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DJ SHEPDOG: Greatest Licks Vol. 4 (2016)

Greatest Licks Vol 4 DJ ShepdogSome dogs bury choice bones in gardens and then forget where they’ve buried their stash. DJ Shepdog on the other hand loses prime reggae-hip-hop mashups on his hard drive and then forgets he even had them in the first place. Until he rediscovers them of course and realises – hey – these need releasing – the public’s tongues are lolling out for want of quality booty

DJ SHEPDOG: Greatest Licks Vol. 2 (2014)

Greatest Licks Vol. 2 DJ ShepdogRating: ★★★★★ Talk about triple trouble y’all! First Jimi Needles’ Reggae Rewinds four tracker, then JStar’s Most Wanted reggae mash-ups Vol. 2 and now – DJ Shepdog has only gone and released his Greatest Licks Vol. 2 as well! Reggae KRS-1, reggae Janelle Monae? Reggae MOP? Cutty Ranks on an MOP beat, Adele on the Bam Bam riddim? It’s like all your reggae Christmases have come at

DJ SHEPDOG: Greatest Licks Vol. 1 (2014) Free download

Greatest Licks Vol. 1 DJ ShepdogRating: ★★★★★ Back in the day (well, up until about four years ago anyway) the reggae-hip-hop mash-up scene was pretty much sewn up by three men: DJs Shepdog, JStar and Mr Benn of the Nice Up! crew. Indeed, Shepdog and JStar released two epic sets of such bootlegs (Cut Ups, Bruck Ups & Muck Ups Vols. 1 and 2) before pretty much bowing out of making anything else along these

DJ SHEPDOG: Dub Factor (We Are Roots) (2013) Free download

It must be reggae booty season or something. First DJ Maars, then Titan Sound, now this, as Nice Up! don Shepdog comes through with his Dub Factor (We Are Roots) mashup of the instro from Blend Mishkin‘s We Are Roots collab with MC Jamalski from back in May with rapper Mad Skillz’ rhymes from The Nod Factor. I say ‘now this’ – in truth Shepdog’s blend is actually one of ten that Mishkin

DJ SHEPDOG: MCs Act Like They Don’t Smoke (2012) Free download

It’s rude free download time yet again as legendary hip-hop/ reggae rerub fiend DJ Shepdog of the Nice Up! crew provides the previously-only-available-on-vinyl MCs Act Like They Don’t Smoke in digital format for Serato heads. Who can now act like they’re playing the vinyl original. This was the mellower B-side to the arguably even huger Cutty Ranks/ M.O.P. joint

DJ SHEPDOG: Nah Shutterbug – Free download – 2011

It was only the other week I was extolling the virtues of Shepdog‘s massive reggae refix of Adele’s Rolling In The Deep and damn if he isn’t back already with another free download. Marrying Outkast rapper Big Boi’s Shutterbug acapella with Nas and Damian Marley’s Nah Mean beat means he can chalk yet another reggae remix victory up on the mash-up wall of fame. Indeed, so effortlessly do these roll off the production line I imagine the only problem was what to name it.

DJ SHEPDOG: ‘Rolling In The Dub’ – free download – 2011

“I thought Adele’s “Rolling In The Deep” vocal would sound even better over some classic dancehall,” says Shepdog of his recent booty. Oh what? Better than over some MOR rock backing-track that says ‘safe’ better than a fucking banker’s bonus when there’s a Tory government in power? Yes, yes, bastard yes, a billion times better than that.

DJ SHEPDOG vs. MR BLENND: ‘Everyday Wig’ + ‘Everyday Champion’ – free downloads

The thing about making bootlegs or mash-ups is that you need to get your vocals from somewhere. Sometimes a record company will lob a producer a free vocal stem if they think the remix will boost sales of the original but often they come from officially released acapellas. But the thing about that is that not as many people officially release acapellas as you might think.

NICE UP & J STAR: Cut Ups, Bruck Ups and Muck Ups Vol. 2 – 2010 – Album review

Rating: ★★★★★

As many DJs will tell you, just because something bumps on the dancefloor doesn’t mean you want to hear it in the car or on your mp3 player – and the opposite is also true. Happy the person, then, who gets hold of this second volume from the kings of reggae mash-up/ remix-land which, like its predecessor Vol. 1 (and hopefully any future successors) run tings in both clubland and pretty much anywhere else you care to play it. Once again the main contributors are J Star (recently nabbed to remix Madness’s last single LISTEN HERE) and Nice Up label boss DJ Shepdog – though on Cut Ups…2 they’re also joined by Jeff Li (the fashion designer? Surely not?) and Brighton’s Black Grass.
The vinyl faithful, who no doubt already snapped up more than a few of these cuts when they came out as limited 45s over the last year or so, will already know the drill followed by this team of irie souljahs: basically grab either a reggae beat or a hip hop beat and put the first in bed with some manner of vocalist who’s not a reggae toaster (usually a hip-hop rapper) and the second (i.e. a non-reggae beat) in bed with a reggae toaster – either way the non-reggae element gets shown a healthy dose of Jah love.
Some of the treats available on this second crack of the whip see J Star mixing and mashing a host of skanking classic cuts with Snoop Dogg’s Drop It Like It’s Hot, Lil Kim’s Lighters Up, and achieving the virtually impossible by providing Diana Ross with more credibility than she’s had in years. On second thoughts – make that ‘ever.’ Not to be outdone, Shepdog gives the reggae re-rub treatment to Dee-Lite, Gorillaz, and even The Nextmen and M.I.A. at the same time, the naughty boy. These boys want to watch out – sooner or later somebody will be after them to do an original. Pretty much essential.

Listen to Nice Up & J Star – Cut Ups, Bruck Us and Muck Ups Vol.2

J Star – Myspace

Nice Up – Myspace