TEN OF THE BEST: Week 3

Another week another TEN OF THE BEST playlist. If you missed the first 2 entries, please feel free to check them out in order to get some context. In a nutshell, I’m creating these playlists to keep me engaged in music that isn’t being created in the Shottaz studio. I have chosen to utilize my lengthy commute to and from my 9-5 grind, to curate this playlist and share it with anyone interested in having a listen. Enough chat, let’s get on with it…

Check out the spotify playlist at the bottom of this post:

This week’s playlist, in no particular order:

Sell My Gun – Chronixx
Reggae’s golden boy sticks to his winning formula, conscious lyrics over quality production. Here he is advising ghetto youth’s to invest in positive endeavours and move away from gangsta culture.

Progress – Mavado
Big tune alert!!! Anyone who knows me well is aware that I am a huge Mavado fan. On this song the gully gaad doesn’t fail to impress. Selector put that tune pon repeat.

Straight Royalty – Keznamdi
Keznamdi is one of those artists that has consistently gone about his business on the low. He may not be a “popular” artist, but don’t mistake that for a lack of quality. This song is proof that Keznamdi deserves to be uttered in the same breath as the best of them.

Tongogara – Jnr Brown
The first Zim entry in this week’s playlist. I can praise this tune for days, exhausting every superlative in the dictionary along the way. Everything just works, the message, the production, everything.

Bad Mine Face – Fantan Mojah
Reggae vibes riddim, if you haven’t heard it yet I implore you to give the entire album a listen. This song stands out among a bunch of amazing tunes, somehow managing to successful add a hard hitting edge to a mellow riddim.

Uprising – Gentleman X Ky-Mani Marley
Mr Marley makes another appearance in quick succession. This time Ky-Mani teams up with Gentleman on this militant offering. One of those tunes that hooks you from the first listen, I remember hearing it whilst driving with a group of friends and three of us enquired about the song at the very same time followed by an emphatic PULL-UP!!!!!

Negative Energy – Takura
Another Zimbabwean artist, and boy is this guy making waves at the moment. I really appreciate the effort he is putting in producing top quality work, check out his visuals if you get a chance. This song has a lot of depth, it’s scary how Takura exposes his soul on this tune, it’s difficult not to empathize with his pain which is what makes this song appealing.

Who Can You Call – Protoje
Protoje has been one of the most consistent reggae artists since he released his debut album “7 Year Itch”. He is a unique individual, which is why I’m drawn to his music. This song is complete, can’t say too much else really.

I Rise – Etana
Etana really does well here, delivering a beautiful song about rising above her struggles and pain. There’s a video doing the rounds on social media of her performing an acoustic rendition of this song with what appears to be a selection of her band members, it just adds to the emotion of this tune.

Ova Dweet – Popcaan
Three weeks in and Poppy finally makes an appearance. I could have picked a number of his tunes given that he has been Jamaica’s most sought after artist for a few years now. Ova Dweet has been playing in my head all day, hence it gets the nod.

That’s it for another week of selections, catch you next week same time, same place…


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