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This is no joke, and in fact, Lena British herself could not be more serious. Dancehall's best loved style diva and entrepreneur is now flexing with the big boys as she puts on her producer's hat and gets busy in the studio.
Although some might be tempted to view Lena as a dancehall socialite, under all that glamour lies a sharp business acumen, which has seen her running a successful hair salon and other ventures. Now, with her foray into music production she combines two of her loves - business and music.
Lena British, however, is no stranger to the ins and outs of reggae/dancehall music, having been involved at various levels, whether as stylist, designer,  model or promoter. Her newest venture will see her being totally involved in creating music from start to finish.
"I have always had an ear for good music," Lena explained, adding  that over the years she has developed a keen sense of what can work and what can't.
She is being ably assisted into this production venture by producer, Jam 2, who has long admired Lena's professionalism in the dancehall. It is that same level of professionalism which Lena British brings to this project. Having listened to a number of riddims from Jam 2, Lena has selected one which she is confident is the most workable. She has named it the Priceless Signature Riddim.
"It's a top-a-top riddim with only top-a-top artistes," is how Lena describes her project.
She, however, denied to name out the artistes on the riddim, as she says, that will spoil the surprise.
"But it's all good," she assured. "Positive, uplifting lyrics and to match a riddim with a lot of swag .... It's Priceless," she emphasized.
There is no end to the mystery that is Lena British. When asked if music production was a dream come true for her, without blinking or missing a beat, she said calmly, "No ... it's not. Having a baby would be a dream come true."
The Priceless Signature riddim is set to debut in the next few weeks.
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Remembering Joel Chin

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The chilling murder of VP Records A&R, Joel Chin at his house last week Tuesday has sent shock waves through the industry.
Joel was a friend to several persons and was loved by many - children and adults alike. Joel was one of those guys who was committed to his family, his work and the music. There was nothing Joel loved more than being in the studio working on a new production.
Joel was never glum; he was quick to smile and he was a good conversationalist. Joel was also a committed friend and an extremely proud father.
It is sad that a gunman's bullet has robbed his beloved baby girl of a doting father.
Our condolences to Joel's parents, his brothers and sister, his grandparents, uncles, his fiancée and his numerous friends and relatives who are left to mourn his loss.
May your soul rest in peace Joey. You will forever be missed.
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Stephen McGregor...reggae's youthful veteran

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By: Joseph Cunningham

steven.jpgHe has been heralded as "the genius," but for what? That was the popular question two years ago when this kind of adoration was bestowed on a Jamaican teenager, who was new to the fraternity of music producers.

Many had reservations, but YardFlex interviewed Steven McGregor on Friday morning and cleared up all the misgivings. For starters, there is an obvious self-confidence that has propelled Steven McGregor ahead of his fellows in the new generation of Jamaican music producers.

He is also currently the most popular producer in the reggae industry,
delivering the kind of rhythms that make music students think of the
peculiar sounds of the likes of Swizz Beats. I asked the youth, age 17, turns 18 on Sunday; if he were to handpick artistes for a special rhythm, what would be his thought process?

Steven said, "While I take into consideration the type of artiste it is, no matter how famous the artiste, I always reserve the right to input my creativity in a significant way."

What is his source of confidence? He is a son of Freddie McGregor, and was exposed to music as a much younger boy. He virtually lives in the Big Ship studio, the McGregor's home studio where he has built over 500 rhythms.





By: Joseph Cunningham

Kimala_Bennett2+.jpgMajor accomplishments for the 24 year-old, Kimala Bennett, has already placed her among the most recognized music directors in the Reggae industry; an arena dominated by men. She brings freshness to your screens, a freshness brought about by her creativity. Recent videos such as Cherine Anderson's "Good Love" and her collaboration with Chuck Fenda, "Coming over tonight" are videos directed by Bennett.

The daughter to internationally renown music producer Mikey Bennett, Kimala has worked alongside famed video directors and was sent to the Czech Republic to do a documentary on the famed Hype Williams, while he directed Kanye West's "Diamonds are Forever" video.

Working on a documentary about Baby Cham at the request of Atlantic Records; and the making of his MTV2 featured video, "Ghetto Story," that was done with Alicia Keys, were also big achievements.





Tribute To Byron Lee

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byronleesoca.jpgBy: Olimatta Taal

A Tribute to Byron Lee was held at the Constant Spring Golf Course, Saturday, June 30th. Many of his musical contemporaries were present to give support and enjoy the moment.

