It’s a law of pop music that pretty much every song sound better in reggae form, whether it’s by Beyoncé or John Denver. Not even discofied French house music is exempt, it seems. Back in June, reggae producer Mato released a full-length dub version of Daft Punk’s legendary debut Homework that transforms the slightly manic energy of the original recording into a deeply blissful space-out. A featured position in the latest email blast from NYC DJ suppliers Turntable Lab has brought it to EW‘s ears and we’re hooked. The video for Mato’s remake of “Around the World” featuring stop action animated Playmobil figures makes it even better.
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Reggae singer Junior Murvin, best known for the hit song “Police and Thieves,” has died in Jamaica.
Son Keith Smith says the 67-year-old performer died at Port Antonio Hospital on Monday. He had been hospitalized recently for diabetes and high blood pressure but the cause of death will be determined at an inquest.
Born Murvin Smith, he began his career as a lounge singer in Portland parish, east of Kingston. He released “Police and Thieves” in 1976 after he was picked up by famed reggae producer Lee “Scratch” Perry.
“Police and Thieves” became a hit in Britain and is considered among the top reggae songs. The Clash recorded a well-known cover version.
Murvin never had another big international hit.
He is survived by five children and eight grandchildren.
Listen to “Police and Thieves” below:
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A brand new Murphy song called “Red Light” fell out of the sky last week, and it’s Murphy’s first single in two decades. To give you some perspective: That was two whole names ago for “Red Light” guest star Snoop Lion, who was then officially called Snoop Doggy Dogg.
Anyway, “Red Light” taps into that same hip-hop-kissed reggae vein that Snoop has been mining, and the clip includes a colorful walk through a tough neighborhood in search of some ice cream. Things you will not see in the “Red Light” video include a cameo by Sir Mix A Lot, references to the Beastie Boys, or any incidents of sledgehammerlingus.
Watch “Red Light” below.
It’s been 20 years since Eddie Murphy put out an album, so it’s okay if you were caught off-guard when the comedian tweeted a link to his new song “Red Light.” But if you were expecting something along the lines of early classics like “Party All the Time” or “Whatzupwitu,” you’ve got another thing coming — a reggae thing, to be exact.
The groove-heavy new song, which features fellow reggae convert Snoop Lion, is the first taste of Murphy’s upcoming album 9. Take a listen below:
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Snoop Lion’s much-publicized Jamaican-journey documentary Reincarnated officially hits theaters today, giving curious fans a look into the how the gin-sipping rapper once known as Snoop Dogg (and Snoop Doggy Dogg before that) transformed into the reggae-loving Rastafarian he is today.
To mark the movie and the upcoming album of the same name, due April 23, and the 41-year-old celebrated with Lionfest, a Snoop-centric event he debuted at Vice‘s SXSW HQ last night. (Vice is also helping to release the movie and album.)
Donning layered black and grey shirts, sunglasses, and his signature brass-knuckled microphone, the rapper didn’t waste any time spreading the gospel of his new identity. After airing a trailer for the doc, he began his set with “Here Comes the King,” a dub-tinged, Major Lazer-produced cut from Reincarnated. (Major Lazer, by the way, was on-hand at Lionfest all night.) It was a good start, giving Snoop leeway to follow it up with another one of his new reggae numbers, “Lighters Up.”
But the updated Snoop still isn’t above dipping into his back catalog to thrill an audience, so he offered up his O.G. classic “Gin and Juice” — though not without giving it a reggae facelift. Unsurprisingly, the tampered song was still a hit; at this point, that song is bigger than its genre.
In fact, Mr. Lion offered up quite a few standout tracks from his LBC gangsta days, like “Bitch Please” and his Chronic-era Dr. Dre assists “‘Nuthin’ But a G Thang” and “Deep Cover” (even though they all feature the kind of imagery that the reincarnated Snoop says he’d like to avoid now that he’s had a spiritual awakening.)
He even performed “Who Am I (What’s My Name)?” during the show — a funny choice, considering that he kept the original chorus intact. But, hey, classics are classics. Or maybe the fact that Beats By Dr. Dre had its own Pill speaker-hawking shop set up in the corner of the venue made him nostalgic?
Snoop Dogg is dead; all hail Snoop Lion!
The reformed, peace-loving Snoop Lion has dropped the official video for his reggae-inflected “Here Comes the King.” As the second single off his upcoming album (the aptly titled Reincarnated, out this spring), the Major Lazer-produced song meshes Snoop’s classic flow with wobbly dub beats. The Andy Clapper-directed video follows through on this aesthetic, depicting the self-appointed monarch living the luxe life in a Jamaican palace, complete with his own court of dancing cheerleaders.
Take a look at the new Snoop Lion clip below:
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