As you read this, you might have already caught yourself either “wheeling up” or dropping “lick shots” to Shawn Ice‘s “Chedda,” which had already garnered a buzz ahead of it’s 04/20 release. The vicious single, an ode to the currency that makes the world go ’round, features Shawn Ice‘s quick fire and clever lyrical delivery over the ridiculously compelling “Gold Chain” riddim from SG Records. “Chedda,” which many have described as a “banger” — is already being touted by DJs and recently landed on Jamaica’s popular ZIP FM radio station. It’s clear that “Chedda” will make major waves.
“I feel like I have truly grown as an artist,” says Shawn Ice. “My new music reflects my growth. I am making universal music that the masses can gravitate to. I want people to feel good, motivated and uplifted when they hear my tunes dem….. based on the feedback, I think my strategy is working.”
Other Shawn Ice releases that have been blazing a trail in 2018 include “Okkkk Now” and “So Addicted.” While Shawn Ice boasts a signature sound, he showcases his diversity on every song he drops. Both of these tunes are winning over fans and radio. And according to Shawn Ice, when “Bad Brattt” with Germaica, a popular German label drops, the vibes will completely wow music lovers and carry him into quite the summer. Additionally, Shawn Ice is readying for a highly anticipated single with music collaborator, Reggae artist Ras Slick and a forthcoming EP titled “FRIDAY” — which will be produced by Big League Music and feature a wicked ensemble of Dancehall and Afrobeats music.
As if Shawn Ice couldn’t get busier, the Dancehall artist also recently launched his boutique 3rdazzz Entertainment label. His first act, who you will be spotting in the very near future on some bangers, goes by the name of Trilugy. Shawn aims to thrive in the business of music in it’s entirety and believes in carrying talented youth with him on his ascent. Much to his credit, Shawn Ice‘s peers continually salute his selfless efforts.
To date, Shawn Ice‘s music has been heard on popular stations like Irie FM (Jamaica), Ablazin’ Radio, Hot 97 (New York, New York), WKYS (Washington, D.C.), Future FM (New York, New York), Sound Chat Radio and a host of international stations in Guyana, England, Germany, Gambia, Uganda and Nigeria. Shawn Ice‘s NEW FACE Tour consists of over a dozen dates including performances through out the U.S. and in Guyana. Much to Shawn Ice‘s credit, a number of high profile dates are being added to the NEW FACE Tour in the coming weeks. As Shawn Ice has either opened or shared stages with the who’s who of Reggae and Dancehall, there is no doubt that the artist will deliver memorable and entertaining performances.
For the second week in a row, a woman stands atop the Reggae Billboard chart and for the second week in a row, that woman is Etana.
Etana’s album Reggae Forever which was released by Tads International Records has sold more than 700 copies in the 2 weeks since its release.
Etana faced major backlash from the reggae community in 2016 when she came out in strong support of Donald Trump. That did not keep the strong one down however. She was able to pick herself up, dust herself off and rise to the top again. There is a saying that if a man washes his hands, he can eat with kings, Etana has proven that the same is true for women also.
Etana is now riding above the top male performers in reggae. She is above Chronixx who is sitting at number eight with Chronlogy and Damian Marley who is at number four with Stony Hill.
It was only months ago that Vybz Kartel, quite possibly dancehall’s greatest lyricist ever, was the talk of the town. Even from behind bars Kartel was putting out more hit songs than any other entertainer out of Jamaica.
Fast forward in time and Buju Banton’s release from prison is only 8 months away, all of a sudden he is all the reggae and dancehall community is thinking and talking about. In December of 2017, the biggest topic in dancehall was how Vybz Kartel would become a free man after his upcoming June appeal. Today all fans care about is where Buju Banton’s first concert will be after his release.
It’s been nine years since Buju was arrested at his home in Florida and eventually convicted on drug-related charges. Since that time his music has remained a staple within reggae and dancehall circles, but Buju’s fans haven’t had much in the way of new music. Vybz Kartel on the other hand was releasing new music almost every week, not only new music but hit songs.
Banton’s last studio album, the 10-track project Before the Dawn, was released in September 2010; one day after his first court case ended in mistrial and won a Grammy Award for best reggae album. A mere handful of tracks have dropped since then, most notably “Jah Army,” collaboration with Stephen “Ragga” Marley and Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley. Other releases, including the solo cut “Set up the Mic” and “Those Dayz,” collaboration with Agent Sasco, were culled from older recording sessions.
Demand for Buju Banton’s music remains high despite his prolonged absence from the recording studio. A$AP Rocky recently named him “one of my favorite reggae rappers,” while DJ Khaled stated: “I love Buju so much. His music is like praying.”