Lee was diagnosed with cancer of the bladder in October. This news put his career on hold until he successfully completed surgery to removed his bladder. You would think that under this harsh medical reality, one would stop working and concentrate on healing.

However, according to Byron Lee, music is the healing remedy. In speaking with this great man who has really laid the foundation for music in the Caribbean, YardFlex noticed his physical self was weak in stature but his personal self was strong as we discussed his musical journey.





Photos By: Carlington Wilmot

ALL EYES ON: ISIS, HIT RIDDIM MAESTRO

Izes_applause-Riddim_Sean_Paul_temperature_Sno_cone_dancehall.jpgSoundcheck, 1-2, 1-2. This Kingston-based beat meister has everyone trying to holla at him, as his dope riddims become the soundtrack to Jamaica's streets.

NAME: Adrian Marshall

Date of birth: 31/08/82

Schools: St. Mary High, and McGrath High in St. Catherine

RIDDIMS CREATED: Hail the I, Global, Applause, Cheerful, Crouch, Pitch Point

PAST HISTORY: "I always liked music, mi come a town after mi leave school inna 1998. Mi used to deejay, miu still deejay, ah so the interest come about. Is like a inborn ting, yu use vidi-controller and a computer, and mek the riddim. My first riddim was made in 1998, that's when decided that I wanted to make a riddim. But 'Applause' was the first riddim that mi release, and it go international. Mi feel blessed, coming from where me did a come form, it is a blessing. Mi work hard."





Very Huge Doing it Real Big This Summer

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Chesterproducer.jpgYard producer Chester Walker's Very Huge Production is set to do things 'real big' this Summer. He is gearing up for the release of his latest rhythm, 'Bad Movie', an off-da-hook production that features a slamming single from dancehall's mega-seller, Sean Paul.

"I am still in the studios right now, but I am gunning for an August release, but so far, everybody hear it and love it, and the artistes are clamouring to go on it, so it's going to be real big when it
drops," producer/songwriter Chester V. Walker, head of Very Huge Productions, told YardFlex.Com.





BibiRicordoGardner.jpgFootballer Ricardo 'Bibi' Gardner is set to launch his rhythm that was created by Sam Diggy and Carl Morrison, while Dean Fraser sang harmony on many of the songs.

"Right now, mi feel say the Sizzla sell off, and people really feeling the Emperor song," Bibi told YardFlex.Com while he hung out at the newly-opened Natural Bridge studios in St. Andrew.

The footballer will be in Jamaica until the end of August, and he is still on crutches, recovering from surgery. He is expected to return to Bolton Wanderers for the new season. He is a staunch supporter of
Argentina, and believes that "they cannot lose this World Cup, nobody caan beat dem, ah my team".
The singles will appear on a one-drop rhythm called 'Potential' which features singles like 'Makes No Sense' - Norris Man; 'Marijuana' - Tanto; 'Jus Caan Water We Down' - Richie Spice; 'Be Strong' - Sizzla;
'No More War' - Empress; 'Great' - Emperor; and several others. The singles have already been enjoying good rotation on local radio stations like IRIE, and ZIP.





Big A - The Real Big Man in The Bizness

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BigA.jpgAinsworth 'Big A' Higgins has been a disc jockey with Jamaica's number one radio station, IRIE FM for 16 years since the inception of the all-reggae, all-the-time radio station. Now that he has made his name as a disc jock, he has begun to tackle new projects. Enter Footsteps, a production house set up with his good friend, Lyndon 'Laza' House. They have put out a number of musical rhythms that have done pretty well locally.

"I am just trying to follow in the footsteps of great producers like King Jammys and King Tubbys, and also leave my own footsteps in the sands of time, so that a few years from now, people can say Big A did it that way," he said, explaining the origins of the name, 'Footsteps'.

"We have a new project just drop called HWT (Half Way Tree), Anthony Cruz scored big, LUST has a song called 'You Got Me', Lady Saw has a song called 'What If' and Tanya's 'Rescue', all of these songs will be on the respective artiste's albums, so I am pleased with how things have gone. Sales were pretty decent, and we got good support across the board," he told YardFlex.Com.





'Burru' Comes With Top 100

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Burru-Producer.jpgProducer Albert 'Burru' Blackwood is gunning for another big hit rhythm for the Sumemr with the release of 'Top 100', a kinetic rehash of the Sly and Robbie smash hit rhythm, 'Top 10', a few years ago.

