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BOOMSHOTS Heavy Rotation: Lady Saw, Khago, Buju Banton

Once again we're locked and fully loaded with musical ammunition, so let's get right to the reggaematical selections for your weekend listening pleasure. It ain't hard to tell that "Hold Yuh" has had the radio waves on lock for most of 2010, with producer/singer Ricky Blaze riding the wave and even Young Money's own Nicki Minaj surfing on a Brooklyn-built groove that sounds almost as raw as a Don One dubplate. Gyptian's original had radio censors caught up in spelling debates—did the singer say "tightest H-O-L-D" or something else entirely? Is he talking about a warm embrace or Kegel exercises?

But as usual, Lady Saw erases all ambiguity. The Dancehall Queen's xtra-raw version gets right to heart of the matter, leaving nothing to the imagination. (Patois check: When Saw says a boy gave her "the biggest hood me ever get inna my life" that means exactly what you think it does.) Would all these Barbz and RiRis on your radio dial even be possible without Muma Saw? "You know what?" she told Boomshots, "I love them. I love Nicki. I love Rihanna... Maybe if we lucky, i hear they reached out to my people and they want me to do a collab with her for her next album... And you know Foxy was my girl for a long time but then we had some disagreement. You know, cause I don't believe in people being rude." Seckle Muma Saw! When it comes to rudeness, nobody does it better. Run the track...

 


 

Next up is a conscious youth named Khago (short for Chicago) who made big noise this year with a Certified Boomshot called "Nah Sell Out Me Friend Dem." His heartfelt song about loyalty on red-hot producer Seanizzle's fresh-and-flossy "One Day" riddim soon became a street anthem. When Khago dropped the tune at this year's Reggae Sumfest, it looked like the whole place was gonna burn down. Blaze it up...

 


 

Finally, a special request to all those who are still awaiting their day of redemption. From Buju Banton's remarkable new album Before The Dawn—ten blistering tracks of roots rock reggae that were recorded before his incarceration, but which speak to his current plight with eerie specificity, particularly tracks like “Bondage” and “Innocent.” But right now, in comes a musical prayer called, simply, "Do Good." Let it go...


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The track contains their reliable swaggy confident nature along with bits of dominating lyrics. Speaking to VIBE, Aja reveals the track is a response critic who has questioned their pretty successful career. "'I Ain't Left' is about people giving me negative feedback on things they know nothing about and saying I don't deserve to make my dreams come true as an artist," they said.

"A lot of people told me to write about my struggles as an up-and-coming musician who's creating a new blueprint for queer artists coming from reality TV, and this track is what came out of it."

A fan favorite from the ninth season of RuPaul's Drag Race and the third season of RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars Aja captivated screens and unleashed their rap persona in 2017. A self-identified nonbinary queer artist and performer who's pronouns are "they/them," Aja has proved their lyrical abilities while going bar for bar with the sharpest talent in the industry like CupkakKe and Rico Nasty.

Currently, Aja is reading their next EP, ALL CAPS for Friday (June 28). The project is a follow up to their debut album BOX OFFICE. 

The Brooklyn native connects with fans, their struggles as it deals with race, gender and sexual identity, class, and sexuality. They have become an impactful figure in the LGBTQ+ community as well as an international role model.

Aja recently dominated the Wynwood Pride's LGBTQ music festival last weekend.

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Listen to "I Ain't Left" below.

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Chris Brown And Justin Bieber Create A Self-Love Note On "Don't Check On Me"

Chris Brown and Justin Bieber have joined forces once again with the release of their new single “Don’t Check On Me.” The love note is an ode to not succumbing to an ex's advances or falling victim to the “I miss you, how are you?” text. For the pair, once it’s done—it’s done.

The Biebs and Brown have collaborated in the past. In 2014, images of them in the studio surfaced. And you may remember in 2011 when they dropped “Next To You.”

According to Complex, Justin is getting ready to release new music since his last album Purpose, which dropped in 2015. He was recently spotted in the studio with his wife Hailey Baldwin.

 

 

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It’s interesting to see and hear what Bieber is coming out with next, considering the tumultuous couple of years he’s had with mental health. In a previous interview with VOGUE, he revealed he was depressed during his "Purpose Tour."

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A$AP Ferg Teams Up With City Girls And ANTHA On "Wigs"

A$AP Ferg is ready to dominate the summer with a new album and twerk-ready jams like his new single, "Wigs" featuring City Girls and ANTHA.

Produced by Frankie P (J.I.D., Cam'ron, Meek Mill), rambunctious single gives us yet another song to add to the hot girl summer playlist. The track is a follow up to "Pups" featuring A$AP Rocky. Collaborations might be the mission for Ferg this year as the rapper and painter teamed up with Redline to release a limited edition BMX-style bike. A$AP Ferg edition apparel will also be sold. The creative has successfully partnered with Adidas twice with his Trap Lord brand. He's also joined forces with Hennessy to sell a cocktail kit inspired by a drink he called the "Hennessy Uptown" in 2018. Tiffany & Co. made the Harlem native the face of its "Believe in Dreams" campaign as well as a brand ambassador last year.

But the rapper isn't the best graces with everyone. Asian Da Brat was originally on the track was reportedly replaced with a verse from Yung Miami. "I got mad love for @ASAPferg but him taking me off “WIG” was a big mistake  I BODIED THIS S**T IN MY SLEEP," Asian said in a tweet early Tuesday (June 25).

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