Beenie Man Names Popcaan & Aidonia As Top Dancehall Artists Now, Mention Koffee, Yaksta & Nation Boss

Beenie Man says Popcaan and Aidonia are two of his favorite artists in the dancehall industry today and highlighted some young artists who he sees something special in.

As a veteran in dancehall music whose career has spanned more than three decades, Beenie Man has seen many artists come and go in the industry. His experience and notoriety in music has afforded him the luxury of being known by the generations that have come to follow as an internationally acclaimed reggae and dancehall icon. Thanks to Beenie’s reputation and career longevity, many young artists would respectfully appreciate his recognition in any capacity.

During a newly released interview with Para Dox TV from May, Beenie talked about the current landscape of dancehall music and how it has evolved. It is his belief that the genre should remain unadulterated as he expressly discouraged hybrid genres. In his own words, Beenie Man believes artists are “messing up the music” when they fuse it with other genres. Though in the same breath, he says he is not a hypocrite and admits that he has incorporated jazz and gospel sounds in his dancehall songs before. “I do not wrong the kids to do what they’re doing because we do the same thing,” he said.

When asked about some young up-and-coming artists that he actually likes, Beenie Man name-dropped Popcaan, who he called “a friend” and goes on to list a series of artists who are considered to be making conscious music. His list includes young reggae stars like Grammy-winning artist Koffee, beloved songbird Lila Iké, and breakout artists Yaksta and Nation Boss. “These songs are real songs,” Beenie said after quoting a line from the latter’s breakout hit “Humans.”

Aidonia and Bounty Killer

The deejay went on to share some advice on consistency being an integral part of career growth. “The problem is these artists need to make themselves because if you sing one song and the song fades out and you don’t do a next one then the f**k…” He continues, “See all the youths dem need fi fawud. Mi respect all a di young artist dem but if you don’t do five years dawg, I cannot put you in my book. That’s why Popcaan a my top artist inna Jamaica right now, him and Aidonia.” Beenie attributed his respect for these two artists to their desire for longevity and caring to stay in the game for five, ten, or even twenty years.

Elsewhere in the interview, Beenie Man doubled down on consistency when he spoke about his undying passion for dancehall music. As the interviewer pointed out, the deejay has been doing this for a solid forty years and counting. “Any time you lose your love then you never had it in the first place,” Beenie said of his love and energy for the music. “Even when you’re dying and have dementia you’ll always remember,” he added.

Beenie Man says he is currently working on his forthcoming album and plans to drop a single with Busy Signal soon. Some of the guest stars on the project include Shaggy, Sean Paul, Trini artist Bunji Darlin, UK rapper Giggs, HoodCelebrityy, and more. At this point in his career, the dancehall veteran says since he already got a Grammy, his ultimate goal now is to be recognized.

Beenie Man plans to tour after releasing his next album, SIMMA, but it is not clear if he has plans to tour locally, internationally, or both. “This album is beautiful,” said Beenie Man.

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Dizzee Rascal – Graftin’ Lyrics

[Dizze talking]
So what you thinkin bout london city now aye, Who dya city love
[Background] West London, South London.

Im the london hustler a golden grind, grind. Young hustlers we graft all the time dawn or dark,
non stop UK walk.
Yo as a hustler in the city before i came to stack lord knows i got the devil on ma back so call
when i gotta stay on track dog e god and i’ll stay if u like in the LD and what i done to attract
calm that i can show u where its at first things first get a block n a flat next up get a black
hoodie n a hat livin in the big brothers camera view givin my axe to the boys in blue. straight 5
years gettin caught thats you, sittin in the cell still wonderin who dont keep quiet n keep it on
a diet ask ur self wot bout steve *** not stu. pissed off with not alot to do and the word on the
street dont ever seem new and resistin arrest dont even seem true endless heart who do u believe
n will it ever relieve the lonleyness lets see if u remain convinced on my u know what the
streets are like a few more words a couple more rages other than that not alot else changes.

[chorus]
Sky looks green
London city wish they graftin cos were gritty
*hustle hustle hustle, hustle hustle hustle cos there means
Sky looks green
London city wish they graftin cos were gritty

i used to roll your money up against the wall whenever i played hopscotch, well im clinical
parkin life cos im back in the white mans cotch im bein doin this since papa ? i dont want any
boy in my face invadin my space or bring on star and WATCH!
I’ll end your hours on the clock i’ll end your days u’ll think im crazed when i give u big black
clock end ur sentence…full stop.
Now what you gonna say about gats i kno ur platinum or not ur fought all ur rhymes on spot but
im probably everythin that ur not. Ur totally mad you’ve lost the plot do u even concider gettin
me gone carried off to a hospital like a shot ontop of a table ? i’ll dictate n relagate whos
heavyweight im king on the ring make music instinct u kno i do everythiiin.

[chorus]
Sky looks green
London city wish they graftin cos were gritty
*hustle hustle hustle, hustle hustle hustle cos there means
Sky looks green
London city wish they graftin cos were gritty

Damn right yeh
young hustlers london city stand up
ama show u its gritty out ere
ye man serious…
u beta know you betta understand
its Dizzee Rascal SOLO
IM ERE WOT!
everyone stand up
Dizzee rascal GIZZA BELL!
i swear to you..

[Beat]

Anz shares new song “Real Enough To Feel Good”

Anz shares new song “Real Enough To Feel Good”
The producer’s All Hours EP is out on October 15.

By Jordan Darville

September 21, 2021

A few Bandcamp Fridays ago, I got a recommendation to buy Spring​/​Summer Dubs 2019, a collection from Manchester-based producer and DJ Anz. It’s a two-sided tape of teflon-tough, dominating underground sounds orbiting around a central influence of UK garage. On October 15, Anz will share a new EP, appropriately titled After Hours. After sharing the twinkling 24-karat collaboration with George Riley “You Could Be,” today Anz drops off another track called “Real Enough To Feel Good.”

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Soaked in afterglow but not lacking for energy, the new song is glazed with deep-house chords, razor-sharp synth stabs, and classic garage beats tying the whole thing together. ‘Real Enough To Feel Good’ was the first new track I made for All Hours,” Anz said in a statement, “built as a direct continuation from ‘You Could Be’. With the 24 hour concept fully front of mind, I tried to make something sleek and bouncy for the evening with nods to Baltimore Club, and of course UK Garage – the genre I listen to every time I’m getting ready to go out.”