"The early buzz on the riddim is good so far, Sly played the drums on the riddim, and we played a fresh phrase in it, and a few of the songs like the New Kidz, the Tanto Metro/Devonte and the Kartel are getting good play in the clubs....it's going to be one of the Summer riddims to look out for," Burru told YardFlex.Com.

'Burru' , known for his drum-oriented rhythms, has produced such hits as 'Bad From' on the Casablanca, and Capleton's 'Twist and Turn' in the past.





Stephen McGregor...reggae's youthful veteran

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16 Comments

By: Joseph Cunningham

steven.jpgHe has been heralded as "the genius," but for what? That was the popular question two years ago when this kind of adoration was bestowed on a Jamaican teenager, who was new to the fraternity of music producers.

Many had reservations, but YardFlex interviewed Steven McGregor on Friday morning and cleared up all the misgivings. For starters, there is an obvious self-confidence that has propelled Steven McGregor ahead of his fellows in the new generation of Jamaican music producers.

He is also currently the most popular producer in the reggae industry,
delivering the kind of rhythms that make music students think of the
peculiar sounds of the likes of Swizz Beats. I asked the youth, age 17, turns 18 on Sunday; if he were to handpick artistes for a special rhythm, what would be his thought process?

Steven said, "While I take into consideration the type of artiste it is, no matter how famous the artiste, I always reserve the right to input my creativity in a significant way."

What is his source of confidence? He is a son of Freddie McGregor, and was exposed to music as a much younger boy. He virtually lives in the Big Ship studio, the McGregor's home studio where he has built over 500 rhythms.





By: Joseph Cunningham

Kimala_Bennett2+.jpgMajor accomplishments for the 24 year-old, Kimala Bennett, has already placed her among the most recognized music directors in the Reggae industry; an arena dominated by men. She brings freshness to your screens, a freshness brought about by her creativity. Recent videos such as Cherine Anderson's "Good Love" and her collaboration with Chuck Fenda, "Coming over tonight" are videos directed by Bennett.

The daughter to internationally renown music producer Mikey Bennett, Kimala has worked alongside famed video directors and was sent to the Czech Republic to do a documentary on the famed Hype Williams, while he directed Kanye West's "Diamonds are Forever" video.

Working on a documentary about Baby Cham at the request of Atlantic Records; and the making of his MTV2 featured video, "Ghetto Story," that was done with Alicia Keys, were also big achievements.





Tribute To Byron Lee

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byronleesoca.jpgBy: Olimatta Taal

A Tribute to Byron Lee was held at the Constant Spring Golf Course, Saturday, June 30th. Many of his musical contemporaries were present to give support and enjoy the moment.

Lee was diagnosed with cancer of the bladder in October. This news put his career on hold until he successfully completed surgery to removed his bladder. You would think that under this harsh medical reality, one would stop working and concentrate on healing.

However, according to Byron Lee, music is the healing remedy. In speaking with this great man who has really laid the foundation for music in the Caribbean, YardFlex noticed his physical self was weak in stature but his personal self was strong as we discussed his musical journey.





Photos By: Carlington Wilmot

ALL EYES ON: ISIS, HIT RIDDIM MAESTRO

Izes_applause-Riddim_Sean_Paul_temperature_Sno_cone_dancehall.jpgSoundcheck, 1-2, 1-2. This Kingston-based beat meister has everyone trying to holla at him, as his dope riddims become the soundtrack to Jamaica's streets.

NAME: Adrian Marshall

Date of birth: 31/08/82

Schools: St. Mary High, and McGrath High in St. Catherine

RIDDIMS CREATED: Hail the I, Global, Applause, Cheerful, Crouch, Pitch Point

PAST HISTORY: "I always liked music, mi come a town after mi leave school inna 1998. Mi used to deejay, miu still deejay, ah so the interest come about. Is like a inborn ting, yu use vidi-controller and a computer, and mek the riddim. My first riddim was made in 1998, that's when decided that I wanted to make a riddim. But 'Applause' was the first riddim that mi release, and it go international. Mi feel blessed, coming from where me did a come form, it is a blessing. Mi work hard."





Very Huge Doing it Real Big This Summer

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Chesterproducer.jpgYard producer Chester Walker's Very Huge Production is set to do things 'real big' this Summer. He is gearing up for the release of his latest rhythm, 'Bad Movie', an off-da-hook production that features a slamming single from dancehall's mega-seller, Sean Paul.

