Thanks to Reggae contributions of the late great Bob Marley and many other artists, Jamaica had a huge influence on worldwide culture. Many of the world’s biggest artists, including Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj and Drake have gravittated to the island’s unique blend of sounds, fashion, and culture. But is Jamaica being fully embraced by foreign acts?
Last year saw producer Diplo collaborate with rising reggae act Chronixx and Snoop Dogg reincarnate as “Snoop Lion.” Pusha T even took the time to record a single with Popcaan and shoot a video for his own single “Blocka”. Many others flew down to record albums, shoot videos, and even perform at events such as Reggae Sumfest, and the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival.
Thankfully, many of the artists who have taken a liking to Jamaica’s culture have also taken the time to give back to the people and help to develop the island’s young minds. During his visit last year, Snoop Lion partnered with Reed’s Ginger Brew and Causes.com to set up a charity titled “The Mind Gardens Project” which is a Feed-A-Child program. Reggae act Shaggy, known for his mega hit “It Wasn’t Me”, stages a yearly concert called “Shaggy & Friends” which included acts like Macy Gray, Eve, and Joe who all performed for free and donated to the Bustamante Hospital for Children. Many more do their part for Jamaica but aren’t highlighted in the media.
Jamaica is not only an island, but also a brand and many foreign acts collaborate with Jamaican acts to help sell that brand. This year saw Music Mogul P. Diddy teaming up with Supreme Promotions to not only host a DJ Battle (Soundclash) but also front the winner’s prize of $20,000. Diddy’s contribution helped him see one of Jamaica’s best competitions first hand and also showed the world that Jamaica is still the hotspot for talent.
Jamaica is a great country with much to offer. Many have benefitted from its contributions but not enough is given back. Jamaica is more than a shout out on a song or the colours on a shirt. Artists world wide should take the time to discover what Jamaica’s talent has to offer and not be afraid to make a “Yardie Link Up”. To help the process, We’ve included links to four projects below that are burning up in Jamaica and deserve a listen from the rest of the universe.
Acmatic, an 8 man collective from Jamaica that rap and perform Electronic Music, released a new video as an ode to the ladies that love to dance. Titled “Made Her Jump,” the song features lead vocalist King Lopo rapping while we see scenes of girls booty popping and a crowd enjoying it all. Off their upcoming “Almost” EP, check out the video below. Fair warning, the video is 70% safe for work.
Hear more from AcMatic here.
Kabaka Pyramid is a Jamaican Hip Hop Fusion artist who has done his share of Hip Hop, Dancehall and Reggae collaborations over the years with the likes of Five Steez, Chronixx, Sizzla and more. Despite travelling the world in an effort to spread his artistic abilities, there are many that still don’t know him or his music. Fortunately, UK DJ Neeko‘s new project can change that. Titled “The Introduction To Kabaka Pyramid,” this is 21-track collection of original music, dub plates (freestyles) and short skits gives fans a refresher course in his music and introduces new listeners to a rising star. Check out the mixtape below.
Download the project here.
Seek shelter. The members of Sons Of Liberty are about to bring you a disaster. Straight out of Kingston Jamaica, the three members of the Hip Hop Fusion crew Sons Of Liberty– The Rush, Tristan, and King Biggs– present to you their current single “Natural Disaster”. Produced by King Biggs, we hear the rappers comparing their skills to a natural disaster while bigging up their crew and telling why they don’t see any competition. With banging beat and tight lyrics, this is a group to look out for from Jamaica. This is from their upcoming “Escape Theory” mixtape.
“I Am A Sinner” is the latest mixtape from Jamaican DJ J Yungg. Featuring 20 tracks with production from St. Bess Records and Kimichi Records, J Yungg gives listeners a great experience and captivates a new audience by showcasing his unique gifts. If you’re new to the artist, allow this to be a grand introduction to his music. Included are his current bangers such as “Sinner’s Prayer” and potential hits “Nah Hide And Dweet” and “One Life.” This definitely a great addition to your playlist. Check out the mixtape here.