Koffee is back on the Billboard chart again after getting some strength from former President Barack Obama. “Toast” was released almost a year ago but the hit reggae song is not yet done securing accolades. The track which was a part of former US President Barack Obama’s Summer Playlist debuted at number 50 on the Billboard R&B/Hip Hop Airplay Chart this week. It’s been over a year since a Jamaican artiste has entered the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay after Hood Celebrity’s “Walking Trophy” climbed to number 22 last year. The chart reveals this week’s most popular R&B/hip-hop songs, ranked by radio airplay.
Could the Alkaline and Squash beef turn physical? Some members of the dancehall community fears the ongoing feud between the Vendetta and 6ix camp out of Mobay could become more than just a musical clash. Last month, Urban Islandz reported that Squash threatened to put hands on Alkaline on sight. Even though he said it in his diss track “Pinocchio,” he did add that he is dead serious about it. Some folks inside his 6ix circle are of the view that he is angry that his rival mentioned his late brother who was killed by police officers.
Earlier this year, reggae artiste Pressure Buss Pipe decided to switch things up musically when he released a soca song. With versatility being high on his list of characteristics, he cast aside his reservations to produce the song, Do It & Done. His gamble has seemingly paid off, as the song has earned him his first nomination for a soca award. The entertainer has been nominated, among the likes of soca giants such as Farmer Nappy and Kes, in the category Groovy Soca of the Year (Male) at this year's International Soca Awards.
The third edition of King Bubba Illuminate was nothing but vibes and the man behind the show and brand is feeling the love. Adam 'King Bubba FM' Elias has been travelling here, there and over yonder flying the Bajan flag high and asking fans across the world 'Who drinking rum?' Chatting with Loop Entertainment after another successful Illuminate, held at Copacabana in Bridgetown, he said that many thanks to his cast of entertainers and musicians who buy into his vision and his dream. He also awarded his mother as is becoming his Illuminate tradition and he delivered a glitch-free show that continues to grow. With two tracks out including a 'bashy' tune, Bubba says if you can find a loophole in a contract or get some wiggle room, he may be in that competition this year.
Koffee resume just keeps on growing. This week the 19-year-old singer/deejay was listed on Apple Music as one of the next breakthrough artists this year. We in the reggae/dancehall community already see her as a shining star, and it appears Rihanna also saw greatness in her. California rapper Haiti Babii recently spilled the beans during an interview with BET where he revealed that the “Toast” singer is writing for RiRi. “She [Rihanna] FaceTimed yesterday morning when the song dropped,” Babii said. “It was night time wherever she was. She was in a club partying. She was like, ‘I like this song, yo. It’s dope, yo.’ I was like, ‘Alright, yeah. She’s messing with it.'” Haiti Babii says he then asked Rihanna about Koffee and she already knew everything about the Jamaican sensation and even encouraged the rapper to link up with her. He also revealed that RiRi confirmed that Koffee is writing for her.