"I am still in the studios right now, but I am gunning for an August release, but so far, everybody hear it and love it, and the artistes are clamouring to go on it, so it's going to be real big when it
drops," producer/songwriter Chester V. Walker, head of Very Huge Productions, told YardFlex.Com.





BibiRicordoGardner.jpgFootballer Ricardo 'Bibi' Gardner is set to launch his rhythm that was created by Sam Diggy and Carl Morrison, while Dean Fraser sang harmony on many of the songs.

"Right now, mi feel say the Sizzla sell off, and people really feeling the Emperor song," Bibi told YardFlex.Com while he hung out at the newly-opened Natural Bridge studios in St. Andrew.

The footballer will be in Jamaica until the end of August, and he is still on crutches, recovering from surgery. He is expected to return to Bolton Wanderers for the new season. He is a staunch supporter of
Argentina, and believes that "they cannot lose this World Cup, nobody caan beat dem, ah my team".
The singles will appear on a one-drop rhythm called 'Potential' which features singles like 'Makes No Sense' - Norris Man; 'Marijuana' - Tanto; 'Jus Caan Water We Down' - Richie Spice; 'Be Strong' - Sizzla;
'No More War' - Empress; 'Great' - Emperor; and several others. The singles have already been enjoying good rotation on local radio stations like IRIE, and ZIP.





Big A - The Real Big Man in The Bizness

Webmin
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BigA.jpgAinsworth 'Big A' Higgins has been a disc jockey with Jamaica's number one radio station, IRIE FM for 16 years since the inception of the all-reggae, all-the-time radio station. Now that he has made his name as a disc jock, he has begun to tackle new projects. Enter Footsteps, a production house set up with his good friend, Lyndon 'Laza' House. They have put out a number of musical rhythms that have done pretty well locally.

"I am just trying to follow in the footsteps of great producers like King Jammys and King Tubbys, and also leave my own footsteps in the sands of time, so that a few years from now, people can say Big A did it that way," he said, explaining the origins of the name, 'Footsteps'.

"We have a new project just drop called HWT (Half Way Tree), Anthony Cruz scored big, LUST has a song called 'You Got Me', Lady Saw has a song called 'What If' and Tanya's 'Rescue', all of these songs will be on the respective artiste's albums, so I am pleased with how things have gone. Sales were pretty decent, and we got good support across the board," he told YardFlex.Com.





'Burru' Comes With Top 100

Webmin
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Burru-Producer.jpgProducer Albert 'Burru' Blackwood is gunning for another big hit rhythm for the Sumemr with the release of 'Top 100', a kinetic rehash of the Sly and Robbie smash hit rhythm, 'Top 10', a few years ago.

"The early buzz on the riddim is good so far, Sly played the drums on the riddim, and we played a fresh phrase in it, and a few of the songs like the New Kidz, the Tanto Metro/Devonte and the Kartel are getting good play in the clubs....it's going to be one of the Summer riddims to look out for," Burru told YardFlex.Com.

'Burru' , known for his drum-oriented rhythms, has produced such hits as 'Bad From' on the Casablanca, and Capleton's 'Twist and Turn' in the past.





By: Joseph Cunningham

Kimala_Bennett2+.jpgMajor accomplishments for the 24 year-old, Kimala Bennett, has already placed her among the most recognized music directors in the Reggae industry; an arena dominated by men. She brings freshness to your screens, a freshness brought about by her creativity. Recent videos such as Cherine Anderson's "Good Love" and her collaboration with Chuck Fenda, "Coming over tonight" are videos directed by Bennett.

The daughter to internationally renown music producer Mikey Bennett, Kimala has worked alongside famed video directors and was sent to the Czech Republic to do a documentary on the famed Hype Williams, while he directed Kanye West's "Diamonds are Forever" video.

Working on a documentary about Baby Cham at the request of Atlantic Records; and the making of his MTV2 featured video, "Ghetto Story," that was done with Alicia Keys, were also big achievements.





Tribute To Byron Lee

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byronleesoca.jpgBy: Olimatta Taal

A Tribute to Byron Lee was held at the Constant Spring Golf Course, Saturday, June 30th. Many of his musical contemporaries were present to give support and enjoy the moment.

Lee was diagnosed with cancer of the bladder in October. This news put his career on hold until he successfully completed surgery to removed his bladder. You would think that under this harsh medical reality, one would stop working and concentrate on healing.

However, according to Byron Lee, music is the healing remedy. In speaking with this great man who has really laid the foundation for music in the Caribbean, YardFlex noticed his physical self was weak in stature but his personal self was strong as we discussed his musical journey.





