Protoje and Mortimer Stand Up for Truths & Rights

I’m here to represent for the group of people who sit and wait for Protoje to bless the universe with new music; he never disappoints. Last week Proto dropped “Truths and Rights” featuring Mortimer and it took my Twitter timeline by storm, with good reason. The song was produced by Winta James, and I’m not being biased when I say him have the formula… the rhythms from him are good and unique.

Truths and Rights speaks up for the youths in society… the future of the country. As well as the evident inequality that befalls the masses. They encourage us to think keenly about the choices we make in life, and inject that a little love can go a long way.

“When all the youths need is a chance, not a bly

I thought strongly about typing out the entire second verse, for you to see why I am so moved by this song. There’s so much wrong in society, and people need to hear and see it, people need to be the change. And it can simply start by caring about each other, we’re all human beings. Take a listen to Truths and Rights.

“Until the day that my soul takes flight, Babylon will hear my voice,

cause we deh yah so fi truths and rights.”

I can’t decide if I like Blood Money or Truths and Rights more, comment below with the one you like more.

Follow @Protoje and @MortimerMusic on all social media platforms.

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Expression Wednesdays

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A month ago Blvk H3ro released this song but if you haven’t heard it, it’s still new music. There have been a lot of releases over the past weeks, so it’s finally time to share this song. H3ro released On & On for the people, the track is not for sale. Like most of Blvk H3ro’s music the rhythm is upbeat urging one to rock or even dance to it. In the song he iterates that life goes on and on, and with each day comes new opportunities. So you’re not to let the disappointments you face be the end of your dreams. Take a listen to On & On by Blvk H3ro.

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Expression Wednesdays

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I have something special today, I’m sharing the first song from the lovely Courtni. In this song she sings about her past relationship trauma which continues to cause problems for her prospective ‘Bae’. The upbeat riddim contrasts the painful story displayed by the lyrics. A nuh just now Courtni have an amazing voice, known from the Di Vibe (band); we’ve also got a taste of her voice as she’s been featured in a few songs. This song was produced by J Beatz, take a listen to Broke My Heart.

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@SingCourtniSing on Twitter & Instagram.

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Reggae Without Lyrics

“One good thing about music is when it hits you feel no pain”

 

Reggae is…. Indescribable. It is a musical language born from a people who had no voice, people who were the downtrodden of society and cast aside. In the history of Jamaica, you will find Reggae has a prominent part to play as both a symbol of unity and peace where its lyrics held sway over the ambitions of many a youth who sought the spotlight in the good ol’ Sound System days where the One Drop ruled supreme.

Fast forward to present day where Reggae’s younger sibling, Dancehall has been dominant for the last few years and where Reggae is seen as something for the more mature crowd who are not necessarily into the raunchy and outspoken nature of Dancehall, where it is more celebrated in Europe and Japan and you wonder about the allure that Reggae has on these predominantly white/Asian cultures. You see Reggae for us (Jamaicans, Caribbeans and African races) is built in, the drums are our heartbeat, the guitar resonates with the tingles in our skin. For persons not in black culture, it is almost a rare sensation, almost like watching an eclipse and then feeling the sun on your skin again after a cold morning. Its warmth spreads and there is this feeling of calm in your body. For us, it is natural.

Lately I have been listening to to Reggae instrumentals, a strange habit I know yet it has let me have a new appreciation for where the genre is today. In the past musicians were expensive and to keep costs down, you had to keep the beat to the minimum. You had your pianist, rhythm guitarists, the drummer who was the heartbeat of the riddim with the One Drop and then of course the bassist who is the soul with the rhythmic, resonating thumm thumm in the background . Then there was one additional sound to add, whether this was a horn or a harmonica or the mento box but something to “sweeten the beat.” This of course meant that your lyrics in a sense were front and center. Think of Dub Poetry as Reggae’s other cousin with the beat helping to tell your story but can also tell a story BY itself. Dancehall as a pop variant of Reggae is a slave to the whims of its younger audience, having to move to trends and fads remember the auto tune (computer voice) phase that almost every genre went through? Exactly.

 

Reggae’s deliberate and sometimes unconscious simplicity is what gives it that ability to transcend cultural borders and norms. It’s one of the reasons why long after his death Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds even without its lyrics feels like a song that one can wake up to, “Redemption Song’s” instrumental has a feeling of deep thought, sadness and hope, “Is This Love?”  has a joyous and questioning feel to it. Reggae’s roots in simplicity and the earnestness of its everyday practitioners in the ghetto who valued togetherness and had a certain honest nature to them is welcomed even more so that it is so rare these days. After all if you do Reggae these days, you do it for the love not the likes.

Contributed by Patrick Lawson from Patricklawson.online.

Expression Wednesdays

Hi Everyone 🙂

This is what we’ve been waiting for, the official visuals for Protoje’s eminent single, “Blood Money.” The music video goes deeper into the dialogue of corruption in Jamaica. Take a look at the official music video below.

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Expression Wednesdays

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Today I have a new song for you, “For My Soul” from Maticulus Auburn. In this short song he raps, sharing his heart for us to hear. He fights to live life the way he wants, for his soul. Warning all doubters to leave him in peace. Take a listen to For My Soul by Maticulus Auburn.

“We all have different journeys, different mountains to climb”

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@MaticulusAuburn on Twitter & Instagram.

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Expression Wednesdays

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We got a little gift with a big impact, A-Game released a song on his Birthday last Sunday. I Know you’ll enjoy it; in this sweet melody he encourages us to work towards our goals in life, despite the pressing hardships. I hope this one give you some motivation this week, it’s really catchy and what better lyrics to have stuck in your head? Take a listen to “I Know.”

Find A-Game on Instagram @AlexxAGame.

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Expression Wednesdays

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The new releases are coming too fast, I will not complain though, every week I have something new to share with you. Today I bring to you “Can’t Breathe” by Kabaka Pyramid. The wordsmith sings not only about the “mental pollution” that we face but the literal disregard of our health physically. Take a listen.

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Expression Wednesdays

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Let’s give thanks for new music! Today Jeeby gives us his own remix of Jidenna’s “Bambi” crooning lyrics about his home town, Montego Bay. He sings of the rampant criminal activities causing destruction of the city, as well as keeping head strong through the fight. This sad story is the reality many persons face daily, take a listen to “MoBaby.”

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Upcoming Events!

TGIF! The weekend is here, although this weekend seems slow. Here’s my event suggestions for you. A bit of partying and food, seasoned nicely with music, check it out! Continue reading “Upcoming Events!”