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Thursday, December 20, 2007


This is for my folks on the job, with nothing to do but check videos on the clock. I know bloggers have probably already touched on most of these already, but who cares,

This footage is priceless.
Muddy Waters & Sonny Boy Williamson-Mojo Workin

Punk Pioneers MC5. Understand these guys were playing in the late 60s, early 70s.
MC5-Kick Out The Jams More Kick Out The Jams

Certified Roughneck
Kimbo Slice Pt. 1 Pt. 2

I didn't quite understand the tune till I saw this. Brilliant.
Snoop Dogg-Sensual Seduction

If that didn't make sense to you, check this:
Zapp-I Can Make You Dance

This just don't make sense at all
Dose Vs. Math-Rap Battle Niether Does This

This movie is a bit of a wake up call. Take some time to peep it out
Zeitgeist The Movie

This video was more relevant than people knew. It still holds weight today. Remember pre 9-11?
Rage Against The Machine-Testify

Legendary Tommy McCook
Tommy McCook Interview

The Day Rock N Roll died

Old Time Killing
Ninjaman Vs. Super Cat-Sting 91

I'll end it on this note

Jump It

Wednesday, December 19, 2007


The face of Reggae music is constantly reconstructing itself. From the heart of 60's Jamaican Dance Music, through the heavy influence of Ras Tafari during the 70's, the electronic overhaul of the 80's, the harsh slackness and uptempo jump up riddims of the 90's, to a place where we can find all of these elements in new millenium Reggae. Over the past couple of years, we have seen a resurgence of Roots and Culture "One Drop" riddims and artists. As well, we have seen the melding of Dancehall and Soca riddims, creating a new "Bashment" flavor that is unique to this decade.

Each year a handful of new artists emerge, bringing a new flavor to the overall sound of Reggae. We also see older artists finding new hits, opening new doors to the younger generation. When all is said and done, the sound reigns above all other elements of Reggae fame, and outlives the timely controversy that seems to constantly surround the Reggae community.

The following five artists may not all be new on the scene, but have been making major waves, and major tunes over the past year. There are definitely others to be spoken on, but these artists are under my watchful eye and are promising to be forces in 2008.



Tarrus, son of Reggae standout Jimmy Riley, has been making Culture lovers melt this year with a handful of tunes that are very remarkable. His new album, "Parables" produced by another Reggae standout Dean Fraser, was released earlier in the year and drew a large mark with the hit single "She's Royal". Tarrus' lyrics are at times deep, and very thought provoking. Other times, they're sweet and filled with good vibes. His voice is memorable, and evokes the same type of feelings I got from hearing Garnett Silk. Tarrus is versatile enough to bless heavy one drop tunes, as well as float freely over faster, more aggresive riddims. I will be checking this youth very closely, and I suggest you do the same.
Get Tarrus Riley's 2nd album "Parables" HERE

Tarrus Riley-She's Royal

Tarrus & Jimmy Riley-Pull Up Selector



Hailing from St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, Pressure is a fresh new face on the scene. After stirring up much attention on his island with his stage performaces and his first release "The Pressure Is On". He apparently caught the attention of Jamican producer Don Corleon, who produced his latest effort "Love and Affection". The title track from this album is an instant classic, and begs crowded dances to sing along. Pressure seemlessly alternates between smoothe crooning, and rough chat to create a sound that is unique, full of potential, and always on cue with Rasta livity. Also notable, is how easily his music is embraced in Jamaica being an outsider in regards to his home. I know Pressure will be rising over the next year, and I am anxious to see what he has in store for us.
Get Pressure's music HERE

Pressure-Love & Affection

Pressure-Jah Alone



Munga is not new to the game by any means. He spent the early part of the decade touring with Reggae Superstar Capleton, and the later part rising to the top of the Reggae scene. With direction from Capleton, David House, and Don Corleon, Munga took his place, and seems to constantly find his name is Dancehall fans mouths. His release in 2006 "Bad From Wi Born" sparked a fuse that burned through the beginning of 2007, and exploded last summer. A quick rise to the top created alot of opposition from other artists, and constantly finds himself in beef. The latest, being a full brawl with artist Deva Bratt at the Stone Love 35th Anniversary after the two have been dueling at stageshows for the past month. Munga is known for his use of a vocoder, almost a signature, in nearly all of his singles. This makes him a close sonic comparison to American artist T-Pain. On the flip side of that coin, is Munga's use of Patois chat, and American rap to create a one of kind dancehall sound. Munga has also stirred up nuff controversy with his "Gangsta Ras" persona, attempting to bring together a gun friendly, gully attitude with a Rasta consciousness. With this ever tipping balance, Munga is able to touch on One Drop Culture tunes, as well as the roughest of Bashment riddims. When the smoke clears, Munga's sound is what will be remembered before the controversy that surrounds him. Munga would have been mentioned in a "Reggae for 2007" post, but I am still going to be watching closely to see whats next for the Gangsta Ras.
Get Munga Honorebel's Music HERE

