On a sunny friday afternoon, after a long catalog shoot at the Halseyan fashion office in Downtown LA, JNaturaL, photographer/beat maker extraordinaire Jeff Wonder, and producer Kim Ryan chop it up over sushi in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles. The three talk about JNaturaL's new short film "DESIRE", how it ties into her new album "LOVE IS ON HIATUS" and why youre going to want to be at the Premiere Party on 6/29/11.
Dancehall/Hip-Hop artist Winstrong is dropping his explosive track and video "Rude Boy" on M9 Entertainment today. The Bay Area based by way of South American is in the studio finishing his Fall 2011 LP, Ghetto Hymns, which features Jah Dan, M1 of Dead Prez, Haiku De Tat and more.
Winstrong has been delivering his brand of “singjay” (a combination of singer and deejay) for a minute. After migrating to the US in his late teens in 94, he started recording at Conscious Sound Productions (Ursa Minor) with Benjamin Grand Depaux and later recorded a Jazz-fusion album Noble Nature.
It was his 2008 debut album, Eye of the Storm, that propelled Winstrong, a devout Rastafarian, onto the national music scene. The single “Sounds of the Gun” (aka "Boom Boom Blah Blah") solidified his place in Reggae history. He has performed with and is featured on compilations with some of the industry’s best, from Capleton, Sizzla, Prince Malachi, Tony Rebel and Black Uhuru’s Mikal Rose to Hip-Hop artists Wu Tang Clan, Snoop Dogg, Warren G and the bay area’s own Delinquents.
Born Winston van Ewyk in 1971 in Paramaribo, Surinam, Winstrong was raised in a family of musicians. His mother was a schoolteacher who always took the time to sing falsetto around family and friends. It was her influence that encouraged Winstrong’s love of music. “My moms used to tell everyone, “Dis kid has something…watch dis…and I’d come up with songs and performances for dem…”
Armed only with his guitar and his voice, Winstrong’s music will inspire and entertain. Ghetto Hymns coming this Fall.
(VP/GREENSLEEVES RECORDS, NEW YORK) - Globally known for featuring the top roots reggae hits that are dominating the charts worldwide, The Biggest Reggae One-Drop Anthems 2011 delivers exactly that when it hits stores on July 12, 2011 from Greensleeves Records.
Featuring reggae dynamites such as Midnite, Gentleman, Tony Rebel, Bunny Lee, Queen Ifrica, Gyptian, Busy Signal, Alborosie, I-Wayne and Romain Virgo, to name just a few of the talents featured on this hit collection, The Biggest Reggae One-Drop Anthems 2011 also showcases Vybz Kartel's first major release on a reggae melody.
With one-drop smashes like "How To Answa" by Midnite, "Changes" from Gentleman, The Green with "Alone," Gyptian on "Where You Belong" featuring the legendary Dean Fraser, Busy Signal on a remake of Beres Hammond's "Tempted To Touch," "I'm Rich In Love" from rising star Romain Virgo, and Vybz Kartel on "Spend Time Dubb'n" (which incorporates dub), The Biggest Reggae One Drop Anthems 2011 highlights Greensleeves' on-going efforts to provide authentic reggae vibes on its compilations, and bring them to the reggae massive, worldwide.
1. How To Answa - Midnite 2. Rasta Chant - J.O.E. 3. Real and Clean - I-Wayne 4. Since You Came In - Copper Cat 5. Bleaching Shop - Esco Levi 6. I Can't Recall - Tony Rebel 7. I Am Rich In Love - Romain Virgo 8. Cow Shit Splash (The Origin Of The One Drop) - Bunny Lee 9. Put The Stereo On - Gappy Ranks 10. Where You Belong - Gyptian ft. Dean Fraser 11. Tempted To Touch - Busy Signal 12. Wha This Pon Me - Romain Virgo 13. Spend Time Dubb'n - Vybz Kartel 14. Alone - The Green 15. Changes - Gentleman 16. It Hard - Queen Ifrica 17. International Drama - Alborosie ft. Guiseppe Tarantino