Spice – Queen of Dancehall (Biography)

Born Grace Hamilton in Jamaica’s poverty-stricken Old Braeton community in Portmore, St. Catherine, Spice took her first step into the music scene from a church girl to a dancehall queen in 2000 at the annual music festival Sting. There, she delivered an excellent performance in front of Sting’s usually acerbic… Continue reading

Dancehall Pop Producer Ricky Blaze Drops New Video “SLAM!”

The dancefloor is on fire as people move to the Caribbean rhythm of “Slam!”, the latest release by producer/DJ/artist, Ricky Blaze. The video’s director, Peter Dmitriyev filmed an authentic Jamaican-styled bashment party. It is the type where choreographed dance moves are jaw-dropping spectacles, and everyone is shrouded in a dimly… Continue reading

Shabba’s makes a Grammy Housecal

  THERE was no hotter act in the Jamaican dancehall going into the 1990s than Shabba Ranks. It seemed inevitable that he would break into the American mainstream with his mix of ghetto swag and bedroom bravado. (Jamaica Observer) His American breakthrough came in 1991 with As Raw As Ever,… Continue reading

Renowned Greensleeves Record Label Celebrates 40th Anniversary

Legendary U.K. based reggae label, Greensleeves Records will celebrate its 40th anniversary with new and commemorative product releases and multiple events in London, Paris and New York throughout Spring and Summer 2017. The festivities will commence in April for Record Store Day and continue through September capping at the Notting… Continue reading

VP Records Strictly The Best Series returns November 18

Year after year, VP Records’ Strictly The Best has proven itself as the go-to series in reggae. Whether it’s currently on top of the Jamaican charts, a huge underground seller in the streets or a massive club jam, Strictly The Best’s annual series provides DJs and fans alike with the… Continue reading

An epic 12th edition of the Montreal International Reggae Festival

For the 12th consecutive year, The Old Port of Montreal vibrated to the sweet sounds of reggae music with the best international artists, this year under clever skies! On Friday, after solid performances from Kaisha Lee, Face-T and his band as well as Jah Cutta, Beres Hammond was once again… Continue reading

Shabba Ranks – Biography

Shabba Ranks, whose real name is Rexton Rawlston Fernando Gordon, was born on January 17, 1966 in the parish of St. Ann, Jamaica. He made his debut on Admiral Tibet’s sound sytem Roots Melody. In 1985, he recorded his first title Heat Under Sufferers Feet under the pseudonym Co-Pilot. He… Continue reading

Dexta Daps – Biography

Dexta Daps was born in Seaview Gardens, Jamaica, known for reggae legends such as Shabba Ranks, Bounty Killer, Elephant Man and Garnett Silk. Growing up in the poverty stricken streets he learnt to take out his frustration the best way he knew how, through music. “I would hear the melodic… Continue reading

New CD King Jammy x Roots, Reality and Sleng Teng

On July 24, 2015 VP Records vintage imprint 17 North Parade will release a brand new 2CD/DVD reggae anthology from King Jammy, one of Jamaica’s most influential producers of all time. Entitled Roots, Reality And Sleng Teng, the comprehensive collection chronicles Lloyd “King Jammy” James’ productions throughout the various styles and… Continue reading

‘A Reggae Journey’ for Best of the Best Music Fest

VP Records and Best of the Best Concert has come together to continue preserving reggae’s culture by presenting ‘A Reggae Journey’ exhibition during the 9th Annual Best of the Best Music Fest. The exhibition features images and artifact from some of the world’s most loved and admired reggae artists. (Miami,… Continue reading