Posts Tagged ‘Reggae’
By: Rob Brayl
In case you haven’t heard, the one and only Snoop Dogg has released a new single under the name Snoop Lion. No, I’m not kidding. This is actually quite cool, because A.) it’s unexpected and somewhat funny & B.) it’s for an amazing cause: ending gun violence.
On No Guns Allowed, Snoop teams up with Drake and daughter Cori B. in a plea for peace on the streets.
Produced by Major Lazer and Ariel Rechtshaid, Snoop rhymes about putting weapons down on the reggae-influenced track: “Cause, no guns are allowed, in here tonight/ We’re gonna have a free-for-all, no fights/ I wanna get lost in the crowd, in here tonight.”
Go Snoop Lion!
Snoop’s 11th studio album, Reincarnated, drops on April 23rd.
Listen to Snoop Lion’s No Guns Allowed (featuring Cori B. and Drake) below + interview w/ Snoop explaining the inspiration behind the song following.
By: Maria Ciezak
MARIA CIEZAK: First and foremost, thanks for taking the time to answer some questions. I’m a big fan; in fact, Lincoln Parish of Cage the Elephant actually turned me on to you guys. I had the chance to interview him back in June, and he is your biggest promoter!
I recently saw you play with The Expendables, and you are an amazing live band. How did this tour happen, and how is it going?
MICAH from IRATION: We have toured with The Expendables before, and we were both going out at the same time, so we figured instead of having competing tours we should just combine efforts. It’s been great; one of the smoothest tours we have ever been on, and the crowds have been great.
MC: It almost seems as if you guys had success overnight, which I am sure is not the case. How was the music scene in Hawaii, and what made you all reunite in Cali?
MICAH: Well, we weren’t a band until we met up in California, so we were never really in the scene in Hawaii, although we love local music. We were all friends in school in Santa Barbara, so it made sense.
MC: Was it hard to break out? What would you say was your first big break as a band?
MICAH: Yes, it took a lot of hard work, and we don’t even feel like we have ‘broken out’ yet. We are still working hard. But our first breakthrough was probably the release of the Sample This EP. Falling is still one of our popular songs, and its success kind of jump-started our career.
MC: You guys combine such a cool blend of genres, including rock, reggae, and more. Your sound is very unique. What do you guys categorize yourself as, or do you not put yourself into one specific genre?
MICAH: I guess you could consider us reggae/rock, but yeah, we also kind of consider the songs ‘cheeky pop’ in that many of them have a tongue-in-cheek feel to the lyrical content.
MC: If you could tour with any band in the world, who would it be?
MICAH: That is tough, but probably a big rock band like the Foo’s or Chili Peppers. Muse, arena bands.
MC: How is the response to the new single Porcupine, and how did you hook up with Lincoln?
MICAH: The response has been great. We realize that it is a different sound for us, but we know our fans are music fans first and foremost, not genre fans.
We met Lincoln at a 92.9 KJEE radio show and Lollapalooza. Our manager made the connection, and the rest is coffee-fueled history.
MC: What do you guys prefer more: recording or touring?
MICAH: We love making records and the creativity of the studio, but we are a live band first and foremost, and playing in front of our fans is the most fun we can have.
MC: Whatâ€™s next after the tour with The Expendables?
MICAH: Back to Hawaii for some vacay, then back on the road for our Winter tour in early 2013.
MC: For any BiggerThanBeyonce.Com readers who are not familiar with Iration yet, any parting words?
MICAH: Beyonce… Huge Iration fan.
By: Rob Brayl
Call me an undercover detective, but I get a feeling that this song’s about pot. And I don’t mean pan’s brother.
“Yeah there’s something ’bout Mary got me higher/ Oh yeah, thereâ€™s something ’bout the way she make me light up,” lead singer Marc Griffin sings.
Big Sean later throws in his support of the ganja: “See I be off of that tree/ People tell me I shouldnâ€™t be/ But early on my mom taught me that everything green is good for me.”
Welcome back, boys.
Listen to the reggae-cracked, infectious track below.
And be sure to check out my EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with 2AM Club HERE.
By: Maria Ciezak
Nothing like some good alternative reggae rock to get your hands in the air and your hips in sway. Allow me to bring a divine five piece to your attention. Going by the name of Tomorrows Bad Seeds, Moi, Sean, Mat, Pat, and Andre have been defined as the â€œleaders of the new school of rockâ€. Simply put, this isnâ€™t just a nickname; itâ€™s a replication of how these Hermosa boys carry themselves.
The Hermosa Beach, California natives have been together since the yester-years of 2004, with seeds including Moises Juarez (lead vocals), Sean Chapman (vocals/guitar), Matthew McEwan (vocals/guitar), Patrick Salmon (drums), and Andre Davis (bass). With albums Sacred For Sale and Early Prayers, all of their library contains that good, rootsy reggae tone. Not to mention, their live shows back up their recording abilities. Theyâ€™ve opened for numerous genre traditionals like The Wailers, Steel Pulse, and companion hybridizers like Pepper and Slightly Stoopid. But this time around, being a bridesmaid is not acceptable for TBS; it is their big day.
Tomorrows Bad Seeds hold that deadly combination of rock and reggae, punk and blues, beats and riffs. I was introduced to them not to long ago, but feel as if we have met in another life, for their music is a distinct sidekick of mine, almost â€œbestiesâ€ if you will.
These guys are currently planting their seeds around the country while on tour, increasing their reggae, metal, punk and hip hop roots to larger audiences at home and around the globe. Spread the love, and donâ€™t wait ’til tomorrow to check out these bad seeds.