Saturday, December 13, 2008

Da Caribbean Connection


My girl, RIHANNA, the super famous megastar [singer & model] from Barbados really brought tha flava of tha islands to the US in 2005 with her hit "Pon De Replay" and ever since then has been cranking them hits. But she wasn't always a superstar it was a slow & steady rise to superstardom but with the help of Jay-Z & lyrics from The Dream the smash hit "UMBRELLA" made her a bonafide star! & the rest is history!

[But back to her being from the Caribbean]
Reggae/Dancehall and any other artists coming from the West Indies all have a hard time making it in the US. And the music industry there in the Caribbean isnt all that booming and expanding as it is here in the US. For example [they may use the same "riddims" or beats for 3 different song by 3 different & your smash hit is basically it for you-end of career/cant beat songs success]. So when anyone out the Caribbean makes it big in the US you sho' as hell give back! & RihRih has definetly done that on her first 2 albums...giving a helping hand to her fellow artist by putting them on her albums (& on the map for success) by just showcasing the talent the Caribbean has to offer.

So here's a lil bit of what the Caribbean Connection or West Indian Hook Up had done...

From Rihanna's song "Rush" from her first album Music of The Sun she featured KARDINAL OFFISHALL
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Kardinal Offishall is from Ontario, Canada of Jamaican descent. He mixes a reggae & dancehall style of hip-hop and has dropped 4 albums so far. He also, has been one of the biggest hip-hop rapper on the Canadian & International rap scene.
Song: Dangerous feat AKON

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Album NOT 4 SALE in stores NOW


An unreleased song from Music of The Sun called "the Hotness" featured SHONTELLE
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Also from Barbados, Shontelle the singer/songwriter/rapper was originally in school to be a lawyer but followed her heart and went to became a singer. She wrote the hit "Roll It Gal" for dancehall artist, Allison Hinds but was remastered and sold to J-Status which featured Shontelle & Rihanna in their song "Roll It". ***hot song by the way*** Anyways word is she's said to be like the new Rihanna...
Song: "T-Shirt"

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Album SHONTELLIGENCE in stores NOW


Lastly, she has done any work with Rihanna but I believe has shown the light for her to be discoved by Akom as Kardinal Offishall has...is TAMI CHYNN
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My fav of the three and fav artist [next to Rihanna] from the Caribbean is the Jamaican born, Tami Chynn. She's a singer/dancer/songerwriter and mixxed like a mutt [Afro-Jamaican/British/Chinese] and has be grindin' hard to make it big for a few years now. She's dropped an Out Of Many...One wit a song hot like fiya "Hyperventilating" back in '06. Now she is signed to Konvict Record and with her first single "Frozen"! Be on the lookout fi dis one! I sho will be!

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Album PRIMA DONNA out in 2009


staying true to di roots,
Mikeman

4 comments:

Reggie said...

You know I love me some Rihanna!!!!!!!!!!

And Tami is off the chain!!!:)

G-M0N3Y said...

oOOh is this the same SHONTELLE that sings the "T-Shirt" song??
i'm presuming it is .. well, consider it your pre-monday song of the week! hahaha

Mikeman said...

Yes Glo this is that SHONTELLE
I's been following her for a minute now... AND glad she made it in the US

ZION`OLOGY said...

shontelle is slowly replacing rihanna* i love her caribbean accent...riri needs to come back to music...because we`re are forgetting why she`s even famous...:(