Posts tagged with "Jamaican"

Protoje – Same So

“Same So,” the new single and video by Protoje, is the GRAMMY-nominated artist’s first solo release in over a year, out today, July 16th via In.Digg.Nation Collective/Six Course/RCA Records. Listen/Watch “Same So” HERE.

Protoje’s leading track, produced by Sean “Ziah” Roberts and himself, is an early look at his forthcoming major label debut album, which will be available for pre-order on August 6, 2020. Since earning a nomination from the Recording Academy for Best Reggae album in 2019, fans have eagerly awaited Protoje’s highly-anticipated follow-up to A Matter of Time.

Protoje’s new flirtatious anthem, “Same So,” is about the thrill of a new crush, the longing to express feelings and the hopes for reciprocation. Directed by JRDN MARS, the beautiful video is a backdrop for the sweet and innocent lyrics with a stylized montage of colorful images of nature and the promise of a new and shared love.

“I wrote this song just being in a situation and feeling ‘a type of way’ about someone – but because of the type of relationship, there are things I can’t do or say. However, at the same time, I’m hoping that she feels the same way for me regardless. This video was one of the easiest shoots I’ve ever been a part of. I honestly just did and followed everything Jrdn Mars asked of me because I trusted his vision. The lead actress Celene was a dream as well and it’s a different side and very original video especially in the Jamaican space,” Protoje says.

As one of the leaders of the “reggae revival” movement, according to VOGUE, Protoje continues to build his presence as a musical icon. Performing on stages worldwide to promote his previous releases, plus rocking his national TV debut on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon were milestones for the seasoned veteran artist. This year, Protoje elevated his influence by signing a major label deal with RCA Records in partnership with Six Course Records. In conjunction with the RCA alliance, Protoje brokered individual album deals for himself as well as his rising female artists Lila Iké and Sevana. Lila Iké rolled out her debut EP to critical acclaim, while fandom for Sevana is contagious with her new EP on the horizon. Protoje will round out the trifecta of releases with his next album, chock full of feel-good vibes slated for later this summer.

In tandem to this industry accomplishment, Protoje is making an impact in his own community, from Jamaica’s youngest GRAMMY winning star Koffee shouting him out as one of her influences in her breakthrough anthem “Toast” to collaborating with the island’s biggest names and brightest prospects. Last summer, he teamed up with Jesse Royal on “Lion Order.” Protoje traded verses with Agent Sasco (Assassin) and Lila Iké on his “Not Another Word,” a lyrical call-to-action to fix broken systems of poverty, climate change, and social injustice in the world. In Nov 2019, he also produced an all female compilation Rock & Groove featuring four emerging Jamaican artists (Lila Iké, Sevana, Naomi Cowan and Jaz Elise), which resulted in their stellar BBC 1xtra live performance featuring all the ladies on International Women’s Day, shot at Protoje’s studio headquarters The Habitat. The latest joint effort from Protoje is a reunion with long-time collaborator Chronixx for RCA labelmate Alicia Keys “Underdog” Remix .

Stay tuned for more announcements on Protoje’s forthcoming album.

Listen/Watch “Same So” HERE.

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Kris Yute, 360 MAGAZINE

“I Did It” Music Video

Brooklyn-based, Jamaican-born recording artist Kris Yute’s song “I Did It” took TikTok by storm. The track even garnered the attention of his longtime friend, “You” and “Gossip Girl” actor Penn Badgley, who posted a video of the two of them dancing to it on Instagram. Today, Yute released the official music video for the breakout hit, featuring an appearance from Badgley himself.

The “I Did It” video is vibrant, featuring collages and animation by its director Lonewolf, and was filmed in quarantine by Yute himself. To make the collages, Lonewolf pieced together imagery from dozens of vintage magazines from the 1960s and 1970s.

“This song is mostly a celebration of personal accomplishments and a reflection of the long journey and struggle it took to get there. Sonically, I feel like I figured out a way to bring all my influences together. This video is another accomplishment to add to the list and Lonewolf executed the vision 100%,” Kris explained.

