LEVITATE MUSIC FESTIVAL
(above is: Main Stage)
We would like to thank Rich from Ingenious Concepts for giving us the email for the Press Pass. We also want to thank Adam for granting access the day of the show. This weekend we were slammed with events. We only had a small window to get over to Levitate. We only covered Stick Figure and Jr. Gong. I was too busy laughing and hugging people. TRUST ME, this Festival is amazing. Its Woodstock down the street from your house. The sun set is behind the stage. You get this dusk halo glow peeping from behind the main stage. This festival looks like a movie. Crazy! So glad! I’m becoming a hippie and a surfer this year. So I can get in shape for next year’s love fest.
WE MARKET HYPE?
by Bobby Shakes
THE RETURN OF THE SHOTTA
(above is: @b87fm)
THE MARATHON CONTINUES
(above is: @THROP)
Last night at StoryVille I bumped into Winthrope Wellington. After seeing him in action. I'm running the Boston Mararthon next year. AAAAHHH MAYBE NOT.
WE MARKET HYPE?
by Bobby Shakes
AFRICAN SUPERSTAR...THE WORLDS IS OURS
(above is: @mreazi)
AFRICA……….As we all know after 5 years of watching the game, I have decided to step back into the ring. For some reason I just felt it was finally the right time. Can I be honest with you guys? I was extremely depressed 6 years ago. America’s sanction on the reggae industry while waiting for Silicon Valley to catch up to Bobbyshakes.com was only the beginning, we were 7 seven years ahead of technology. Facebook and Myspace were confused on where to go. Then came Instagram to add more confusion to the mess. Now it’s 2019 and Facebook, Snapchat, and Instagram are still confused. They don’t know how to make money without stealing your information and selling it.
By watching the street life during my day job that requires me to pay close attention to human interaction and popular trends, I’m noticing an interest in Jamaica. I’m noticing an increase in our culture. It’s an organic interest and fans are generating all over the world. People are being more exposed to the fact that Bob Marley isn’t the only reggae artist, so we jumped right back into the game head first. For the last month I have noticed a segment of music I have never heard before. It sounds like reggae, but it’s sung in a language I don’t understand. I did some research, it’s called Banku. Now I’m fucked. I’m black, these Banku artists are black and I don’t understand what they are saying. How would I? I was sold into slavery and forced to talk like a white person. This music has a feel like no other genre on the planet. It moves and breathes like it’s alive. From the outside, it looks pure and has simply a “feel good” vibe. It controls a very young affluent demographic. It’s the heartbeat of black women. The music is digestible by everyone; It’s all-inclusive because Africa is the start of humanity, not Europe. I’ll leave you with this, in 22 years I have been historically correct on everything. 22 years ago, when people were talking about flying skateboards I was saying people will consume TV Shows on the internet. Everyone laughed at me. Africa will raise again to be a super power. Just be FUCKING PATIENT!
WE MARKET HYPE?
by Bobby Shakes
MEEK MILL TURNS BOSTON INTO A ZOO
(above is: @meekmill)
So Nuno calls me up and ask if I want to swing to Bijou to check out Meek Mills. I said yes, 2 hours later we pull up to Bijou. Before i can step into the club i bumped into some old friends. We are hugging and laughing talking about the old days. An hour later Meek Mill and Two Chainz pull up. After that entrance shit got real quickly. Hennesy is rolling out by the case load, women are screaming men are mugging. Lights flashing, confetti dropping, smoke guns, camera men fighting for the shot. This is what i live for kids. WE MARKET HYPE?
by Bobby Shakes
PANTS NEED ROOM AND VERANDA TOO!!
(above is: @MIGHTYCROWN "THE FAR EAST RULER")
Man listen. last night was madness. I drop asleep in my driveway. Woke up around 1am rush to the club to tek in Mighty Crown from Japan. By the time I sent up my camera to start working the sound chip out. The rest is pure PASSA PASSA.
by Bobby Shakes
JBOOG AND EARTHKRY!!
(above is: @JBOOGMUSIC)
WOW...I showed up at the Venue and they wouldn't let me in. I told the young lady "DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM" she just looked at me like i had 12 heads. She said i need a ticket. I looked at her, like she had 12 HEADS. While i'm callling the big boss @bridgetburgermaui walks over and gives me her extra ticket. I couldn't thank her enough.
by Bobby Shakes
WE ARE BACK TO TAKE OVER THE WORLD!!
