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First Listen: Jah Sun – Between The Lines

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Jah Sun got his start in music as a teenage hip-hop/rap artist in the Austin, TX area. Although he had achieved moderate success, bad decisions while growing up immersed in street culture had led to numerous run-ins with the law, and at the age of 20 he found himself on trial for hustling ganja.Read More

Jah Ova Evil – Forever Judah

Forever Judah is a compilation album released from the Jah Ova Evil reggae camp. Submitting a tight mix of roots artists from the family, the seven artists heard here show great promise for current success and future growth. Often compilation albums can come off as disjointed, but Forever Judah avoids that cliff by bringing artists of equal skill together.… Read More

Horace Andy – Straight to Hell

“Straight to Hell” is a track originally born of some of the world’s great angsts, as seen through the lens of The Clash, in 1982. Dealing with social issues that still ring as relevant today (from labor injustices to immigration concerns), The Clash released a song with a message that rightly bears the strength of its name – a commentary on a world gone awry, one where the money holders rise on the backs of those enduring a life of torture.Read More

Christos DC – Speak The Fire

 

Christos DC (Chris Vrenios), a Greek-American, is a Washington, DC-based artist/producer/touring musician whose humble force has been influential in shaping the DC reggae scene and beyond. His own recordings, paired with the recordings he has shouldered through his own Honest Music DC label, for some of the most well-known artists in the reggae scene, have left a deep row from which powerful fruit has grown; great blooms continue to open for creations to come.… Read More

Queen Ifrica – Climb

Queen Ifrica is a Montego Bay, Jamaica native, known for lyrical content that is dense with social commentary. Her latest album, Climb, is no different in that regard. From issues of government oppression to tracks that call for young women to be resilient in themselves, rather than existing as consumers and representations of mass-market culture, Queen Ifrica is staying true to the path she has been forging for over two decades.… Read More