On directing during a pandemic, Lonewolf said “Even though the crazy times that we’re living in makes it hard to be a director, this process turned out to be really fun and challenging for me. To create a whole world through images and objects that matched the tone of the song turned out to be one of my favorite forms of mixed media and bittersweet to finish. Bouncing ideas with Kris and his team to create his first visual has been a learning experience and a pleasure.”

Purchase/stream “I Did It” here and watch the official music video here.

FOLLOW KRIS YUTE: Instagram | Twitter | Soundcloud

Auvere – Gold Jewelry

Carribean-American jewelry designer Gina Feldman Love, who is the Co-Founder of Auvere, a handcrafted gold jewelry line (22k and 24k pure gold). It aims to bring the ancient beauty of pure gold to the mainstream, empowering women to buy pure, high-karat gold pieces that they love–and can also make for a good financial investment.

Below, Gina breaks down the pros and cons of 10k gold which is just 41.7% gold all the way up to pure 99.99% gold.

  • 10 karat gold.  10 karat gold contains the lowest amount of gold that can be sold legally in the United States as “gold” — 41.7%.  Since it is mostly alloy, it has a silvery appearance and is highly susceptible to oxidation.    
    • Pro:  It costs less than some costume jewelry.  
    • Con:  With less than 50% gold content, it’s hard to call it real gold. It is not hypoallergenic, may trigger skin allergies and is very likely to oxidize and blacken over time.
  • 14 karat gold.  14 karat gold is 58.3% gold. The remaining 41.7% consists of alloys such as copper and silver.  It’s probably safe to say that 14 karat gold is the most common rate of gold jewelry sold in the U.S. because it is very hard and relatively inexpensive due to the high alloy content.    
    • Pro: It is hard, holds pronged gemstones extremely well and is relatively inexpensive.
    • Con: It it is likely to suffer from oxidation and blacken over time. 14 karat gold may also trigger skin allergies. 
  • 18 karat gold. 18 karat gold is 75% pure gold and 25% alloy.  What makes 18K gold popular among jewelers is that it possesses a richer gold color than 14 karat gold because of higher gold content but is hard enough to hold gemstones in tiny “high-rise” prongs.  
    • Pro: 18 karat gold contains a sizable gold content, which makes it more lustrous than 14 karat gold. It holds pronged gemstones well and is used by top jewelers.
    • Con:  Because 18K is used by many top jewelers who charge margins in excess of  300% of the cost to make, you pay a lot more money for a lot less gold than you would if you purchased 22 and 24 karat gold from trusted direct-to-consumer brands.
  • 22 karat gold.  22 karat gold is 91.67% pure gold. We love it because of its high gold content and delicious golden hue.  On top of that, 22K gold is strong enough to make everyday jewelry that holds gemstones (just not in prongs). 
    • Pro:  Almost 92 percent pure gold in every piece. Lustrous yellow color when compared to 14 and 18 karat gold.  Hard enough for every day use.
    • Con:  For those used to the subtle gold color in 14 and 18 karat gold, the deep yellow hue of 22 karat gold may be too much gold. But once you get used to the true color of gold, it is hard to go back.
  • 24 karat gold.  24 karat gold is the big daddy of solid gold jewelry.  Containing 99.99% pure gold, it is incredibly precious, rare and soft when compared to 14 or 18 karat gold.  But it’s the rarity and softness that makes for very special jewelry — pieces that mold to your form over time.  If you are someone who never takes off your jewelry or you put your jewelry through its paces, then 24 karat gold may not be for you.  But if you love the idea of wearing something rich, rare, pure and with more inherent value than 14 and 18 karat gold, then consider 24K. 
    • Pro:  24 karat gold is the richest and rarest form of gold jewelry possible.
    • Con:  It is soft.  Not so soft that you can’t wear it. But soft enough that you have to take some care when you wear it.
Buju Banton, 360 MAGAZINE

BUJU BANTON – GANJA MAN

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Lila Iké – I Spy

One of Jamaica’s fastest rising stars Lila Iké storms into 2020 with “I Spy,” her first single and video this year. Watch/Listen to “I Spy” HEREOn the heels of her freshly-inked signing to RCA Records—in conjunction with In.Digg.Nation Collective and Six Course Records —“I Spy” is Lila Iké’s inaugural single through the major label and serves as a prelude to her debut 7-track EP The ExPerience, which will be released May 15.