(above is: Head Top)
After a very long lay off we are back. Come back in a couple of days to hear the resason why we left, and why we decided to come back!
by Bobby Shakes
THE END OF A GREAT ERA
As you guys may have heard I have retired from taking photos in the Dancehall scene. After 20 years of documenting Dancehall globally, have decided to shift my attention to doing more things in the community. I feel a need to do something with this brand that the world knows. I’ve been told that it’s very hard for Foundations to receive funding because no one has heard of them. That’s when the light bulb went off in my head. I have this brand that is well known I have the connects and the support of the community, so why not use it to give back? Let’s be real we created bobbyshakes.com but if it wasn’t for the community logging on to the website every Monday morning for 20 years where would Bobby Shakes be? You guys supported and loved the content which we provided. Some of the content was a little out there, but hey,it gave us something to laugh at while seated at our desk at work.
Now that I’m older, missing teeth, fatter and wiser it’s time to start a new venture. So we are in the beginning stages of creating www.antarmymovement.com and www.antarmymovement.org. The focus of www.antarmymovement.org is to lend a helping hand to our community. Our first mission, is getting my friends soccer camp up and running. A month from the post date of this letter logon to www.antarmymovement.org to check out our progress with his soccer camp. It’s been fun and I miss hanging out with all of you, but as humans we must evolve. So let’s come together and spend the next 20 years helping each other out and protecting our community.
Always love and Respect
ANYTHING GOES LIVE
(above is: LABOR DAY MIX)
CHRONIXX & JUNIOR REID WOW NEW YORK MASSIVE
(above is: CENTRAL PARK MIX)
Chronixx fresh off of the Tuesday nights Late Night with Jimmy Fallon wowed over a capacity filled Rumsey Field Summerstage crowd this past Saturday. With many people being turned away the Here Comes Trouble performing artist Chronixx legally known as Jamar Rolando McNaughton Jr gave a stellar performance this past Saturday. Opening act Junior Reid gave many renditions of One Blood including the Spanish version entitled Una Sangre. By 2 PM there were already 1200 patrons in attendance at Summerstage brought to you in part by New York City Parks Department left no rocked upturned and delivered a free concert unparalleled to none.
by Anil Batra
LADIES BALL @ AMAZURA QUEENS, NY
(above is: LADIES BALL MIX)
After previously performing in Boston the following night, Tarrus Riley was able to dig deep inside of himself to deliver to the New York faithful who had packed the venue known as Amazura to capacity. However, pandemonium struck often and early inside the dancehall. Kranium, Terry Linen, Sanchez, Christopher Martin, and I-Octane took to the stage to pepper the crowd with their Caribbean vibe on this cold blistering night.
On an event entitled Ladies Ball, the Irie Jam Radio family did not disappoint and ladies decked out in the latest hairstyle and fashion packed the first ten rows to witness the pre Valentine’s Day soiree first hand.DJ Roy was so impressed that he called for a round of applause. For a trip down memory lane Terry Linen who wasn’t billed on the event gave a magnificent performance and announce his new album will be released entitled Welcome to My World, on February 11 on VP Records. In addition to the Whitney Houston cover he sang, Your Love is My Love, he bellowed out a few Garnett Silk classics including “Mama Africa”. He inspired the crowd so much he was called back for not one but two encores.
At the very end, Jimmy Riley’s offspring, Tarrus took to the stage. The females in attendance were mesmerized by his every whim and sung along to his classic hit “She’s Royal”. Accompanying him on stage was the legendary Dean Fraser on saxophone. The most awaited performance of the evening was bar none and left everyone wanting for more. Then he took full control over the audience with the ever popular Michael Jackson cover of “Human Nature”. Tarrus Riley accompanied by the Blak Soil band left the New York gathering in a frenzy of love.
by Anil Batra
By: Isis ( @isisreggae )
(above is: Tarrus Riley)
Tarrus Riley brought positive vibes to Wonderland Ballroom for his Love Situation Tour Friday night. The heart felt show featured Rocksteady hits from his new album, Love Situation, as well as throwbacks to the late and great Bunny Ruggs and to his father, James Riley. Legendary Jamaican saxophonist Dean Fraser accompanied Tarrus onstage alongside the Black Soil Band.
Tarrus and the band began the show with “Love’s Contagious,” “Far Away” and “Superman” and continued to serenade the crowd with new hits “Love Situation” and “123 I Love You”. Tarrus donned a black Boston Red Sox Hat and wore his signature glasses and white button down shirt. He was in tune with the crowd, constantly reaching down to shake the hands of fans who were singing along. While other artists are talking about cheating on their significant others or about violence, Tarrus is spreading the message of love and respect. Tarrus Riley came to Boston just in time to get his Boston fans in the mood of love for Valentine’s Day and left his fans with words to think about: “Live love, make love and see love”. We are hoping to see Tarrus back in Boston real soon.
