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Dancehall Past, Present, Future 70’s – 90’s The DJs U-Roy Page 20 Yellowman Page 20 Shabba Ranks Page 21 Supercat Page 21 Ninja Man Page 22 Beenie Man Page 22 Cobra Page 23 Cutty Ranks Page 23


Spragga Benz Page 24 Sister Nancy Page 25 Patra Page 25 Tanya Stephens Page 26 Lady Saw Page 26

Dj Spice, Bob Marley’s Tribute to Freedom™, Universal Orlando City Walk, Orlando, FL

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Turn It Up

Selector’s Choice Page 6


Generation Y Page 8

All Access contributors page

Bashment Sessions Live! Page 19


Mecury Rising Page 34


Sex & Dancehall: The 1 Reason We Can’t Get Enough Page 36 Digital Dancehall Page 47 Tarrus Riley talks about his life, love, and the reason his music is so “Contagious”

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Bashment Sessions™ Magazine Team Chief Editor Yolanda Turner Contributing Editor Courtney Allen

Graphics/Art Department Art Director Yolanda Turner Diane Hudson Sashi Designs Raoul Turner Media Dreams Graphics Wayne Newman Rude Bwoy Graphics

Photography Edward “EJ” Jordon III Edward Jordon Photography Music has always been an important part of my life. It’s been with me during my highest peaks and my lowest plains. As I reflect, I cannot recall a time when we’ve ever been separated. Through the years I’ve been introduced to the melodies, arrangements, and lyrical content of various genres of music and I’ve come to realize that music transcends culture, creed, and race. It has taken me on a fantastic journey and now my journey has lead me here; a place where I can express my love for music and display my appreciation to the artists that have been with me along the way. Giving me a voice when I can’t

find the words. After all, that’s what great music does. This edition of Bashment Sessions features Tarrus Riley, one of Reggae music’s rising icons. Tarrus Riley is not just a singer; he’s a consummate performer with the amazing ability to communicate in every genre of music. By doing so he’s gained the admiration of diverse audiences across the globe and stands to be one of the most consistent and significant artists in reggae music to date.  Enjoy!

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SelectorsChoice DJ KIRKY - C

Famed selector and owner of Florida’s Notorious Poison Dart Sound, Inc.


Began his professional career in 1988


Spins tunes longside other international selectors & DJs including Tony Matterhorn (Dutty Wine) and Squingy (Bass Oddessy) Selector for internatinal superstars including Buju Banton, Beenie Man, WayneWonder, and Sizzla Kalongi. General Kirky-C, as he is referred to by his Jamaican breden, is one of the most sought after selectors in the business. His popularity is attributed to the fact that he is, in a large part, responsible for mainstreaming the fusion of reggae and hip-hop in night clubs across the state of Florida. Also that Poison Dart Sound, Inc., with Kirky-C at the helm, has captured numerous sound clash awards and consistently brings patrons to frenzy wherever they play.

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“…tunes guaranteed to mash up di place!” Buju Banton — “Wanna Be Loved” Sizzla — “Solid as a Rock” Sizzla — “Where do You Go” Sizzla — “Holding Firm” Sizzla — “Just One of Those Days” Jah Mason — “My Princess Gone” Capelton — “That Day Will Come” Capelton — “Slue Them” Beenie Man — “Hypocrite” Damian Marley — “Welcome to Jamrock” Jr. Reid — “One Blood” Kirky-C began revolutioning the art of djing 20 years ago and has been moving like a nuclear ever since, raising the bar for others to follow! Log on to for more on DJ Kirky-C Photography by Edward “EJ” Jordon III

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No other magazine will keep you on the cutting edge quite like Bashment Sessions™ Magazine. It’s packed to the max with celebrity interviews, reviews of the latest dancehall and reggae tracks, listings of the hottest spots to hear the best Caribbean music, and much, much more!



We’re Jamming! Bob Marley: A Tribute to FreedomSM, Universal City Walk Orlando. Enjoy savory Jamaican-inspired dishes and live reggae music while you partake in this one-of-a-kind experience at Bob’s Place. Open 7 days weekly. Bob Marley merchandise available for purchase. log on to for more on menu items, hours of operation, and special entertainment.