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SR – Snap It (Remix) Lyrics

[Intro]
DT5 on the beat
Senseii

[Chorus: SR]
Two in the dots, hold it steady (Man down, man down)
Snap it, stuff it, slap it
Big man, hold that corn for brekky (And again)
Knife work’s been on fleek
How many yutes been chinged up already? (Woo)
Gyal get beat and dash
I got my white ting givin’ out necky (Neck, neck, neck, neck)
Two in the dots, hold it steady (Man down, man down)
Snap it, stuff it, slap it
Big man, hold that corn for brekky (And again)
Knife work’s been on fleek
How many yutes been chinged up already? (Woo)
Gyal get beat and dash
I got my white ting givin’ out necky (Neck, neck, neck, neck)

[Verse 1: Loski]
Beat this mash like I beat down ****
Real rider, let me ring like Lyca (Glee)
Love skii, deep to the death
Yes, really a fucking striker (Striker)
Drop over 60 racks on my chain
I’d do another 50 to watch, insane (Brr)
It’s hot, but in UK, make it rain
So shh got bunned, he ain’t been the same (Ha)
We done man in the chest and heads
Suwoo, leave it red
Jump off bikes, drill confirmed (Nah)
Switch location, burn that ped (Muh)
She wanna fuck ‘cah my diamond’s buss
Tell her “Don’t buss it,” I only want neck (Brr)
Remember when I bucked a 3-2 from Tottenham?
But never once has the kid met rich
Do him up nicely, gang too shiesty
Cool kid, bankroll, everything pricy
Bring a smoke out, heatwave like Wiley
Ay, Dej Loaf, fuck boy, come try me
Tryna do man like bro done Sav
Who’s that? Ay, spin it, shoot (Muh)
Yo, yo, B, ay, bro, she cute
If I don’t jeet, I’ma give it to you

[Chorus: SR]
Two in the dots, hold it steady (Man down, man down)
Snap it, stuff it, slap it
Big man, hold that corn for brekky (And again)
Knife work’s been on fleek
How many yutes been chinged up already? (Woo)
Gyal get beat and dash
I got my white ting givin’ out necky (Neck, neck, neck, neck)
Two in the dots, hold it steady (Man down, man down)
Snap it, stuff it, slap it
Big man, hold that corn for brekky (And again)
Knife work’s been on fleek
How many yutes been chinged up already? (Woo)
Gyal get beat and dash
I got my white ting givin’ out necky (Neck, neck, neck, neck)

[Verse 2: Suspect]
How many got floored on board?
My eyes seen too much blood on goal (Ching, ching)
You know the procedure, pop them doors
Swing souls, and send my man to the Lord (Gang)
Them man just sheep like Shawning
Runnin’ the flock, we back that swing on (Bow)
No free fight, man grippin’ him a mash
‘Cah if you throw P’s, we’ll throw back corn
Just back my shank and get cheffy
Broad day, kweffy, been verified
I wet both deadlies (That’s right)
Drilled on them, and them, and them
Man stay, ain’t been touched, come get me (Come get me)
I got habibty givin’ out madda (Woo)
Got my white ting givin’ out necky
He got done in his neck, neck, neck
And he got some in the belly (Ah)
Look at my streakies, head, head
Thinkin’ I was Wayne how I love it, Headies (Ching)
Got nuttin’ but dick for a jezzy
Doggy her up, and get back to the readies
He got done in his head, neck, chest
Then he got put in a telly
Two packs up on Macavelly
Who’s next? Come test me (Gang)

[Verse 3: SD]
Two in a dots, I’m steady (Ready)
Close one eye like Fetty
I slap one yute, tryna get some brekky
Got chest shot, his friend done leggy
Free ****, put his friend on telly (Haha)
Now, he can’t put dick in a jezzy
Three dot-dots and a freestyle ride
Let me call them “Ed, Edd n’ Eddy”
Always beena slide on, never been a hide on
‘Cause ****, showed him what my knife does
Saw ****, he didn’t even sight us
Hyperus splashed him, he left his sliders
Back to the car, can’t say you’re drivin’
Just know it was perfect timing (Woo)
Like DG when he got his fryin’
Free Grandad, he was already on violence
Mask on, it’s Shiesty season (Shiesty)
Trust me, I wouldn’t wanna be him
Took a 20 off **** ‘cah his brother upset
Get back in blood you idiot
I won’t lie, don’t know the feelin’
When you’re warin’ and your friend just leavin’
But Peeler must know the feelin’
‘Cause he tried snake me, but got left bleedin’ (Ching)

[Verse 4: Trap]
I got my black ting givin’ out necky
She want a Siraq SG for brekky (Brekky)
Take them bricks how we take them lives
Ain’t dug no points, but the opps done plenty (Plenty, plenty)
Chest shot gang can’t go for a leggy
But free R1, still put him on telly (Free him up)
Heard a young boy’s wearin’ vest right now
So Sav just aim for a headie (Head)
We really makin’ opp boys famous
How many face we put in telly? (How many?)
Shorty come long like Gorz
Snap it, stuff it, slap it, and baffin’ plenty (Bap)
15 racks can’t fit in no pockets
Strix on the glizzy, no pocket rocket
He got done in his neck, chest, back
Civilians screamin’ “Stop it!”

[Chorus: SR]
Two in the dots, hold it steady (Man down, man down)
Snap it, stuff it, slap it
Big man, hold that corn for brekky (And again)
Knife work’s been on fleek
How many yutes been chinged up already? (Woo)
Gyal get beat and dash
I got my white ting givin’ out necky (Neck, neck, neck, neck)
Two in the dots, hold it steady (Man down, man down)
Snap it, stuff it, slap it
Big man, hold that corn for brekky (And again)
Knife work’s been on fleek
How many yutes been chinged up already? (Woo)
Gyal get beat and dash
I got my white ting givin’ out necky (Neck, neck, neck, neck)

Listen to Pa Salieu’s new EP Afrikan Rebel

Listen to Pa Salieu’s new EP Afrikan Rebel
Three new songs from the Coventry-based rapper.

By Jordan Darville

September 16, 2021

Pa Salieu. Photo by Joshua Atkins.

 

Wednesday saw the release of Afrikan Rebel, a new three-song set from Pa Salieu. You might remember the Gambia-born, Coventry-based rapper some his excellent 2020 mixtape Send Them To Coventry which nabbed him a victory on BBC’s Sound of 2021 poll and a spot on our best songs of the year list for “My Family.” On Afrikan Rebel, Salieu leans more heavily than before on Afrobeat, just one of the influences in his unique style. It’s got a searing, endlessly listenable energy, and you can hear below following Salieu’s statement on the project.

