1. Billboard's 10 Best Reggae Albums of 2016: Critic's Picks

    December 23, 2016 9:07 AM EST The year 2016 has been the best of times and the worst of times for lovers of reggae music. You could hardly turn on the radio without hearing a half-hour block of dancehall-style tracks, all too often classified under misbegotten names like “tropical house” and “Caribbean bass.” With both…

  2. Jubilee Talks Miami Roots, 'After Hours' Album: 'I Used to Dream Dance Music'

    November 28, 2016 12:58 PM EST The Brooklyn-based label Mixpak has earned renown for its commitment to dancehall: several years before Jamaican inflections became the top 40's flavor du jour in 2015, Mixpak founder Dre Skull was working with the dub legend Lee Scratch Perry and the dancehall veteran Vybz Kartel . In…

  3. Plagued By Visa Problems, Jamaican Stars Seek Alternatives to Reach Fans

    January 21, 2016 11:10 AM EST On the third night of the Jamrock Reggae Cruise, the successful five-day festival cruise founded by Damian Marley, as the Pearl sailed between two Jamaican ports prior to its return to Miami, a top-tier roster including singer Jah Cure, vibrant young dancehall star Popcaan , versatile sing…

  4. Dancehall Artist Vybz Kartel Receives Life Sentence

    April 03, 2014 1:18 PM EDT A undeniable, yet divisive, talent, Vybz Kartel has entered into a career phase his seemingly invincible ego, as the self-designated as the World Boss, might have never envisioned: a life sentence, handed down today by Justice Lennox Campbell in Jamaica's Supreme Court. Several roads…

  5. Jamaican Dancehall Artist Vybz Kartel Found Guilty of Murder

    March 13, 2014 8:32 PM EDT Embattled dancehall superstar Vybz Kartel, whose given name is Adidja Palmer, was found guilty today of the August 2011 murder of Clive "Lizard" Williams. The incident allegedly took place at Kartel's home in Havendale, St Andrew. Williams’ body has never been found. The 11…

  6. Action Bronson, Paul Rosenberg Talk Vice Records Deal

    August 20, 2012 1:10 PM EDT Less than two years ago, Action Bronson (real name Arian Asllani) was a full-time chef in New York, serving up gourmet dishes like frittata Napoletana, ahi tuna and his signature Bronson burger. But after breaking his leg in a kitchen-related accident in January 2011, he decided to take up…

  7. Freshman Haze: Sneakbo

    May 31, 2012 10:15 AM EDT The UK hip-hop scene has had a facelift in recent years, mainly due to the rising rappers who have come in and taken over the 'net with their dark street tales and original swag. One of the leaders of this new wave is Sneakbo , an artist of Nigerian descent, coming straight out of south…

  8. Chris Brown Leads Soul Train Awards Nominations

    October 21, 2011 1:50 PM EDT Days after winning the most awards at the 2011 BET Hip-Hop Awards, Chris Brown leads the nominations for the 2011 Soul Train Awards. Brown is nominated for five nods across 11 categories, one being Best Dance Performance in which he's up against ex-beau Rihanna . Breezy is nominated for …

  9. Vybz Kartel, Jamaican Dancehall Star, Charged with Murder

    October 04, 2011 5:10 PM EDT UPDATE: Kartel was not booked for court today, as previously announced, because the police say he was charged so late yesterday they couldn't list him. He will be listed for tomorrow. UPDATE: LIME has just announced the cancelling of 'Teacha's Pet' with immediate effect.…

  10. Tinie Tempah, Dizzee Rascal Lead MOBO Nominations

    September 08, 2010 5:05 PM EDT Tinie Tempah leads the nominations for the 2010 MOBO Awards. The chart-topping U.K. rapper is up for four awards at the ceremony next month. Dizzee Rascal , Professor Green, N-Dubz and Plan B each have three nominations for the U.K. urban music awards. This year's ceremony takes place at…

  11. Jamaican Musicians Rally To Support Alleged Drug Kingpin 'Dudus' Coke

    June 18, 2010 11:48 AM EDT To the U.S. government, Christopher "Dudus" Coke is Jamaica's Al Capone. But for many Jamaicans, he's more like Robin Hood-and he's also a player in the local music business. After the U.S. government issued an extradition order for Coke on Aug. 25, 2009, over alleged…

  12. DJ's Mix It Up to Celebrate South African Football

    June 09, 2010 1:03 PM EDT Six different DJ's from six continents will create mixtapes to celebrate the culture surrounding football in South Africa as part of the Nike Sportswear and The FADER present Pitch Perfect series. The mixtapes will be posted on nikesportswear.com and will be accompanied by original…

  13. Major Lazer

    July 14, 2009 6:05 PM EDT Super-groups come in many shapes and sizes, but Major Lazer -- the all-star duo comprised of Grammy-nominated producers Diplo and Switch -- has taken it to a new dimension. More precisely, the second dimension. The face of Major Lazer is a cartoon character that sports a lazer for an arm and,…

  14. Various Artists / July 13-19, 2008 / Montego Bay, Jamaica (Reggae Sumfest)

    July 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A multi-platinum-selling rapper's appearance generated the most hype and Jamaican DJs' girls and gun exploits, as echoed throughout several performances on Dancehall Night, pulled the largest crowd. B A multi-platinum-selling rapper's appearance generated the most hype and…

  15. MTV Launches Tempo With Caribbean Concert Series

    October 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT In conjunction with the Nov. 21 launch of a new cable television network devoted to Caribbean music and culture, MTV Networks will host Caribbean Rising, a series of concerts featuring performances fr In conjunction with the Nov. 21 launch of a new cable television network devoted to…

  16. Jamelia, West Scoop Major MOBO Awards

    October 01, 2004 12:00 AM EDT British R&B singer Jamelia and Chicago hip-hop artist Kanye West were the big winners at Britain's Music Of Black Origin (MOBO) Awards last night (Sept. 30) in London, taking three trophies each. British R&B singer Jamelia and Chicago hip-hop artist Kanye West were the big…