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Best of the Best Dancehall Past, Present, & Future 1970s-1990s dj’s

For more than 20 years dancehall music, for better or worse, has defined the culture of Jamaica and other parts of the Caribbean. From Kingston to Canada, across the UK and the USA, the music, born out of the ghettos of Jamaica, West Indies, has progressively conquered the world. Although it has been widely criticized for its explicit nature, dancehall undeniably embodies the sexuality, danger, and excitement of the culture. It’s brash, inappropriate, and overbearing; yet sexy, alluring, and energetic. This four part series pays tribute to the DJs, producers, sounds, and singers who, despite constant protests and propaganda, influenced an entire culture and revolutionized the world of music.

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bestofthebest Name: Winston Foster Alias: Yellow Man Era of Dominance: Early/Late 80’s Signature Style: Humorously explicit Lyrics, Ragga, Dancehall Career Milestones: 1981’s Them Mad Ova Me ft. track Me Kill Barnie Breakout Moment: 1982’s Junjo Lawes produced Mr. Yellowman ft. hits Getting Married & Zungguzungguguzungguzeng (secured a deal with CBS records) Successful Collaborations: Fathead Influence: Instrumental in establishing dancehall as an indomitable force Shabba Ranks, Ninjaman Inspiration: U-Roy

Name: Ewart Beckford Alias: U-Roy/The Originator Era of Dominance: Late 60’s – Late 80’s Signature Style: Dancehall, Dub, Reggae, Toasting, Rockteady Career Milestone: Duke Reid-produced 1970’s hit singles Wake the Town, Rule the Nation, & Wear You to the Ball Breakout Moment: Circa 1975 Signed to Virgin Record Label after a his reggae hit Soldering was covered by popular American Duo Hall & Oates — A mass succession of LPs, singles, and collaborations followed including debut LP Dread Inna Babylon, Natty Rebel, & 1978’s EP titled Live Successful Collaborations: Production Duo Sly & Robbie, Coxon Dodd, Lee “Scratch” Perry, Peter Tosh, Dennis Brown, & Gregory Isaacs (among others) Influence: Pioneered and popularized the style of “Toasting”, One of the first Superstars of Jamaican Djing, Awarded Jamaica’s Order of Distinction Inspired: Charlie Chaplin, Josey Wales, Shabba Ranks, Yellow Man, Jamaican Djing, and the Hip-Hop culture 22

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Name: William Maragh Alias: Supercat / Don Dada Era of Dominance: Late 80’s — Early 90’s Signature Style: Ragga, Reggae Fusion Career Milestones: One of the first Dj’s to diversify the Us Market — A Pioneer of Reggae Fusion Break Out Moment: 1992 Album Don Dada Successful Collaborations: Notorious BIG, Method Man, Mary J. Blige, Sugar Ray, Heavy D Influenced: Damian “Jr. Gong”Marley, Sean Paul, Collie Buddz Inspiration: Early B, Dillinger

Name: Rexton Fernando Gordon Alias: Shabba Ranks Era of Dominance: Late 80’s — Early/Mid 90’s Signature Style: Ragga, Dancehall, Reggae Fusion Career Milestones: 1988’s Wicked Inna Bed, Mr. Loverman, & Telephone Love Break Out Moment: 1991 Epic Records Debut As Raw As Ever Successful Collaborations: KRS-ONE, Johnnie Gill, Maxi Priest Influence: One of Dancehall’s most influential artists, 1st dancehall artist to win a Grammy award. Trailblazer for other crossover artists including Shaggy & Sean Paul Inspiration: Charlie Chaplin, Yellow Man, Josey Wales