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Fundamentally Afrikan Rebel is about being proud and loud about where you come from in. For me that is Africa. Growing up in the UK especially having spent my early years in Gambia wasn’t always easy being black and especially not black African with an African accent, but I have always been taught to be proud of who I am and have never shied away from that fact for better or for worse. I see the word ‘Rebel’ only in the most positive sense. Those figures through history that have fought against the odds to stand up for what they believe in have always intrigued and inspired me. ‘Rebel’ is a mindset that helps keep me strong and I hope I can encourage others to be vocal about their beliefs and stand up for what they feel is right. My Afrikan Rebel series is a movement which I hope can allow me to connect with others with a similar mindset and gives a platform for me to experiment with influences and inspirations from my culture and others from the great continent of Africa.

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HANJI HANJI Lyrics and Video Song – Navaan Sandhu

Snappy!

Kar lunga wait main tan mainu koi kali nai
Chill ho ke socho leni tension vi baahli nai
Kar lunga wait main tan mainu koi kali nai
Chill ho ke socho leni tension vi baahli nai

Thodi jehi tareef dassan main brief
Gall vich necklace lakk ton bareek ae

Hanji hanji theek ae je lena tussi week ae
Surakh jehe bullan vichon digdeyan phullan vichon
Gabru nu bas tuhadi haan di udeek ae

Hanji hanji theek ae je lena tussi week ae
Surakh jehe bullan vichon digdeyan phullan vichon
Gabru nu bas tuhadi haan di udeek ae

Hanji hanji theek ae, hanji hanji theek ae
Hanji hanji hanji hanji theek ae

Billiyan ankhan ch paye kajle da hall na
Agree aa tuhadi kitti har ik gal naal
Billiyan ankhan ch paye kajle da hall na
Agree aa tuhadi kitti har ik gal naal

Ki mood aa tuhada dasso saade naal vacation da
Changa jeha response de deyo saadi application da

Ji tuhada koi mel na minute vi vehl na
Vaddi galbat kehnde fashion freek ae

Hanji hanji theek ae je lena tussi week ae
Surakh jehe bullan vichon digdeyan phullan vichon
Gabru nu bas tuhadi haan di udeek ae

Hanji hanji theek ae je lena tussi week ae
Surakh jehe bullan vichon digdeyan phullan vichon
Gabru nu bas tuhadi haan di udeek ae

Dhakashahi karda na hojo razamand ji
Rav hanjra nu tussi aa gaye oh pasand ji
Dhakashahi karda na hojo razamand ji
Rav hanjra nu tussi aa gaye oh pasand ji

Oh sau mudd ton jatt sunida
Samjhi na tu villain kude
Rambe pind ton aaya munda uk tainu milan kude

Manda changa boldi najayaz gallan kholdi
Mere kolo sad’di ae teri jo colleague ae

Hanji hanji theek ae je lena tussi week ae
Surakh jehe bullan vichon digdeyan phullan vichon
Gabru nu bas tuhadi haan di snappy!

Hanji hanji theek ae je lena tussi week ae
Surakh jehe bullan vichon digdeyan phullan vichon
Gabru nu bas tuhadi haan di udeek ae

Hanji hanji, hanji hanji theek ae
Hanji hanji

Lee “Scratch” Perry’s Wife Release Statement Hints At Foul Play: “He Was Not Sick”

Following the death of Jamaican musical genius Lee “Scratch” Perry, his wife, Mireille Perry, issued a statement via his IG account hinting at possible foul play surrounding his death.

Mireille shared with fans that Perry was not sick prior to his death on Sunday at the Noel Holmes Hospital in Lucea, Hanover. “I have no words for what had happen!” she wrote.

“Nobody was expecting something like that because he was not sick! Lee had so many plans that he was looking forward to. So many different projects, shows, art, designs, Community,” Mireille continues.

“I’m not allowed to give any details for the moment, but I could just say that Lucea hospital didn’t have anything to do with his tragic passing away or did something wrong,” she wrote. “In the memory and honor of LEE SCRATCH PERRY, we’ll build his £$P community in the exact way that he dreamt about. He had a very clear picture how he wanted it to look.”

“So the plans for volunteering are still valid. I’m going to go through your messages as soon as I recover a little from the terrible shock. It will be me now who will post and let you know what’s going on,” she relayed, announcing that she would be taking over his social media accounts.

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Lee “Scratch” Perry passed away on August 29, 2021, at the age of 85. His death shocked the world, with tributes continue to pour in from fans and fellow artists locally and overseas, sending strength to the mourning families. Scratch was recognized as a prominent Jamaican record producer and singer noted for his ultramodern studio techniques and style of production.

Before the famed producer died, he had taken to his Instagram to alert his fans of the plans for building the LSP community, which was slated to start in December. He stated that volunteers would be needed for the first step of preparing the land, including; permaculture specialists.

Still in shock, the post expressed how the motive for his death was “MONEY GREED,” and even though the cause of death has still not been specified, the post disclosed more input on his tragic passing.

“To all of Lee’s fans and supporters! I sincerely thank you for your outpouring love and condolences,” his wife stated before adding a prayer hand emoji.

“This catastrophic loss is totally unexpected and unbelievable! Lee Scratch Perry was not sick! I promise to get justice for the mishandling that took place! I promise I will not stop until we get justice from the people responsible for his death !!!” she declared.

With a string of frustrated emojis, she added, “Lee was so looking forward to building his LSP Paradise community with a studio and art house in December after the UK tour! He was also so happy about to begin touring with his music performances from October.”

“The people responsible for his death are not going get away with his passing !!! We have 100 percent that he would still be alive if they had not done what they did also out of MONEY GREED,” she concluded.

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Fans, too, were shocked by the sudden accusations the post brought. While some fans continued to provide strength and motivation, others wanted to see receipts, declaring that the reggae legend seemed healthy in the days leading up to his sudden death.

As fans continued to express that they too thought his unexpected death was suspicious, Miri disclosed that she had hired a lawyer and was in the process of conducting a court case to get to the bottom of the situation as she too, is still confused.

Supporters continued to relay their thoughts on how healthy Lee was before his passing. Even though Miri wanted to reply, she noted that the court case had already begun, so she’s had to stay silent on the matter during the ongoing investigation.

Lee “Scratch” Perry was preparing to embark on his UK (2021 & 2022) starting on November 4, progressing into January 2022.

The reggae legend will undoubtedly, be remembered as one of the best in history for his transformative works within the Jamaican music industry that ultimately influence international music genres like rap.

Urban Islandz will keep you updated on any further developments in this matter.

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Popcaan Responds To Queen Ladi Gangsta Calling Him Disrespectful

Popcaan has seemingly responded to claims by the “Double Tap” artist that he disrespected her during a meet and greeted for Beenie Man’s party in the United Kingdom.

On Saturday, Queen Ladi Gangsta, who also goes by Queenie, shared on Instagram that she was upset at being disrespected by Popcaan the night before. She detailed the events at the King of the Dancehall’s birthday party hosted by Wray and Nephew UK that led to her cursing Popcaan out.

