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Jay Z links with Jr Gong and is honored by Obama

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Jay Z was spotted in JA this week and enlisted Damian Jr Gong Marley for a musical tour of Kingston. Jay Z flew in to record some music with Damian and veteran artist Sister Nancy. It sounds like a hit and I ain’t even heard it yet.

Meanwhile Jay Z was honored by Obama on June 14th for his induction into the songwriters hall of fame. Jay Z is the first hip hop artist to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Watch the Washington Post’s video of Mr. Obama himself.


Dexta Daps Vs Jabba Vs Charlie Blacks 2017

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Dexta Daps gets banned from Jabba’s Best of the Best Concert series. As one of the biggest and most reputable reggae shows stateside, Best of the Best offers dancehall heads an opportunity to experience real JA festival vibes without having to actually leave the country.

Allegedly Dex arrived late demanding 10 extra tickets, and intentionally did not perform at his scheduled time saying he was owed money from a prior Jabba promotion the Love and Harmony Cruise 2017 .

This, Jabba says, is what caused the show to go overtime and at 12am when headliner Movado was set to touch the stage curfew authorities shut the show down. Jabba sent out his sincerest apologies via media outlets taking full responsibility and expressing his gratitude to fans while assuring them that this would be a one time occurrence.

The following banning of Dex seems to send a clear sign that the promoter/DJ intends to make good on his promise. Dex on the other hand has a full plate of international attention right now so I don’t see the ban having a major impact on his career stateside. Dex recently dropped his mixtape for free in a move that promises more listenership and marketing no matter what happens. Download that here and his video for Bring it to the Owner (released last month) is said to have broke the internet when it dropped.

I should note that Charlie Blacks complained about a similar incident in a live Instagram vid explaining that he was even listed on the Best of the Best Line up before his management confirmed while still being owed prior an outstanding balance from the promoter/dj For his 9 mile festival performance. Listen to that below.

Yet like Dex has been riding high this year Charly is riding his own waves after scoring a hit on the Billboard charts and gaining record breaking sales he climaxed with a performance on Wendy Williams this month. That’s not bad and the summer just started. Charly performed his hit single Party Animal which was released in 2015 the song broke a milestone in Dancehall with $100 million streams on Spotify. Charly is set to perform at Hot 97’s Summer Jam 2017 and Wendy’s Mixtape Block Party at Coney Island Boardwalk on July 23rd.

Likewise Jabba took to Instagram Live to give his last comment on BOB2017 and is on to the next one now preparing for the Summerfest Cruise set to depart June 30th 2017. Listen to Jabba’s InstaLive on why Movado didn’t perform here.

Everything You Need to Know about #Exodus40

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Bob Marley’s 9th studio album Exodus was released on June 3, 1977. The album featured a new backing band including brothers Carlton and Aston Barrett on drum and bass, keyboardist Tyrone Downie, Alvin Patterson on percussion, and guitarist Julian “Junior Marvin”.

The Exodus album was released just six months after men walked into Tuff Gong Yard and fired multiple shots into the house. The shooting came on the heels of Bob’s Smile Jamaica concert which he’d hoped would ease political tension in the country. The election date was then pushed to coincide with his non-partisan peace-show. It was this assassination attempt that prompted Marley’s own premature exodus from the island to England in an eerily similar fashion to the original Rastafari, Haile Selassie in 1936.


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This June, the Marley Family and Island Records marked the 40th anniversary of Exodus with a series of four separate reissues, three of which will feature Exodus 40-The Movement Continues, Ziggy Marley’s newly curated restatement of the original album.

Ziggy Marley has intimately revisited the original session recordings, uncovering unused and never-before-heard vocals, lyric phrasing and instrumentation, incorporating and transforming these various elements into brand-new session takes.

A two CD pack which includes the original album as well as Ziggy’s restatment  was released early this month.

The Super Deluxe

A Super Deluxe, four-LP, two-7” single vinyl version includes the original LP, Ziggy Marley’s restatement Exodus 40 – The Movement Continues, an Exodus Live set recorded at London’s Rainbow Theatre the week of the album’s release, Punky Reggae Party LP with an unreleased extended mix of “Keep On Moving”, and a pair of vinyl 7” singles, including “Waiting in Vain” b/w “Roots” and “Smile Jamaica (Part One)” b/w “Smile Jamaica (Part Two).”

Pre order extras sound nice

Pre orders from receive a digital download of the entire package as well as an exclusive Stephen Marley ‘juggling’ of the song “Exodus” with a reimagined music bed and different lead vocalists including Beenie Man, Queen Ifrica, Tarrus Riley and more.

Stephen Marley has recorded a ‘Re Likk’ EP of the “Exodus” riddim that will be available exclusively in Jamaica and the Caribbean.
Ziggy uncovered 10 lead vocal outtakes for “One Love”, proceeding to piece together a dazzling, new lead vocal from the outtakes, which includes vocal booth lyric ad libs near the end of the song. He also assembled a noteworthy roster of musicians to record a new music bed for “Turn Your Lights Down Low” – which leads the song into deeper elements of R&B.


