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Unsung Heroes: Lift Up Records Q&A with Amani Smith

In the late eighties and early nineties, if you wanted reggae music, it was probably coming from RAS Records, straight out of Washington D.C. They had a mail-order catalog (pre-internet) and served as publisher for a lot of the famous acts coming out of Jamaica at the time. … Read More

Album Showcase: Micah Shemaiah – “Still”

Reggae music entered into the scene right on time. Not a moment too late, but always on the edge of the next generation. Still in its infancy in the context of its greatness, we have now had some decades to reflect on and see seeds of Reggae music and Rastafari that were sown blossom into stalks, joining the diverse ecosystem powering modern airwaves and global massives.… Read More

First Listen: Keith Hudson – “Fight Your Revolution”

On October 22nd, 2021, VP Records reissues Keith Hudson’s obscure and edgy masterpiece, Flesh Of My Skin, Blood Of My Blood on vinyl and CD, and for the first time, on digital streaming platforms. The recent passing of the massively influential and well-known producer Lee “Scratch” Perry is the perfect time to reflect on his most comparable peer, Keith Hudson, who died before his time in 1984 but with a wildly creative legacy during reggae’s golden era.… Read More

Brown Bones – “I Become Light” (A Tribute to Drew Keys)

Shot and directed by Sameel “Samo” Kush-I Johnson, on location in Jamaica, WI. “I Become Light” is a livication to Andrew “Drew Keys” Stoch. May his spirit live on through his music.

Emerging singer songwriter, Brown Bones hits on the nerve of painful losses, peaceful passages, twilight battles and passionate swells on his forthcoming self titled debut album.… Read More