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bestofthebest Name: Moses Davis Alias: Beenie Man Era of Dominance: Mid/Late 80’s — Early/Mid/Late 90’s – 2000’s Signature Style: Dancehall, Ragga, Roots, Reggae Career Milestone: 1983’s LP The Invincible Beenie Man: The 10 Year Old Dj, 1984’s single Under Mi Sensi, 1993’s hit single Matie, Breakout Moment: 1997’s hit single Who Am I established Beenie Man as an international artist Successful Collaborations: Junjo Lawes, Niney Holiness, Third World, Lady Saw, Chevelle Franklin, Wyclef Jean, Janet Jackson, Barrington Levy, Dennis Brown (among many others) Influence: 1998 Headlined Reggae Sunplash, 2000 received Grammy Award for Art & Life Inspiration: Ninjaman, Shabba Ranks, Admiral Bailey

Name: Desmond Ballentine Alias: Ninja Man / Brother Desmond Era of Prominence: Late 80’s — Early 90’s Signature Style: Dancehall, Freestyle lyricist, Clash Dj Career Milestone: 1987’s Protection & 1988’s Cover Me Break Out Moment: Time is Serious ft. Shabba Ranks & Admiral Tibett Successful Collaborations: Shabba Ranks, Cocoa Tea, Gregory Isaacs Inspiration: Early B, Supercat


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Name: Phillip Thomas Alias: cutty ranks Era of Dominance: late 80’s — Early/Mid/Late 90’s Signature Style: Ragga, Dancehall Career Milestone: Hit singles — Limb by Limb, A Who Sey Me Dun, Six Million Ways to Die Breakout Moment: 1991 LP The Stopper ft. title track Successful Collaborations: Marcia Griffiths, Beres Hammond, Wayne Wonder, Dennis Brown Influence: Drum & Bass and Jungle DJs — Singles heavily sampled Inspiration: Josey Wales, Shabba Ranks

Name: Ewart Brown Alias: Mad Cobra/Cobra Era of Dominance: Mid/Late 80’s — Early/Mid/Late 90’s Signature Style: Dancehall, Ragga Career Milestone: 90’s Penthouse Label produced singles Gundelero, Yush; Bobby Digital Produced Tek Him Breakout Moment: 92’ LP Hard to Wet, Easy to Dry ft. hit single Flex Top 10 on R&B chart, topped billboard rap chart Successful Collaborations: Beres Hammond, Mr. Vegas Influence: 1st Dancehall artist to top Billboard Rap Singles chart Inspiration: Ninjaman, Shabba Ranks

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bestofthebest Name: Andrew Bradford Alias: Buccaneer Era of Prominence: 90’s Signature Style: Ragga Career Milestones: 1994 single Hey Yah, Hey Yah Break Out Moment: Performance at 1995 Reggae Sumfest Successful Collaborations: Beenie Man, Wayne Wonder, Rancid Influenced: 1st to record Mavado

Name:Carlton Grant Alias: Spragga Benz Era of Dominance: Early 90’s Signature Style: Dancehall/ Reggae Career Milestone: Hit Singles Love me Gun, Steely & Clevie — produced Girls Hooray, & Wintson Riley — produced Could a Deal Breakout Moment: 1992’s CD Two Bad DJs ft. hit single She Nuh Ready Yet (Hype up) Successful Collaborations: Beenie Man, Tanya Stephens, Wyclef Jean, Kevin Little Influence: Founded Stay in School charitable organization and the Carlisle Foundation in memory of his deceased son Carlton Jr

“Higher in a life yuh a profile a do yuh best. How dem fi pull yuh dung when yuh a Jah bless.” — She Nuh Ready Yet (Hype Up) Spragga Benz


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Name: Dorothy Smith Alias: Patra/Lady Patra Era of Dominance: Mid 90’s — Early 2000’s Signature Style: Ragga, Dancehall, Dance Career Milestone: Featured on Shabba Ranks’ 1994 Billboard hit Family Affair Break Out Moment: Debut Album Queen of the Pack No. 1 on Reggae album chart/ ft. US charting singles Think & Worker Man Successful Collaborations: Rapper Yo-Yo, R&B artists Aaron Hall and Christopher Williams Influence: Successful Crossover artist

