Catherine. He says he is fully equipped to be the face of this movement and feels that there is a niche market out there for country reggae in Jamaica and overseas, such as in Europe and the rural states of the USA.

Country reggae songs recorded by the artist include “Left Out in the Dark,” “Poor Country Boy,” and his most recent, “Born As a Winner.”

While Wesrok, whose real name is Percival Buddan, aims to globalize this brand, “country reggae” may not be very new after all. He added,

“The proof of Jamaica’s love for country music is all over reggae history. In the US, country music carries a certain racial history and baggage but I love it because country tells stories, tales about breaking up, and getting back together, and overcoming hardship. We love stories as well because this narrative tradition runs deep in folk music across the Caribbean.”

Wesrok will be launching his seven-track album, “Look At Me Now,” on April 23.

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Sean Paul & Busy Signal Drops “Boom” Collab Ahead Of ‘Live N Living’ Album

Sean Paul released his new track “Boom” with Busy Signal.

As he rolls out his first album of the year Live N Living, Sean Paul is releasing singles from the project to get the buzz going. His latest release, “Boom,” which features Busy Signal, has fans wondering how the two artists have not collaborated on a dance track like this before. The duo mesh extremely well together with complementing sounds, and on this track, they delivered a high-energy performance that is a surefire way to get fans moving and set the stage for a great new album.

“Gyal come gimme di ting deh don’t play / None a dem cyaan test yuh body no day / And yuh can ask anybody gyal / You got the body everybody want yeah (oh yeah),” Sean Paul kicks off the first verse.

“Mek the booty work twerk fi the income / Cah yuh body heavy like Jada Kingdom / Go ahead baby with your wisdom / Loving the style you bring come,” Busy Signal deejays.

The intrigue also lies in the fact that we haven’t received a track like this from Busy Signal in a while. The dancehall star has only collaborated with Sean Paul once in the past, over a decade ago when they joined Busta Rhymes for the remix “Gun Dem Bark.”

Their latest collaboration is a definite banger which proves Sean Paul’s recent proclamation that it’s “collaboration over confrontation.” As dancehall has become quite divisive, SP stands to defy that with an onslaught of epic collaborations this year.

“Boom” is one of the upcoming tracks on Sean Paul’s new album Live N Living which is slated to arrive on March 12.

In a recent statement about the upcoming project, Sean Paul explained, “It was important to me to show that in our genre of dancehall, we don’t need to clash in order to attain the spotlight,” he said. “We don’t need to divide our fans to attain the rotations on the airwaves or streams.”

“Boom” debuted on Busy Signal’s official YouTube page on Thursday (March 4). Check out the fire new track.

Sean Paul Taps Mavado, Damian Marley, Buju Banton For “Live N Livin” Album

Sean Paul assembles a star-studded dancehall lineup for his upcoming album, Live N Livin.

Among the artists making the guest list includes the likes of Mavado, Buju Banton, Damian Marley, Govana, Squash, Masicka, Busy Signal, and more. Grammy award-winning Jamaican artiste Sean Paul’s upcoming albums are ones that fans are anxiously awaiting. Sean put the world on attention when he announced the names of his upcoming albums in a recent interview with Radio Jamaica. His upcoming album will be released on March 12, but thankfully fans can use the recent revelation of the tracklist to wet their tongues. The new album, Live N Livin, features 16 tracks, including some previously released singles like “Guns Of Navarone.”

The one thing that particularly stands out and is quite intriguing is the titles of a few of the tracks. It would appear that Sean Paul is a huge fan of action and war movies, as a vast majority of the tracks centered around this theme.

As you will notice, some of the track titles like “Boom”, “Space Ship”, “Real Steel”, “Guns of Navarone”, “The Plug”, “MoneyBag”, “Danger Zone”, “Everest”, “Lion Heart”, and “Crazy” are movie titles. The Dutty Rock produced album is the first of two slated to be dropped in 2021. “Live N Livin” can also be lauded for the incredible number of features with some of music’s heavyweights, a whopping 21 dancehall and reggae artists in total.

The upcoming album will be Sean Paul’s seventh studio album. Three of the tracks, “Dem Nuh Ready Yet,” which features Leftside, and “Life We Livin” featuring Squash, have already been released along with the “Guns Of Navarone” track, which dropped back in December 2020.

Guns Of Navarone” details the ongoing violence in Jamaica, which many individuals can share personal experiences. It also speaks of the hardships and trials faced by young men and women residing in impoverished communities. These young men and women are easy targets for misuse by government officials and the youths’ struggles and exploitations in the ghetto by politicians.

Going into further detail about the compilation, Sean Paul expressed that one key goal of “Live N Livin” is to garner international attention for the Dancehall genre. He also divulged that the album acted as a means of truce for entertainers Masicka and Demarco, who were having a bit of a rift. The “Like Glue” artiste paired them on his track titled “Everest”, Demarco as a producer, and Masicka in his usual role as a deejay.

One can always look to Dutty Paul for his pioneering and guidance when it comes on to music. He truly stands a cut above the rest.

The Live N Livin Tracklist:

1. “Buss A Bubble” – feat. Sotto Bless, Looga Man, Ras Ajai & Chi Ching Ching (Remix)
Boom feat. Busy Signal
2. “Space Ship” – feat. Suku Ward
3. “Real Steel” – feat. Intence
4. “The Plug” – feat. Chi Ching Ching
5. “Dem Nuh Ready Yet” – feat. Leftside
6. “Crazy” – feat. Buju Banton
7. “Schedule” – feat. Damian Marley & Chi Ching Ching
8. “Money Bag” – feat. Govana
9. “Protect Me” – feat. Serani
10. “Lion Heart” (Radio Edit)
11. “Guns Of Navarone” – feat. Jesse Royal, Mutabaruka & Stonebwoy (Remix)
12. “Danger Zone” – feat. Bugle & Sotto Bless
13. “Life We Livin” – feat. Squash
14. “I’m Sancity” – feat. Mavado & Agent Sasco (Remix)
15. “Everest” – feat. Masicka & Skillibeng

Busy Signal Drop Gritty Video For His Ding Dong Diss “Stay So”

Busy Signal drop a gritty music video for his Ding Dong diss track “Stay So.”

