Surprise ! The Queen of Dancehall has revealed her ‘mystery man‘ on his birthday during their weekend getaway in Mexico.
Our mystery man, well mystery to many, has now been given a name and it’s Justin Budd ! Grace’s Tall, Dark and Rasta-Hair styled beau is an executive producer and a director of photography of his own business Jbudd Media Group operating in the United States Of America.
The news broke via Spice’s Official instagram page where she posted several images expressing deep affection with Justin and a hearfelt caption wishing him a Happy Birthday and professing the impact of his love into her life.
“Help me wish mi nice clean man Happy birthdayyyyy @jbuddmedia today belongs to you baby. I’m glad we started this journey, because you easily bring out the better version of me. Thank you for being such a great father figure to my kids and a Awesome lover to me. Watch love over yah so 😍 Mi a skin out all weekend bye #RastaLove ❤️❤️❤️❤️
It is unknown to us at British Linkz, for exactly how long the two have been intimately involved, however Spice seems extremely elated for his interjection in her life and wouldn’t trade him for anyone else.
The two are currently still in Mexico on a very private and exclusive birthday retreat for Justin ‘s birthday and it is rumored that Spice recorded an entire single dedicated to her beau titled ‘Rasta Man‘
Bounty Killer tries to undermine his longtime rival Alkaline once again
On Saturday, the Dancehall veteran took to social media to uploaded a video of Alkaline performing at BRT Weekend in Miami, Florida.
Killer used the opportunity to take jabs at the Vendetta deejay shutting down claims that he was running the music industry, “A DEM YA DEM SAY AGO RUN DANCEHALL A DEM A RUN WEH DANCEHALL YES Big BRT Weekend calm like a desert ,” he wrote.
Bounty Killer continued by dubbing Alkaline the “most boring artiste alive.”
“The formula tun funeral The dead man himself go watch back how we deal wid beach parties a forth clarence in our prime next 3yrs it ago sticky bad Most Boring Artiste Alive,” Killer added. “Dem germs ya can dis mi and get away unuh wait until mi head chip out again the business got to be cleanse bounty the cleanserStone Inna Di Hog Penn Who First Ago Squeel Out!.”
Bounty Killer reignited his longstanding feud with Alkaline in August after he labeled the “Formula” star as the “biggest Freakazoid” in Dancehall history during a lengthy Instagram rant.
Alkaline did not take such a public route as his veteran counterpart as he chose to DM his insults directly to the Dancehall legend saying “S*ck out yuh mumma yah b*tch.”
It will be interesting to see Alkaline’s response this time around.
Annalecia Sutherland, popularly known as Unruly Squid, decided to pop in on the BLZHub live and unwind with Romieikon.
Unruly Squid began by briefly expounding on her upbringing in St Thomas, passion for music and entertainment, Naughty talk, her sons, being Popcaan‘s manager, her favorite songs from Popcaan and much more.
Squid concluded the intro segment of the sit-down stating that she’s best defined as “fearless,” that is packaged with much more than what meets the naked eye.
Squid stated that she has a natural knack for Fashion, and is actually a trained and certified Stylist who’s currently working on a few projects set for a 2019 release.
The sit-down lasted approximately two hours, as both Squid and Romeikon captivatingly, but also humorously covered a wide variety of topics from social commentary to her favorite singles from her biological brother Popcaan.
More notably, Squid spoke about how much effort is placed into the preparations for the Forever album, her latest business venture Blink Lashes, Popcaan’s USA debut, Unruly Entertainment’s work ethic and global recognition of their brand.
Squid concluded the interview by inviting fans and well-wishers to her birthday celebration inside club Taboo on November 2 and 3rd at Kingston and Montego-Bay respectively.
She also urged fans to continue supporting the Forever album as she believes it’s Grammy imminent and to look out for his first annual trademark event UnrulyFest December 22nd.
Top highlights of the interview are available on BLZ’s IG Tv;
Spice accompanied by her team yesterday travelled to BET’s annual HipHop Awards in Atlanta, Georgia.
Like many of Hip Hop’s favorite stars that turned up at the Cobb Energy Center, the Queen of Dancehall made an appearance, stopping to take photos while wowing fans.
As usual, with oozing bravado the Dancehall star repped her image and country while showing off her striking red carpet ensemble. “Jamaican Queen” she asserted for the BET cameras as she flaunted her ‘curves’.
Spice’s sophomore album Emancipated was released on August 26th, 2022 and now available on all platforms for immediate consumption here
Emancipated, in true queen like Fashion, had a plethora of album highlights, like that of the grammy nominated 10 album.