Name: Ophlin Russell-Myers Alias: Sister Nancy / Muma Nancy Era of Dominance: Early/Mid 80’s Signature Style: Dancehall, Sinjay Career Milestone: 1980’s Papa Dean Breakout Moment: 1982’s Album One Two ft. single Bam Bam Successful Collaborations: Yellowman, Brigadier Jerry Influence: 1st female dancehall Dj, 1st female DJ to perform at Reggae Sunplash, 1st female DJ to perform internationally. Received several awards including Jamaican Federeation Award 92’ & 93’ and Woman Power Award 2008 Inspired: Shelly Thunder, Lady Saw, Macka Diamond

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bestofthebest Name: Vivienne Stephenson Alias: Tanya Stephens Era of Dominance: Late 90’s — 2000’s Signature Style: Dancehall, Lyricist Career Milestones: 1996’s hit single Yuh Nah Ready Fi Dis Yet Break Out Moment: 2004’s Top 10 Reggae Album Gangsta Blues ft. single It’s a Pity Successful Collaborations: Garnett Silk, Spragga Benz Inspiration: Cherine Anderson

Name: Marian Hall Alias: Lady Saw Era of Dominance: Mid 90’s/2000’s Signature Style: Provocative Lyrics, Dancehall, Ragga Career Milestone: Hit Singles Under the Sycamore Tree, No Long Talkin Break Out Moment: 2004 single Strip Tease ft. I Got Your Man Successful Collaborations: Gwen Stefani, Missy Elliot, Beenie Man Influence: Grammy award — winning artist for Underneath it All w/Gwen Stefani Inspiration: Tenor Saw

“Every thug every thug need a gansta gal fi hug. Yuh dun know a mi dat got yuh back baby.” — Gansta Gal Tanya Stephens


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A what dem make gun for mi nuh see no good what it a do round yah A mi name Tarrus an mi fi tell yuh so... What dem make guns for A what dem make gun for mi nuh see no good what it a do round yah

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A mi name Tarrus an mi fi tell yuh so what dem make guns for Living the life as a gun man I strike fear in a yuh heart all sort a people a walk wit me an nuh fraid fi pop mi off mi seh blow see it deh everyting dead off in a


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When reggae music superstar Bob Marley died in 1981, Tarrus Riley was barely two years old; too young to understand the impact Bob’s music would have on his life. Now, almost 2 decades later, Tarrus’s melodious voice and contemporary brand of conscious lyrics has helped to propel him to the forefront of reggae music. And though his auspicious career is being compared to that of his predecessor, which he states is a humbling distinction, Tarrus is poised and ready to create a legend of his own!

BSM: For readers who don’t quite know your musical history, tell us how long you’ve been performing reggae music? T.R: My fatha’s a singer. His name is Jimmy Riley an because a dat I had di privilege to be around music very early, yuh know. So — I started in di music as a DJ — I mean a Jamaican rap DJ. I used to idolize Shabba Ranks an Stitchy an Tiger an Buju — that’s my generation of music. So — yuh know, we used to be pon the street and we see a lotta great man like Sly an Robbie, Willie Lindo, Beres Hammond, Dennis Brown, long before me even like music. I recorded my first song like bout 11 — between 11 and 13, dem time deh, yuh know as a DJ — offa mi fatha’s label, Live and Promotion. Also Heavy Beats Records yuh know. That is Willie Lindo’s ting. — A lot of mi fatha’s friend dem used to gimmie a vibes an encourage me. Then — I record a real album name Challenges, which is my first album as a singa because true dat time — I 30

“I used to idolize Shabba Ranks an Stitchy an Tiger an Buju — that’s my generation of music.” was jus wantin fi do music more. I start grow an learn more about di instruments an how fi write songs an — here comes Challenges produced by Mr. Fraser (Dean) and released on the Ya Man Music label. So — it’s a Canon an Ya Man vibes — It was cool. I think it was released like O-tree. It was sometime around deh. BSM: I would describe your sound as a fusion of conscious reggae, R&B, and lover’s rock delivered w/ a subtle, yet provoking authority. Give us more insight to the Tarrus Riley sound.