The making of “I Spy” was an organic process which is akin to how Lila naturally creates. IzyBeats, who earned a GRAMMY award for his contribution to Koffee’s “Toast,” is at the helm of the song. “When Izy played the beat in the studio I just heard this ‘chek, chek’ and then this specific drum pattern that is familiar in Jamaican culture, so I started pacing the room and singing the chorus ‘I Spy, I Spy.’ Izy was like ‘Oh my god, that is it!’ I felt his energy, so it pushed me to go further and it blossomed into what it is today. I am really excited how it turned out and confident it will open new markets for me. It is going to be beautiful.”

The accompanying video is directed by Danny Williams and was filmed in Kingston, Jamaica with cameos from her crew including labelmate Sevana, Jaz Elise and Naomi Cowan.

Also joining Lila Iké on her anticipated EP The ExPerience is a cast of Jamaica’s most in-demand producers. Phillip “Winta” James, known for his work with Protoje, Nas & Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley and Mortimer, produced “Forget Me” and “Stars Align.”  A trio of the island’s most promising young beatmakers, Ziah x JLL x Iotosh, are responsible for “Solitude.” Behind the boards is also GRAMMY-nominated artist Protoje, who executive produced The ExPerience, and is credited for crafting the sound of “Thy Will,” which is influenced by Sly and Robbie’s “More Baltimore.”

In 2019, the multi-talented Lila Iké ascended through a string of songs that fused contemporary reggae with elements of soul, hip-hop, and dancehall. “Where I’m Coming From” (produced by Kasadie “Caspa” Jones) and “Second Chance” (produced by Alfred Simpson) were two pivotal songs that put the songstress on the map. Both tracks will be featured on her upcoming EP. With only a handful of singles under her belt, she has earned critical acclaim fromComplex, BBC 1xtra, NYLON, Flaunt, Essence, The FADER and Refinery29 as an artist to watch. While on tour with Protoje, she left a lasting impression on audiences at Reggae Sumfest (Montego Bay, Jamaica), and BRIC’s Celebrate Brooklyn! (NYC, USA), plus she commanded the spotlight on Europe’s most-coveted reggae stages, including her own primetime slot at the genre’s largest worldwide festival Rototom Sunsplash (Benicassim, Spain).

The spotlight shines brighter on Lila Iké as she pivots from Jamaica’s independent singing sensation to global superstardom guided by her natural talents, co-signed by In.Digg.Nation Collective, Six Course Records and RCA Records. Lila Iké’s endearing tone can be felt in every word she sings, displaying equal amounts of vulnerability and dominance in her signature vibrato. While her early hits are foundational elements of her debut, The ExPerience is lush with a wave of new anthems that tread through the thick, potent smoke of introspection and intimacy. “Solitude” relishes silence and peace-of-mind in a sea of a wobbling bass and whisks of guitar and violin. On “Stars Align,” Lila Iké creatively juggles relationships as a metaphor for music-making while spraying her lyrics like a fresh coat of paint on Winta James’ “Bout Noon” beat, originally sung by Protoje.

“It is an experience of me, showing my versatility and the different tones, values and vibes of a woman,” Lila says about her debut EP. “This is a mixture of songs influenced by reggae, but it does not define the sound. It has trap dancehall on “Where I’m Coming From” and soulful vibes on “Forget Me.” It gets sweet and jazzy on “Stars Align” and “I Spy” has this reggaeton and pop feel. It is a beautiful time for this kind of music to come from Jamaica, we are showing people there is no linear way of anything,” declares Lila Iké.

