Saturday, 25 December 2010

Merry Christmas And Happy New Year

Merry Christmas And Happy New Year Peeps! I'll be back in 2011 but for now here's a quick mix I did for everyone to enjoy over the Holidays. Bless Up!

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1. Intro _ DJ Diablo
2. Kill Dem (Dubplate) - Mighty Moe
3. Good Morning Soundbwoy - Bunny General
4. Arab Money (Golden Hen Version) - Busta Rhymes
5. My Golden Dub - Tenor Saw
6. Here I Come - Barrington Levy
7. Shell Dung (Broadway Refix) - Gappy Ranks
8. Put The Stereo On - Gappy Ranks
9. December 4th (Hot Milk Version) - Jay Z
10. Back For The Bubblers (Diablo Refix) - Heartless Crew
11. Murderation - Gyptian Ft Barrington Levy
12. Farmer (Dubplate) - Tuggawar
13. Vineyard Party - Supercat
14. Witness (Diablo Refix) - Roots Manuva
15. Played By Dis Ya One - Bunny General
16. My Sound Stand Alone - King Kong
17. What A La La (Dubplate) - Ricky Ranking
18. Come Along - Wanye Smith
19. Mama Rules - Buju Banton
20. Anything You Want - Mary J. Blige Ft Gyptian, Busta Rhymes
21. Can't Keep Us Down - Sizzla
22. Power Of A Girl - Tanya Stephens
23. I Want You Back (Shanty Town) - Jackson Five
24. Searching - Collie Buddz Ft Roach
25. Outro - DJ Diablo

Thursday, 16 December 2010

DJ Diablo Tuggawar Official Mixtape 2011 The War Is On!

DJ Diablo Tuggawar Official Mixtape 2011.

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1. Intro
2. Weave And Dread Off
3. Beat It Featuring Gappy Ranks
4. My Life
5. No Long Talk 2011 (Kush Riddim)
6. Have To Make It
7. Hello, Good Morning
8. SupaTugg (Diablo Refix)
9. Tug She Want
10. Hold Dem Ya Featuring Singer J
11. Final Burial
12. Fi Dayz
13. Dem Say War Featuring Shabba D
14. Bazooka
15. Inna Real Life Featuring Ruddy Irie
16. London Anthem (Diablo Refix)
17. Public Service Announcement
18. Anything Mi Say (Criminology)
19. Tuggy Shot Ya!
20. Serial Killer
21. Request To Di Farmer (I Swear)
22. Fallen Soldiers Featuring Dean Chohan
23. Outro

2010 Albums Of The Year

Gettin' in early on this one. Here's my favorite albums of the last year in no particular order. Might have to do a favorite albums of the decade too. Watch This Space!

Ghostface Killah - Apollo Kids. Very late entry but my favorite album of the year after only a few plays. Tony Starks in classic Wu-Tang style.

Cee Lo Green - The Lady Killer. Absolute classic in a Motown style and fashion

Gappy Ranks - Put The Stereo On. North West London's finest with one of the best Reggae albums in years

Meth, Ghost, Rae - Wu Massacre. The Wu Gambinos back with a tough album

Roots Manuva meets Wrong Tom - Duppy Writer. Probably the remix album of the decade

Spragga Benz - Shotta Culture. Spragga's return on the scene with a solid uncompromising album of ghetto reality

AZ - Doe Or Die 15th Anniversary. Another solid album reworking the 90's classic

Nas and Damian Marley - Distant Relatives. Dancehall meet Hip Hop. Great concept, great album.

Monday, 6 December 2010

Rebel "I" - Banana Rebel 2 -Revenge Of The Ninja

Yes peeps here's Part 2 of the Banana Rebel Series. Revenge Of The Ninja. Narrated by Ricky Ranking. Enjoy!