T.R: If yuh know about my music — yuh can expect me fi sound jus like di record, if not betta wit the musicianship an all — an di arrangements an ting. So — my music — I jus call healing music. My motha’s a nurse an my fatha’s a singa — my motha’s a singa yuh know, but she’s a bathroom singa, but professionally she’s a nurse an my fatha’s a singa — so I describe my music as healing music — yet still yuh know it’s different. I’m not really preaching to people yuh know, me jus a give yuh someting positive, but at di same time it’s enjoyable an I wan yuh to dance, I wan yuh to sing, Bashment Sessions Magazine

I wan yuh to enjoy yourself because music is entertainment an also edu-tainment. A likkle education haffi in deh too. BSM: Let’s talk about the album Contagious. It’s your 3rd release on the VP label. What inspired the name? T.R: Well, it’s not really VP yuh know — to be honest an truthful yuh know. It’s my third release, the second one distributed (with emphasis) by VP. It’s really a Canon Production record yuh know an VP Records distribute my album. So — I’m not really — it’s not really a VP ting, but we an

VP link togetha an we a family same way. So — it’s my third album. It’s called Contagious. It’s better than di swine flu — an its betta than any germ — yuh know. A lotta people spread germs, a lotta people spread news — we spread music. The reason why we call it Contagious is because we wan everyone to get it an also — I believe my music is contagious an I think it’s a good ting. So there’s some nice tracks an there’s some interesting tracks — I don’t like fi talk too much. I like fi di people listen dem self — mek dem own assumption, but if yuh like di first album or di second album, dis one

“I describe my music as healing music — yet still yuh know it’s different. I’m not really preaching to people yuh know, me jus a give yuh someting positive, but at di same time it’s enjoyable an I wan yuh to dance, I wan yuh to sing, I wan yuh to enjoy yourself because music is entertainment an also edu-tainment. A likkle education haffi in deh too.” Bashment Sessions Magazine

jus as good. We give it di same time an effort an energy — so yuh should pick it up. BSM: Who is the inspiration for the music on this CD? T.R: The music is fi everyone — the music is fi all colors, all nationalities, all — all a everyone. BSM: The CD is definitely a compilation of all types of music and I love that because you really understand how music touches people. It brings people together. I give thanks to you for that. T.R: Thank you — BSM: I was in Montego Bay, Jamaica about 2 years ago and I saw you perform She’s Royal during Reggae Sumfest. I remember thinking Wow! It was so great to be in the audience at that moment. What can fans expect when they attend a Tarrus Riley show? 31

T.R: Yuh come to my show jus come free and jus come fi listen. Put pon your dancin shoes ca we a go dance. Put pon your listnin’ ears ca yuh a go listen — BSM: Tarrus, is there a lot of pressure for you to transition to a more commercial sound to expand your listening audience? T.R: I cyaan really change. I jus haffi be me yuh know. If yuh look inna di world yuh have different fruits — yuh have banana, yuh have mango, yuh have pine, yuh have guava, watermelon… So — I haffi be my own fruit an people haffi jus sample me an yuh know — choose or refuse. A whole heap a compromisin come wit dem ting deh. Di higher da monkey climb, di greater him exposed yuh know. So yuh have a whole heap a compromisin tings happen di more famous an popular an everyone looking at yuh. But mi wan keep mi music rootical still. So - mi nah really plan fi cross ova yuh know, dem haffi go crossova to me. (smile) BSM: When you’re in the recording studio do you use what everyone in the industry is using now-a-days like synthesizers and drum machines and things or do you take the band inside the studio? T.R: Nuttin is wrong with it yuh know, but we stay on the live side. I play a couple instruments likkle bit fi jus write my songs an we have some great musicians in Jamaica dat mek di music. Nuttin is wrong wit synthesizer sound jus depends — the sound that yuh looking for but di live drum tends to be ageless. So di live drum lives on. Dats why yuh can sing Bob music today cause di drum live. It’s live — it’s living yuh know. It cyaan die. So sometimes when the sounds change — if yuh use a particular sound — like if yuh listen to eighties music yuh can hear that sound. Even now-a-days yuh listen to T.P. ting an all a dem ting deh, not to bash it, but a particular sound. Ten years from now, a couple years from now yuh seh “rememba T.P. an dem” dat was di sound at di time, yuh know… BSM: Yeah, it transcends time. A lesson to the younger artists… T.R: I’m not fighting — but an acoustic guitar is an acoustic guitar always an foreva yuh know. A piano is a piano always and foreva, but maybe a particular drum sound is di sound fi today, but maybe next 32

