There was nothing better to wake me up this morning than the warm and inviting light peaking through my window curtain and then realizing that it’s Sunday – I’ve got one more day in the weekend to take advantage of. It’s spring, the weather is getting warmer, the sun rising a little higher.
What comes to mind that expresses this “chill some” vibe, to me, is Slightly Stoopid‘s “Basher.” With psychedelic roots and hints of ska, this is a vibe that makes you think that while it may not be summer just yet, we can dream for now.
Happy Sunday y’all.
With hits like It’s a Pity, These Streets and Boom Wuk, Tanya Stephens has made herself a name for herself as one of Jamrock’s queen reggae artists. She is no doubt a bad gyal, straight outta Jamaica.
Goggle, her 1997 release, was remixed and made that much hotter using Busta Rhymes‘s Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See rhythm. It has the bump n’ grind beat – if you wanna get down – and speaks to women who shouldn’t pay mind to guys who just want to fool because they’ll tell their guys friends after the fact. Or at least that is how Urban Dictionary translates the lyrics.
So ladies, if you’re going to do anything good for yourselves, “gal yuh never goggle.”
It’s been a long time since Rihanna‘s first single Pon De Replay was released on her 2005 album Music From the Sun. Her island tracks have rarely seen the sunlight since then but don’t fail to make at least one appearance on her following records.
As Rude Boy came onto the scene in 2009 and Man Down in 2011, Riri makes sure to get her hands on at least one reggae track to show off her island roots on every album she drops.
Here enters No Love Allowed, her token reggae hit on her latest 2013 album Unapologetic. The rhythm is smooth and played to a slow bass as she sings – in her Barbadian twang – about a cold-blooded lover:
Like a bullet your love me hit me to the core
I was flying ’til you knocked me to the floor
And it’s so foolish how you keep me wanting more, eh
I’m screaming murderer, how could you murder us
I call it murder, no love allowed.
Better luck with her next beau? Let’s hope so.
I was in Jamaica a few weeks ago and got to know a couple of locals pretty well, enough so to call them my friends. One of them was kind enough to share his mixed CD with me, a collaboration of both local and big reggae artists straight out of Jamrock – the first track being one of none other than Jr. Gong himself, Damian Marley.
This is not you typical slow-moving reggae jam you might be used to. In his 2012 release titled “Affairs of the Heart,” not only do we hear about a softer side of the self-proclaimed “Gong Zilla,” but we get a better taste of his genius as he gets reggae and R&B to flirt with one another.
The track starts with a sharp, high-pitched melody before the hard-hitting based swings in, but it’s not until the second verse when Marley imposes his token, Jamrock-rhyme into the rhythm. And to prove how good it is, the track was just dubbed Song of the Year, 2012 by the Jamaica Star.
While he professes love for someone we may never know, Marley also sheds light on the superficialities of relationships, as we so often see:
“There’s people just like you and me
We pass them in the traffic
That never fall in love and so me have it say me lucky
‘nuff a dem nuh fortunate enough to have somebody
Some just cannot see beyond the flesh and its so funny
Never get too caught up in yourself to feel the magic
True love come and pass you by in life that is so tragic
Opportunity is scarce so take it while you have it
Nuh wait ‘til you a panic.”
Listen to his advice, you might learn something. Yeah mon, irie.