Nicki Minaj – Anaconda (Official Video)
Elephant Man – Shmoney Dance © 2014
Produced by Lmr Pro
I-Octane Ft. Bryka – Money © 2014
Produced by Hard@Work Musiq/ Frez For Real Productions
Vybz Kartel – Mirror [Tweety Bird Riddim] August 2014
HABITS (Tove Lo Cover) – Nyanda
Music video by Etana performing ‘TRIGGER’. FREEMIND MUSIC LLC 2014
Etana I RISE Tracklist
1. Selassie is the Chapel
2. How Long
3. On My Way
4. Stepping Out Of Babylon
5. Jamaica Woman
6. I Rise
7. Richest Girl
8. Love Song
9. By Your Side
10. Passing Thru
12. Ward 21 (Stenna’s Song)
14. Jam Credits
Etana released the first single for the album ‘TRIGGER’ earlier in the year, and has received rave reviews and airplay on some of the top radio shows across the world. The song depicts the harsh conditions of a young man who has been rendered jobless due to deplorable economic conditions, back against the wall as his mother suffers from Cancer, he turns to the dark side of society. The song is based on a true Jamaican story and social issue of unemployment and lack of opportunities that continues to plague many countries.
ZJ Liquid will ignite Bet’s 106 and Park for the second time this year. This as the DJ was re-invited to be their guest DJ for today’s show and tomorrow.
The DJ who played a mixture of dancehall, reggae, hip hop, soca and house music at his last showing on Bet, will be looking to expose more Caribbean music during his set, which will be aired live.
The award-winning disc jockey is also promoting his dancehall rhythm called the Good Book, which features several dancehall artistes including Aidonia, Bounty Killer, Mavado, Demarco, Assassin, Konshens and I Octane.
According to DJ Liquid in a previous interview with THE STAR, the Good Book rhythm is an authentic representation of dancehall music.
As for his recording career, the DJ also released music videos for singles Wine Pon Time and Bubble.
ZJ Liquid also made headlines recently after up-and-coming dancehall artiste iKon D Link threatened to commit suicide if the DJ did not play his song Stress on Zip FM. ZJ Liquid later commented on the stunt stating that he would not play the song again in its current form.
Reggae and dancehall artiste I-Octane dislocated his shoulder during a performance in Europe recently, but still managed to complete his set.
The entertainer, who was on his ‘My Journey’tour, was performing during the Reggae Geel show in Belgium on August 2, when he jumped from the stage, missed his target and fell, completely dislocating his right shoulder.
According to the Missing You singer’s camp, without missing a beat – literally – he clambered back on stage and bravely performed for another 45 minutes, without the fans even being aware of his agony, even giving two encores.
“I-Octanerecalls that in his head he screamed ‘No!’, but, despite the intense pain and suffering, he put a smile on his face, went back on the stage and did another song. After the second encore, and following the same script, he quickly put down the mic and told his team, ‘Take me to the hospital now, my shoulder is on fire’,” a release said.
It is further reported that doctors ordered the artiste to rest his shoulder for two weeks, but he refused as he had Reggae Jam in Germany the following night and then Reggae Sundance in The Netherlands on August 9.
He performed for nearly an hour to thousands of appreciative fans at Reggae Jam, doing a second high-energy stint on stage with Ky-mani Marley, who called him up for them to dotheir collaboration, AYah We Deh. I-Octane also performed at Reggae Sundance.
He performs in St Maarten today and heads to Canadaon Sundayfor the Montreal Reggae Festival. Belize beckons on August21, then he rounds out his overseas engagementswith shows in the USA – Georgia onAugust 29,and North Carolina onAugust 30.
Following his suicide attempt at Zip FM earlier this week, iKon D Link’s producer, Daniel Minott, says the artiste is passionate about his music.
Minott, who is the son of legendary dancehall artiste and producer, the late Sugar Minott, did not produce iKon’s song, Stress, but said iKon is currently working with his label My Block Records, along with another label.
“iKon is an unpredictable person, and he is passionate about his work, and sometimes even when you are pressuring him, yu have to just lowe him mek him duh him thing; a just him dat. When I heard the news, I was surprised and shocked because I heard about it on the news like everybody else,” Minott said.
The producer says iKon was pushed to the limit and was simply expressing the emotions felt by several aspiring artistes in Jamaica who are unable to get radio play.
“The music industry is too closed, its hard to get on radio unless you have links. They tell you to submit your music to the library, and when you do, it never gets air play. You have a few DJs that will play young artistes, but if they don’t know you, and you have a little song a try get a buss, it’s not going to be easy,” he said.
The producer hopes iKon’s suicide attempt will work in his favour. However, he advises the public not to follow suit.
“Right now, some people a sey him a fool, and negative things, but many don’t understand the pressure and stress of being a young artiste. I know he has problems sometimes, but I don’t know if they are overbearing or not for him to try and take his own life,” Minott said.
He also chastised some members of the public who encouraged the youngster to jump to his death. “One of the most horrible things you can tell somebody that is contemplating suicide is to jump, and that’s sad that we don’t respect a life. Even if it appears that he does not respect his life at the time, you should not encourage it because he can now, in turn, save your life one day because you saved his,” he said.
Minott’s father is responsible for assisting some of the biggest names in Jamaican music to get their first break into the industry. The producer, who is carrying a part of his father’s legacy, is also recommending that Jamaican radio stations create a slot to expose fresh talents.
In response to ZJ Liquid’s comments that the song will not be played due to its quality issues, Daniel’s sister, Pashon Minott, said even in instances where songs are properly produced for up-and-coming artistes, they are not played on radio without the right contact or negotiations.