Tracklisting -

1. Real Rock - Jah L
2. Version - Augustus Pablo
3. Anarexol - Eek A Mouse
4. Version - Augustus Pablo
5. Pass Up The Chalice - Barry Brown
6. Looking My Love - Barrington Levy
7. Looking My Dub - King Tubby
8. Please Officer - Barry Brown
9. Version - King Tubby
10. Ballistic Affair - Leroy Smart
11. What A Gathering - Mike Brooks
12. Eastman Skank - Dillinger
13. Pure Ranking - Horace Andy
14. Pure Dubbing - King Tubby
15. Things And Time - Wailing Souls
16. Natty BSC - Dillinger
17. Back Out - Studio One
18. Mash You Down - Cornell Campbell
19. Version - Jackie Mittoo
20. Can't Get Me Out - Cornell Campbell
21. Version - Jackie Mittoo
22. Movin' - Studio One
23. Version - Jackie Mittoo
24. Rasta Come From Jail - Cornell Campbell
25. Bend Down Low (Alternate Version) - Bob Marley and Wailers

Ricky Ranking and The Rebel "I" - A Banana Klan Community Story

Rebel "I" and Ricky Ranking Brixton 2008

So it started in Amsterdam (where else lol) I was there DJing at a club on a Friday night back in 2001. When I finished I saw a text from my good friend DJ MK saying that he's touchin down in 'Dam in the morning to DJ for Roots Manuva at a gig at The Melkweg that night. Do I wanna roll with them? he asked so I said yeah, I'm up for that bell me when you land. The next morning I got up early, changed my flight round and headed out for breakfast waiting for his call.

Ricky Ranking, DJ MK, Roots Manuva and Rebel I
Slime And Reason Tour 2008

I'd been waiting outside the famous Barneys Breakfast Bar for ages, my breakfast eaten, my coffee was cold and my spliff was now a dead roach in the ashtray. I was pissed off at waiting even though it was a sunny morning and I was feeling pretty lean off the White Widow I'd been smoking.
Finally MK called me and told me what hotel they were at and said he'll meet me in the lobby. The phone was down before I got a chance to cuss him. I knew the hotel where they were staying and I made my way down there. As I walked towards the entrance I saw him walking out the lobby like he was on a mission. "We've lost Ricky, We Can't Find Ricky" MK said. "Who's Ricky?" I replied.
"Ricky Ranking!" MK said amazed I didnt know who he was talkin bout
"Ricky Ranking?... What Ricky Ranking from Nasty Rockers?" I replied stoned and confused
"Yeah, he's known Rodney for years" he said "Thought I told you that?"
"Oh,didn't know that... Let's go find him then"

Ricky Ranking, Banana Klan Godfather

Ricky Ranking is a legend, make no mistake about that. He started in the sound system business in the late 70's on the Small Axe 2 sound. He earned his stripes performing at various dances for sounds like King Tubby's. But it was when he joined Brixton sound Nasty Rockers that he established himself as a star MC in the UK London dancehall scene. Soon he found himself in the recording booth and "Rocking The Dance" became a massive dancehall hit followed by "I Can't Get Enough Love" which hit number 2 in the reggae charts and stayed there for 6 weeks.
More hits followed and tours with the late great Sugar Minott's Youthman Promotion and shows with Pablo Gad, Twinkle Bros,and not forgetting legendary dancehall nights with Brigidier Jerry and Josey Wales and the famous jams with Supercat at Balham 200 and Nitty Gritty at Jubilee Hall and countless classic performances at dances for Nasty Rockers and Taurus Hi-Fi and Coxone Sound cemented his position as a microphone Don Dada.

Ricky Ranking with dancehall award in 1980's

Ricky Ranking performing on Coxone Sound Clapham 1986

Fast Foward a few years from the Amsterdam trip and I'd seen Ricky along with the whole Roots Manuva/Banana Klan family at various shows and tours over that time. Since I was down with the Klan Lords and knew them from the 90's Hip Hop scene I soon became a member of the Banana Klan and Roots then asked me to DJ for Ricky.
So when we would meet up we'd get into a reasoning and he'd school me on the history, the dancehall clashes, the road stories from legends he'd rolled with and I learned so much all the shit I didn't know that put the Sound System puzzle together. I had all the Riddims and Versions and knew how to drop them but Ricky fine tuned me into getting the sequence of selection at a dance to perfection.
We'd also talk about getting together to make music and record some sessions but with so many commitments on both sides we've only managed to get a couple sessions recorded. The legendary Banana Klan Community Session 2008 Part's One and Two are posted links to follow. As for me and Ricky...well the story is to be continued. Peace.

Live At The Funhouse DJ Diablo, DJ MK - Hip Hop Bashment Special with special guest Seanie T