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Both Junior Gong and the Chronology singer are nominated for Best Reggae Album at the 60th Grammy Awards set to take place next month. The two reggae stars released two dope albums this year with Gong Dropping Stony Hill in July and Chronixx dropping his album that same month. Both albums were well received by reggae fans globally.
Gong says that he is deeply honored to have gotten a Grammy nomination for his latest project and also praises Chronixx for his latest body of work. “Some good albums are in the category this year,” Damian Marley said. “Chronixx put out a really nice album, which I listen to as a fan. I like that album a whole heap. Morgan Heritage, who are close family friends of mine, they have a good album out too, likewise J Boog. I am not so familiar with Common Kings, but everybody else I kinda know them music and we are all friends.”
Morgan Heritage, Common Kings, and J Boog, are the other three artists who received a Grammy nomination in the reggae category. Damian Marley and Chronixx were also nominated in the reggae category for the 2017 MOBO Awards which Gong won last week.
It’s been two years since dancehall star J Capri‘s death.
Her family has been working behind the scenes over the past year and a half to setup a foundation in her honor. J Capri, whose real name is Jordan Phillips, died in the hospital on December 4th, 2015 from injuries she received from a car crash. Her family has since been trying to keep her memory alive through various initiatives including a charitable foundation setup with the aim to sponsor students at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, the same school where Capri studied music.
The foundation also awards students at the primary school level who performed exceptional in the Grade Six Achievement Test examination by paying their tuition to continue their education. The foundation was originally slated to be launched on the anniversary of her death this month, but her mother, Oradell ‘Debbie’ Carwin, confirmed that the launch date has been pushed back to January due to some minor setbacks.
“We are in the process of setting up the website and everything for the official launch in December 2017,” Carwin said. “If a student wants to apply for a scholarship they can sign up via the website and give details on what they want to pursue and explain why deserve the scholarship.”
J Capri’s death has still been difficult to deal with by her family and fans. She had a bright future and was seen as one of the most talented young artists in dancehall prior to her death.
Tekashi69 drops his “Kooda” music video and is insisting that he is not gay.
The 21-year-old Brooklyn rapper taste mainstream success this year with his “Gunmo” single and now he is lookinng to push his next single “Kooda.” The dark video features 6ix9ine taking to the streets with members from both the Bloods and Crips gang partying in the same place. He recently revealed that he made the video with zero budget.
Tekashia69, whose real name Daniel Hernandez, recently copped a plea deal for an ongoing sexual misconduct case in New York. He was facing several years in prison after being charged for “three felony counts of Use of a Child in a Sexual Performance.” He was 18 when the alleged rape took place with a female who was reportedly 13 at the time. Recently has been battling with rumors that he is gay and on Tuesday he dismissed those rumors with a single post on Instagram.
“People think I’m gay.. I think I’m cool .. I can count to 10 wit my eyes closed,” he wrote.
Did T.I. created trap music or was it created by UGK.
Earlier this year, the Atlanta rapper did an interview where he insisted that he is the original creator of trap music and even make reference to his 2003 album Trap Muzik. During a recent interview, T.I. says that nobody was doing trap music before he did. But now trap fans are pushing back saying he couldn’t be more wrong and insisting that UGK started the sub-genre back in the early 90s.
“Unless there was a time before then that you recall hearing it,” TIP said about his album. “Now since it was introduced to the world there were people who came on and enforced it and kind of spread the genre out and gave it wings and life beyond it’s origin. But if you go back to who truly started it, I must humbly say myself.”
While trap music has become more mainstream in recent years, T.I. taking credit for originating it is rubbing some fans the wrong way. The 70s and 80s babies would know that Bun B and Pimp C of UGK were doing some trap music freestyles in the south from as far back as 1992, you can go back and listen to their debut Too Hard to Swallow. In the mid-90s, 8Ball & MJG dropped an album, On the Outside Looking In, which comprises of some of the same trap flows we are hearing today.
Undoubtedly, T.I. put the rubber stamp on trap music in the early 2000s and then some southern rappers came in later and pushed it more into the mainstream. But does UGK and 8Ball & MJG deserves some credit for originating the sub genre. “You must born in 2000 if you think that T.I. created trap music. Pimp C and Bun B were spitting trap down in Texas from way back in the 90s. take a L for this one TIP,” one fan wrote while another added, “Big Boi was doing trap before T.I. back in the Oukast days, so naan I can’t believe T want to take credit for that.”
Absolutely, there are fans on both sides of the divide and some are very vocal in support of TIPS claim that he created trap music. “T.I is the Jay Z of trap music. Joe is right Jeezy has been going in a musical direction causing him be stagnant as an artist while the fans wait for a triumphant return that may never happen,” one fan tweeted.
T.I. ain't create trap music but he made it mainstream and then came Jeezy and Gucci
— Sophistaratchet (@QueenVeeTheB) April 11, 2017
T.I is the Jay Z of trap music. Joe is right Jeezy has been going in a musical direction causing him be stagnant as an artist while the fans wait for a triumphant return that may never happen.
— The Natural (@RayHobbs757) December 5, 2017
Someone finally said it.
You will live long.
T.I did trap music and it wasn't trash.
These new ones are just spewing trash on got beats.
You can't even differentiate one from the other.
Same lyrics pattern
Same beats pattern https://t.co/JT4CqfiJIL
— KING SIMBA? (@Don_TEE) November 24, 2017
T.I. is the GOAT of Trap Music.
Even Travis Scott makes my list.
21 Savage really only known cuz of his girl & she has been tossed around like a hacky sack but still this dude tryin to wife it for life ???? FOH bro pic.twitter.com/u8yhhD3E38
— Jared Tucker (@_DJTuck) November 17, 2017
T.I. did create trap music in a way. He deserves his credit. However the whole concept of being "TRAP" is nothing new.
— Zack Snyder's Cheerleader (@Brad_Attitude) April 25, 2017
It's funny how people bump trap music but dont know who is the originator…they mention young thug, uzi vert, 2 chainz, future and designer Niggas…some of these guys dont even have bars to keep it trap. T.I is king for a reason
— BLAKKA BLAKKA (@Chase_Tyrant) December 5, 2017
The rapper and the producer only announced the joint album last week and on Tuesday they announced that it’s coming on December 8th, which means on Thursday night just before midnight you will be able to stream it online. This year has been huge for hip hop music and we got a lot of collaborative efforts with Metro Boomin proving that producers are winning too. The St. Louis producer dropped collaborative albums Without Warning with 21 Savage and DropTopWop with Gucci Mane.
Now he is closing out the year on a high with Double or Nothing with Big Sean which is only a few days away. Big Sean and Metro Boomin both had a phenomenal year but perhaps they wisely didn’t want to butt heads with Eminem who is dropping his album Revival on December 15, just a week after they decided to drop their project.
They also posted the cover art for the album which showcases a photo of both artists all blacked out except for their jewelry. A preview of the album could be posted on social media today or tonight, which will give fans a taste of what’s to come.