Back in October, Ding Dong drop a new single “Flare” where he took a shot at Busy Signal and everyone was caught by surprised given that the Ravers Clavers deejay is not known as a war deejay. It didn’t take long for Busy to respond with a gritty diss record “Stay So” and now we have the video and its even grittier than the song.

The video concept is like a short film with some familiar faces that are cast in past music videos for Vybz Kartel. The cut was directed by Dameon Gayle for Warrior Musick Productions. The clip starts out with Busy Signal hanging out in the ghetto with his crew smoking weed and drinking rum while spitting the lyrics for the Gangsta anthem.

Watch the video “Stay So” below.

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Watch Major Lazer and Busy Signal “Jump” Video

Major Lazer and Busy Signal drop a colorful video for their latest collaborative single “Jump.”

The colorful clip was directed by Dan Streit and Lindsey Nico Mann and features a 1980s theme video. The cut starts out with Busy Signal sitting while surrounded by four monkeys. The clip then transitioned to a group of male and female dancers showing off their skills in a bit of a dance off. Walshy Fire also made a cameo in the video.

“Mash up mash up mash up the place / When mi walk in everything lift (Jump!) / And everybody hold a vibe / Everybody get high like dem have a big spliff,” Busy deejay. Major Lazer and Busy Signal have worked together in the past on the single “Watch Out For This (Bumaye).” The video for that single went viral on YouTube and racked up over 20 million views.

Watch Shawn Storm “Full Clip Load” Animated Video (Alkaline Diss)

Shawn Storm released an animated video for his gritty Alkaline diss track “Full Clip Load.”

The clip starts out with Shawn Storm escaping from prison before going on a crime spree that ended with his rescuing Vybz Kartel from prison. In the song, Kartel protege diss all of the Gaza enemies starting with Alkaline and move down the line to Aidonia’s J.O.P., Busy Signal, Mavado, and Stephen “Di Genius” McGregor. “Everybody mi ago kill everybody / all tha one deh weh sound like Addi,” he deejay.

Shawn Storm has always been loyal to Vybz Kartel and was even convicted for the same murder that the Gaza boss is serving life for. Storm will be eligible for parole in 25 years. Both artists, as well as, the other two men convicted for the crime will have their first appeal court hearing in February next year. All four men have maintained their innocence.

Watch Busy Signal New Vudeo “My Time Now”

Busy Signal drop the visuals for his single “My Time Now.”

The short clip was directed by Warrior Films JA and features the prolific dancehall deejay delivering a positive message to his fans. “Some a pree war youth wise / Pree house and car tell them say anno crime time now / Chill out in a mi house with wife and pitney them / More life deh pon mi mind right now,” Busy Signal deejay.

Last week, Ding Dong took a jab at Busy in a new song “Flare” signalling that there is a feud going on between the two artists. The Turf boss responded with a hardcore dancehall joint but never specifically name it as a Ding Dong diss record. Watch the music video for “My Time Now” below.

Ding Dong and Busy Signal Beefing

Ding Dong versus Busy Signal is the most unlikely beef in dancehall this year.

With Sting coming to an end last year, dancehall currently has no live platform for hard clash anymore, but that isn’t stopping artists from stirring up new feuds. Dancer turn deejay, Ding Dong, released a new single last week “Flare” where he took a surprising jab at Busy Signal leaving everyone to figure out what’s really going on between the two of them.

“Yo no see the Ravers crew flare / Mi diamonds a canary, every dogs wa mi roll with scary / Yo see me cloth and me car wash daily / A wah yo think man lame / Mi no Busy Signal no call Gary,” Ding Dong deejay. In one of his biggest singles to date “On More Night,” Buys Signal has a line that can easy be misinterpreted. “Hear me gimme one more night girl / A million more night cuz I can’t sleep without you,” Busy sings. That line can easily be confused with “Gary gimme one more night.”

Busy Signal drops a brand new track “Stay So” this week where he took shots at his haters. Some dancehall fans think that he is specifically taking shots at Ding Dong.

Busy Signal Addresses Mic Cut Off At Groovin In NYC

Busy Signal is still fuming after his microphone was cut off during his performance at last week’s Groovin’ In The Park in New York City.

The dancehall deejay wasn’t the only one who was visibly upset, the audience was also angry after the deejay’s set was cut short approximately 20 minutes into his performance. The entire incident seems like it was poor time management by the promoters and R. Kelly was scheduled to perform after Busy Signal. “If me can’t perform then R. Kelly can’t perform either,” Busy said before storming off the show.

“I think some time crunching was going on and I don’t know why they managed it so bad that it reached me,” Busy Signal said. “They didn’t manage the time right and I am very proud of the way I handled it. I asked the 40,000 people at ‘Groovin’ if they liked what was taking place and they said No.”

“I was scheduled to perform at 5 PM and I was there from 3:04 PM way before my time to perform,” Signal told Winford Williams. “I watched other acts performed their full set. People were there anticipated the whole thing and I was there peeping out to get a feel of what to expect and see the venue getting packed, I heard that this show was packed.”

Busy Signal recently got back his United States visa and work permit and this is his first performance in the U.S. in 15 years.