February 3rd, 2008

Up-to-the-Time, Down-to-the-Minute

It’s hard to keep up with dancehall’s now ting from farin, which is why I’m both grateful to and surprised by the way some London brethren keep up on things. Of course, London’s a very Jamaican place at this point, but so’s Boston, in certain corners, and I guess I just gotta get out more. (Fat chance, eh Nico?)

At any rate, thanks to London blog like Heatwave and Vanity of the Vanities, I’m feeling pretty caught up at the moment. Check these two sets of selections, including a judicious overview of the contempo scene from V of the V, for some round-to-the-hour hypeness —

Heatwave, “Rowdy Bashment 2007”


Vanity of the Vanities, “Unknown Number”

Dare I say that dancehall’s back into one of its regular upswings in energy and creativity? I dare — and that’s despite (or b/c of?) what Dave Stelfox has hailed (mourned?) as Jamaica’s full-on embrace of the digital.

And is it just me, or is 17 the new 27? I mean, raaaaatid, Steven “di Genius” McGregor is not only proving himself a prodigy, he’s downright prolific. Got some range too, as evidenced by the several riddims of his running thru that Vanities mix.

It occurs to me that — pon the Yankee side — Souljah Boy Tellem is also 17. As is my favorite yung juke producer, DJ Nate. Not to put too fine a point on it, but that means they’re all 90s babies.

wtf is in the water these days? can i get sum?


  • 1. Christina  |  February 3rd, 2008 at 4:55 pm

    And let’s not forget about “that likkle boy in Jamaica” QQ. His Rheum Rum choon was fiyaa over the summer!

  • 2. DUTTY ARTZ » Blog A&hellip  |  February 4th, 2008 at 2:06 am

    […] all links via. i’ll rip jumbie-themed JA vinyl another day. until then (spot di 17 yr old genius): […]

  • 3. Richard S.  |  February 4th, 2008 at 4:00 am

    Another 17-year-old: Rye Rye

  • 4. wayneandwax  |  February 4th, 2008 at 9:14 am

    Good call, Richard. Let’s keep em coming.

    And, no doubt, Xtina. Indeed, “Tek It To Dem” by QQ is featured on the Vanities comp. Moreover, they link to this totally awesome vid of a kid doing the “Rum Ram,” suggesting that 7 is the new 17 !

  • 5. Seventeen « Rough I&hellip  |  February 4th, 2008 at 2:54 pm

    […] Seventeen Wayne mentioned a curious phenomenon of the moment (though certainly not the first moment this is happening), that there seems to be a number of 17-year-olds producing music and even making breakthroughs these days.  He also listed a few.  However, especially given Wayne’s fondness for “ghettotech,” I thought I should mention someone else to add to that list - assuming  she hasn’t turned 18 recently… […]

  • 6. Birdseed  |  February 23rd, 2008 at 6:57 pm

    Just found another 17-year-old: Kampstar, (the seemingly most talented) half of promising scale-oriented R&B producers Full Scale.


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