Munga-Take My Place

Munga-Gangsta Ras



While having less vocal tunes under his belt than other artists here, Demarco has been belting out riddims on the production tip for years now. He has produced tunes for many American Hip-Hop artists, including Styles P, and Missy to name a few. He has returned to Jamaica to make his mark in the Dancehalls, and has been raising eye brows around the world. His recent success with his single "Fallen Soldiers" has made his name and voice more familiar. Also his stand out tune over a reworking of the African Beat riddim called "The Warning" features Styles P and is gaining crossover respect. I have a feeling Demarco's voice is going to become more recognized as he tirelessly works to make his Reggae mark.
Get some of Demarco's 7"s HERE

Demarco-Fallen Soldiers

Demarco Ft. Styles P.-Man A Murderer



"Muah ha ha ha ha"

How do I explain my fascination with Dr. Evil's tunes? Anyone who is easily offended by nasty lyrics should stay far from them. Anyone who thinks artists should be boycotted for their anti-batty boy stance should stay far as well. Anyone who hates Gangster Lyrics should just listen to something else. Dr. Evil shows no mercy or restraint, and has left fans of dancehall full of grins. Dr. Evil is an alias for Jamaican Singer/Producer Leftside, formerly of the duo Leftside & Esco. Leftside's evil twin was spawned as a novel promotion tune, and turned into a monster. Starting with "More Punanny" over the Galore Riddim, people's ear were assaulted by Dr. Evil's rapid chat, which sounds more like Eminem meets Austin Powers' Dr. Evil. This all by design. Just when you thought Dancehall couldn't get any madder, it has. So have the Hip-Hop Remixes on which he is featured. He makes no quams about stoking the Anti-Gay fire in the dancehall, lashing out at groups like OutRage from London, who have made it their goal to bring down all of Reggae music. Regardless of his blueprint for controversy, Leftside's delivery is sharp and precise. While the persona is a gimmick, and a novelty, his popularity is rising beyond what Leftside could have ever dreamed. I am keeping an eye on this artist because everyone needs a good laugh sometimes!
You might find some HERE but good luck.

Dr. Evil-More Punanny

Dr. Evil-See Dem A Pree

I ask that you support these artists, buy their music, send them myspace messages, ask your local Sounds to play their tunes, ask your local promoter to bring them out, introduce your peoples to newest Reggae sensations.

Jump It
Daddy Huey

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Never Too Many Alicia Keys Remixes?

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I gotta say, Alicia Keys' Single "No One" is murdering it in the dances right now. From Hip-Hop to dancehall, every crowd of ladies at every dance all sing alongside Alicia when the tune comes on. The tradition of Alicia Keys reggae remixes started from her first album, and many different remixes since then have come out. This new one however, has not only numerous Hip-Hop remixes, but 3 consecutive reggae remixes, all on different riddims. I have posted them in the order they appeared.

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No One (Remix)-Alicia Keys Ft. Junior Reid

Junior is the king of Reggae crossover remixes right now, throwing his hat back in the ring over The Game's One Blood, then completely annhilating MIMS' "This is Why I'm Hot Remix". You can also find him popping up on a new Lil Weezy joint called "Rapapumpum", Fat Joe's "More Money", and a bunch of others. This is the first "No One" remix I came across, supposedly made by Black Chiney.

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No One (Remix)-Alicia Keys Ft. Damian Marley

This is my favorite of the three. Alicia is flippin lite chat, in the form of Sister Nancy's Bam Bam melody, over a reworked version of Stagalag. Damian rocks only a brief couple bars, but the whole remix is a smash.

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No One (Remix)-Alicia Keys Ft. Beenie Man

This version is a completely different approach, and is very nice. The acoustic guitar adds a wicked touch.

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No One (Remix)-Alicia Keys Ft. Shaggy
A day after I post these three, I find another new remix. This time your boy Shaggy is throwing his hat in. Out of the four, this is my fourth favorite, but still nice!

I'm sure there are more to come, but I guarantee these are going to work for DJs playing at either a Hip-Hop, or a Reggae spot.

Jump It

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

2007 5000

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I spend some time checkin for Blogs. Not an obsessive amount, but I check out what people are checkin out. I'm not deep enough in the game to have anyone talking about my blog, in their blog, or probably even in their AIM. I do check out alot, and my NEW UPDATED blogroll will reflect what I'm talking about. There is a whole sub-culture behind blogs: Comment Widgets, Piracy, Ettiquette, Marketing, RSS Feeds, Links, Long Winded Opinions, Photobucket. I check for Blogs more than the news, thats for sure. One thing I have definitely seen is the "Best of 200?" blog.

This year I started my blog, and I see you guys coming through to check it out. I'm not sure why, or how, but it's cool that people are shooting through. I have only spoken on myself a few times, assuming that only people that knew me would be checkin for my blog. So for my 2007 recap, I'm just going to introduce myself, in hopes that we'll get to know each other better in 2008.