Top highlights of the Emancipated album thus far are as follow;
Peaked at #1 on the US, UK, Canada & Slovenia Reggae Albums Charts
Peaked at #14 Overall Albums (US)
Peaked at #1 in 11 different countries via Apple Music
Peaked #1 On The US Current Reggae Albums Chart
Debuted at No.7 on the Billboard Reggae Albums Chart
Created history on Twitter amassing 4M views in 7 days with the Uncut version of Tape Measure.
The 9-track album’s total first-week consumption includes 700 copies in pure album sales, and 1,100,000 from audio and video streams in the US, according to data provided to various media outlets from Billboard’s sales tracker Luminate.
Emancipated had a slightly stronger opening week than Spice’s Grammy-nominated debut 10, which had peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard chart last year. 10, released via VP Records, had sold 1,447 total units of consumption from sales and streaming in the US, according to Luminate.
Ninecea teams up with foreign based Dancehall artiste Armanii for the now bubbling record “Party Time”
The track began gaining momentum on creator apps which led to Armanii’s fans influencing him to be a part of the record.
Armanii, who knew Ninecea prior to the collaboration, connected with him. In addition to the Apple Music charting, the track is also number nine track in the Caribbean as well as one of the top trending tracks on Vevo.
When asked about the creative process behind the track, Ninecea shared, “When my brother created the beat I knew I had to do something on it, so we recorded and mixed it in our house with our little studio set-up.”
He added, “We wanted to add a different sound in dancehall, something like a ‘jazz-hall’ effect, we thought of how the song would sound at major global events and that’s how the magic happened. Coincidentally, that same day Armanii reached out to me, so the timing was perfect. The energy between us was good because we’re both fans of each other’s music.”
Armanii said that the track was already a hit before his addition.
“I’ve had my share of chart toppings and the clout that comes with it, so I’m more elated about the success Ninecea is currently experiencing and will continue to experience,” he said.
Both artistes are working on other projects. Armani shared that he will be performing live in Jamaica for the first time in November, and will release an EP titled Metamorphosis.
Ninecea also said that he is working harder to surpass his current success with further releases.
The Bebble Rock virtuoso Kabaka Pyramid is set to release his sophomore album titled, ‘The Kalling’ on Friday September 30.
This fifteen-track masterpiece produced by Damian ‘Jr Gong’ Marley, features some of the reggae icons most frequent collaborators like Damian Marley, Protoje, Black Am I, Jesse Royal, as well as some new ones like Buju Banton and Stephen Marley.
This second installment in Kabaka’s album discography is a symphony of excellent songs; the clearest most accurate musical statement about evolution of his song craft. An album worthy of all play, no skips.
The name “Kabaka” is Ugandan for “King” and the long-lasting survival of the Pyramids of ancient Africa represent his desire for longevity in the music and deep connection to Kemetic roots; leaving messages for generations to come.
Kabaka Pyramid is well known for songs like Warrior, Well Done which focused more keenly on local systemic issues, and Reggae Music that took on a life of its own.
His debut album Kontraband, was met with critical acclaim, containing hits such as Kontraband featuring Damian Marley, Kaught Up with a popular music video that found home on BET, and Reggae Music.
Of his recent singles Make Things Work, Red, Gold & Green featuring Damian Marley, and Grateful which features Jemere Morgan and the title track The Kalling feat.
Stephen Marley were the four leads for this new album. The album not only puts on display Kabaka’s skill in making great songs, but also telling stories of redeemable social value.
Addiction for instance tells a story of unhealthy relationships most of us have with social media and puts that under a thoughtful microscope for public discourse.
‘The Kalling’, is a powerful sequel for Kabaka because he is able to perform all the duties of his role as artist to culture and society, while fulfilling his duty to himself to improve his dexterity with the medium.
Scheduled for a September 30, release, Kabaka’s latest offering adds to what is now a tradition of strong albums with reggae sounds juxtaposed against diverse music from funk to jazz and even hip hop.
The album features production from Damian Marley, Stephen Marley, Young Pow and Kabaka Pyramid himself, another tradition carried over from the previous album.
This fifteen-track marvel provides a sufficient platform for Kabaka to update old and new listeners about his growth and changes since his first album.
The production highlights the richness of Reggae music, from the keen perfection of percussion and bass to the sampling of iconic songs of Junior Byles in Faded Away featuring Buju Banton, Peter Tosh in Mystic Man, or Eddie Fitzroy in EZ Ride. Damian ‘Jr Gong’ Marley exemplified the richness of Reggae through each production while Kabaka Pyramid honed in on his lyrical craft, delivering through provoking topics while captivating the listener.