Lila Iké will reveal the artwork for her debut EP The ExPerience at a later date.

Her new single “I Spy” is available now on all platforms.

(Photo courtesy of Nickii Kane)

Kareem Bunton’s Creating a Scene in Brooklyn 

*Photo by Taylor Sessleman

Kareem Bunton is a veteran of the NYC nightlife having romped around at revered spots such as Mr. Fongs, VON, Union Pool and even Max Fish. He’s also got musical collaborations with Run the Jewels, Prefuse 73, and TV on the Radio under his belt. Now he’s loading up all of his experience in the limelight and taking it to a refreshing venue in Bushwick.

New York nightlife has found a new breeding place in Brooklyn, so it’s no surprise Bunton’s World Famous is taking root there. BWF is embracing an unexpected vibe of a Tangier hotel bar – obviously one enticing to the young urban “cool kids” ready to relive their ‘90s dreams.

“What I like best about the’90s scene,” he says, “was that it didn’t really matter what you had in your pocket or what you did in the daytime. Looking good, being a great dancer, or just having a lovely personality were often enough to get you through the door. Building a space is easy, creating a scene is not. To do this we are attempting to build a sense of community by hiring old school DJ’s and youngsters.”

The cozy 1400 square foot space will be importing the Tangier’s tropical vibes with drinks that’ll make you mistake Brooklyn for a sultry tiki bar on the beach, high in contrast to the mainstream cocktail lounge. Lucas Moran of Mr. Fongs will be constructing the menu, “Think flavored daiquiris, hurricanes, rum runners,” says Bunton. “It’s usually my preference to keep cocktails simple and quick to make. Waiting 10 minutes for a drink while listening to an unsolicited speech about botanicals is not my idea of a good time.”

Kareen bunton, 360 MAGAZINE, Claire de Lespinois

Photo by Claire de Lespinois

In a time where emphasizing unity and equality is pertinent, Bunton’s mission is to bring together the diverse community of artists and fashionistas into a memorable night of dancing reality away to old-school hip-hop.

Remaining unconventional and consistent with his exotic theme, Bunton says, “We are going to structure the schedule by genre rather than promoters or weekly residents. Different DJs will be able to share their interpretations of reggae, afrobeat, nuyorican soul.”

In addition to creating a unique and sexy scene, Buton’s World Famous also has a captivating retail element made up of t-shirts and snapback hats flush with the classic Bunton’s logo for the stylish enthusiasts of the scene to rock.

Debuting during New York Fashion Week on Friday, February 15th at 1005 Broadway, Bunton’s World Famous is a venue to explore for those ready to delve into a sultry salvation.

Kareem bunton, 360 MAGAZINE

Photo by Hannah Grankvist

Kareem bunton, 360 MAGAZINE, Claire de Lespinois

Photo by Claire de Lespinois

Mighty Mystic Announces New Album Enter the Mystic

Mighty Mystic is a musician to look out for in 2019. Kevin Mark Holness, better known as reggae star Mighty Mystic is the younger brother of Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness. Mighty Mystic is a soulful singer, has a magnificent musical range, and exudes strong vocal chops throughout his music. He is set to release his fourth album Enter the Mystic on February 1, 2019. He has achieved international and national stardom with his third album The Art of Balance and the preceding album Concrete World that debuted the Billboard Reggae Chart at number six and his breakout album Wake Up World with “Revolution,” to “Riding on the Clouds” and “Original Love” and “Slipped Away” with appearances from Shaggy and roots rocker Lutan Fyah. All three albums reached the Billboard Top 10 Reggae Chart. Mighty Mystic’s 2016 release of The Art of Balance album garnered international and national success. He is already having a fantastic year in 2019 with his new music. Mighty Mystic announces his new album Enter the Mystic. Listen here. The new album Enter the Mystic is set to be released on February 1, 2019 and is available for pre-order here. Enter the Mystic is an extraordinary album filled with captivating songs made by one of the most talented artists around.

