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Archived: Where Others Back Down, Deejay Puffy Speaks Up. Ever Wondered How A DJ Selects A Hit?

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Deejay Puffy is one of the Caribbean’s best.

What makes a song a hit? Is it how the DJ feels about the artist? Is it how the production’s laid out or is it the song’s lyrical content? Wouldn’t we all wanna know.

Year after year, artistes from across the region send their tunes to the top DJs,  some of them on  radio, some running the club circuit. Sadly, not everyone makes the cut. Then of course, the ” music mafia” talk comes up and we all begin to cringe. There’s even been talk of payola. Of course, it’s just talk.

We wanted to find out what makes a song a hit, deserving of playlist priority so we reached out to a few DJs in Trinidad and Tobago. They assured they’d get back to us but sadly, not one of them has. Barbados’s Red Bull 3 Style heavyweight, Deejay Puffy was however very accommodating. He said he gauges a song on the following factors :

  • Relativity (Topic wise)
  • Is it relatable? (Catchy or nah?)
  • Production Quality
  • Where would it fit in the mix? (Vibe, Energy, tones, sound, BPM/Tempo)
  • Can people dance to this?

Now, with those factors outlined, which we think are some pretty legit factors, would you say you’re hearing all the hits or are there some missing? Be sure to let us know! Feel free to comment below this feature. Soca music is big business and being atop the playlist on the airwaves means possible year round work! (wink wink) ….STAY WOKE. 

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Kobe Bryant’s Daughter Takes Her First Step, 4 Months After Dad’s Death.

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Kobe Bryant’s 11 month old baby girl, Capri took her first steps this past weekend and the world got a glance. Vanessa Bryant posted a short video of the moment, excitedly telling her baby girl how proud she is of her.

“”I’m so proud of you!” Vanessa exclaims in the video which was shared on Instagram. “I knew you were gonna do it!” she added.

The former Los Angeles Lakers star’s life was cut short in January when a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California led to his death and the lives of his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven other people.

In addition to Capri, the couple had three older daughters- Natalia, Bianka and Gianna.

LOOK AT CAPRI TAKE HER FIRST STEPS.

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Shaggy Pushes for Beenie Man, Bounty Killa to Be Granted US Visas.

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US based, internationally acclaimed reggae artist, Shaggy has called on the US Embassy in Jamaica, the US Ambassador to the country and the country’s Prime Minister, Andrew Holness, to do what is necessary to aid in ensuring that both Bounty Killa and Beenie Man are able to acquire US Visas. His call comes on the heels of their VERZUZ virtual clash on Saturday where close to 500,000 persons logged on to view the veterans battle musically.

Beenie Man and Bounty Killa both had their US VISAS revoked in 2010. At that time, Mavado and Aidonia were also among the dancehall artistes who’s US Visas were taken away by the US Embassy. In 2011, Mavado was once again able to travel to the US and then, five years later, Aidonia was allowed re-entry. To date, both Beenie Man and Bounty Killa remain without US travel access.

In his social media post, both meant to celebrate Jamaica’s cultural performance by these two veteran artistes, and dispute the state of their travel affairs, Grammy award winner, Shaggy said, “Fans world wide were greeted with a cultural experience of epic proportions as best as it could be delivered in these covid times. This was a boost to our spirits, our tourism, our economy, our music, and most importantly brand jamaica 🇯🇲 .. BUT LETS NOT FORGET!!!…,.that both of these artist, these two legends, these two ambassadors of our country our music, and our culture, STILL CANNOT TRAVEL!! It’s about time we rally and push the powers at be to free up these artist allow them traveling visas, work permits so they can travel freely to promote our culture and represent our brand, I’m calling on the Jamaican government, the U.S. Ambassador and the United States Embassy @usembassyja to atleast start having dialogue where this is concerned, I’m calling on the Hon. Olivier Babsy Grange @hon.olivigrange and the prime minister the Hon. Andrew Holness @andrewholnessjm to get involve, the culture needs it, the music needs it, the economy needs it, the country needs it the fans need it. Salute DANCE HALL🇯🇲!!

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