The year 2016 has been the best of times and the worst of times for lovers of reggae music. Consider this list a crib sheet to catch you up on everything you missed while tropical house flooded the airwaves.
“You doubted me? You thought it was over?” asks Freeway near the end of “Wasted,” the second track off his January 2016 mixtape Fear of a Free Planet. The veteran Philadelphia MC then made the sort of remark you don’t expect to hear from a rapper. “Oh by the way I’m on the list/ That kidney on the way/ Philly we in here!”
Whether or not the group ends up rapping at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame ceremony tonight at the Barclay’s Center, they will be permanently immortalized for changing the face of hip hop, pop music, and American culture with songs like these.
The DJ-producer, 38, has a hit with "Hold You Down," the first single off his album 'I've Changed a Lot,' due this month. He spoke to Billboard about teaming up with R&B and hip-hop heavyweights on the track and the transformations he's undergone in his own life.