?TONIGHT!??B87fm’s #ITDH Present: ?#SpringBling2019 5/15 Spragga Benz?Jada Kingdom?Rayvon +More?
PARADISE ROCK CLUB [Boston]
|Date:||May 15, 2019|
|Location:||PARADISE ROCK CLUB|
|Address:||967 Commonwealth Ave Boston|
INSIDE THE DANCEHALL PRESENTS:
VOG & JKool’s SPRING BLING 2019
PARADISE ROCK CLUB
967 Commonwealth Ave
Doors 7:00pm, Show 9:00pm, 18+
Inside The Dancehall Presents: VOG & JKool’s Spring Bling 2019 w/ B87.7 FM’s VOG & JKool Live Performance By: Spragga Benz, Rayvon, Jada Kingdom, Kemar Highcon, Xyclone, K’Coneil, I-Shenko, Sugar Bear, & Mashywords.
Plus Boston’s 90s DJ Reunion; All of Boston’s Best Urban radio DJs spinning the Bling for Spring! Jeff 2Timez, DJ Al Gee, DJ Dru Nyce, DJ Marlon, DJ No Jokez, DJ Fonic, DJ iPAD, OX Mighty, DJ JD, & SPecial Guest DJ Ghetto Hype!
Spragga Benz was born Carlton Errington Grant on May 30, 1969 in Kingston, Jamaica, and has been an icon in the dancehall scene since the early 90s. Spragga Benz got his start as an assistant DJ to Ricky Villa of the La Benz Sound System. In no time at all, he was able to release his debut album, ‘Jack It Up’. The album was an instant classic, including hits like, “Girls Hooray”, “Fun Thing”, and “Jump Up & Swear”.
The natural next step for Spragga was a record deal with a major label, and he did just that with Capitol Records. The deal catapulted his music to new heights outside the realm of dancehall and reggae and allowed him to collaborate with Hip Hop, R & B, and Pop artists. He has worked with artists like Ben E King, Wyclef Jean, KRS-One, Foxy Brown, Lil’ Bow Wow, Stephen Marley and Damian Marley.
Spragga Benz didn’t stick to just making music, the reggae icon took his talents to the big screen, playing himself in his debut movie “Brooklyn Babylon”. His most notable roll however was in the Jamaican crime film, “Shottas” (2002), starring alongside Ky-Mani Marley, Paul Campbell, Wyclef Jean and Louie Rankin as ‘Wayne’.
Spragga has always had a philanthropic heart and has been giving back since the early 90s when he started the “Stay In School” program, providing help to needy students in Jamaica. The organization was renamed to “The Carlyle Foundation” after the tragic and untimely death of his first born son, Carlton “Carlyle” Grant, Jr. “The Carlyle Foundation” now provides computers and scholarships to students in Jamaica who excel in school.
Benz continues to give back in earnest with his Red Square Rebelnation, and independent label he started to help up and coming artists in East Kingston, Jamaica. “Spragga Benz utilizes the Red Square Rebelnation platform to elevate talented musicians by offering them musical opportunities- teaching them ways to sharpen their skills & amplify their creativity.”
The musical career of Rayvon (born Bruce Brewster) really began when the young musician-turned-rap/reggae MC met fellow aspiring artist Shaggy in a New York recording studio. Eventually the two recorded the regional dancehall hit “Big Up” in 1992 which garnered serious industry and popular interest in the duo.
Rayvon collaborated with Shaggy as the latter MC’s star rose to enormous heights throughout the world. Rayvon proved to be a valuable collaborator and co-vocalist on Shaggy hits such as “Nice and Lovely” and “In the Summertime.” The two artists performed together on a massively successful world tour in 1993 and soon the appetite for a Rayvon solo offering began to build.
A veteran of New York’s reggae scene, Rayvon was content to continue collaborating with Shaggy and producer Shaun “Sting International” Pizzonia on various projects and even had a hit single of his own with “No Guns, No Murder.”
Eventually, a deal with Virgin Records was inked and Rayvon released his one and only full-length solo record Hear My Cry. An accomplished record, this 1997 debut features fine production courtesy of Sting International and Funk Master Flex, among others, and guest appearances by Shaggy, Maxi Priest, and Rhonda Davis.
Rayvon’s delivery is smooth and soulful, his flowing rhymes consistently illuminate the MC’s social consciousness and gentle but confident belief in humanity, positivity — the mystery of love and life. After a few relatively quiet years, Rayvon teamed up with Shaggy for the number one single “Angel” and by 2001, the MC’s career looked to finally be shooting to the heights that many observers always had predicted. Also in 2001, work began on My Bad, the much-anticipated full-length follow-up to Hear My Cry.