So What do You get in the Super Deluxe Set Again

Vinyl 1 – ‘Exodus’ 1977

A1. Natural Mystic
A2. So Much Things to Say
A3. Guiltiness
A4. The Heathen
A5. Exodus
B1. Jamming
B2. Waiting in Vain
B3. Turn Your Lights Down Low
B4. Three Little Birds
B5. One Love/People Get Ready

Vinyl 2 – ‘Exodus 40 – The Movement Continues’
A1. Exodus
A2. Natural Mystic
A3. The Heathen
A4. Guiltiness
A5. Jamming
B1. One Love / People Get Ready
B2. Turn Your Lights Down Low
B3. Waiting In Vain
B4. Three Little Birds
B5. So Much Things To Say

Vinyl 3 – ‘Exodus Live’ @ Rainbow Theatre, London, June 1-4, 1977 (+ denotes unreleased)
A1. Natural Mystic+
A2. So Much Things to Say+
A3. Guiltiness+
A4. The Heathen
B1. Positive Vibration+
B2. Jamming+
B3. Exodus+

Vinyl 4 – ‘Punky Reggae Party’
A1. Punky Reggae Party
A2. Punky Reggae Party Dub
B1. Keep On Moving (previously unreleased extended mix)

7” single – “Waiting In Vain” b/w “Roots”
A1. Waiting in Vain
B1. Roots

7” single – “Smile Jamaica”
A1. Smile Jamaica (Part One)
B1. Smile Jamaica (Part Two)



This reissue features 3 CDs including:
Exodus 1977
– Ziggy Marley’s Exodus 40 – The Movement Continues
Exodus Live @ Rainbow Theatre, London, June 1-4, 1977 (includes bonus, unreleased version of “Burnin’ & Lootin’”)
2 cd edition


This reissue features 2 CDs including:
Exodus 1977
– Ziggy Marley’s Exodus 40 – The Movement Continues
*Also available as a bundle option with an exclusive ‘Exodus’ t-shirt!


Digital versions of the following are available:
Exodus 1977
– Ziggy Marley’s Exodus 40 – The Movement Continues
Exodus Live @ Rainbow Theatre, London, June 1-4, 1977 (includes bonus, unreleased version of “Burnin’ & Lootin’”)

Usain wins his last Race in a night of nothing but Bolt

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Organizers of the Racers Grand Prix organized “A Salute to the Legend,” in honor of Usain Bolt on June 10, 2017.

The guardian described the occasion akin to church, a five hour outpouring of exaltation from a crowd of 35,000 to the greatest athlete in Jamaica’s independent history. It was here at the National Stadium in 2002 that he first won the world junior 200m title competing with athletes 3 years older than he was at the time.

Saturday Night June 10th.

When the starting shot rang the air, Bolt made his regular slow start yet by 50 metres he was way ahead as usual. His time of 10.03 seconds was clearly not his best. Though it can easily be attributed to his 2 weeks of missed training and the recent death of his close friend Germaine Mason.

“I think that was possibly one of my worst races….My execution was poor, my start was poor as always. I think in the last bit I lost it a little. But I didn’t expect anything spectacular because I have had a lot of time off. The two weeks I missed was rough. But the people of Jamaica really came out for me, thank you for showing me your support.” Bolt told reporters.

As Bolt crossed the finish line fireworks lit up Kingston’s sky. After jumping in the stands to party with his family, friends and fans he made his way back down to the track where Beenie Man already got the vibes started.

a great man, a great athlete and a great Jamaican. Jamaica’s prime minister, Andrew Holness noted.

Jr Gong and Stephen Marley’s Medication hits 1.5 million views

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Damian and Stephen Marley’s Medication Music Video reaches nearly 1.5 Million views on Youtube in less than a week. What you know about that Marley magic? Or is it simply that sweet magic of Mary. Mary Jane that is.

Buy Medication here

Major Lazor and Busy Signal – Jump

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Busy Signal teams up with Major Lazer for Jump on the Know No Better EP.

Buy Jump here

Psalm 10 vs Mark Twain

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Why, Lord, do you stand far off?
    Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?

In his arrogance the wicked man hunts down the weak,
    who are caught in the schemes he devises.
He boasts about the cravings of his heart;
    he blesses the greedy and reviles the Lord.
In his pride the wicked man does not seek him;
    in all his thoughts there is no room for God.
His ways are always prosperous;
    your laws are rejected by[b] him;
    he sneers at all his enemies.
He says to himself, “Nothing will ever shake me.”
    He swears, “No one will ever do me harm.”

His mouth is full of lies and threats;
    trouble and evil are under his tongue.
He lies in wait near the villages;
    from ambush he murders the innocent.
His eyes watch in secret for his victims;
    like a lion in cover he lies in wait.
He lies in wait to catch the helpless;
    he catches the helpless and drags them off in his net.
10 His victims are crushed, they collapse;
    they fall under his strength.
11 He says to himself, “God will never notice;
    he covers his face and never sees.”

12 Arise, Lord! Lift up your hand, O God.
    Do not forget the helpless.
13 Why does the wicked man revile God?
    Why does he say to himself,
    “He won’t call me to account”?
14 But you, God, see the trouble of the afflicted;
    you consider their grief and take it in hand.
The victims commit themselves to you;
    you are the helper of the fatherless.
15 Break the arm of the wicked man;
    call the evildoer to account for his wickedness
    that would not otherwise be found out.

16 The Lord is King for ever and ever;
    the nations will perish from his land.
17 You, Lord, hear the desire of the afflicted;
    you encourage them, and you listen to their cry,
18 defending the fatherless and the oppressed,
    so that mere earthly mortals
    will never again strike terror.

Courage is resistance to fear

Mastery of Fear

Not Absence of Fear

Mark Twain

Dre Island captures Exodus

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Dre Island contributed to the BBC 40th anniversary tribute. Dre’s task was to capture the elusive Bob Marley tune Exodus and he made it his own with just a piano and a sweet raspy voice.

Watch Dre Island’s Official Video for Rastafari Way. 

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