“f*** off Popcaan f*** you,” she said in Instagram Stories. “Beenie Man big up yuhself…Popcaan f*** you, double tap for all the clean fat pussy gal dem…and none of your b******T friends can’t do me nothing because God nah mek you do me nothing, I was just being polite but through mi nuff,” she said.

According to Queenie, she was in VIP talking to Beenie Man, and she saw Popcaan and greeted him “St. Thomas man” when she was “disrespected” by Popcaan.

Queen Ladi Gangsta says she didn't appreciate Popcaan reaction meeting him for the first time in the UK. pic.twitter.com/79BUFoa73P

— Urban Islandz (@urbanislandz) August 28, 2021

She added that male Jamaican artists do not respect women, but she was not backing down from dealing with Popcaan and vent until she was “satisfied.”

Meanwhile, Popcaan responded with a post and deleted that insulted Queenie for thinking she is someone because she has a large following on Instagram.

“Couple IG followers make dem swear dem a celebrity…so said,” Popcaan said with five laughing emojis.

He also posted a subliminal response Saturday morning that showed him sitting next to a big stack of UK pounds currency and others with him counting the money while singing.

“You can hate me now!!! But a won’t stop now,” he captioned the trip of photos and videos.

On the other hand, Queenie also responded to Popcaan’s subliminal messages as she warned that him to be careful as he stands to lose English fans as they are big on respect to women.

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DJ Seinfeld shares “U Already Know,” announces new album

DJ Seinfeld shares “U Already Know,” announces new album
Mirrors is out September 3 via Ninja Tune.

By Jordan Darville

June 09, 2021

Swedish producer Armand Jakobsson a.k.a. DJ Seinfeld released his debut album Time Spent Away From U in 2017. The project was a love letter to house music with genuine passion running through his compositions (“Too Late for U and MI” is still a top banger for crying in the club), and this year, Seinfeld will finally release his sophomore project Mirrors, dropping September 3 via Ninja Tune. The project’s first single, “U Already Know,” is a banger built for artificial beaches on a space station; hear it above.

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“That track is very much in the vein of music I’ve released on Young Ethics recently,” DJ Seinfeld said. “There’s a touch of Italo and it’s got a real funk feel to it. I was happy with it as an instrumental but I added the vocal and it just fitted perfectly and brought the track to life.”

This fall, DJ Seinfeld will embark on a small tour of the UK, EU, and North America. See those dates below.

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DJ Seinfeld tour dates

10/28 – EartH (Theater) – London, UK
10/29 – Melkweg – Amsterdam, NL
10/30 – Kantine Am Berghain – Berlin, DE
11/2 – Music Hall of Williamsburg – New York, US
11/3 – Metro – Chicago, US
11/4 – Velvet Underground – Toronto, CA
11/9 – The Independent – San Francisco, US
11/10 – El Rey Theater – Los Angeles, US
11/11 – The Marquis Theater – Denver, US

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Thumbnail photo by Kasia Zacharko

The 7 projects you should stream now

The 7 projects you should stream now
New albums by Erika de Casier, Mach-Hommy, Young M.A, and more.

By Jordan Darville

May 21, 2021

Erika de Casier. Photo by Gloria Moreno

 

Erika de Casier, Sensational

One of our most anticipated releases of the year, Sensational is the second full-length album from the Danish musician, who fuses pop and R&B with UK garage and 2-step. The album’s lead single “No Butterflies, No Nothing” was one of our favorite songs of 2020, and subsequent tracks like “Busy” and “Drama” have made it to our weekly Songs You Need playlist.

Stream: Spotify | Apple Music

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Lambchop, Showtunes

The new album from Kurt Wagner’s long-running genre-colliding project is a collection of “show tunes for people who don’t like show tunes,” he said during a recent FADER interview. “I can’t tell you precisely how I write, Wagner said, “but I do know that there are certain times where it all works… And you have to allow for that. You just have to give it an opportunity to happen.”

Stream: Spotify | Apple Music

Mdou Moctar, Afrique Victime

Mahamadou Souleymane a.k.a. Mdou Moctar serves up an inimitable style on his new album Afrique Victime with transcendent guitar sounds inspired by Toureg music and psychedelic shredding.

Stream: Spotify | Apple Music

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CHAI, Wink

First there was Pink in 2017. Then Punk arrived two years later. Today, CHAI share their third album Wink, the Japanese group’s first for Sub Pop. Wink continues the group’s experimentation with electronics on Punk and takes it to groovy new depths.

Stream: Spotify | Apple Music

Young M.A., Off The Yak

The consistently tough-as-concrete New York rapper Young M.A is once again going viral thanks to a remix of SpotEmGottEm’s “Beatbox,” but her new project “Off The Yak” forgoes that song and sticks strictly to her own formidable songwriting abilities. Fivio Foreign, Rubi Rose, and more feature.

Stream: Spotify | Apple Music

Mach-Hommy, Pray for Haiti

Prolific, ferociously talented, and with an impish yet vicious disregard for music industry norms, Mach-Hommy has been a consistently invigorating presence in the rap industry. His new album Pray For Haiti is out on Griselda Records, with the trio’s founding member Westside Gunn handling executive producer duties.

Stream: Spotify | Apple Music

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Mannequin Pussy, Perfect EP

Perfect sports five new songs from the Philly punk rockers, including the SYN-playlisted “Control.” the new songs were written during the COVID-19 pandemic and after hte babnd were forced to cancel a tour behind their third album Patience.

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Popcaan & The FaNatix Samples Tanya Stephens Classic On “These Streets (Don’t Luv U)”

Popcaan links with The Fanatix and M1llionz on a new track.

The Fanatix returned with a hot new single that twins dancehall with UK drill. The new track, titled “These Streets (Don’t Luv U)”, features dancehall star Popcaan and upcoming UK drill rapper M1llionz. The song’s lyrics feature quite a bit of the Jamaican vernacular, even in sections performed by the UK rapper. This is understandable as M1llionz, who sports a Reggae Boyz jersey throughout the music video, does have Jamaican heritage.

The song samples reggae veteran Tanya Stephens‘ 2006 hit single “These Streets.” Tanya’s vocals are pitched to the tune of Alvin from the Chipmunk, which allows it to be properly layered over the bouncy elements that make up the drill beat. Fanatix paid homage to Stephens in a recent Instagram post. “Big up the legendary @iamtanyastephens for allowing us to sample her classic song “these streets”. This would not be possible without you guys,” they wrote in the caption.