Jada Kingdom stormed the entertainment scene in Summer ’17 and already has the world standing to attention. The stunning 20 yr-old Jamaican singer/songwriter, born to a Bajan Mother and Jamaican/Nigerian Father, has always stood out from the crowd. Overflowing with creativity and confidence from a young age, Jada started singing when she was 8 – inspired by an eclectic mix of artists such as Minnie Riperton, Deniece Williams and Sam Cooke. The depth of emotion and feeling those artists sang about are clearly visible in Jada’s own work, which belies her youth.
Growing up in 7 Miles, Bull Bay, Jamaica, Jada began writing prose and poetry as she transitioned into her teens, excelling in English and Literature at Vauxhall High. Her entertainment career began at 17 when Jada was cast as the female lead in the video for platinum recording artist Sean Kingston’s “One Away” song, garnering international attention and propelling the video to over 6 million views.
After being told parts of her body were too big all her young life< jada’s head-turning, 100% natural figure has drawn attention since a young age. In an era of body modification, Jada embraced the body-shamers and set about building out a strong platform on social media – her verified instagram page @Ms.Kingdom is 460,000 strong, with a strong emphasis on female empowerment and body confidence. Jada released her debut single and video – ‘Love Situations,’ on July 21, 2017. The track was mixed by legendary engineer Rich Keller, who mixed iconic albums from Biggie Smalls, DMX, Jay Z, Swiss Beatz etc. The creative approach of the critically-acclaimed video had an instant impact and currently has 3 millions views, an amazing achievement for an artist’s first release.
Her follow-up single/video ‘Unwanted’ also broke new ground with its Christmas Day release, trending #1 on Youtube for several days after. The songs were part of a ‘quadrilogy’ of songs and videos that told an unfolding story and captured the imagination of millions of eyes and ears, as part of her avant grade EP ‘Wull On.’ Jada’s captivating voice and content have quickly caught the attention of major labels in the US. That attention led to Universal Music signing and releasing her last two singles – Wull On and Best You Ever Had.
With tremendous support from Spotify, who have added Jada’s music to several high profile playlists, as well as from Apple Music/Beats1 radio and the huge fan love for her VEVO channel, Jada has amassed over 12 million streams in just the first year of her career. TIDAL also had Jada curate an official playlist she titled ‘Twinkle Tunes’ on the platform, showcasing her diverse influence and taste in music.
With all eyes on her Jada continues to execute her plan of delivering a fresh approach to Jamaican music, visual art and content creation, which has been met with huge approval from her rapidly growing fanbase.
Kemar Highcon, named Kemar Woodfine, has had a love affair with Jamaica’s dancehall/reggae scene for as long as he can remember. Born on October 25, 1990 in Kingston Jamaica, he can attribute much of his musical influence to names like Buju Banton, Bounty Killer and Assassin/ Agent Sasco.
Highcon grew up in Bridge View Portmore but traveled to New York at the age of 15 to pursue music. He soon teamed up with Trackstarr Music Group, the record label that helped him his debut breakout tracks.
His new single, “So Saucy” actually hit number 16 on the iTunes Reggae Chart on his birthday in 2018. When the Jamaica Star asked Kemar Highcon about the song he had this to say:
“I always try to make songs that people can feel a part of, be a part of, or even sing along to… So Saucy happens to be a good mood, a good vibe – it’s more of a self-confidence type of song.”
Xyclone, (born Roje Roman Robinson, November 2nd 1987) is a Jamaican Reggae / Dancehall recording artist from Waterford, St. Catherine that acquired billboard status with his sophomore album From the Basement to the Big Leagues in December 2016. Mid-Year June 27 the album captured the number 1 spot on the billboard reggae chart becoming the first independently distributed album in 8 years to acquire the number 1 spot in reggae music.
Though doing music for over 8 years, Xyclone got his big break when he was introduced to the world by his mentor Spragga Benz at a show in Hartford, Connecticut in the United States. From there Xyclone proceeded to tour the USA as a member of Spragga Benz’s label Red Square Productions; doing shows in over 42 of Americas 50 states.
