Jamaican hip-hop readies for ‘The Takeover’

Jamaican hip-hop readies for ‘The Takeover’

Written by Editor

Topics: Music

Four of the finest from Jamaica’s surging hip-hop scene are set to showcase their class and lyrical prowess at The Takeover on Saturday, December 15 at the Funky Munky Bistro & Bar on Holborn Road in New Kingston. Five Steez, Kabaka Pyramid, The Sickest Drama (TSD) and Nomad Carlos are the headliners who will take the stage, riding the crest of a hip-hop wave that has reached new heights in Jamaica this year.

Nomad Carlos

Nomad Carlos

Five Steez

Five Steez

TSD

The Sickest Drama (TSD)

Kabaka Pyramid

Kabaka Pyramid

After years of being an underground phenomenon, the local hip-hop movement has managed to steadily attract attention at home and abroad. Limited love from radio and TV continues to restrict their presence on the airwaves, but in spite of this, the music is increasingly being heard by a wider audience through live performances and various social media channels. Several local rappers have managed to get good looks in the local print media this year, and are featured regularly in the blogosphere.

Five Steez is defying the odds and has been receiving great reviews locally and globally since the independent release of his debut album, “War for Peace”, in August 2012. Nomad Carlos has also begun creating a stir on urban music websites with November’s release of his “Me Against the Grain” mixtape, his second project for the year.

Five Steez - War For PeaceNomad Carlos - Me Against The Grain MixtapeKabaka Pyramid - Rebel Music EP

The Sickest Drama is now poised to follow up on this line of ground-breaking hip-hop releases with a project entitled “Legend in the Making”, to be announced later. Additionally, Kabaka Pyramid is capturing Reggae audiences worldwide with his conscious Reggae/Hip Hop fusion since the release of his free “Rebel Music” EP in the summer of 2011.

As a precursor to the hotly anticipated event, TSD dropped the Mordecai-produced “Kingston Invasion” in early December. The track features Nomad Carlos and Five Steez, and represents a glimpse of things to come. In a press statement, a representative for “The Takeover” noted that: “Hip Hop has its roots here in the Jamaican sound system culture through DJ Kool Herc, a Jamaican immigrant to the Bronx, who is recognised as the father of the culture. The genre is destined to come full circle with the emergence of this new movement of artistes who use and fuse Hip Hop right here in Jamaica.”

The event kicks off at 8:00 p.m., with showtime slated for 10:00 p.m. Admission is $500, and college students with identification cards can enjoy the discounted price of $300. Refreshments will be on sale at the bar.

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