The video for “These Streets”, which has amassed 481,000 views on YouTube in 5 days, was filmed in sections of Kingston and Miami. Unlike Stephens’ version that speaks of a man who is unappreciative of his woman, M1llionz and Popcaan showcase the gritty elements of Jamaica’s streets. Gambling, drugs, wholesales, and corner shops, and gun-toting gangsters are on full display. While it is an aspect of the country that many would rather remain hidden, the video clearly captures the realness of life in the “trenches” and how hard it is for a large percentage of the Jamaican population.

Fans of Popcaan and M1llionz have welcomed the collaboration with Fanatix and are predicting that the track will be a “banger.” One YouTube subscriber commented on the video, saying, “Whoever made the beat big up ur self, the Tanya Stephens sample mawdd,” while another said, “Popcan and millionz this gonna be a vibe.”

“These Streets” is the first single from The Fanatix’s upcoming album. Fans are anxiously awaiting the project, which will be the first for the group.

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Stylo G’s “Dumpling Remix” Hit 50m Views Proving Spice & Sean Paul Pulling Power

The “Dumpling” remix has surpassed 50 million views on YouTube, and UK-based dancehall star Stylo G is ecstatic with the success of the track. He updated fans about the progress of the track and its success on Instagram.

Alongside a clip of the video for the remix, he posted: “50 million dumplings share out, world hit, just over a year we drop this”. There’s no doubt that the track was given a huge boost as two dancehall mega-stars, Spice and Sean Paul, jumped on it. Fans have definitely taken to the remix and can’t seem to get enough of it.

It was released in 2019 and is Stylo G’s most-viewed song on YouTube to date. The artist, who hails from Spanish Town, already found success with the original “Dumpling” track, but it got just close to nine million views since its release and pales in comparison to the number of views that the remix has gotten.

Spice was one of the first to congratulate the artists, saying: “A pure problem when this drop a mi show dem,” a fan added, “It’s been a long lockdown, ya’ll been on repeat,” and this one stated, “This could never get old!” Most of the fans simply commented with fire emojis when the post was made on May 11. So far, it has gotten over 25,000 likes.

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It seems Spice and Sean Paul have the Midas touch recently as the two also helped out each other on one of Spice’s recent tracks called “Go Down Deh”, which was released on YouTube on May 1 and has already brought in close to five million views. Veteran Shaggy is also featured on that track. The track is on course to dominate as it debuted at #1 on US and Israeli iTunes Reggae, #2 in the UK, Italy, and Canada, and Top 10 on Apple Music, iTunes, and Deezer. Streaming of the track was recorded globally in countries like Japan, Germany, and the Netherlands.

Stylo G is now known for his hit collaborations, including “Touch Down,” which he recorded with Nicki Minaj and Vybz Kartel and has reached about 19 million views since its release.

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slowthai to host his own hometown U.K. festival this summer

slowthai to host his own hometown U.K. festival this summer
Happyland will take place in Northampton with a bill featuring Pa Salieu, IDLES, Beabdoobee, and more.

By David Renshaw

May 10, 2021

Crown + Owls

Slowthai has announed details of Happyland, a brand new festival to be held in his hometown of Northampton, England. The inaugural event will take place on September 25 at Northampton Cricket Ground and will be headlined by slowthai himself. Tickets are available from Friday, May 14.

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Joining slowthai on the Happyland bill are a list of acts curated by the rapper. They include rising acts Pa Salieu, Greentea Peng, Shygirl, and Beabadoobee alongside punk band IDLES and indie act Easy Life.

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Speaking about the event in a statement, slowthai said: “Happyland with happy folk. The place where we can laugh and joke. The place you can be yourself without judgment, expectations and impressions of someone else. The space from the shackles of the everyday. The mountain where we climb to run away. Imagine what you’ve never had when you come to Happyland – you will never be sad.”

Slowthai released his latest album Tyron earlier this year. The release, his follow-up to 2019 debut Nothing Great About Britain, went to Number One in the U.K.

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Kash Doll – Thumbin Lyrics

[Intro]
(The CoalCash collection)
Ooh
(Ayy-ayy, ayy, Knox This That Wave)
Ooh
(Ayo Cash [?])

[Chorus]
I’ve been thumbin’ through these hunnids all day (All day)
I got paper cuts from thumbin’ through this money all day (All day)
Thumbin’, thumbin’, thumbin’ (I’m thumbin’)
Thumbin’, thumbin’, thumbin’
Thumbin’, thumbin’, thumbin’, thumbin’, thumbin’, thumbin’, thumbin’
I’ve been thumbin’ through these hunnids all day (Ooh)
Thumbin’, thumbin’, thumbin’, thumbin’, thumbin’, thumbin’, thumbin’
I’ve been thumbin’ through these hunnids all day (Ooh)

[Verse 1]
Look, I’ve been thumbin’ through these hunnids all day
Talkin’ twenty-four hours, don’t forget the four-tre (Four-tre)
One thing Kash gotta say, when it come to gettin’ this paper, nigga, I don’t play (Ooh)
Broke nigga, always talkin’ broke shit (Broke shit)
Broke nigga always got a broke bitch (Broke bitch)
So cute, look at that, what they done did? (Hahaha, ooh)
Broke nigga, broke bitch had a broke kid (Well, well, well)
I’m just tryna get them bands (Bands)
I got a fetish, these niggas don’t understand (Don’t understand)
Countin’ this money is really hurtin’ my hand
If I’m in this, I withdraw one hunnid grand
And I gotta have the bag with the two C’s
I got this green thumb from countin’ this blue cheese

[Chorus]
I’ve been thumbin’ through these hunnids all day (All day)
I got paper cuts from thumbin’ through this money all day (All day)
Thumbin’, thumbin’, thumbin’ (I’m thumbin’)
Thumbin’, thumbin’, thumbin’ (Cha-ching)
Thumbin’, thumbin’, thumbin’, thumbin’, thumbin’, thumbin’, thumbin’
I’ve been thumbin’ through these hunnids all day (Ooh)
Thumbin’, thumbin’, thumbin’, thumbin’, thumbin’, thumbin’, thumbin’
I’ve been thumbin’ through these hunnids all day (Ooh)

[Verse 2]
Money bag, nigga, gotta have that money bag (Money bag)
Fuck all that talkin’, nigga, show me where that money at
And if I ever gave your ass one dollar, when I see you, nigga, run it back (Run me my money)
Nigga said them bands make ’em dance
See I’m countin’ up these hunnids and it’s cuttin’ up my hands (Fuck)
I just want them M’s, nigga, plural
I’m in the UK fuckin’ up them euros (Ooh)
I make a rich nigga go down South (Down South)
Put this million-dollar pussy in your mouth
Nigga ask what’s my sign, I say, “Dollar”
If you ain’t got none, nigga, then holla (Haha)
This, this that rich shit
20/20 vision, lookin’ at a rich bitch thumbin’, nigga

[Chorus]
I’ve been thumbin’ through these hunnids all day (All day)
I got paper cuts from thumbin’ through this money all day (All day)
Thumbin’, thumbin’, thumbin’ (I’m thumbin’)
Thumbin’, thumbin’, thumbin’ (That’s right)
Thumbin’, thumbin’, thumbin’, thumbin’, thumbin’, thumbin’, thumbin’
I’ve been thumbin’ through these hunnids all day (Ooh)
Thumbin’, thumbin’, thumbin’, thumbin’, thumbin’, thumbin’, thumbin’
I’ve been thumbin’ through these hunnids all day (Ooh)

Dancehall Legend Baby Cham Calls Jamaican Gov’t Bias For Easing UK Travel Ban

Baby Cham speak on the Jamaican government lifting UK travel ban while ignoring the entertainment sector.

