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Hidden Gem: Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad *Chill Reggae Jams

June 15th, 2011 by | Chill/Jam/Reggae, Hidden Gem |

When post people think of Reggae, they think of sipping Coronas on the beach in the summer, but there is much more to it, and New York’s Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad is showing the world just that. Of course, they can do summer BBQ jams, but they get darker too, with more intense dub stuff as well. Check out a sampler of their Giant Panda’s music after the jump:


The Green live at The Key Club *review

May 4th, 2011 by | Alternative/Indie, Before Bigs Exclusive, Concert/Festival Review, Reviews |

When it comes to reggae, The Green are one of the best acts today. After hearing their self-titled album that won iTunes 2010 Reggae Album of the Year, I had fairly high aspirations for the group even though I’m not a reggae fan. Below is my review of their show on Saturday April 30 at the Key Club in Los Angeles.

I got there 15 minutes into the The Green’s set but felt I didn’t miss a thing. Their was a consistently strong energy from the crowd in response to The Green’s jams. I particularly enjoyed the guitarist’s energy and when he chimed in on vocals. The lead singer and the bass guitarist had great vocals as well. The harmonized vocals was what stood out to me the most and I really enjoyed the hooks on all the songs I heard from them. You can tell this band really works well together and has fun performing.

The only negative I would say is the songs were too chill for my tastes as I’m not a reggae fan and after the show, my interest in reggae didn’t grow too much.

However if you’re a fan of reggae you will enjoy The Green live. They have a catchy jamming-out style and their energy really gets the crowd into it. Here’s my favorite song they played.
The Green – What Will Be Will Be
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The Green – The Green (Album)

April 29th, 2011 by | Alternative/Indie |

Now that summer’s coming up, I think everyone needs some more reggae music in their lives. I mean, who isn’t thinking about hanging out in some great weather? Anyway, Hawaii’s THE GREEN will fulfill all of your wishes for some music that you can turn on and, no matter where you are or what time of year it is, imagine that you’re hanging at the beach in summertime. Their music is cool because they add a unique Hawaiian vibe to their sound, which is something you don’t see in most reggae today.

Hidden Gem – John Brown’s Body

April 5th, 2011 by | Hidden Gem, Music Video |

To a lot of people, reggae began and ended with the legendary Bob Marley. No doubt he’s a legend, but John Brown’s Body, the self-described “Future Roots” group out of the northeast, is making sure Reggae does not stop there. JBB pays homage to those who came before while at the same they are taking Reggae to new places. JBB’s sound is so authentic that one often forgets that the group is actually from America and not from somewhere like Kingston, Jamaica. Check out some tracks to hear what I’m talking about: (more…)

more black & yellow madness *reggae cover + 3 new mashups

February 17th, 2011 by | Alternative/Indie, Dance, Mashup |

Uh oh, more “Black & Yellow” remixes. However the above song is an awesome cover by Cris Cab with a reggae feel.

Anyways, the first song below is the dope alternative/reggae cover by Cris Cab (video above). I love the acoustic guitar, the reggae drums and overall the different direction Cris Cab takes it.
Cris Cab – Black & Yellow
Then we got 3 mashups, a superbowl mashup from Mother Earth Remixes, The Hood Internet mixing “Black & Yellow” with The Go! Team and Cake Effect mashing “Black & Yellow” with Rusko.

The Hood Internet – Brigade & Yellow [Wiz Khalifa x The Go! Team]
Mother Earth Remixes – Black and Yellow vs Green and Yellow (Superbowl Mashup)
Cake Effect – Say Black & Yellow Everyday (Rusko x Wiz)

Loggy & Goone collaboration *dope party jamming

February 9th, 2011 by | Hip-Hop/Rap, Pop |

Above is the artwork to Goone’s upcoming mixtape, Grapefruit Starship. Goone and Loggy recently collaborated on “Black Out” which is off the mixtape which drops this week! I like this collaboration as both artists make good party rap songs and them working together only make it more dope.
Goone – Black Out ft. Loggy (prod. by Judge)
Double Bonus: Loggy recently dropped a track in ode to Bob Marley since it was his birthday earlier this week. The song samples the Bob Marley classic, “Mr. Brown”.
Loggy – Bob Marley (Happy Birthday)
Last week Goone dropped another party hip-pop track called “Hypnotized” which is solid, not my favorite from him, but good if your looking for an upbeat song with silly lyrics.
Hypnotized ft. O.V. (prod. by Judge)

A little bit of Reggae…

December 22nd, 2010 by | Alternative/Indie |

The song above isn’t quite reggae but Matisyahu does produce more reggae type tracks besides the one above. We never post any reggae material, so here’s a couple reggae jams you might not have heard of but there’s a good chance you will be jammin’ to.

The Green – What Will Be Will Be

My Peoples – Tell Me

Concert Review: Jimmy Cliff at Reggae Fest 8/14/10

August 26th, 2010 by | Before Bigs Exclusive, Miscellaneous, Pop |

This is kind of late but on Saturday August 14, I went to see the horse races at Del Mar Race Track and was fortunate enough to see Jimmy Cliff perform after the races for the Reggae Fest they held that night at the Fairgrounds. I recorded the video above, I know not the best quality, that’s why I put another video below that gives you a better idea of Jimmy Cliff.

Jimmy Cliff is currently the only living musician to receive the Order of Merit, the highest honor granted by the Jamaican government for achievement in the arts and sciences, and Cliff was one of five inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year.

He performed all of his classic songs including “I Can See Clearly Now”, “The Harder They Come” and “You Can Get It If You Really Want” as well as some of his other hits. I enjoyed most of his music very that day and filmed most of his songs but uploaded my favorite by him.

Below enjoy the official music video to “The Harder They Come” one of my other favorites by him. Enjoy!


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