Last January, we traveled to Jamaica with Snoop Lion—as he referred to himself at the time—to get a closer look at one of the most misunderstood music scenes of all time, Dancehall. We explored the culture, the politics, and the drama, and met with the genre's regulars and figureheads: Vybz Kartel, Popcaan, Tommy Lee, I-Octane, Spice, Tifa, Konshens, Lady Saw, Gaza Slim, and others. As we push through the dog days of summer, what better time to catch up on Noisey Jamaica, a about the soundtrack of one of the hottest and most humid islands on Earth?
VYBZ KARTEL - NOISEY JAMAICA EPISODE ONE
Host Codine Williams goes to Gaza, Jamaica's ghetto, to meet Vybz Kartel's crew and get a people's perspective on the controversial dancehall icon.
POPCAAN - NOISEY JAMAICA EPISODE TWO
We visit with Vybz protégé at rehearsal and take a closer look at Jamaican club fashion.
TOMMY LEE SPARTA - NOISEY JAMAICA EPISODE THREE
The "Dancehall Antichrist" explains the most important lesson he learned in the short time he spent with, "The Teacher" aka Vybz Kartel.
SPICE & TIFA - NOISEY JAMAICA EPISODE FOUR
We meet major stars Tifa and Spice, as well as discuss the talents and challenges unique to female dancehall artists.
DANCEHALL FASHION - NOISEY JAMAICA EPISODE FIVE
Host Codine Williams goes shopping to up her game and fit in with the girls of the dancehall.
EPISODE SIX - NOISEY JAMAICA I-OCTANE
I-Octane is more concerned with keeping kids out of jail than balling out.
KONSHENS - NOISEY JAMAICA EPISODE SEVEN
Host Codine Williams meets so-called dancehall "pretty boy" Konshens and gets to know the artist behind the good looks.
REGGAE SUMFEST - NOISEY JAMAICA EPISODE EIGHT
We travel to Reggae Sumfest for the single largest Dancehall show in the world and see some of our favorite artists break it down on stage.
POPCAAN PART 2 - NOISEY JAMAICA EPISODE NINE
Host Codine Williams sits down for a tense interview with Popcaan, and then lightens the mood by learning how to smoke to weed.
GAZA SLIM - NOISEY JAMAICA EPISODE TEN
In the final installment of our Jamaican Dancehall show, we meet Gaza Slim and visit Vybz Kartel's home turf. Details concerning the incarceration of the "World Boss" and a riff with former-protege Popcaan are scant, but Kartel's lingering presence in the impoverished Gaza City community is palpable and clear.
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