AIN'T NOBODY SAYING NUTHIN BUT...
(above is: SUPER BOWL WEEK MIX)
TRUST ME KIDS...2014 IS GONNA BE NUTS
(above is: JACK DANIEL MIX)
TONY MATTERHORN INVADED BEANTOWN
(above is: PUFF PUFF PASS MIX)
NO QUOTE NEEDED
(above is: AIN'T WORRIED ABOUT NOTHIN MIX)
OUT OF CONTROL
(above is: HALLOWEEN MIX)
Supersonic Victorious at The Halloween Slaughter
(above is: HALLOWEEN SLAUGHTER CLASH 2013)
The sound system don out of Berlin, Supersonic touched down in Brooklyn's Albany Manor to take the Halloween Slaughter championship this past Friday night. Not only did pick up the trophy they won over many loyal clash fans. It has been a little more than eight years when the last German sound to win a championship on Brooklyn soil.
It took four rounds to decide who would be crowned champion but it was no cakewalk and Supersonic led by Spider had to overcome quite a few challenges to walk away victorious.
Riddem Force, their most formidable opponent kept up until the tune fi tune round going down 6-4. Orijahnoil Vibez was the first casualty of the evening. At the conclusion of the second round we witnessed the dismissal of One Don. After three Young Hawk was eliminated.
Sky Juice of Metro Media Crowned Champion at World Clash R.E.S.E.T
(above is: 2013 WORLD CLASH)
Amazura Queens, NY: Sky Juice of the famed Metro Media sound system put on a stellar performance to singlehandedly guide his team to this year's Squingy Cup awarded to this year’s victor of Irish and Chin’s installation of World Clash R.E.S.E.T.
Needing six tunes to win in the one-for-one round. Metro Media led the onslaught and took a commanding 3-0 lead over Brooklyn’s very own King Addies. While the Brooklyn based squad of Addies failed to deliver on many custom selections. It is well safe to say the Billboard Sound; King Addies committed the ultimate mata-hari. They let Killa Boo the one member who actually had World Clash experience sit on the pine while the rather stoic King Pin led the master of ceremonies assignment to no avail.
Sky Juice whom hasn’t clashed in a little more than two decades seemed in stride throughout the contest.
As the leader of Metro Media slammed Addies throughout the evening, the Amazura massive erupted jubilantly and the man of the moment continuously bawled out for free tune during the segment.
Coming in at the fall of Mighty Crown, which was eliminated, from contention after the crowd vote concluded the sixth round, and Metro Media was pitted against King Addies, the final remaining Brooklyn talent. What many anticipated seeing as the finale pitting both Irish and Chin stalemates Addies and Mighty Crown, whom after a six year hiatus picking up where they left off and returning to Yokohoma with the coveted trophy. Would only be a nullified dream.
Metro Media was calculative and waited till the end before launching that one final assault which left King Addies shell-shocked as the final remaining American sound fancied their chances after the dismissal of Soul Supreme at the end of the second round and LP International at the end of the third.
While Fire Links was miraculously spared going into the third round he was easily dismissed in the fourth.
In the fifth round Sammi T of Mighty Crown entered the stage adorned in full Samurai garb. He drew many forward this round in which no 45’s were ruled to be played. This round we witnessed the elimination of Jazzy T of Renaissance.
In order to guarantee an advance into the sixth round Sky Juice removed his navy blue Nike track jacket and t shirt and performed bare chested. This was well received by the audience.