“The reason why we call it Contagious is because we wan everyone to get it an also — I believe my music is contagious an I think it’s a good ting.” couple years dem have a betta one or a different one or whateva yuh know. BSM: The previous generation thrived on conscious lyrics sang by Bob Marley, Jimmy Riley, Freddie Mcgregor and many others. Fast forward to Tarrus Riley. Your music is emerging in a very sexually aggressive society. Is it a challenge to attract this generation of listeners to conscious lyrics? T.R: Long before Tarrus Riley, dem did a ting name sex sells. So maybe dem like fi see di girls dem dress up — I like see sometimes too an — yuh neva know — so we just — fi be honest, we jus fi be honest. We sing some songs and we’re not singin any fiction. We’re not singin anyting about separation. We sing about all different kind a tings dat people go tru an we sing dem pon a variety a riddims. So who knows which one will go where. I make the music fi everyone an yuh know — we all right yuh know. Yeh, we all right because I wan da people dem know dat we nah really a look fi success outside a ourselves yuh know. Yuh cyaan really pick up success in a supermarket or pick it up on di road. We come successful yuh know – so we are confident an good ova evil every time. BSM: Many musical celebrities use their influence to bring about change in their communities and abroad. Why the song Start a New? T.R: We a make music, like yuh seh, soul music. We sing songs against domestic violence — “Start a New”. I mean dat’s probably not di thing people wan fi promote, but it’s a real ting, yuh know — BSM: …It gives people something to relate to. It’s a lot of people out there, like you said, that are looking for something. It’s speaking on the issue and it’s also giving them hope. It’s giving them something to say, ya know I can start a new. They don’t have to be caught up in

the cycle… T.R: …Yeh dat domestic violence cycle, dat self abuse. Dat me a deal wit. To me dat is di people I wan fi reach. I wan fi bring it to everyone home. So if yuh nah see mi pon di tv nuttin nah wrong ca mi inna yuh heart. So is all good an yuh know — BSM: How do you market Tarrus’s style to listeners whose only experience with reggae is say Shaggy or Sean Paul? T.R: Wit no disrespect to people name Sean Paul and Shaggy, di man dem great yuh know cause di man deh, yuh know, tek it to di world an people listen an we love dat, but I mean — like we seh we have different flavors. We have different colors. We have different people — different strokes fi different folks — BSM: When I see you perform I’m reminded of Toots Hibert and Jimmy Cliff, and Bob, the people that go on stage allow the music to inspire their every move. When I leave a venue or when I listen to a CD that’s what I want to carry with me. As you said, you don’t have to be on TV because you’re in the heart T.R: Nuttin nah wrong wit being pon tv, but it’s really jus afta the tv lock off I still wan be in your mind with the music and the message. So I mean give thanks to Toots, Bob, an di great man dem because a mi fore fathers. We jus deh yah fi do our part an maybe a yute see Tarrus Riley and seh “yo, I wan be like Tarrus Riley.” So that’s cool yuh know — we jus deh yah. BSM: When it’s all said and done, what message do you want to communicate to the fans through your music? T.R: Jus wan di fans dem love demself — rememba to love demself yuh know an this music is not my music yuh know. It’s their music. Afta I mek it an leave the studio it belongs to me no more, yeh, because “She’s Royal” jus a song people jus grab on. I neva release it as a single an when Bashment Sessions Magazine

I was mekin it, it was to mek woman feel nice. So — I jus wan di fans dem to love demself and know dat Tarrus Riley really give thanks fi di support because I’m livin out my dream. A long time mi wan do dis. A long time mi wan grow an be musical. Dem help me manifest my dream so I give dem music to inspire dem and mek dem feel good cause dem help me feel good. Everyone have a heart. Everyone have dem own conscience so I don’t haffi tell dem “you - dis dat.” Mi wan dem fi feel dem own vibes. So — jus love yuhself an we love dem. It’s all about love, brotherly love, sisterly love, and intimate love with your significant other. So it go.