Most sectors of the Jamaican economy, like many other countries around the world, have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. The entertainment sector has staggered and tried as best as possible to keep up with the restrictions put in place to safeguard the country. With restrictions looking to be relaxed soon for UK tourism, veteran dancehall artist Baby Cham is making his feelings on the way the government handled the pandemic known. He posted a clip of his recent track called “Lockdown” on Usain Bolt’s Clockwork Riddim. He made sure to include his more explicit lyrics in expressing his feelings on Instagram.

He also made his feelings known with the caption attached to the short video clip. He was obviously upset as he also made the caption in all caps.

“TOURISM BOARD AND THE HOTELS / RESORTS CRIED THAT THEIR BUSINESS IS DYING, SO THE GOVERNMENT IS OPENING THE COUNTRY FOR THEM ON MAY 1ST TO SAVE THEIR POCKETS!! PROMOTER, DJs, ENTERTAINERS, CORNER SHOPS AND THE PEOPLE OF THE COUNTRY HAVE BEEN CRYING (TO DEAF EARS) THAT THEY TOO ARE DYING – BUT THE GOVERNMENT HAS IMPOSED STRICTER “LOCK DOWN” ON THEM!! WHO ARE YOU WORKING FOR? WHO PUT YOU IN POWER?? WILL YOU POLICE THE HOTELS AND TOURIST THE SAME AS YOU POLICE THE PEOPLE???” he posted.

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The “Ghetto Story” deejay is lashing out at Jamaica’s Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett, who recently announced that the travel ban on the United Kingdom, which was supposed to end last Friday, April 30, would not be renewed. The ban was part of Jamaica’s Disaster Risk Management Act to help mitigate the spread of the UK variant of the virus.

“On Saturday May 1, Jamaica will reopen its borders to international visitors from the United Kingdom. This will enable the critical gateways of Heathrow and Gatwick airports, to have transit for passengers coming through and who are fully compliant with health and safety protocols required for international travel,” Bartlett said.

He added that the decision was taken to try and help boost the island’s economy.

“Jamaica’s position at this time is critical in relation to the opening up of the summer tourist season and in fact, the importance of enabling the diaspora, particularly the strong British clientele that have always come to the island,” he said.

Jamaica’s borders have been open since June 2020, and they’ve already welcomed about 1.5 million visitors. All visitors welcomed had a quarantine period and had to follow other health protocols. Cham’s take on the matter is that the hoteliers and others in the sector cried out for help and have been given it while the poor and disenfranchised have been left to fend for themselves. The part of the song he chose lamented all of these issues. For the most part, it seemed that his fans agreed with his stance.

“Unfair bad and it is not even funny. The government is not for the people who risk their life during election and put dem on power…. Set of dictators,” this fan said, another added, “@cham….pure double standard!!!! Do the jamaican govt realize sey a di people, di food, di place and definitely di music why most tourists come a yaad? The citizens, athletes and mostly of the artists promote the country and are the quintessential vessel in putting out Jamaica to the world. Tek care a u people dem govt of JA. U can’t have certain people a benefit in di country and the ones who put unu in postion a get constant raw deals.. get it under control quick,” and this fan chimed in, “Such everyone should boycott travelling there until its open for all. Most of the owners prob not even citizens. Although yes they employ them but still. That country is what it is because of what the leaders have done or more importantly not done to help the country as a whole and that goes for anyone who has a voice. Soooo many voices and I hear like 3. Why. Crickets and ants everywhere just like that Disney movie. Watch that. Same sht.”

Do you agree with Baby Cham’s take on UK tourists being allowed into Jamaica?

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Spice New Collab With Shaggy & Sean Paul Tops US iTunes Charts

Spice new collaboration “Go Down Deh” debuts at the top of the US iTunes chart.

Spice, Shaggy, and Sean Paul, aka SSS, have been turning heads and waists with their new single “Go Down Deh,” and their US-based fans are making their love felt visa iTunes. Just two days after its release, the single already topped the USA Reggae iTunes chart and is currently at number 2 in Canada and the UK.

The track for “Go Down Deh” was released on Friday, and the video on The Queen of Dancehall’s YouTube page, BET Jams, and BET Soul a day later, this after days of promotion. Her recent success has not gone unnoticed by Spice, who thanked her fans in her own special way. The Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta star mounted herself atop the kitchen counter in her new home, where she performed a number of sultry maneuvers as she danced in celebration of her recent iTunes success.

“Go Down Deh is #1 on USA Reggae iTunes chart. Canada and UK get it to #1 if you want to see this full video, I seriously went on my head top for you,” she wrote in the caption.

Go down deh is #1 on USA ?? Reggae ITunes chart . Canada ?? and UK ?? get it to #1 if you want to see this full video, I seriously went on my head top for you ? Call your grandma and teach her to buy it on iTunes ??we currently #2 In Canada ?? and Uk ?? https://t.co/69i6RbjNK3 pic.twitter.com/nJQtryhEPz

— Spice (@spiceofficial) May 1, 2021

The song was produced by Grammy Award nominee Costi Ionita and Shaggy and released via VP records. The entire production, from sound to visuals, celebrates the raw exotic culture of dancehall. The video, which was directed by Jay Will, was filmed in Kingston, Jamaica, featuring cameo appearances by other Jamaican Dancehall representatives, including Kemar Highcon, Walshy Fire, and Naomi Cowan. Director credits are also given to Kanye West, Major Lazer, Lee Scratch Perry, Shaggy, and M.I.A.

The collaboration with Sean Paul and Shaggy is what Spice, who has been through her fair share of ups and downs in the Dancehall, describes as “the biggest milestone” of her career.

“They are both International giants in our genre. I’m honored to have created such a historic moment by being one of the first artists to have them collaborate on a track together,” she said.

