The Latest Installments Feature Hits from Tessanne Chin, Sean Paul, Snoop Lion, Maxi Priest, Gyptian, Sizzla, Mr. Vegas, Bunji Garlin and more
Established in 1993, Strictly The Best is the first annual reggae compilation in the business. This year’s installment, which features an explosive collection of trendsetting hits on two separate discs, will mark the series’ 20th anniversary on December 17, 2013. Year after year, the Strictly The Best series unveils a comprehensive collection of the genre’s most popular tunes and breaking hits. The go-to compilation features the genre’s biggest stars and is also a platform for new talent to gain notoriety in the industry.
This year’s Strictly The Best Vol. 48 includes 2013’s most sought-after smooth sounds in lovers rock and roots. Jamaican powerhouse Tessanne Chin, who is a top contender on NBC’s The Voice this season, delivers a spine-tingling ballad on “Incredible Love,” while roots empress Etana celebrates life’s blessings that are often taken for granted on the title track of her most recent effort Better Tomorrow. Reggae’s royal family Morgan Heritage makes a grand entrance with “Here Come The Kings,” the title track off their most recent album, and delivers a powerful plea on “Forgive Me” towards the close of the album. No. 1 Billboard hitmaker and UK’s reggae pop icon Maxi Priest also shines on his latest chart-topper “Easy To Love,” which will be featured on his 2014 album on VP Records. Volume 48 will provide the perfect soundtrack to unwind and reflect over the holiday season for years to come.
According to XXL, New York rapper and frequent prison occupant, DMX, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. As reported by The Wall Street Journal, he says he has less than $50,000 in assets and between $1 and $10 million in debt. It also states he owes $1.24 million in child support and more than $21,000 on an auto lease.
DMX was recently arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence without a driver’s license in South Carolina. Read more…
According to BlackBlueDog, critically acclaimed director, Ava DuVernay, who directed the independent film “Middle of Nowhere”, will be directing the upcoming Martin Luther King biopic, “Selma”.
DuVernay became the first African-American woman to win the Best Director Prize at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival for her film, ‘Middle of Nowhere.’ ‘Selma’ is one of three upcoming films that will focus on different aspects of King’s life. Originally, Lee Daniels was brought on to direct but dropped out, which opened the door for DuVernay to now direct the film. British actor David Oyewelo, who starred in DuVernay’s previous film, was casted as Dr. King while Daniels was the director, but it’s unclear if he is still on board with the recent change. Read more…