“dis music is not my music yuh know. It’s their music. Afta I mek it an leave the studio it belongs to me no more...”

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Who: Garfield Spence aka Konshens Location: Kingston, JA Genre: Roots, Reggae, Dancehall

Why He’s Hot: » Received Excellence in Music Award for Best New Artist of 2008 » Recognized as Best New Artist of 2008 by Stone Love Sound System » Debut Single “Winner” nominated for Song of the Year (only new artist to receive that distinction) » Featured on Tarrus Riley’s hit single “Good Girl, Gone Bad” » His 2005 single “Pon Di Corner” was #1 on the Japanese music charts for the majority of the year » Performed at most of the major reggae music shows including Reggae Sumfest, IRIE Jam, & Rebel Salute


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Who: Dave St. Albourn Williams AKA Baije Location: Kingston, JA Genre: Roots, Reggae, Dancehall

Why He’s Hot: » Highlighted artist in XLR8R Magazine’s Labels We Love feature on Truckback Records » Video for single “That’s Life” in rotation in over 700 locations nationwide » Upcoming CD Eqilibrium hailed as an “excellent set” by The Jamaica Gleaner » Single “Spliff Long” rapidly climbing the Jamaica Music charts » Multi –paged spread in Natty Dread Magazine

Who: I-Octane Location: Clarendon, Jamaica (Sandy Bay) Genre: Roots, Reggae, Lover’s Rock Why He’s Hot: » Founder of Different Page Annual Community Initiative » Single “Stab Vampire” propelled him to stardom and became a mainstay on the Jamaica Music Countdown charts and many music charts overseas. » Awarded Video of the year in 2007 by EME, HYPE TV, and RETV » Nominated for Best New Artist and Best Dancehall Collaboration on Richie B’s Excellence in Music and Entertainment Awards in 2008 » Rocked the stage at major reggae stage shows including G.T Christmas Extravaganza in 2006 & 2007 Sting 2006 & 2007, Fully loaded 2007, Reggae Sumfest 2009 Bashment Sessions Magazine


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Hey, Cocky nuh play/Me will bruk yuh back/ When yuh come inna mi ramping shop/me will mek yuh run out a mi house inna half a frock/ when yuh come inna mi ramping shop/a gyal eva ride pon it and gi yuh heart attack/when yuh come inna mi ramping shop

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Many claim that dancehall music, with it’s explicit sexual overtones, has a powerful influence on the way people are behaving

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Girls are sexualized at an early age and over exposure to sexually explicit lyrics gives them specific messages about sex


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Songs depicting men as sexual studs and women as sex objects seem to lower their inhibitions and trigger careless sexual behavior

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The Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica recently instituted a ban that prohibits radio and television stations from airing sexually explicit songs including songs that promote the widely popular erotic dance called “daggering�


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Vybz Kartel’s sexually explicit lyrics are believed to be the catalyst for the Jamaican Broadcasting Commission’s recent ban on erotic music

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What they’re saying‌ the lyrics are very influential. People tend to mimic the behavior touted in the songs. The explicitness of the dancehall culture is negatively impacting the community and society as a whole. The music is an honest reflection of the life in the grimmest areas of the island. People should have freedom to choose what the type of music they want to hear.

