There is nothing you can do that make me run away from this clash yah...
Inspired by Chin's post. This might be old news to some, but I felt like revisiting it. I went and dug up more info. Apparently certain Rasta artists are furious with Lutan because he bigged up Bounty Killer for bringing out new talent and felt that Rasta camps within reggae music don't do the same thing. He seems to be forgetting Tony Rebel putting out Garnett Silk, Capleton and Munga Honorable via David House, the original 5th Element Crew, Sizzla and Judgement Yard and other exceptions. Apparently Rasta's are supposed to be A&Rs too.
So, of all people Anthony B confronted him at a gas station (perhaps a hazardous place for those so fond of fire bun lyrics lol) and ever since Lutan has stuck to his guns at every stageshow. Chin seems to think this 'beef' (or 'tofu' rather, being that we're dealing with strict vegans) is more dangerous than the Movado and Vybz Kartel war (which is now over after a cheesy photo-op.) Both Vybz and Movado made a grip of dubplate money though because a few sound boys thought they would be dead soon. Now they'll have plenty of time to water down their catalogs with mediocre releases, as overexposed artists are wont to do.
One thing that Chin may be right about is that whereas thug-hall deejays talk about busting their guns are rarely doing it, a lot of Rasta are not playing with their lyrics and actions. Unless they happen to be signing Babylonian agreements.... FIRE!
'In the much-earlier going, Lutan Fyah was not as specific with his anger, but left no doubt as to his feelings. "Dem put me name up ova de Internet, all ova de worl', sey me dis Rasta, afta dem singing merengue music an' soca," he said. "Nutten dem sing represent Rasta culture. So how come Lutan Fyah sing 'Rasta still deh bout' dem sey him dis Rasta? Fia bun!" he said.
"Me nah sey dem a fight me, cause dem cyaan fight Selassie, but we haffi bun some big dread," Lutan Fyah said. "Big up Sizzla Kalonji again. De res' a dem a dunce."'
People need to listen to the older artists when they explain clash. It's like the concept of friendly competition doesn't even exist anymore.
Posted by Lasonic TRC-931 at 15:26
This footage is made even cooler by the fact that Grandmaster DST is wearing a radio headset, at the expense of being able to hear the actual mixer audio.
The poster of this video claims that it's controversial because people claim it was pre-recorded. I find the amazingly weird rendition of 'The Star Spangled Banner' is more so.
Method Man & Busta Rhymes actually rhymed over the beginning loop. What's more intriguing is that a cinematic form which does not allow kissing does allow awesome psychedelic chillum scenes.
South Rakkas crew playing with the new technology...
Posted by Lasonic TRC-931 at 20:47
Anyone who likes foundation sound clashes has to check out DANCEHALL REVIVAL. Jayman & crew have been holding it down with the rare soundclashes especially from the 1980's which he cleans up and adjusts for optimum sound. But y'all may not know he's been posting twice as many clashes in the DHR foundation room, and seems to have rallied everyone to post clash after clash. Some gems include a Silverhawk tape from 1988 with Brigadier Jerry, Cosmic Force vs. Metromedia in 1984 with Sugar Minott, Early B and Nitty Gritty, and some obscure sounds like Black Ivory. In response there has been a frenzy of tape posting... So check it out before all those links expire! And check out Clashes 'r' Us too while you're at it!
UPDATE! I've found two more sites with sound clash cassettes! Mellotone Hi-Fi and Mr. Soundtapes, enjoy!!! Please let me know if you find anyone else with a podcast or blog about real raw reggae music, we can share links!
Posted by Lasonic TRC-931 at 14:43
This is when, seemingly out of nowhere, the clash world was shaken up by the sounds called TURBOPHONICS!!! They clashed all the big sounds during a brilliant but brief 2 year period. Winterfresh ended up getting bought out by the Yankee dollar on King Addies, but the theory is Addies selector Baby Face never really gave Winterfresh a chance, as he had been before with Matterhorn. Nevertheless, Winterfresh shined brightest on Turbophonics (which is one of the tuffest sound names ever btw) and this performance in St. Lucea, Jamaica captures it quite nicely. Winterfresh is confidently taking on the juggernaut Killamanjaro the sound with the most kills along with Ricky Trooper the selector with the most kills. Turbo plays culture on a Studio One riddims right next to the top chart hits of the day all in a sound style, and they had seemingly endless amounts Capleton, Sizzla, and Bounty Killer... As an added bonus, Everton Blender & Terry Ganzie make an appearance on the sound... I couldnt find photos of Winterfresh or Turbophonics but I have some of the artistes who pass through...
Posted by Lasonic TRC-931 at 19:40
Jamaican vids don't look bootleg anymore! hooray! Remember even as recently as T.O.K.'s video for 'Chi Chi Man' shot on videotape with the weird druid outfits? They don't make em like that anymore. I think they stole the druid thing from Ultramagnetic MC's 'Travelling at the Speed of Thought' video but that's just me. The best video I've seen for a modern dancehall track has been Shaggy's 'Church Heathen'. It has a defining view of the song, with the lyrics being acted out. And it has weird hooded druids too (this time they're monks tho)! The production value was high, the cameo reveal at the end was well-done, and the song was good to boot.
By contrast this vid from David House member Munga Honorebel is pretty straightforward, while the colors are nice and the angles are fish-eyed the steez is the same as rap videos from 1990: shot in the hood with every body giving each other pounds, interspersed with the artists chillin in cars, complete with cameos from the producer of the track. This is a major sound system hit right now, the video acts as a way to familiarize the viewer with Munga's seemingly conflicted style ('Gangsta Ras').
Posted by Lasonic TRC-931 at 14:48
TRIED BY 12 // EAST FLATBUSH PROJECT
A rarely seen video for this classic song. Found it on some hip-hop blog.
POPPA LARGE // KOOL KEITH
Awwww yeah! Kool Keith is a style master supreme. He'll rhyme the same word with itself and it's still fresh as hell.
RAKIN IN THE DOUGH (REMIX) // ZIGGHE
Whaaat! Seeing the original was obscure enough, but this reggae remix is ridorkulous! Sure to bring a smile to any Lo-Lifes of Caribbean descent!
Posted by Lasonic TRC-931 at 13:33