Jack of Jamaica

This week on Seven O’Clock Sample , we are taking it down to Jamaica.

In celebration of all the sunshine we’ve had this week in Milwaukee, I thought we’d warm it up with some island vibes.

We begin with a track from on of my favorite comedies…

Here is Jack’s theme song… THE JACK OF SPADES by Boogie Down Productions!

KRS and BPD grabbed up a funky piece of Jamaican Ska for this number…

That’s the Brentford All Stars with Greedy G!


Nas & Damian Marley| Distant Relatives – The Roots of Hip Hop & Reggae

National Geographic Music held an amazing forum this past Saturday in Washington, DC. The forum was on the African origins of hip hop and reggae and the deep-rooted connections betweent the two.   Hip hop icon Nas, and reggae icon Damian Marley (son of Bob Marley) lead this forum that was moderated by Sway (MTV news). In addition to Nas and Damian Marley, Kool Herc, Rakim, Daddy U-Roy, King Jammy, Jeff Chang, Pat McKay, Waterflow and DJ Red Alert were also part of the discussion. You can watch the discussion in its entirety below.

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The title of the forum was Distant Relatives which is the same name of the project from Nas and Damian Marley, which will be released on March 16, 2010. Below is a sneak peek from the forthcoming album.

Here is a little snippet of a song from the Album

Track listing for Distant Relatives:
1. Intro (Something New) (prod. Damian Marley)
2. As We Enter (prod. Damian Marley)
3. Revolutionary (prod. Damian Marley)
4. Count Your Blessings (prod. Damian & Stephen Marley)
5. Belief is Key (prod. Damian Marley)
6. Africa Must Wake Up feat. K’naan (prod. Nas, Damian & Stephen Marley)
7. Black Horizon feat. K’naan (prod. Damian Marley)
8. Only the Strong (prod. Damian & Stephen Marley)
9. Our Generation feat. Joss Stone & Stevie Wonder (prod. Damian Marley)
10. Empowerment (prod. Stephen Marley)
11. AID (prod. K’naan & Nas)
12. Let’s End It (Poverty) feat. K’naan (prod. 9th Wonder & Damian Marley)
13. The Earth feat. Bob Marley (prod. Salaam Remix, Damian & Stephen Marley)
14. Black Man’s Paper feat. Erykah Badu (prod. Afry) [UK Bonus]
15. Weed On feat. Snoop Dogg (prod. Damian Marley) [iTunes Bonus]

Damien Marley ain’t no Nimrod

This week, I’m continuing a reggae theme here at the station. It’s funny how sometimes these things just come together. This week on Sound Travels, Marcus is exploring Reggae Riddims and this Saturday night on the Saturday Session, DJ Web Spinna is rocking a mix of dub and dancehall. So I thought I too would join the reggae bandwagon and explore some reggae samples. In Tuesday’s post, I showed how Lily Allen used a great John Holt track, and today I’ve got a reggae artist sampling a Ska band!
In 2005 Damien Marley released his award winning reggae masterpiece “Welcome To Jamrock” The album featured a number of guests, including Black Thought of the Roots, Nas, and brother Stephen Marley. They came together on this track…

That funky break at the beginning of this song comes to us from Jamaican Ska godfathers THE SKATALITES. This super group formed in the early 60s, when these guys began recording together in some of the islands first recording studios. They released a number of Ska and Reggae classics, including the track NIMROD.

Sound Travels: Live with The Urbanites!

soundtravels_logo3Hey peoples, hope you caught today’s edition of Sound Travels, another great set, another live edition. Today, it was Milwaukee’s own Urbanites in the studio for Sound Travels giving the global direction I present every Friday at noon, a bit of local flavor for the day.

The set was potent, and a pure pleasure to see a reggae group fronted by not one but two very potent women. Both Holly Haebig and Urban Empress could carry a show on their own vocal strengths, together however, they are wonderful. Their vocals harmonize as one drop hits and the band is smooth, dyanmically working the emotion of the vocals to the surface over fat bass lines, tight drumming, churchical keywork and a killer skank… And it was at about this point that I realized how great reggae is being made in our midst here in Milwaukee– thousands of miles from Jamaica… they were making it from love of the music. Sound y’all, does indeed travel!

And lucky to get them in the studio, this is a busy week for them as they will be prforming at Riverwest’s Club Timbuktu this Saturday, starting  the night’s entertainment as an opener for regional reggae powerhouse Natty Nation. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get a good recording due to techical issues. You can check them out live however, the show starts at 10pm. Natty Nation is celebrating the release of their new cd so it will be a good time.

PS…make it a real reggae evening and check out The Gig from 10pm-2am(1132 E. Wright St) which is also hosting reggae in the form of DJ’s of  Chalice In The Palace.

Version to Version, Dub Echoes

As many who’ve peeped my blogstop in the past know, I have a particular love of Jamaican music and in particular the many manifestations of dub, from jungle, to hip hop, to dubstep and even within some conventional pop sounds. For those that don’t know what dub is, check this out.

More than reggae without the singer, dub is an ethic that was pioneered in Jamaica from the 60’s to the present is more influential to more “conventional” sounds than one might think, spinning off new genres and influencing countless others. In many ways, reggae is as ubiquitous as hip hop is often perceived to be and while reggae is the official sound of many parts of the world, it is dub that represents the recording technique that makes reggae tick.

While it has been a belief of mine that reggae and especially dub are as global (and influential) as any other
major form of music, I have never had any real proof other than my own sense and rhetoric. The day has arrived that someone has made the attempt. Brazilian Bruno Natal, film director and XLR8R Magazine writer, has recently finished his sweeping documentary on the history of dub and it’s effect on on the world of dance music and the word is, breathtaking. It’s called Dub Echoes, and although there are only a few limited screenings as of now, expect it to be available shortly as interest has been piqued. Until then, I have a short preview for you…

Event: Chalice In The Palace

…Saturday night isn’t the time for chilling out an watching movies at home. If you’ve got the urge to go out at all The Gig has got to be a part of your plans. Especially for fans of Jamaican music, because your man Marcus will be kickin’ out some reggae vibes at one of Milwaukee’s premiere reggae events. I, with reggae creator Eltronix and DJ AVETS will be playing reggae from Jamaica and all over the world as well. The show is called Chalice In The Palace and ska, downbeat, dub, roots, dancehall and dubstep all figure into the mix. So come on down and pull a pitcher or put down a Red Stripe and get down to some of the best island music in Milwaukee.

Once again it’s all happening this Saturday at The Gig1132 E. Wright st. (one block east of Humboldt, in Riverwest)… See you all there.

Are You Feeling This: Damien Marley

One of my favorite reggae artist is Damien Marlely. His album “Welcome to Jamrock” was amazing. Check out his premiere video for One Loaf of Bread(Something For You). It is off the compilation Gang War.The message is very powerful.