(above is: A CLEAN MIX)
(above is: BOSTON CARNIVAL MIX)
THESE KIDS ARE TALENTED
(above is: ANOTHER MEDLEY)
(above is: MORE FAST MOVING PICS)
WE JUST GETTING WARMED UP KIDS
(above is: CRAZY BOAT RIDE PARTY)
(above is: A WEEKEND FULL OF SUPERSTARS)
FRENCH MONTANA IN RHODE ISLAND
(above is: A WEEKEND WITH FRENCH MONTANA & FRIENDS)
KONSHENS INVADED BOSTON
(above is: A WEEKEND WITH KONSHENS)
I #LIKEIT KIDS
(above is: ANOTHER FAST MOVING WEEKEND)
CRAZY MOTHERS DAY WEEKEND
(above is: A MOTHERS DAY MIX)
LOOK AT HER HEAD
(above is: Lauryn Hill
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Grammy-winning singer Lauryn Hill stood in federal court Monday and compared her experience in the music business to the slavery her ancestors endured before a judge sentenced her to three months in prison for failing to pay about $1 million in taxes over the past decade. "I am a child of former slaves who had a system imposed on them," Hill said before U.S. Magistrate Madeline Cox Arleo. "I had an economic system imposed on me." Hill, who started singing with the Fugees as a teenager in the 1990s before releasing her multiplatinum 1998 album "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill," pleaded guilty last year to failing to pay taxes on more than $1.8 million earned from 2005 to 2007. Monday's sentencing also took into account unpaid state and federal taxes in 2008 and 2009 that brought the total earnings to about $2.3 million.
Despite having paid more than $900,000 in the past several days, Hill still owes interest and penalties, the U.S. attorney's office said. In a forceful but controlled statement to the judge punctuated by occasional raps with her first on the podium, Hill described how she failed to pay taxes during a period when she'd dropped out of the music business to protect herself and her children, who now number six. She said the treatment she received while she was in the entertainment business led to her decision to leave it.
"There were veiled threats, there was blacklisting," she said, without giving specifics. "I was told, 'That's how it goes, it comes with the territory.' I came to be perceived as a cash cow and not a person. When people capitalize on a persona, they forget there is a person in there." In addition to serving three months in prison, Hill must pay a $60,000 fine. After she is released from prison, she will be under parole supervision for a year, the first three months of which will be spent under home confinement.
The 37-year-old South Orange resident had faced a maximum sentence of one year each on three counts of failing to file taxes. Her attorney had sought probation, arguing that Hill's charitable works, her family circumstances and the fact she paid back the taxes she owed should merit consideration. Assistant U.S. Attorney Sandra Moser acknowledged Hill's creative talent and work on behalf of impoverished children but called Hill's explanation for her actions "a parade of excuses centering around her feeling put upon" that don't exempt her from her responsibilities. "She wasn't interested in all those years in paying what she owed," Moser told the judge.
At the time of her arrest last year, Hill wrote a criticism rejecting pop culture's "climate of hostility, false entitlement, manipulation, racial prejudice, sexism and ageism."
"Over-commercialization and its resulting restrictions and limitations can be very damaging and distorting to the inherent nature of the individual," Hill wrote. "I did not deliberately abandon my fans, nor did I deliberately abandon any responsibilities, but I did however put my safety, health and freedom and the freedom, safety and health of my family first over all other material concerns! I also embraced my right to resist a system intentionally opposing my right to whole and integral survival."
Hill is to report to prison by July 8. It's not clear where she'll serve her sentence. She didn't comment after the sentencing. She said in a recent post online that she has signed a recording contract with Sony. "She is looking forward to putting her case behind her and getting back to her music and creating again," attorney Nathan Hochman said.
THE GULLY GOD INVADES BOSTON
(above is: A WEEKEND WITH MAVADO)
RETWEET AND LIKEIT
(above is: WEEKLY PICS)
WE KNOW HOW TO PARTY
(above is: EPIC PARTIES)
MAXI PRIEST IN THE BIG APPLE
by: ANIL BATRA
(above is: MAXI PRIEST LIVE)
Stage 48 was host to the British reggae icon, “The King of Lovers Rock,” Maxi Priest this past Easter Sunday. Maxi took us all on a stroll back down memory lane as the club was jam packed. The New York City massive was infatuated with his crooning ability and was able to keep up with his barrage of hits unveiled on the reggae faithful. Maxi Priest is always a crowd pleaser and was able to give the crowd which waited several hours for his arrival. Wild World, That Girl and Close To You, were truly crowd pleasers being backed by KES the Band Maxi did his thing.
As always, Maxi was accompanied by Red Fox and they brought the party. KES the Band did an exceptional performance. Their talented guitarist was able to play the guitar ala the great Jimmy Hendrix with his teeth and behind his head. He previously played at Fort Lauderdale and Chicago all on the same weekend. His wit and style are both eclectic and infinite. May Maxi come back to perform in New York in the near future.