With Banton scheduled for release from McRae Correctional Facility in Georgia in December, anticipation is building for new recordings by the artist. “There is a big void without Buju Banton in the music,” says veteran reggae singer Cocoa Tea. “We would like to see Buju free because Buju is one of I and I soldier. People make mistakes along the way and no man is perfect, but I and I love Buju Banton like how Jesus love little children… So we would love to see Buju Banton on the street.”
“He was always touring, always working. He started that work as a teenager, and he worked until he was decades into his career,” says Pat McKay, director of programming for reggae at Sirius XM. “In that time he built a world community fan base.
They still miss him and they still want to hear from him. His work still has value, it’s still quotable and the aspirations of that work will always ring true. He was consistent about what his interests were; about feeling as if he represented the voiceless. He was very, very concerned with those he felt that he spoke for.”
As for Kartel, fans are still hoping for his release this year but that is on their back burner, for now all they that is Buju Banton and when they can see him perform after his release.
It is no secret in the dancehall community that Popcaan and Vybz Kartel are not on the best of terms. Many believed it was a loyalty issue, as Popcaan did not seem to be there for Vybz Kartel when he was going through his hardships, specifically, the murder trial and subsequent conviction.
Popcaan is now revealing the real reason for the break up between him and Vybz Kartel. According to the unruly one, Vybz Kartel is just jealous and envious of Popcaaan’s success. The world boss can’t stand the fact that is former prefect has progressed past him.
“Since I have been around Vybz Kartel, a lot of people used to hate Vybz Kartel, but he stayed on top. I learn that lesson from him and that is why he, Vybz Kartel, hates Popcaan today. I will forever be on top … because I learn that from him,” Popcaan said.
Popcaan is currently one of the most successful dancehall artists and even have one of his songs featured in a popular Coco-cola commercial.
Vybz Kartel is currently serving a life sentence for murder.
Vybz Kartel’s wife, Tanesha ‘Shorty’ Johnson, is vehemently denying rumors that she had an abortion. The short boss says there is absolutely no truth to the rumors and want them to seize immediately.
“From me born I never have no abortion. Min uh believe inna abortion and will never have abortion,” Shorty told 24 Karat Reggae.
She however declined to reveal if the rumors are true that she had a miscarriage.
“Whether mi have miscarriage or not that is nobody business but mines and the man I was pregnant for,” Shorty said.
It was reported that Shorty was pregnant for Vybz Kartel’s former arch-rival, Mavado. It was later reported that Shorty had a miscarriage. However, fans in numerous social media sites were commenting that Shorty did not have a miscarriage but instead had an abortion.
We reached out to Mavado for confirmations but he denied to make any comments
Despite their Facebook page being hacked last summer, 18 Karat Reggae remains the number one destination on the internet to promote reggae music and events.
The website has the largest following among all Reggae and Dancehall websites. They also offer the best promotion package where for 50 USD you can get your video published on their Facebook page and your article published on their website. For those who don’t have an article or bio, 18 Karat Reggae now offers writing services where they will create a professional article for only 100 USD.
For artists, producers and promoters who are trying to get the world out, there is no better place to achieve your goal than with 18 Karat Reggae.
18 Karat Reggae, the sister website of 24 Karat Reggae and also the leader in promotion of dancehall and reggae music is now adding video creation to their promotion package.
For artists who want to promote their music but only have audio, there is no need to worry. For 100USD, 18 Karat Reggae will create a video for the audio and then promote the video.
18 Karat Reggae has always offered a more effective promotion package both in cost and visibility over other promoters like the Jamaican Star and the Jamaican Observer. Those publications charge hundreds of dollars while 18 Karat Reggae only charge 50USD. Both 18karatreggae.com and 24karatreggae.com are more popular than the online Star and Observer when it comes to entertainment.
Before now only the 50USD was available but after noticing that a lot of upcoming artists did not afford videos, 18 Karat Reggae decided to add that service to their package for an addition 50USD fee, for a total of 100 USD.
Below is a video 18 Karat Reggae recently created for Reggae artist <a href=”https://24karatreggae.com/2017/10/21/hosny-bronx-brings-refreshing-reggae-music-to-the-world/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Hosny Bronx</a>.
“We take pride in promoting music so when an artist did not have a video and we had to turn them away we felt like we were not living up to our name,” says Ivan Brown the vice president of 18 Karat Reggae.
“With this new service we can honestly say that we are offering a 360 degree of promotion to musicians, producers and promoters.
To promote with 18 Karat Reggae, send them a message on their Facebook page: <a href=”https://www.facebook.com/18karatreggae/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>18 Karat Reggae</a>.