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charts Hot 102 FM’s Top 10 Dancehall Singles TW 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

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WOC 12 10 20 8 12 13 8 14 9 17

Song — Artist — Label Love Dem (2 wks at No.1) — Vybz Kartel — Heart Of Love Hope & Pray — Mavado — Chrome Records Life (2 wks at No.1) — G Whizz — TJ Records Holiday - Ding Dong feat. Chevaughn — Notice Productions Versatility — Vybz Kartel feat. Gaza Indu — Head Concussion Hustle — Iyara — Rescue Production True Friend (Buss A Shot) — Demarco — Fresh Ear Unfair Officer — WASP —WMP Skip To My Lou — QQ feat. Ding Dong — QQ Production Mockingbird (2 wks at No.1) — Mavado — Firelinks

Hot 102 FM’s Top 10 Reggae Singles TW 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

LW 2 1 3 5 4 7 10 8 9 12

WOC 16 13 16 12 24 12 11 17 12 11

Song — Artist — Label Caan Cool (1 wk at No.1) Khago — Shacoops Music Mama You Alone (2 wks at No.1) I-Octane — Arrows Recording All About You — Wayne Wonder — Big Ship Lioness on the Rise - Queen Ifrica Penthouse Street Life (2 wks at No. ) Richie Spice — Sons of Spoon Always On My Mind George Nooks — Tads Records Try Jah Love — Josie Mel & Smokey Benz Minor 7, Flat 5 Weak To You — Sophia Brown Music Mecca/321 Strong Wash The Tears — Gramps Morgan Dada Son Ent Ghetto Vibes — Lady G — House Of Hits

Billboard’s top 10 reggae albums TW 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

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Bashment Sessions Magazine’s Best of 2009 1. Elephant Man – Nuh Linga 2. Queen I-Frica – Far Away 3. Busy Signal – Money Tree 4. Cherine Anderson – Hey Baby 5. Ce’Cile – Waiting 6. Tarrus Riley – Superman 7. Jah Cure – Sticky 8. Tarrus Riley – Good Girl, Gone Bad 9. Tarrus Riley – Herbs Promotion 10. Busy Signal – Praise and Worship 11. T.O.K – Couple Up 12. Vegas – I am Blessed 13. Sean Paul – Come Over ft. Estelle 14. Mavado – My Life as a G 15. Stephen Marley – Mind Control 16. Queen I-Frica – Keep It to Yourself 17. Marcia Griffith – Automatic ft. Busy Signal 18. Serani- No Games 19. Alaine – Love of a Lifetime 20. Alborosie – Rub –A-Dub Style


21. Assassin – Priority 22. Edwin Yearwood – Handle Ya Business 23. Beres Hammond – See You Again 24. Morgan Heritage – Brooklyn and Jamaica 25. Mavado – Money Changer 26. I-Wayne – Leave if You Want to Leave 27. Chino – Protected 28. G-Whizz – Life 29. Assassin – Pre Dis 30. Queen I-Frica – Daddy 31. Alaine – Spin Me 32. Konshens – Straight Forward 33. Jah Vinci – Watch Your Friends 34. Destra Garcia – Bacchanal 35. Alborosie – Good Woman 36. Delly Ranx – Things Friend 37. Peter Ram – Tight 38. Pressure – Baby Girl 39. Delly Ranx – I’m Going Crazy 40. Pressure – Coming Back For You

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Cover: Nickai for Nickai ‘Canon’ Photography

Tarrus Riley: Interview courtesy of VP Records

Table of Contents: EJ for Edward Jordan III Photography, Nickai for Nickai ‘Canon’ Photography

Konshens: Interview courtesy of Sojah Music

Editor’s Session: Azana Kamilli for Cherri Productions


Selector’s Choice: EJ for Edward Jordan III Photography

Lists courtesy of Richie B at &

Generation Y: EJ for Edward Jordan III Photography

Features Generation Y Models: Roushine, Stevie, & Timbaland Fashion/Accessories: (Page 7) Cords, Levis, visit (Page 8) Cords, Levis, visit Belt, Vans, visit (Page 9) Denim, Levis, visit Belt, Vans, visit Shoe, Creative Recreation, visit Short sleeve shirt, Kaptan Mare, at (Page 10) Earrings, Urban Outfitters, call 813-242-8472. vest, Forever 21, call 813643-4276. (page 11) T-shirt, Kid Robot, visit Denim, True Religion, visit Shoe, Nike, visit, Hat, Vans, visit vans. com. (Page 12) Long-sleeved knit, Ben Sherman, visit Shades, Rocawear, visit (Page 13) Denim, Levis, visit Shoe, Vans, visit


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