JAMAICAN ENTERTAINMENT SCENE – NEW COMPILATION DISK, NEW ARTISTE BUT OLD VAULT OPENED TO RELEASE MASSIVE HITS
The long wait for the release of the Payback CD is now over. Payback, one of the best Dancehall rhythms to come on the Danger Zone Label this year is now in stores. The CD contains some of Jamaica’s top artists as well as some hot new talent.
Payback features 19 tracks with hitters such as Beenie Man with Buddy, Ce’Cile’s Soft, Capleton’s Snitch and many more as well as new favourites such as Cutty Corn’s Call Me and Hit List’s Different Approach . Although Payback has just now reached the stores, some of the tracks have been receiving good airplay on local and international radio and have already become staples on the dancehall scene.
Payback was produced by Jigsy King and Delmar ‘Della‘ Drummond of Danger Zone Records.
PAYBACK Track List
1. Ce’Cile – Soft
2. Buju Banton – Fi Gyal
3. Beenie Man – Buddy
4. Cutty Corn – Call Me
5. Vybez Kartel – Good
6. Jigsy King – Nutten Naa Gwaan
7. Capleton – Cyaa Dead
8. Ras Frazer – Take Dem
9. Mr Easy – Place a Run
10. I Octane – Last Days
11. Hitlist – Different Approach
12. Capleton – Snitch
13. Frisko Kid – Trouble
14. Lukie D – Bruk it Off
15. Capelton Ft David House – Deal
16. Banton – Ready Fi Di Rumble
17. Dat-Peppa & G Mafia – Wi Nuh Rate
18. Ginjah – Bun Babylon
19. New Kids – You I like
Cutty Corn: “Music is my life”
Growing up in West Kingston is hard at times but Cutty Corn credits this upbringing for the nurturing of his talent.
Born August 20 1976, Cutty Corn A.K.A. O’Neil Omar Samuels has been around the music for as long as he can remember. From the early days at Tivoli High and Denham Town Primary Cutty could be seen entertaining fellow classmates on the corridors and in classrooms. He spent his spare time after school performing to his friends and perfecting his talent along with the regular school and community concerts. Before going mainstream Cutty Corn was Lead Singer of the Midtown Band, which was an offshoot of the Alpha Boys band.
Cutty Corn has music in his blood, as he is the cousin of renowned dancehall artist Cutty Ranks. Although relatively new to the mainstream music scene, Cutty Corn has been on the big stage since the mid nineties. With shows such as Champions in Action, West Kingston Jamboree and Island Explosion just to name a few under his belt, Cutty Corn has been dubbed one of the emerging talents of 2007.
Cutty Corn has nurtured his vocal talent through years of performances and by following good examples from his favourite artistes who he names as Bob Marley, Sanchez and Wayne Wonder.
Cutty Corn Started recording in the year 2000 and has released several songs that have received credible reviews from the industry. In 2006 he recorded the song “She Gone” on the Errol Dunkley Ghetto Vibes Label and also “Hustling” Ft Vegas produced by Gary G, he later did “Penitentiary Cry” on the Beat Love Rhythm for the Chilla Label. “Penitentiary Cry” received good airplay but was bettered by “Lucky Day” on the Jamdown Rhythm for Danger Zone Records released in early 2007.
Despite working with some of the best producers in the business such as Jigsy King and Della and having received regular airplay along with being a staple in the dancehall, Cutty Corn has just recently made the transition from the underground scene to the mainstream and now believes he has lived a life of music.
“Music keeps me going, when you have the music you can’t stop, when i see people love my lyrics i want to do more. Music is my life” ? Cutty Corn, who appears courtesy of Danger Zone Records.
For the first time ever VP Records is opening its immense vaults of Reggae, Dancehall and Soca/Calypso to all collectors and music enthusiasts through their new imprint ‘17 North Parade‘.
The history of 17 North Parade begun over 40 years ago, when reggae pioneers Vincent Chin and his wife Patricia moved their record store to 17 North Parade a former ice cream parlour in downtown Kingston. It quickly became the centre of the burgeoning reggae music scene distributing foreign and local music throughout the island.
Above the new store they constructed a recording studio aptly called ‘Randy’s Studio 17‘ which became the recording facility of choice for the majority of Reggae’s most prominent artists, writers and producers. ‘Randy’s Studio 17‘ played host to Bob Marley & The Wailers who recorded parts of Catch A Fire there, Dennis Brown, Gregory Isaacs, Lee “Scratch” Perry, Bunny Lee, Niney The Observer, as well as foreign artists looking for the authentic reggae sound such as Quincy Jones and Joe Cocker.
It is a well-known fact that ‘Randy’s Studio 17‘ had one of if not the largest catalogues of Reggae, Dancehall and Soca/Calypso music in the world. These catalogues have been amassed over many decades between the 60s and 90s and are now being made available to the public. Rare tracks, that in the past could only be listened to on vinyl, have now been digitally re-mastered and are available on CD, giving an even better sound than the original releases.
The first set of re-mastered tracks from the VP Records’ 17 North Parade vaults were released in early 2007 and include Culture & Don Carlos Roots & Culture (1982), Yellowman & Fathead Just Cool (1982), Toyan Spar With Me (1982) Little John Ghetto Youth (1983) and Zap Pow (1973). These releases are a collectors dream and are a perfect gift for all those who love vintage music.
This is the first time in the history of Reggae and Dancehall that fans can get such a quality supply of local music from ‘back in the day‘ at one place. These tracks are not available anywhere else and boast the quality unsurpassed by today’s music.
VP Record’s 17 North Parade will release two albums every month in 2008. Collectors can look out for Byron Lee and the Dragonnaires and works from great reggae producers such as Augustus ‘Gussie‘ Clarke Donovan Germain, Lloyd ‘King Jammy‘ James, Sly & Robbie and Joe Gibbs who worked with pioneering engineer Errol Thompson.