Spice is set to release a highly anticipated debut album on July 30, titled “TEN.” The details surrounding this album have not yet been announced.

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U.K. rapper Jords returns with Masego and kadiata on “Enemies”

U.K. rapper Jords returns with Masego and kadiata on “Enemies”
The track is Jords’ first release since his 2020 album Almost An Adult.

By Sajae Elder

April 14, 2021

U.K. MC Jords shared his latest single “Enemies,” alongside rapper kadiata and Masego, on Wednesday. The track sees the trio trading bars about loyalty and evolving friendships over bouncy production.

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“I really want people to travel through time with my music,” Jords said of the song and its nostalgic, UK funky house sound. “This is all about bridging the gap and showing that the sound is global but local.” Masego, who crops up on the track’s hook, added how the song came together via email. “[The track] was Jords’ idea, I just brought it into my world and I love what it grew into,” he explained.

“Me & Jords have known each other for around 4 years so it was long over due,” rapper kadiata added. “We linked up & set up studio in a Brighton apartment near the sea to get away from london for a little minute and I just went with whatever came natural to me which was to be funny, witty & relatable.”

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Listen to “Enemies” above.

Skepta and Rema join JAE5 on “Dimension”

Skepta and Rema join JAE5 on “Dimension”
The London producer’s debut single comes with two heavy-hitting guests.

By Jordan Darville

March 18, 2021

There’s a lot of talent on “Dimension,” the new song from JAE5. There’s the East London producer himself, whose Afrobeats-inspired hip-hop sonics help catapult London’s J Hus to stardom (and onto the cover of The FADER). Then there are the songs featured artists, grime legend Skepta and Nigerian pop star Rema, who also covered our magazine once upon a time. All that should inspire you to check out the music video for “Dimension,” streaming above.

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The clip is shot in Ghana, where J Hus was born, and is stuffed with color and allegorical, slightly sci-fi imagery. “For my first single,” JAE5 said in a press station, “I wanted to pull off something that represented me well. It had to be heavily influenced by Afrobeats and the UK urban scene. Skepta & Rema are the perfect combination. ‘Dimension’ is a meaningful track with a vibe! Skepta as always delivers the maddest verse and Rema on the hook – that guy just isn’t normal! I hope everyone enjoys the track.”

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Protoje & Popcaan Recruits Pa Salieu For “Still Royal” The Royalty Remix

Protoje is dropping the remix to his and Popcaan’s “Like Royalty” today, with Pa Salieu calling it “Still Royal.”

When Protoje released his Popcaan-assisted track “Like Royalty,” it was an instant success. The original track appeared on the In.Digg.Nation leader’s 2020 album In Search Of Lost Time premiered in August and has accumulated over 5 million views on YouTube since.

On Thursday (March 18), Protoje announced a follow-up to the hit song called “Still Royal,” which is a remix to the original track that will feature British rapper Pa Salieu. The new release is slated to drop today at 3 pm. The producer behind the track, Toddla T, shared a preview on his Instagram earlier this week in a video of him and Pa Salieu rocking out to the track in the studio.

“Life intense, Aim fi di best, Diamond from di sands, Pree da crown on mi head, Life intense Aim fi di best Diamond from di sands, Pree da crown on mi head, Lord manna blessed, Blessed with strength,” Pa Salieu deejay.

Pa Salieu, a UK-based rapper/deejay from Coventry, popped on the scene at the top of 2020 with the release of his debut track “Frontline,” which has since accumulated over 4 million views on YouTube. It became the most played track on BBC 1Xtra last year. Protoje called the original track a classic and expressed how eager he was for the release.

“Today at 3 pm x 3 KINGS. The epicness of this song. Bless up to @pa_salieu for joining @popcaanmusic [Popcaan] and myself on this already classic song. @toddlat the architect who made it happen,” Protoje wrote in the caption that accompanied a photo of the cover art for the song. “Not even gonna wait till Friday to drop this. TODAY 3 pm!! Still Royal aka Like Royalty Remix.”

“Still Royal” was released on all streaming platforms at 3 pm Jamaica time and 8 pm UK time today.

Pop Smoke Earns 3 New Songs On “Boogie” Movie Soundtrack – Listen

Pop Smoke has three new songs on the soundtrack for the new movie “Boogie.”

Pop Smoke will make his posthumous debut on the big screen this Friday as basketball player “Monk” in the movie “Boogie.” The New York rapper who snatched a huge role in the film prior to his untimely demise is not only the film’s lead antagonist, but he also appears on the Boogie: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack not one but three times.

The lead single, “AP,” was already released this month and is a solo effort by Pop Smoke. The rapper also makes appearances on the tracks “Fashion” featuring Polo G and a remix for “No Cap” with UK rapper M24. The basketball-themed movie was directed by Eddie Huang, who told Yahoo Entertainment that he was particularly impressed with Pop Smoke’s work ethic on set. As the lead actor’s main rival in the story, Pop Smoke had a huge role to play and is instrumental to the success of the film.

“He [had] no fear, Pop [wasn’t] scared of anything,” said Huang. “He also probably had the fastest computer processor in his head I’ve ever seen. I could tell Pop something, and he would immediately adapt and make that change. And he didn’t have an ego about it, and he wouldn’t get scared about it. And he wouldn’t have self-doubt about it. He just did it.”

Huang added that the movie was originally meant to inspire other Chinese like himself living in America, but now he came to the conclusion that this is Pop Smoke’s film. “It’s absolutely dedicated to Pop,” he continues. “I really miss my brother.”

Pop Smoke found a lot of posthumous success amidst his untimely death more than a year ago in February 2020. Pop released one of the most successful albums of the year despite the setbacks spurred on by the global pandemic, and even today, Shoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon remains in the coveted No. 1 spot on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart for its 17th week – a record time for any album released within the last 3-4 decades.

As the departed rapper’s estate revealed, they’ll continue to roll out his artistic portfolio posthumously, and his role in the Eddie Huang-directed film is the latest of his undertakings to emerge. “Boogie” premieres in theaters today, Friday (March 5).

Dancehall Star Shenseea Is BET’s Amplified Artist Of The Month

Shenseea is one of Jamaica’s fast-rising deejays, and the sky is certainly not her limit! The young artiste is taking the United States music industry by storm as she stretches her wings from Jamaica.

Her latest accomplishment is being named the BET Amplified artist of the month. The recognition spotlights upcoming talents, which in BET’s view, are stars on the rise.

In spite of the pandemic, the “Blessed” singer continues to thrive with multiple brand ambassador deals as well as launching her own eyelash line. She has been in the United States touring as she entertains her fans and seeks to widen her fan base, all while establishing Public Relations connections to bring her voice and image to the global music industry.