“The Kalling is really about my journey in music being for a higher purpose, not just to get rich or popular, but to inspire a higher vibration in whoever listens.
While the majority seek pleasure and sense gratification, there are a few who the Most High kall upon to keep the balance inna earth.
Music is what I use to answer the kall and you can feel it throughout this album. I think my audience will see the growth in my song writing and delivery, along with Zilla’s top notch and diverse production, making it easy to follow me on this journey from start to finish – no filler tracks to be skipped” says Kabaka when asked his thoughts on the new release.
Following the release of his sophomore album “The Kalling”, Kabaka will be heading on tour throughout the US with supporting acts Nattali Rize and Jordan T. The Kalling US Tour kicks off on October 4th in Seattle Washington, through November 13 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Tickets are on sale to public now via www.kabakapmusic.com/tour.
The Kalling US Tour Dates
Oct 4, 2022 – Nectar Lounge – Seattle, WA
Oct 5, 2022 – Jack London Revue – Portland, OR
Oct 7, 2022 – SLO Brew Rock – San Luis Obispo, CA
Oct 8, 2022 – The Alpine – Reno, NV
Oct 9, 2022 – Cornerstone – Berkley, CA
Oct 11, 2022 – Arcata Theatre Lounge – Arcata, CA
Oct 12, 2022 – Felton Music Hall – Felton, CA
Oct 13, 2022 – Ventura Music Hall – Ventura, CA
Oct 14, 2022 – Winstons – San Diego CA
Oct 16, 2022 – Venice West – Venice, CA
Oct 17, 2022 – Hopmonk Tavern – Sebastopol, CA
Oct 18, 2022 – The Crazyhorse – Nevada City, CA
Oct 21, 2022 – Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox – Denver, CO
Oct 22, 2022 – Brues Alehouse – Pueblo, CO
Oct 27, 2022 – Brooklyn Made – Brooklyn, NY
Oct 28, 2022 – Hawk and Reed – Greenfield, MA
Oct 29, 2022 – Westerly Sound at Knickerbocker Music Center -Westerly, RI
Oct 30, 2022 – Bill’s Bar – Boston, MA
Nov 1, 2022 – Spirit Lodge – Pittsburgh, PA
Nov 2, 2022 – Soundstage – Baltimore, MD
Nov 4, 2022 – Salvage Station – Asheville, NC
Nov 5, 2022 – One Life to Love Festival – St. Croix Virgin Islands
It’s been less than 24 hours and Nicki Minaj is outing popular music platform Youtube for slapping restrictions on her official music video for the remix of Likkle Miss.
An irate Minaj took social media to thoroughly express her ill-feelings towards the situation.
“Imagine this. They restricted my (expletive) video but have things a million (expletive) times worse on their BOGUS (expletive) PLATFORM. This is what they do to keep you from winning while doing ads for other people and posting FAKE (expletive) STATS,” she captioned a shot of the YouTube advisory.
In another post, Minaj still voicing her distress over the situation, said she believed the video was restricted to stop it from getting “a lot of views in the first 24 hours.”
In its message, YouTube said the Likkle Miss video was being age-restricted as the content was not deemed suitable for younger audiences. When a video is age-restricted on the platform, it means it will not be visible to viewers younger than 18 years. It also means users that are logged out of the platform or those who have restricted mode enabled will be unable to view the content.
Republic Records is owned by Universal Music Group, more commonly known as UMG. UMG does, in fact, have a relationship with YouTube—UMG reportedly rules over YouTube content with an iron first. YouTube is known to have a strict copyright policy, in which record labels can flag content that features copyrighted music and some of these flags even come directly from UMG. While Minaj’s accusation has nothing to do with UMG’s copyright presence on YouTube, she is correct in stating that YouTube and UMG (and subsequently Republic Records) have a relationship.
Watch ‘Likkle Miss Remix’ official music video below.
The track ‘Likkle Miss Remix’ with Skeng appears on Minaj’s greatest hits collection Queen Radio: Volume 1.
The single is over a hardcore Dancehall instrumental, very similar to the sounds now controlling the space being used by the likes of Skillibeng, Alkaline, Bayka, etc. Skeng and Minaj both trade tough, X-rated verses throughout the ensemble.