As a Red Square Productions artist Xyclone’s first official single was “Back it Up” on the Audacity Riddim in 2011. Xyclone then signed a management deal with Survivor Slim of Tropical Heat Productions. Operating as one entity, Red Square Tropical Heat Production a.k.a. RSQTHP Music Group Xyclone’s First single on the label was “Top Shottas Anthem”, a track dedicated to Spragga Benz, which features former Portmore Empire artist Deva Bratt. Later that year (2012) Xyclone released Back Pocket Rag which was quickly and heavily receive by the dancehall fans all over the world ! Back Pocket Rag was later remixed by Grammy winning artist Beenie Man and his protege Cee Gee! Rsqthp also released successful songs from Xyclone such as Woiii and “It’s On” feat Kevin Lyttle, Red Rat, Delly Ranx and Deva Bratt which were all distributed by VPAL a subsidiary of VP Records.
In August 2015 xyclone released his first studio album entitled The Xyclone LP which peaked at 13 on iTunes reggae charts. It featured Spragga Benz, Beenie man, Cee Gee, Gappy Ranks , and Red Rat among others, which was distributed by VPAL music .
In 2016 Xyclone released his highly anticipated album From the Basement to the Big Leagues on December 16, 2016. It debuted at 6 on the iTunes reggae charts and peaked at 5 later that week. A week after it was released “From the Basement To The Big Leagues” debuted number 14 on the billboard reggae charts and later peaked at number 1 June 27, 2017 on the billboard; the album featured chart topping songs such as Tell The Truth ft. Star Cole and How Yuh Bad Suh, which was later remixed by Timomatic from Austrailia; have received millions of views respectfully online. Xyclone looks to release his third studio album 2774 Waterford Parkway in spring 2018 with lead singles such as Meck it Clap produced by Epik Jones, Trendsetta and Wine feat. Spragga Benz.
Having secured a Bachelors of Science degree in Finance, Xyclone has shown himself a full-rounded person who can achieve great things away from the microphone. With his resume’ boasting several commendable accomplishments, Xyclone looks to continue his run towards superstardom.
Reggae artiste K’Coneil Official Biography – Born on the beautiful island of Jamaica, K’Coneil was raised in the village of Granville in Montego Bay. It was there amid family and friends that at an early age he was indoctrinated in music by singing in the church at the urging of his beloved grandmother.
Coming from a musical family, music was embedded in his DNA, but not to be stereotyped, education played a major importance in the young artist life. At the age of 16 he migrated to the United States on a full soccer scholarship where he attained his Bachelor’s Degree in Finance. But there was no denying his musical calling, and while in college K’Coneil joined a group called GAM (Godly Anointing Men) who would go onto performing at the prestigious Madison Square Garden.
Music bridges people around the world. No matter one’s place of birth, economic class or skin color, it all evokes a human feeling and K’Coneil’s is no different. A vocalist influenced by his reggae roots and the Musical melting pot of his urban surroundings in New York City, K’Coneil sounds admittedly, doesn’t classify by the industry standards. Rather than to be boxed, K’Coneil created his own lane of sonic perfection, that can only be classified as being “genre fluid,” by comfortably fusing rhythms, genres and sounds from Reggae, Dancehall, R&B and Pop.
Honing his musical craft by writing and voicing for notable producers, K’Coneil has received heavy rotation on various worldwide airwaves, while touching the stage alongside some of the biggest name in music.
“As a blend of Sean Paul and Usher, I see K’Coneil as the promissory voice of the future. His dancehall flavor mixed with the pop yet edgy appeal is one that makes you want to dig a little deep and hear more” says billboard recording producer Seanizzle.
I-Shenko Was Born John Mckenzie In The Parish Of Kingston & St. Andrew, Jamaica On The 20th Of May,1984. He Attended Schools Such As Harrison Prep, St. Thomas More Prep, Ensom City All-Age & St. Jago High School. It Was While At High School He Developed A Passion For Music Where He Started Writing Hip Hop Lyrics And Would Often Venture Off With Friends To Nearby Local Studios Where He Recorded His Demos On Cassette Tapes At The Time.
After Leaving High School In 2001, He Attended The Infoserv Institute Of Technology Where He Pursued A Course in Audio Engineering. This Gave Him The Opportunity To Meet The Legendary “Jack Scorpio” Of Black Scorpio Sound & Records In 2003, Who At The Time Had Been Overseeing A Class Practical Being Held In His Studio. Jack Scorpio Heard I-Shenko Doing A Demo For The Practical And Complimented Him On His Vocals, Saying He Had Wonderful Vocals And He Should Do More Reggae Music Instead Of Hip Hop Which Was Not Very Marketable In Jamaica At The Time. I-Shenko Took His Advice, Worked on His Craft And Transitioned To The Sound We Now Know Of Him Today, Dancehall/Reggae With a Fusion Of Hip Hop At Times.