The announcement by BET was made on Monday on the network’s Instagram page with a photograph of her with the big news “We’re proud to announce @shenseea as our new #BETAmplified Artist of the Month.”

The BET Amplified Artiste recognition is a coveted stamp of approval in the music industry and was launched in January of 2020 to name and identify the next big thing in the music industry. The Network, which focuses on Black Entertainment, will be introducing Shenseea to their various global platform audiences, which include BET Jams, BET Her, BET Soul, and BET International channels in Africa, UK, France, and South Korea.

According to BET, the award reviews artists based on their unique sound, social media presence, and their star factor- projected impact on the global music and entertainment industry.

BET has over 3.7 million viewers, and this is expected to be a great boost to the young Jamaican’s career. In the meantime, Shenseea has been working and has managed to tie down a number of collaborations, with the latest being Lil Tjay. While there is no news on what the music to be will be, fans speculate it could be rap music as Shenseea has displayed a versatility and keenness for rapping.

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Lucki – Greed Lyrics (feat. Lil Yachty)

[Lucki:]
I hear you’re looking for Candyman, bitch
Ayy, ayy, ayy, ayy
All that greed, you should kill yourself
All that greed, you should, uh, ayy

All that greed, you should kill yourself
Been geeked, boy, I’ma heal myself
Another high-speed and she still ain’t ate
Sex, money, drugs, I can’t feel my face
Big bro Card in the VIP
Drive so fast, we don’t need IDs
Ho so pretty and she still gon’ bake
Another high-speed and she still ain’t ate

All that greed, you gon’ fit right in
Took a lil’ break, now I’m back, pop a ten
Super charged Tune, they gon’ hear it’s me
Burn this bitch down like literally

[Lil Yachty (Lucki):]
Put a bad bitch in the DDT
Fifty K earring, nothing cheap
Bitch and her friend wanna buy me Chrome
Sitting back, feeling like a P-I-M-P
Remember when niggas’d just give me hell

Rockin’ big clothes, like it’s twenty-oh-three
Pull up, 650, not G 6-3
Have a cookout, everybody get smoke
Niggas going through it, code green like a lima bean
UK bitches tooted up off of ketamine
Turn him to a pack, leave him stuffed like a figurine
Nigga think he fly? We gon’ give that boy a set of wings
Four in the two, shoot-shoot, that’s the regiment
My jeweler just made a light like he Edison
p*ssy grip tight, on the finger like a wedding band
Drop a new clip in the Glock, I slide in (Ayy, ayy, ayy)

[Lucki:]
All that greed, you should kill yourself
Been geeked, boy, I’ma heal myself
Another high-speed and she still ain’t ate
Sex, money, drugs, I can’t feel my face
Big bro Card in the VIP
Drive so fast, we don’t need IDs
Ho so pretty and she still gon’ bake
Another high-speed and she still ain’t ate

Alkaline Nabs Pandora’s Reggae Now Playlist Cover As “Top Prize” Debut No. 1 On iTunes

Alkaline debuts at the top of the iTunes chart with her new song, “Top Prize,” after picking up the cover of Pandora’s Reggae Now playlist.

Alkaline has dropped some good news that his fans are sure to love as he announced that a new album is coming! We haven’t seen much of Alkaline, but we have heard him with hits like ‘Cree’ and ‘Ocean Wave’ released last year, but one thing’s for sure, any prolonged absence is usually a good thing for Alka, who doesn’t seem to fraternize much with the rest of dancehall.

In past times, the lyricist has been compared to the great Vybz Kartel, and there have been many so-called manufactured beef started by fans of the two artists. However, in spite of that, one thing we can agree on is appreciating good music, and Alkaline has never failed to deliver, so there are high hopes for his upcoming album.

According to Alkaline, whose real name is Earlan Bartley, the new project has 14 tracks and is named Top Prize.

He explains the motivation behind the name “[top prize] represents when you win a competition, basically showcasing victory against all odds. This album is timely with the opportunities I have been given, lessons learned along the way, my personal growth and experiences…experience teaches wisdom, so it is only fair that I bring everything full circle.

Alkaline’s debut album New Level Unlocked was released in 2016. It peaked at No. 1 and spent 18 weeks on the Billboard Reggae Chart. In spite of only releasing one album, his singles have also driven up enviable numbers! ‘ATM,’ released in 2020, has 23 million streams on YouTube. His streaming presence surpasses 30 million streams- on digital streaming platforms like Spotify- Canada, United States, the UK, African, and Germany.

He also retains a strong presence on Pandora with 39 million streams, which covers both radio and app, and has about 140,000 monthly listeners.

On Friday, Pandora Music made ‘The Man Himself’ as he is often called- the cover of the new Reggae Now playlist as he shared that the album is among the lineup.

Bless up @PandoraMusic for making me the cover of the New #Reggae Now playlist ??? #TopPrizeAlbum #TopPrizeAlkaline pic.twitter.com/8yj6DQEQw6

— ManHimselff (@THEALKALINE) February 12, 2021

He also has a preview of Apple Music released on Friday. The song that’s featured is called “Single” and starts with the popular Jamaican phrase “wha nuh dead nuh dash weh.”

Meanwhile, the female Detta fans are also loving the artiste’s new look, which shows him sporting natural hair plaited into sections and also sporting a neatly lined bushy beard!

Disappointed, but will continue legal fight: Mallya

Embattled liquor baron Vijay Mallya, who lost his UK high court appeal against an extradition order to India, has said that he is “disappointed” with the ruling but will continue to seek legal remedies. He reiterated that he has repeatedly offered to pay the Indian banks the loan amount owed by his now-defunct airline, an offer which the banks have rejected.

KLM flight with 100 Indians turned back to Amsterdam

A KLM flight was asked to return to Amsterdam after it took off for Delhi on Friday with about 100 Indians transiting back home from US and Canada. Since India has barred entry of anyone from Europe, UK and Turkey — including transit passengers from there — aviation authorities here asked the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, operating as KLM 871, to return to Amsterdam.

UK court refuses Anil Ambani’s plea to appeal

Business tycoon Anil Ambani has had his application to appeal a $100 million (Rs 753 crore) conditional order refused by the UK Court of Appeal. Ambani, the brother of one of Asia’s richest men, had been ordered at a February 7 hearing to pay the court $100 million by 4 pm local time (9.30 pm IST) on March 20 (Friday) in order to avoid having his defence struck out.

India bars entry of travellers from UK, EU, Turkey

India has temporarily barred entry of travellers from United Kingdom, European Union, Turkey and European Free Trade Association from March 18. In addition, those either coming from or transiting through UAE, Qatar, Oman, and Kuwait will need to be quarantined for 14 days. Both these measures are temporary and will be in force till March 31.