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Reggae: More Than Just Beach Vibes and Bob Marley (Although We Love Those Too)

Let's face it, most of us first encountered reggae through a hazy image of a palm tree swaying on a postcard, with Bob Marley serenading us about island life. But reggae, my friends, is so much more than just soundtrack for burnt noses and fruity cocktails. It's a vibrant tapestry woven from social commentary, spiritual yearning, and some seriously funky beats. The Roots Run Deep (and Skunky): Reggae's story starts in the 1960s in Jamaica, a place simmering with the aftereffects of colonialism and the rise of the Rastafari movement. This religious movement, with its emphasis on living a natural life and celebrating African heritage, became the soul of reggae. Rastafarian beliefs fueled lyrics about social justice, repatriation to Africa (cue Bob Marley's "Get Up, Stand Up"), and of course, praising Jah (their term for God). The Skank Stops for No One: But reggae isn't just about righteous messages. It's about feeling the groove! The signature sound com

One Love: Unveiling the Heart of Rastafari Culture

Rastafari, often mistaken for just dreadlocks and reggae, pulsates with a rich history, vibrant belief system, and unique practices that extend far beyond the shores of Jamaica. Born from the struggles of the African diaspora, Rastafari offers a powerful message of liberation, respect for Africa, and a call for unity. This blog post delves into the heart of Rastafari culture, exploring its core beliefs, practices, and customs that resonate from Jamaica to Ethiopia. Rooted in Faith: A Reinterpreted Bible Central to Rastafari is a distinct interpretation of the Bible. Rastas believe in one God, Jah, who they see as a manifestation of the divine within each person. They draw heavily from the Old Testament, particularly the story of the Israelites' captivity in Babylon. This resonates with the Rastafarian experience of oppression under European colonialism, which they view as metaphorical Babylon. Emperor Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia, crowned in 1930, holds immense significance. Many R

Pow Lenn Reggae Artist

B.O.S.S. Radio Presents Pow Lenn Live Southside Bosses was honored to host Pow Lenn, Reggae Artist from the Islands. He Chops it up with Mr. E about his Inspiration for his son Wata Gwaan (Whats Going On?) He talks of his friend going thru trying times, his background with Reggae, his on going negotiations with Hostel Records and the UN Cultural Heritage list, "It's good, but people who really listen to reggae don't really dwell on that. They still have to feed their face." Bringing it back full circle to the core of Reggae: The struggle and how to love life.  So tune in now and here Wata Gwaan , What's going on?

Mr. Flava Stars on the Strip Showcase

Stars of the Strip   Music Showcase   Mr. Flava is set to turn up on the stage. Along with a myriad of other guests, Mr. Flava has been invited to bring some of the best reggae music the island of Jamaica has been proud to conceive. He has been on the scene for a hot minute so this doesn't come as a surprise to Jamaican Reggae fans, and has been honestly yearned for on the underground circuit.  Mr. Flava was recently a guest on B.O.S.S. Radio and the listeners responded by making his the number one episode on Reggae Hour. Make sure you are there to See this great performance.

Battle Rap Weekly

Hottest Battle Rappers  The Underground Has Ever Seen One thing everyone can agree with, the creativity of Hip Hop has enlivened the souls of even the suburbs, "Even white boys got to shout, baby got back." Or more appropriately, "Ya Boy Got Bars." Battle rapping has been around since the early days of Hip Hop. Starting in 1982, man I feel OOOLLDDD, Kool Moe Dee battled Busy Bee Starski . and initiated a wave of terror for rappers in the industry who couldn't hold their weight in the ring of battle rapping.  In 2018, its still the same as battle leagues have sprung up not only across the country, but now all over the world. Even Japan has the culture embedded into their commercial living. But, better than that the Hood has grown this lyrical past time into a genre of its own and SBC TV wants to bring the toughest battles the game has ever seen. A nd with names like FYE , TH3 SAGA , Loaded Lux , and more from all across the country.  So, tune back here

Tyler the Creator and Jaden Smith Gay for each other?

Could Tyler the Creator have been outed by his BF Jaden Smith Tyler the Creator has been a monster at originality since his debut in 2007. He has mainly been known for his weirdom, which was his group Odd Future's whole gimmick. From off the wall lyrics to video of him eating a roach, he has never shied away from being his self.  Which is why it's hard to believe Jaden Smith claiming the rapper as his lifelong boyfriend. The announcement came from the son of Famed Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, at the Camp Flog Gnaw music Festival. Tyler, 27, denied the allegation of rip, signifying with a wagging finger at the crowd his disapproval.  “I just wanna say Tyler, the Creator is the best friend in the world and I love him so f—king much,”  Smith said in a video recorded by a fan . “And I wanna tell you guys something. I wanna tell you — Tyler doesn’t wanna say, but Tyler’s my motherf—king boyfriend!” One thing that can be said is that we know that this is Will Smit