Mighty Mystic releases his new music video for his single “Salt” from his new album Enter the Mystic. The “Salt” music video is directed by Francisco Santiago and animation by Stephen Thunder. It is produced by Mighty Mystic. Check out the video here.

To kick off his new album release, Mighty Mystic has upcoming shows at the following venues:

Aura in Portland, ME on Friday, February 1, 2019

Brighton Music Hall in Allston, MA on Saturday, February 2, 2019

Sportsmen’s Tavern in Buffalo, NY on Sunday, February 3, 2019

Tickets for new show dates and locations are available at here.

*Visit Mighty Mystic at www.mightymystic.com and follow @MightyMystic on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Alexx A-Game Releases “Double” Featuring Tory Lanez

“The inspiration behind the track “Double” came from a thought process I had and a theory I developed from it. For me to be as great as I want to be then I have to put in twice as much work as there are challenges. In other words, the grind must out weigh the struggles for me to surpass them. From there I developed the concept of doubling up on everything positive so I can overwrite the negative” says Alexx – A -Game.

The track, which gives you a ‘neo-pop’ style will definitely appeal to a wide array of music lovers. Both artists compliment each other on the track presenting a song, which will definitely be heard on your airwaves.

Since its recent release, Double has received features in major international and national platforms such as Source Magazine, Riddim Magazine, HipHopWeekly, just to name a few. With the initial traction around the single, many are saying this will be the single to get Alexx A Game into the international scene and solidify Tory Lanez in the Caribbean market due to the refreshing style he brings across on this track.  over 5 years and is finally attaining the recognition and notoriety he deserves.

Currently Alexx A-Game is continuing to work with international producers and artists and set to make a major announcement in the coming weeks. “I’m working assiduously with my family and team to become the leader and game-changer I set out to be. I am a musician first and that is the discipline and difference that I feel will help me as an artist to rise above the mediocrity of the Jamaican music industry as it is”.

Lil Yachty × Stefflon Don × Yachty’s Pizzeria

LIL YACHTY UNVEILS MUSIC VIDEO FOR “BETTER (FEAT. STEFFLON DON)” TODAY

Announces “Yachty’s Pizzeria” in Los Angeles for a Limited Time Only

Today, GRAMMY® Award-nominated multi-platinum artist, fashion disruptor, and “King of the Youth” Lil Yachty shares the music video for his Teenage Emotions track “Better (feat. Stefflon Don),” Directed by Pensacola, the video finds Yachty making the best of a bad situation after finding himself stranded on an island. Watch HERE.

 

Also featured is new Quality Control signing Stefflon Don, who has been making waves overseas with her seamless ability to flip between gritty, grime-based bars and Jamaican patois-tinged vocals. Her recent single, “Hurtin’ Me (feat. French Montana)” has reached almost 4 million views in just two weeks.
 


Up next, Yachty shares a slice with Los Angeles as he brings “Yachty’s Pizzeria” to L.A.’s Delicious Pizza (6601 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028) tomorrow, September 16th and Sunday, September 17th from 12-7pm. Customers and fans alike can visit the location to purchase exclusive merchandise. All customers will receive their pizza in a limited time only Yachty’s Pizzeria x Delicious Pizza box. The pizza menu will include a limited edition slice, The Lil Yachty, which will be available through the weekend – delivery is available! Call 1 (833) LIL-BOAT for more information.

 
 

Following tomorrow’s Yachty Pizzeria event, Lil Yachty will take the stage at L.A.’s Novo Theatre for his “Teenage Tour” with support from labelmate Reo Cragun. See below for all remaining dates.

 

9/15 Los Angeles, CA The Novo

9/18 San Diego, CA The Observatory

9/19 Santa Ana, CA The Observatory

9/21 San Francisco, CA The Warfield

9/23 Portland, OR Roseland Theatre

9/24 Vancouver, BC P.N.E. Forum

10/20 Atlanta, GA The Fox Theatre