He Recorded And Released His First Ever Official Reggae Single “Hate In Them” Produced By The Alpha Production Label In 2004, This Song Got Heavy Rotation In Parts Of The Caribbean, Europe & Africa, Where He developed A Fanbase We See Growing To Date. Since Then He Has Recorded Countless Amounts Of Songs For Producers & Record labels Around The World Including His Most Popular To Date, The Collaboration With Fellow Reggae Superstar Turbulence Titled “Obeah Man” On The Downtown Riddim Produced By Riddim wise Label In Canada.
Performance Wise I-Shenko Has Performed On Many Shows Across Jamaica, Such As Followed:- “Reggae In The Valley” / “Dancehall Ram Jam’ / “Campfire” / “Bring Back The Love” / “Taurus Bash” And Many More, Sharing Stages With The Likes Of Sizzla, Jimmy Riley, Bounty Killer, Turbulence, GinJah, Lutan Fyah, Chronixx & Much More Acts. He Is Yet To Make His International Debut On Stages Around The World, However, He Is Looking Forward To Doing So Soon While Setting The Groundwork And Maintaining His Determination Forward. You Can Access A Wide Variety Of Songs From I-Shenko Via Stores Online And Streaming Services Worldwide, Such As ITunes, Amazon, Spotify, Tidal, YouTube Etc..
Reggae artist Sugar Bear has had a passion for music since he was a kid. Born Geoffery Scott to Joy and Jonathan Scott in Black River, St. Elizabeth, Sugar Bear’s foundation years were rooted deep in the joy reggae music brought him. At a young age, he was always fascinated by the classic sounds of Sugar Cat deejaying on Kilimanjaro and Stereo Mars cassettes. The youngster would memorize every lyric of the legendary reggae entertainer and imitate his delivery so well to the point that his classmates would beat their desks and ask him to perform Super Cat tunes.
Feeding off the energy entertaining brought him, Sugar Bear soon began to experiment writing his own lyrics for fun. However, it wasn’t until he first heard the compelling influence of songs by Bounty Killer on the radio that he knew music was his calling in life. He began to craft his own style which not only saw a change in young Geoffery’s lyrical delivery, but in location as his family immigrated to the United States in the Bronx, New York.
As time went on Sugar Bear worked on advancing and elevating his artistry by voicing dubs for sound systems, performing periodically in various venues, promoting himself in clubs and recording and producing songs in his private studio, which he fittingly named “The Bear’s Lair”.
Sugar Bear built on this growing involvement in the music industry and proudly established his own record label, Black River Records, on which he has released various singles such as “Throw Him Away”, “Hot Girls Come Thru”, “Roll It Up”, “Jamaica Mi Born” and many other tunes of diverse styles.
These prior singles are just the beginning in a future of recordings waiting to hit the music scene as Sugar Bear continues his pursuit of his passion for music…..YU HEAR!!!
Mashy Word Compressor is one of the best reggae/dancehall artist based in Boston Massachusetts. His style is unique and his lyrical flow is flawless. Today, he stands as a cornerstone of Boston’s local live dancehall music scene.
We are located at 967 Commonwealth Ave., in Boston, MA.
From the West:
Take the Mass Pike to the Allston/Cambridge Exit. Bear left to Allston onto Cambridge Street At the fourth set of lights take a left onto Harvard Ave. At the next set of lights take a left onto Brighton Ave. which becomes Commonwealth Ave. The Paradise will be 1/2 mile on the left.
From the South:
Take 93 N to the Mass Ave exit. At the intersection, at bottom of ramp take a right. After 1 mile take a left onto Beacon St. to Kenmore Sq., stay to the right. This will be Commonwealth Ave. The Paradise will be 1 mile on the right.
From the North:
Take 93 S to Storrow Drive to the Kenmore exit. Take a right onto Beacon St to Kenmore Sq. stay to the right – you will end up on Commonwealth Ave. The Paradise will be 1 mile on the right.
TAKING THE MTBA T:
Take the Green Line (B LINE) to The Pleasant Street stop.
PARKING AND TRANSPORTATION
Metered parking is available along Commonwealth Ave on a first come first served basis. The Pleasant Street stop on the MBTA “B” line (Boston College) is right across the street from the club.
BOX OFFICE IN PERSON
Tickets may be purchased at the Paradise Rock Club, 967 Commonwealth Ave., Boston M-Sat 12-6pm. A service fee is added to each ticket.