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Tune Recommendation Time

Today I'm in a vibe to share tunes I've been feeling since year start. Feels like a long time since I shared some recent reggae and dancehall.

We call this one here "Back on my Bashment"

Stephen 'Di Genius' McGregor - Bounce A Gal

Girls them time. 2nd verse "Girlfriend walk out pon da one ya/ Some girl scary like Iguana/ Teeth full a mix up like piranha/ So how she ah say she favour (look like) Rihanna" Raaaaaeeeeeee!!! Tune mad enuh. Make the girl them feel nice. Probably won't do well outside of dancehall circles in the UK because it isn't x-rated.

Mavado - Pepper

"So all them a talk, man a stepper/ Ketch (catch) up them ah play man ah pepper" translates as "I'm hot they're normal". Catchy as fk... again! Mavado still has it all these years later.

Vybz Kartel - Benz Punany

Relatively old tune but I hadn't blogged it, so here it is. This is a sure fire hit from I first heard it. Catchy chorus, good beat, slack lyrics = winner. If you don't get what he is saying (I'm sure you do but), it's basically wanting a girl who doesn't sleep with loads of men. Great concept

Grindsman did it originally on the Punany riddim back in the early 90s

Vybz Kartel - Coloring Book

Kartel's ode to tattoo's mad nuh bloodnawt! Caused controversy in Jamaica at time of release over whether tattoo's are marking skin or art. "Push the needle through the epidermis/ Hotter than a makka (one of those stinging bushes) bun you like a furnace/ Pretty when it finish but it hot when it ah surface/ Moany hear the needle go so "Vrring" and get nervous... Mi skin favour the walls them LA Lewis (popular Jamaican graffiti artist amongst other things) pass through" Pap! Pap! Pap! I still won't get a tattoo, like I didn't get Clarks (I did want a pair of bank robbers though). Watch when Lil' Wayne decides to get lazer treatment to remove some of his because he's too grown for it. Gonna be pissed!

Vybz Kartel - The Lyricist

Whilst on the subject of Kartel, I'd just like to say I indirectly caused this song. I asked Kartel about Aidonia, Kartel diss Aidonia, Aidonia says "Kartel you nah nuh lyrics", Kartel makes The Lyricist with "Them say you run out of lyrics" in the intro. Kartel ends it with (English translation) "Russian, they should know that this isn't a diss song for someone (Aidonia) to reply with a mediocre song. This is for the fans". See't deh

Stylo G - Boasy

Lifted from the same riddim as Gappy Ranks ft. Russian 'Tun Up', fellow UK dancehall starlet puts his spin on there. To be fair, I think I prefer this one, although Gappy's isn't a bad song at all. Obviously made upon hearing Straight Jeans and Fitted.

I-Octane - Nuh Ramp Wid We

"Nuh man can't play with man like how them play with them catty (woman)/ No boy pon Earth can't put their hand in a mi natty (hair)" Fiyaaah! Octane ah mad dem.

Kymani Marley - Brave Ones

Marley's all have talent. What a family. Bob Marley's son stands up against the discrimination against rastafarian's. "We need to make a stand, beg you some clearance. Why them ah judge me for my Rasta appearance / Them ah say they nah've no vacancies, and ah say them ah go call so me fi wait and see." I'm not sure about you, but I love music made by sufferers/rebels. "Must be true they see the locks on my head they think I'm not intelligent, but I'm hear to show them what is evident. They better know I'm not a weak fence and when me touch the road Jah is my defence". Spiritualist rebellion music is always a win.

Vybz Kartel - Poor People Land

From the same Message riddim as above, Vybz Kartel drops a different vibe to what most are used to. This one touches on rebellion (again). He speaks for the poorer people in Jamaica that are regularly kicked out of where they live when Governments decide the land is valuable. Similar to what happened in places like Brixton and Clapham in south London. Raise the taxes so people are forced to vacate to outskirts like Thornton Heath, Mitcham and them. Think they've been trying to do that in Battersea.

And just for the hell of it

Trevor Off Key aka DJ Bambino - Clappers

Brought to us by the same dude that spoofed Vybz Kartel's 'Jeans and Fitted', this time around he has put a real man's perspective on Bruno Mars' Grenade.


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