Fortunate Youth drive-in concert at The Grove: Night One

On September 25th, Fortunate Youth performed the first of two headlining shows they had at The Grove in Anaheim. The opening band for Night One was the The Expanders, who, with FY, were the perfect combination to kick off the weekend of fun. After so many months not seeing friends or being out at shows […]

In memoriam of DJ Carlos Culture, a reggae legend

Before this massive escalation in American reggae, far ahead of the reggae festivals marking the calendar year, people grew up honoring the roots. Roots, rock, reggae — dub, ska, dancehall, lover’s rock, mento, rocksteady, raggamuffin. These genres are the infrastructure making up reggae as we know it. One person who knew it all too well […]

Project: Out of Bounds revamps in ‘P.O.B. vs Mister Midnight’ EP

Who’s ready for an all-new Project: Out of Bounds? For those in the American reggae scene, it would be a crime if you don’t know P.O.B. by now… These hardworking San Diego boys have been there from the birth of reggae rock’s popularity, particularly in southern California, with their first two albums in 2008 and […]

RastaBwoyKell brings forth religious fervor in ‘Revelations 19’ EP

Rap-reggae producer and artist RastaBwoyKell might have been born and raised out of southside Chicago, yet his roots grow strong in Rastafarianism. Bringing the biblical verse Revelations 19 to life in his latest EP, the religious and political activist poses several Truths in the face of widespread misinformation and oppression — we simply don’t know […]

SM Familia releases “Rise Up (Revo Remix)” single

Latin reggae cumbia band SM Familia teams with reggae family on their latest single “Rise Up”. A song so applicable right now as the nation is fraught with racial tension, SM Familia says “Jah people, yeah, you got to rise up”. With heavy synth and bubble organ, SM Familia combines the old with the new […]

WORLD VIDEO PREMIERE: Jah Sun “Law Of Attraction”

Top Shelf Music is proud to host the world premiere of Jah Sun’s latest work: the music video for “Law Of Attraction”, a steamy single off his new album Magic & Madness. The California reggae artist graced the world with his fourth full-length following this past Memorial Day Weekend, when we all needed fresh music […]

LA’s upcoming One Love Peace Protest combines Reggae & BLM

Reggae, especially American reggae, is under fire right now. These artists are the ones that have been preaching peace, love and unity for black citizens since the inception of its genre. Now that Black Lives Matter and the fight for equality has hit a critical high in this country (and around the world), believers in […]

Django Concerti presents Show Me Love music marathon

Django Concerti presented Show Me Love, a non-profit musical marathon of international artists paying tribute to Clinton Fearon, on June 4th 2020 as a fundraiser for the artists featured. The event advertised a $5,000 goal on their GoFundMe page to fund entertainment venues all over the world and the many performers who have suffered financially […]

#BlackLivesMatter playlist on Top Shelf Spotify

Contentious clashes between police and protestors have intensified over the past weekend, as people of all colors and creeds speak out on the inhumane and incorrigible death of George Floyd. Following Floyd’s death, there has been a litany of marches around the United States — all justified, most ending in violence. Some police officers join […]

Anthony B ‘King in My Castle’ album review

It’s been a full four years since Jamaican songsmith Anthony B released his last self-titled album. Typically, the longer an artist waits to put out their latest offering, the more eagerness fans feel until they finally receive it. His latest studio offering, King in My Castle, lands with tremendous expectations and, fortunately, it exceeds every […]

Zuggu Dan drops “Bush Master” music video

Zuggu Dan of Irie Yutes Records has dropped a brand new music video for his single “Bush Master”! Produced by none other than Phillip McFarlane, keyboardist of Earthkry and owner of Irie Yutes Records, the dubby roots reggae track is another classic ode to marijuana… like we can have too many! Now, you may have seen […]

WORLD TRACK PREMIERE: Braden Lee Waiters “Think About It”

There are not many people who are as dedicated to keeping roots blues music alive as Braden Lee Waiters. Waiters is a young blues artist who is releasing his debut single titled “Think About It” tomorrow on all digital outlets and Top Shelf Music has the pleasure to showcase its exclusive premiere! Originally from Tooele […]

Etana serenades in soothing “Truly” single

Jamaican songstress and ‘Best Reggae Album’ GRAMMY nominee Etana has released the first single, “Truly”, from her forthcoming album G.E.M.I.N.I. originally set to be released in staggers throughout May although new dates for release are pending due to COVID-19. Being in a constant state of the panic and confusion amidst this global quarantine, it’s refreshing […]

Jonathan Emile adds Etana in his “Canopy (Remix)” single

Jamaican-Canadian crooner, activist and poet Jonathan Emile has released a remix of his song, “Canopy”! The addition of sweet, sexy vocals by GRAMMY-nominated reggae artist Etana heightens the sounds of the already old-time ska-meets-tropical vibes, emphasized in her beautiful voice and creative energy.  The two share a sweet and playful exchange as they envision what […]

Ben Barbic teams with Craigy-T in “Close 2 Peace” single

Hip hop-meets-reggae anomaly Ben Barbic is back with a brand new single “Close 2 Peace”, featuring the legendary talents of Craigy-T! Best known for his role in the dancehall ensemble T.O.K., Craigy-T has since branched off in a solo direction. Barbic knew Craigy-T’s dynamic Jamaican dancehall would pair well with his American fusion approach, exemplified […]