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Independent artist, Five Steez, has released the new music video for his latest single, 'Welcome', from his upcoming digital EP, 'These Kingston Times'. The video, directed by Nathan Cowan of Caribbean Films in association with Bubbla G, Rocket Media and The Talent Inc, shows Five Steez traversing the streets of Kingston, Jamaica, beginning in Trench Town, the neighbourhood of Reggae icon, Bob Marley, and the father of Hip Hop, DJ Kool Herc.

“Steez and I go way back and it was a pleasure doing a visual like this that matched the lyrics in his song,” says Cowan.

“Trench Town is a significant place because it was the home of so many Reggae legends, including Bob,” says Five Steez. “However, one often forgotten fact is that it was also the community in which Kool Herc lived and learnt the sound system culture, which later helped him in the creation of what we know today as Hip Hop.”

Welcome’ is available for free download only on Bandcamp until the release of the EP on October 14. On the track, produced by OneMan Beats, Five Steez introduces the uninitiated to his city – Kingston, the capital of Jamaica. The song, which begins the EP, features an uptempo head-nodding instrumental and a multi-layered hook with scratches on a Jamaican vocal sample done by the producer.

'These Kingston Times' is said to be the modern tale of the Jamaican capital. “I wanted to paint my city the way I see it, and in a way I've never heard the story told before in music,” says Five Steez. “Since Hip Hop’s genesis with DJ Kool Herc, there has always been a Jamaican influence and involvement in the genre, but you've never heard about actual life here in ‘yard’, as we affectionately call it. It's a new perspective in Hip Hop, but parallel to that of urban environments worldwide.

These Kingston Times’ is currently available for pre-order at http://bit.ly/KGNBandcamp.

Five Steez is an independent rapper from Kingston, Jamaica who began capturing attention in 2010 with his ‘Momentum’ mixtape series alongside Bronx-based DJ Ready Cee, and later his 2012 debut album, ‘War for Peace’, which received great reviews from various outlets, including iTunes.

 

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You can now pre-order my upcoming EP, 'These Kingston Times', on Bandcamp. You will immediately receive the two singles -'Deadly' and 'Welcome' - as well as an exclusive titled 'From the Ground Up'. On October 14, the EP's release date, you will receive the complete project. http://bit.ly/KGNBandcamp

 

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JamaicansMusic.com, which has the largest Facebook fan page in the Caribbean, will premiere the official music video for my single, 'Welcome', on Monday, September 15 at 8PM. Check out their review of 'These Kingston Times'

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Independent artist, Five Steez, has released the second single – 'Welcome' – from his upcoming digital EP, 'These Kingston Times'. The track, which comes four weeks after the first single, ‘Deadly’, is available for streaming on Soundcloud and as a free download exclusively on Bandcamp until the release of the project.

On 'Welcome', produced by OneMan Beats, Five Steez introduces the uninitiated to his city – Kingston, the capital of Jamaica. The song, which begins the EP, features an uptempo head-nodding instrumental and a multi-layered hook with scratches on a Jamaican vocal sample done by the producer.

"’Welcome’ is very friendly," says Five Steez. "It's one of the lighter tracks on the EP, sort of like ‘Deadly’ in that sense, but it gives people an idea of what they’re going to hear about Kingston on this project." OneMan Beats, the song’s Bronx-based producer, says, “Five Steez wrote the perfect concept for this song, which explains where he is from, with a Jamaican MC's point of view. Kinda feels like the Bronx, New York, but in Jamaica.”

The single’s music video will be released next month.

'These Kingston Times' is said to be the modern tale of the Jamaican capital. “I wanted to paint my city the way I see it, and in a way I've never heard the story told before in music,” says Five Steez. “Since Hip Hop’s genesis with DJ Kool Herc, there has always been a Jamaican influence and involvement in the genre, but you've never heard about actual life here in ‘yard’, as we affectionately call it. It's a new perspective in Hip Hop, but parallel to that of urban environments worldwide.”

These Kingston Times’ will be released on October 14 via Bandcamp, iTunes and other outlets.

Five Steez is an independent rapper from Kingston, Jamaica who began capturing attention in 2010 with his ‘Momentum’ mixtape series alongside Bronx-based DJ Ready Cee, and later his 2012 debut album, ‘War for Peace’, which received great reviews from various outlets, including iTunes. Steez has since gone on to organizing Kingston’s premier Hip Hop event – Pay Attention.

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Yes! More music from 'These Kingston Times'. A second single titled 'Welcome' is on its way. The track, produced by OneMan Beats, is dropping Tuesday, August 19. It's time to really get into this project...

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Independent artist, Five Steez, has released his first single, 'Deadly', from his forthcoming digital EP, 'These Kingston Times'. The track is available for streaming on Soundcloud and as a free download exclusively on Bandcamp until the release of the project.

'Deadly', produced by DJ Crooks, features a classic Hip Hop breakbeat mixed with a vintage Reggae sound and a signature Dancehall chant. Equipped with sharp verses as well as a hypnotic hook and bridge, Five Steez makes this one a sure crowd pleaser.

"I had fun with this record because it's so Hip Hop, and it fuses elements from different Jamaican genres so well,” says Five Steez. “I just went in with the flow and, of course, I had to big up people like Heavy D and Chubb Rock, who were also born in Jamaica."

“I'm glad that Five rocked it like he did,” says the California-based, Jamaica-born DJ Crooks. “It's Hip Hop at its purest, really. This is how we can honour the dynamic nature of the Jamaican music culture, paying respect to Reggae and Hip Hop at the same time.”

'These Kingston Times' is said to be the modern tale of the Jamaican capital, Kingston. “I wanted to paint my city the way I see it, and in a way I've never heard the story told before in music,” says Five Steez. “Since Hip Hop’s genesis with DJ Kool Herc, there has always been a Jamaican influence and involvement in the genre, but you've never heard about actual life here in ‘yard’, as we affectionately call it. It's a new perspective in Hip Hop, but parallel to that of urban environments worldwide.”

Deadly’ does not even scratch the surface, however, according to Five Steez. “The project gets dark, deep and grimy at times, but I want to ease people into it without giving away too much of what it’s really about till they hear it.”

These Kingston Times’ is set for an October 14 release via Bandcamp, iTunes and other outlets.

Five Steez is an independent rapper from Kingston, Jamaica who began capturing attention in 2010 with his ‘Momentum’ mixtape series alongside Bronx-based DJ Ready Cee, and later his 2012 debut album, ‘War for Peace’, which received great reviews from various outlets, including iTunes. Steez has since gone on to organizing Kingston’s premier Hip Hop event – Pay Attention.

Last modified on Monday, 22 December 2014 01:44

My people... you shall not have to wait much longer!

The first single off my upcoming EP, 'These Kingston Times', will be released next Tuesday, July 22! It is titled 'Deadly' and it is produced by DJ Crooks of Natural High Muzik.

I hope you enjoy!

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It’s been a long time coming, but it’s finally here… the official Five Steez website!

The FiveSteez.com domain has been registered for over two years, however, it previously directed visitors to my Bandcamp page. Now, one may access everything they need from Five Steez right here at this location.

All releases, performance dates, relevant news items and even blogs will be available here. In years past, I would post a few things about music on my previous blog which I retired last year. I will now be doing that again from time to time through this News page here, allowing you to get more insight into my art, thoughts and career.

There is much in the works.

 Stay tuned for news about my upcoming EP, ‘These Kingston Times’. 

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