Photos By: Carlington Wilmot

ALL EYES ON: ISIS, HIT RIDDIM MAESTRO

Izes_applause-Riddim_Sean_Paul_temperature_Sno_cone_dancehall.jpgSoundcheck, 1-2, 1-2. This Kingston-based beat meister has everyone trying to holla at him, as his dope riddims become the soundtrack to Jamaica's streets.

NAME: Adrian Marshall

Date of birth: 31/08/82

Schools: St. Mary High, and McGrath High in St. Catherine

RIDDIMS CREATED: Hail the I, Global, Applause, Cheerful, Crouch, Pitch Point

PAST HISTORY: "I always liked music, mi come a town after mi leave school inna 1998. Mi used to deejay, miu still deejay, ah so the interest come about. Is like a inborn ting, yu use vidi-controller and a computer, and mek the riddim. My first riddim was made in 1998, that's when decided that I wanted to make a riddim. But 'Applause' was the first riddim that mi release, and it go international. Mi feel blessed, coming from where me did a come form, it is a blessing. Mi work hard."





Very Huge Doing it Real Big This Summer

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Chesterproducer.jpgYard producer Chester Walker's Very Huge Production is set to do things 'real big' this Summer. He is gearing up for the release of his latest rhythm, 'Bad Movie', an off-da-hook production that features a slamming single from dancehall's mega-seller, Sean Paul.

"I am still in the studios right now, but I am gunning for an August release, but so far, everybody hear it and love it, and the artistes are clamouring to go on it, so it's going to be real big when it
drops," producer/songwriter Chester V. Walker, head of Very Huge Productions, told YardFlex.Com.





BibiRicordoGardner.jpgFootballer Ricardo 'Bibi' Gardner is set to launch his rhythm that was created by Sam Diggy and Carl Morrison, while Dean Fraser sang harmony on many of the songs.

"Right now, mi feel say the Sizzla sell off, and people really feeling the Emperor song," Bibi told YardFlex.Com while he hung out at the newly-opened Natural Bridge studios in St. Andrew.

The footballer will be in Jamaica until the end of August, and he is still on crutches, recovering from surgery. He is expected to return to Bolton Wanderers for the new season. He is a staunch supporter of
Argentina, and believes that "they cannot lose this World Cup, nobody caan beat dem, ah my team".
The singles will appear on a one-drop rhythm called 'Potential' which features singles like 'Makes No Sense' - Norris Man; 'Marijuana' - Tanto; 'Jus Caan Water We Down' - Richie Spice; 'Be Strong' - Sizzla;
'No More War' - Empress; 'Great' - Emperor; and several others. The singles have already been enjoying good rotation on local radio stations like IRIE, and ZIP.





Big A - The Real Big Man in The Bizness

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BigA.jpgAinsworth 'Big A' Higgins has been a disc jockey with Jamaica's number one radio station, IRIE FM for 16 years since the inception of the all-reggae, all-the-time radio station. Now that he has made his name as a disc jock, he has begun to tackle new projects. Enter Footsteps, a production house set up with his good friend, Lyndon 'Laza' House. They have put out a number of musical rhythms that have done pretty well locally.

"I am just trying to follow in the footsteps of great producers like King Jammys and King Tubbys, and also leave my own footsteps in the sands of time, so that a few years from now, people can say Big A did it that way," he said, explaining the origins of the name, 'Footsteps'.

"We have a new project just drop called HWT (Half Way Tree), Anthony Cruz scored big, LUST has a song called 'You Got Me', Lady Saw has a song called 'What If' and Tanya's 'Rescue', all of these songs will be on the respective artiste's albums, so I am pleased with how things have gone. Sales were pretty decent, and we got good support across the board," he told YardFlex.Com.





'Burru' Comes With Top 100

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Burru-Producer.jpgProducer Albert 'Burru' Blackwood is gunning for another big hit rhythm for the Sumemr with the release of 'Top 100', a kinetic rehash of the Sly and Robbie smash hit rhythm, 'Top 10', a few years ago.

"The early buzz on the riddim is good so far, Sly played the drums on the riddim, and we played a fresh phrase in it, and a few of the songs like the New Kidz, the Tanto Metro/Devonte and the Kartel are getting good play in the clubs....it's going to be one of the Summer riddims to look out for," Burru told YardFlex.Com.

'Burru' , known for his drum-oriented rhythms, has produced such hits as 'Bad From' on the Casablanca, and Capleton's 'Twist and Turn' in the past.