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Vybz Kartel’s “Clarks” Boosts Sales

With all of the versioning and remixing Hip-Hop is looking more and more like dancehall. With all of the jailed artists, leaked photos, gossip and now product placement in the music, dancehall is looking more like Hip-Hop…. Kartel just pushed Clarks sales through the roof. When I first heard the tune, I assumed Clarks paid him for the homage… but I reall don’t know… Can dancehall push sales for Jamaican products? The Jamaican observer posed the question:

THE stimuli that dancehall artiste Vybz Kartel has given to the Clarks brand of footwear on the local market since he dropped his hit single Clarks a few weeks ago, exposes a long-standing culture where corporations benefit from urban contemporary music.

In the song, the popular singer declares his preference for the particular brand, which appears to have helped inspire hundreds of Jamaicans — who have long had an affinity for Clarks — to replenish their shoe stock. Shoe stores say sales of Clarks has multiplied since the single was released and an increasing number of persons can be seen donning the brand on the local party scene. [read more]

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April 15, 2010   No Comments

Buju Sits Down With Gay Group

Buju banton gay group

In what may be a groundbreaking and possibly historical event, controversial reggae star Buju Banton met with representatives from the LGBT community this afternoon. Banton has been a frequent target of gay rights protesters for his 1992 song “Boom Bye Bye,” which activists say glorifies murder and violence directed at gays.

Was Boom Bye Bye About A Pedophile?

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October 14, 2009   No Comments

Gaza Vs. Gully: What Started The War?

Mavado & Vybz Kartel


Yeah man, ah that me ah tell you, 2-5 things start get shaky. To explain it the simplest way, it’s like this you know, Rob—you are a big man now, and you have respect for your father. When you were nine or ten, he could tell you what to do, he could probably tell you how to dress, he could probably tell you where to go. When you are thirteen, fourteen, things start changing. Fifteen, sixteen, seventeen, eighteen, you becomes a man of your own. You probably start having kids, and you start setting your own rules of your own—yeah, so it’s as simple as that.

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October 6, 2009   11 Comments

New Album For Alborosie

Italian reggae star Alborosie’s debut album on Greensleeves Records “Escape From Babylon”, will hit stores soon! It looks like he has the same cover designer as Sizzla.

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June 25, 2009   1 Comment

Avoiding Violent Lyrics in Reggae Music

Came across this article recently and it looked kind of interesting. I assumed it was going to be a bit of the same old stereotypical dancehall talk but it ended up being kind of decent and the writer seems like she knows a thing or two about reggae.

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June 24, 2009   No Comments