‘Likkle Miss’ is yet another showcase of Minaj’s appreciation for dancehall — throughout the Trinidadian-American artist’s career, she’s appeared on a series of remixes from artists like Skillibeng (“Crocodile Teeth”), Stylo G (“Touch Down”), and Mavado (“Give It All To Me”)
Trinidadian soca star Bunji Garlin has tapped into the Jamaican dancehall culture with the release of his latest project courtesy of Apple Music.
The project, a four-track EP dubbed Apple Home Sessions EP, sees Bunji enlisting the services of Walshy Fire to deliver a nostalgic dancehall vibe with the single Pop Champagne. The EP has two cuts, an acoustic rendition and a full live instrument version. The former is available exclusively on Apple Music, while the latter can be obtained via all major digital and streaming platforms.
Though known worldwide for soca hits such as Differentology and Big Bad Soca, Bunji’s lyrical prowess and versatility encapsulate all genres of music, whether soca, dancehall, or hip hop, as evidenced on this latest compilation.
The EP forms part of the platform’s ongoing music series Apple Music Sessions (AMS), launched in July. The AMS series includes spatial audio recordings of unique live performances by both established and up-and-coming musicians from across the globe.
Apple Music Sessions, recorded in studios around the world, allows artists to reimagine and recreate hits from their catalogue and creative covers of beloved classics.
Cloud 9 Miami
Amidst promoting his latest effort, Bunji Garlin is now finalizing plans for his invasion of Miami on Saturday, November 5. He’s billed as the headliner for a concert in the city, Cloud 9 Miami.
The infectious track is now living up to all the hype as it is averaging nearly 1m views per day via Yemi’s official Youtube channel.
The up-tempo track is equally dancehall & afrobeat, offering a sublime fusion of Yemi’s ‘sweet like sugar” vocals and Spice’s fierce delivery.
For Yemi, a self-proclaimed “Pan African”, the single is a much-needed bridge between Dancehall & Afrobeats female entertainers.
“Spice is the only person I could have chosen for this track! She’s the Dancehall Queen!” says Yemi.
‘Yemi & Spice sound great together!” – Billboard Magazine
‘Bubble It’ follows the success of ‘My Man ft Kranium’ racking up over 2 million views on YouTube and the well-received ‘Begging’ which has generated half a million plays on Spotify and over 1 million followers on TIKTOK.
On the back of her huge appearances this summer that included festivals in Paris, Brussels and Royal Festival with Angélique Kidjo, Yemi Aladecontinues to command the stage. An extensive run of live dates that span America, France and Sweden is set to close out the summer and 3rd quarter of the year.
Yemi is a BET Awards 2015 and 2016 nominee for Best International Act Africa, a two-times nominee MOBO Awards for Best International Act 2014 and 2015, Winner MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMAs) for Best Female 2015 and 2016.
Freddy Browne has over the years released an extensive body of work including projects from his bands: The Formula Project, One of Us, and one7, to several solo works starting with his first release in 2015 “The Recipe”, all leading to the upcoming new double album in 2022.
In an effort to build up the momentum for his double album, the artiste/ DJ/ Producer dropped his track, Everybody Feel Nice (Skank and Move), which features Devin Di Dakta.
The track comes to us as one of the tracks featured on Freddy’s forthcoming album which also hosts iconic artistes like Shaggy and Sly and Robbie.
On his trip to Jamaica a few weeks ago, Freddy dropped the visuals for his Caribbean-infused pop track and has already amassed thousands of views. The video, directed by Freddy, captures the two enjoying a day party with female company on a yacht as Freddy appears in solo scenes with a portable beat maker, showcasing one of his many talents.
During his trip, several interviews caught up with the artiste who expressed that this year marks a milestone for him and as such, he plans on dropping his album to celebrate.
He shared that he had written the music for this track years ago but felt like this year was the right year to release it.
“Devin and I had been in constant communication after I met him years prior through Sly and Robbie and his style fit the beat so I just allowed him to create, now we have a hit. This year is my 17th year doing music and since 17 is my lucky number I am optimistic that my album will break barriers when I release it in a few months”
Anything is possible for Freddy Browne as he governs his life by one steady motto: “NO RULES, NO BARRIERS, NO LIMITATIONS”
Hollywood actress Tia Mowry was feeling herself in a series of Instagram stories, posing up to songs from two of Jamaica’s leading ladies in Dancehall, Spice and Shaneil Muir.
Tia took to her instagram account to post two hilarious reels, the former Disney actress choose Spice’s 2014 raunchy track, So Mi Like It, from her Grammy-nominated album 10, and then in another to Shaneil Muir’s Naturally.
Both pictures saw the Sister, Sister actress in the same purple outfit with a slightly seductive facial expression to the female-empowering Dancehall songs.