HAPPY BDAY BIGGIE
(above is: AN UPTOWN MOVIE)
ZOELAH KEEPING IT X-RATED
(above is: A X-RATED PARTY)
MORGAN HERITAGE RETURNS TO BOSTON
(above is: A JUGGLIN SEGMENT)
Boston's Dancehall scene has been on fire in the last two weeks. We had lady saw last week and this weekend was reggae's royal family Morgan heritage. It was an amazing show. Morgan heritage performed for about an hour. And they gave us everything from their dynamic catalog. We are really lucky to have such great shows coming thur our market. We just hope that it continues. Don't forget the check out the photos on the photo page. leave a comment, like us, tweet us . Well Boston have a good night and promoters keep those shows coming
(above is: A REAL PARTY)
GLOBAL CLASH 2012
by: ANIL BATRA
(above is: GLOBAL CLASH 2012 MEDLEY)
King Addies Retains Title Amidst Controversey
Tonight in Brooklyn's CPAC six sounds headed into battle for the coveted Global Cup Clash. Soul Supreme out of Brooklyn, Heavy Hammer from Italy, King Klepto from Canada, Risky Dice from the Land of the Rising Sun aka Japan, and Madd Squad from Montego Bay, Jamaica, West Indies, and last years returning champion out of Brooklyn, NY King Addies. The first round no elimination was a selector introduction round in which each no mics were to be used and the selectors play for five minutes each while the mc would dance jubilantly trying to gain as many forwards as possible. The second round was seven minutes at the end of this round Madd Squad was eliminated. The third round we saw under controversy the elimination of Heavy Hammer. The fourth round we witnessed the demise of Risky Dice. In the fifth round the Canadian team of King Klepto was voted off. Once again the Battle of Brooklyn would determine the winner of the Global Cup Clash with Soul Supreme facing King Addies in the one for one.
The final tune fi tune ran was not exactly what I expected after King Addies took a decisive 5-3 lead over Soul Supreme under protest they decided to leave the arena. This might be due to Bobby Konders needed a better pair of glasses to see the show of hands clearly or simply due in part that the Brooklyn faithful was biased in favor of King Addies. Either way, King Addies retained their title in the 2012 Global Cup Clash.
(above is: CRAZY PARTY MEDLEY)
GLOBAL CLASH 2011
by: ANIL BATRA
(above is: GLOBAL CLASH 2011 MEDLEY)
Inside Brooklyn's Albany Manor the house was packed by 1am and the clash began promptly at approximately 1:45am. First to play was the sound out of Berlin, Supersonic. The audience was dead silent and no response. They pull the Buju and the crowd goes berserk. Next up was Barrier Free representing Osaka. Kosmick Movement out of Brooklyn opened the first round was head full of steam and drew a Wyclef Jean "I'm Going to Kill You in December" another tune was world is in trouble. When they played the Barrington Movement the place erupted. Synemax was a no show. King Addies took over. Barrier Free was the first sound voted off. Supersonic opened the second 15 minute round and flopped throughout the duration. What was billed as Global Clash apparently became the Battle for Brooklyn.
When the tune for tune came. It was Kosmick Movement versus King Addies. King Addies was victorious. Winning 4-0 on a King Kong dubplate. This led me to ask many unanswered questions. The first being if Synemax was present how would Addies fared? Was tune for tune actually necessary King Addies won all three rounds? If Andrew Digital had put a top contender in the clash who would have won? That's all for now. We definitely need more clashes in New York. Big up Andrew for having another successful event.
THE GHOST LISTENING PARTY
by: ANIL BATRA
(above is: GHOST)
On 9.15.2011 Carlton 'Ghost' Hylton with his wondrous voice invited members of the respected press to his press launch party at the Link Up Media Headquarters in Manhattan for his widely
acclaimed album entitled Ghost Stories It features seventeen new tracks with ten being his original works, while seven of the songs being covers. 'Baby Come Over' is deemed to be the first hit
track off of the album.
First up Ghost goes on the air live to do an interview and sing a samples from the album. The Bobby Shakes team was invited into the Link Up Radio radio booth for Ghost's on air interview.
This was followed by a listening party in which all of his classics were played extensively. After some time Ghost with his corn rows unraveled and dark sunglasses sat next to David "Squeeze" Annakie CEO of Link UP Media to introduce his new album. He welcomed the crowd to ask questions at the end of his speech and I asked about some of his stage antics. He is quite a remarkable performer and everyone should get the opportunity to witness his live performance to get a full effect of all he has to offer. To finish it off he even sings a few songs off of the album. I grand time was had by all in attendance food and drinks were in abundance. Despite the raging winds blowing outside a fun time was had inside. We will definitely have to catch Ghost on a highly anticipated upcoming tour which is in the near future. Ghost who was bred from the Monster Shack Crew will have a blossoming message for all listeners both old and new on this album.