3rd Grade: Began making Pause Mix Tapes off of the radio.
4th Grade: (84-85): Copped my first Rap Tape at the Swap Meet. Fat Boys "Fat Boys".
5th Grade: My First DJ gig. 50 bucks. Had a combo Cassette/Record Player home stereo, and switched back and forth. My Dad's Mic and Guitar Amp. Rap was not widely accepted, and the parents putting on the party found it too profane, and forbade me to play it. I was reduced to Radio Cassingles and a little Top Gun soundtrack.
6th Grade: My last DJ gig until after High School. Left my records out in the sun, hit the astro jump, the pool, then realized my records were fucked.
Jr. High (88-90): Made Mix Tapes for prospective girlfriends. Remember those?
High School (90-94): Fucked Around doing dumb shit. Freestyled and Drank 40s. Did graffitti. No DJing whatsoever. Learned how to make beats though.

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Met Disko Rick (1995): Joined First Power Crew. We had a weekly rap session in Disko's garage. Forty Ounce bottles and mad blunts. Sound familiar? At some point, most of the MCs in Daygo who were doing work, had slid through the spot. This where I learned to play Reggae records, being able to play tunes as people arrived, before the festivities began, Recorded my first songs on 4 track cassette over SP1200 beats from Disko.

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Met Mike Czech (1997): Created a Rap group called Roundtable MCs with another fellow MC Wick. Put out three Albums: Roundtable MCs, Universal Discussion, Table Manners. 3 singles: SD Chargers EP, Steady Rockin' (UK), Table Manners EP. We went on tour with Osiris Shoes, and got to perform all over the country.

Mike and I also started putting together Hip-Hop functions locally called "Strictly Hip-Hop" which led to us getting a Tuesday Night at G-Lounge in Ocean Beach. We had live performances, DJs Mike Czech, Iron Mike, Demon, and more played there.

First Reggae gig: Carlos Culture let me open at his Sunday night party in Ocean Beach, and got paid in Guinness. Good vibes.

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Joined Tribe Of Kings Sound (1997-present): Started playing Roots with Rashi, Jay Dread and Stump I at a place called The Dog in Pacific Beach, which began our Sunday night legacy. We got the opportunity to move it to Bar Dynamite, at a party called Forward Rhythms. This rocked for 2 1/2 years before it got too big to be housed there. We moved it to Martini Ranch in Gaslamp San Diego, and called the party Downtown Top Ranking. This blew it up even more. We moved it to a bigger location, Aubergine, and called it Super Hit which was under new management. the capacity was 700, and we had two rooms. There was a shootout outside after our first VERY successful month, and returned to Bar Dynamite. Bar D had us for another 2 1/2 years before they were forced by the neighbors to let us go. We had a brief transition at the Kava Lounge, before settling into our new home on Sunday Nights at U-31, called Uptown Top Ranking. We also won San Diego's Champion Sound title by winning a Clash in 2006.

The Rolling Blackouts (2003-2004): The Rollin' Blackouts-No Vacation
Started a punk rock for shits and giggles. It consisted of Gabe Ryan on the drums, Dunning Butler on guitar, Tino on bass, and myself on vocals. We played a good number of gigs over those two years, and only have a couple of recordings. We just tried to create chaos at every show, with friends constantly interupting our shows with wrestling style antics on stage, and random objects flying everywhere. Too bad we fell apart, because it was real fun.

Mr. Henshaw: I got into First Power Crew the same day as Henshaw. We are currently putting the finishing touches on an album featuring me on the vocals, DJ D-Styles on the scratch, and Mr. Henshaw on production. I will give you more of that when the time is right.

I play at different events, which calls for many types of tunes. Let the following tunes be my farewell to 2007, since this month is going to be busy, and give you an idea of the type of content I'll be looking to get into in 2008.

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The Cecil Holmes Soulful Sounds-Across 110th Street
This is a track I scored from my homie, who let me digitize the record. If you can find a copy of this record, definitely bid on it.

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Spoonie Gee-Spoonie Rappin'
Man...What happened to Rap? Spoonie should be be required listening for all these new school rappers who think they are the Kings of Hip-Hop.

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Tristan Palma-Time So Hard
This is one of those tunes that has stuck with me from the beginning of my Selection career.

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Chambacu-Aurita Castillo Y Su Conjunto
Aight, this isnt the right photo, but I couldn't find anything for this artist. Cumbia collections always had bad ass bikini models in that old time fashion. This tune kills everytime I play a Cumbia set. "Mi Varrio Mas Popular..."

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M.I.A.-XR2 Why do birds, suddenly appear?.......

Thanks for giving me some of your time, and feel free to leave comments, just so I know it's not just The Reverend Sonny Phono chiming in...

I look forward to a positive, and prosperous 2008.

Hugh Knight

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Children's Television Workshop

70s were funky. I was there for almost half of it...

And of course...The reason I think that I love old funk so much. The Closing theme music is a lifetime favorite!