Footsteps drops sizzling new video for “Take Time”

Reggae artist Footsteps returns with a flashy new video to accompany his latest single that sizzles like none other, especially when backed by the talents of UK artist Doktor. A dancehall-centric track, “Take Time” is about exactly that — taking your sweet time during the art of seduction. Footsteps’ video opens on exotic, scantily-clad women […]

Xiuhtezcatl interviews at Cali Roots 10

Top Shelf Music journalist Kristy Rose sits down with hip hop-reggae socially-conscious artist Xiuhtezcatl at California Roots 10, following his morning performance. With an EP on the way, a summer tour and a book published (with props from mega-actor Leonardo DiCaprio), the young protégé shares what drives him forward, his thoughts on planet sustainability and […]

Kyle Smith & Brendan Clemente chat at Cali Roots X

Top Shelf Music journalist Kristy Rose sits down with two great independent artists at California Roots 10, Kyle Smith and Brendan Clemente! Performing together for the first time, the two chat about their individual efforts in the scene, what’s to come next and how Cali Roots brought the two of them together in the first […]

A chat with The Late Ones at California Roots 2019

Top Shelf Music journalist Kristy Rose sits down with The Late Ones, a hip hop meets island reggae trio out of Hawaii, at California Roots 10 ahead of their late night afterparty performance in Monterey, California. With a new single available as of that day, The Late Ones were excited to share music, upcoming summer plans […]

Protoje interviews at California Roots 10

The leader of the reggae revival movement himself, Protoje, sits down with Top Shelf Music journalist Kristy Rose following his California Roots 10 performance in Monterey, California. After dropping a single and about to hit the road with Rebelution, Protoje chats what inspires his music, what he’s currently binge-watching and more. For more Protoje or […]

WORLD VIDEO PREMIERE: Inna Vision “Survivor”

Hawaiian rap-meets-reggae artist Inna Vision is hyping up his latest single “Survivor” off his Best Yet: Celebrating A Decade Of Vision album with a raw video showcasing a day in the life. The track off Roots Musician Records features a soulfully smooth saxophone throughout, jazzy keys across the bridge, a wailing guitar outro and lyrics […]

Steel Pulse sits down with Top Shelf Music

Steel Pulse members David Hinds and Selwyn Brown sit down with Top Shelf Music journalist Keela Sweeney following their Day One BeachLife Festival performance in Redondo Beach, California. With their long-awaited Mass Manipulation album out as of May 17th, Steel Pulse chats about the inspiration behind the album that took 15 years in the making […]

WORLD VIDEO PREMIERE: Ras Teo x Lone Ark “Down In The Garrison”

Ras Teo brings his humanitarian efforts to the forefront in his new track “Down In The Garrison” off his Ten Thousand Lions album and featuring the likes of Lone Ark. The duo felt called to action after witnessing the struggles of the Caribbean streets, a situation that doesn't seem to be improving any time soon. “Down […]

Locos Por Juana drop new video for “Don’t Tell Me No”

Earlier this month, the GRAMMY-nominated bilingual band Locos Por Juana blessed the internet with brand new raging music video for their new song “Don't Tell Me No”, featuring the living legend reggae artist Freddie McGregor. With upbeat and feel good lyrics, LPJ’s new song does not disappoint. “Don't Tell Me No” is the second release […]

Watch Sol Seed’s new video “Shades of Green”

Voted Eugene Weekly’s “Best Band of Eugene” five years straight, the Oregon reggae-fusion group Sol Seed brings the message of their new single “Shades of Green” to life in their new Sugarshack produced music video released this week. The clip mixes an energetic live performance by the band, with footage of the stark contrasts of […]

WORLD PREMIERE: Ione Angeles “Walk Away” feat. Jah-Know Wright

Rebel Sound Records and Top Shelf proudly present the latest music video from roots-reggae chanteuse Ione Angeles! The track entitled “Walk Away” is off of Angeles’ Inna Word album and features the talents of Jah-Know Wright. Now equipped with a music video, Ione Angeles traverses a picturesque shoreline as she preaches salvation to all. Ione […]

WORLD VIDEO PREMIERE: Kalalea “Universal Language” ft. Tubby Love

Hawaiian artist on the rise, Kalalea, teams up with Tubby Love in his latest single “Universal Language”, recently available via Roots Musician Records. The track, mixed and mastered by roots reggae visionary E.N Young, features Kalalea preaching peace, love and unity in spite of social structures in the way – like media scares and corrupt […]

WORLD VIDEO PREMIERE: Mister Kali “Hungry” feat. Dub Gideon

New Mexico native Mister Kali speaks out against America’s Food & Drug Administration throughout the title track off his latest album Hungry. The song, featuring Dub Gideon, dropped mid-January off Rebel Sound Records and is stuffed with eating clean initiatives, saying he’d rather go “hungry” than eat what passes for food in this country. Mister […]

WORLD VIDEO PREMIERE: Inna Vision “Back Trax”

Everyone’s favorite reggae-rap artist, Inna Vision, returns with a world premiere for “Back Trax” off his latest Link Up album. The LP, off Roots Musician Records, hit the charts back in June of 2018 and features instant hits like “O.G. IV”, “Real Type Of Cop” and (naturally) the title track “Link Up”. After several videos […]

Scallywag San Diego 2018 vlog

Top Shelf Reggae journalist Kristy Rose explores the last stop of Scallywag Fest 2018 in sunny San Diego, California in a skankin’ vlog style. Presented by 91x, performances included Rancid, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Hepcat, Less Than Jake, The Interrupters and Beach Goons. The first half of the day, festivalgoers were revelling in free beer […]