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Published:Saturday | August 9, 2014 | 8:00 AM
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Natural Black releases new video 'Gimme Di Trees'

Natural Black has just released his Gimme Di Trees video off his 14th full-length studio album, No Prejudice.

Gimme Di Trees is described as full of vibes and reflects on Natural Black's versatility, while the self-explanatory lyrics give insight into the artiste's thoughts.

The video, featuring a cameo by reggae artist Prestige Pressout, was filmed on location in Jamaica and edited by Upsetta Films.

Natural Black had high praises for those who made the project possible, saying, "This (video) was also made possible [through the assistance] of Delroy 'King Dada' Ferguson, who, sadly, passed away recently. First and foremost, I would like to give thanks to the Creator of all things, Shaggillia Records, Frenz Fi Real, and Prestige Pressout, without a doubt for giving us a cameo, Kasha, Hunage, Wayzi, Lovie, Upsetta Films ... . You know what you did. You were awesome to work with - the late King Dada, and the Triple T Production Team."

No Prejudice is now available on iTunes, Amazon, 7digital, Google Play, Spotify and other digital outlets.


Gordon Ramsay is being sued for $6 million

Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay is the subject of a claim from the former landlord of his failed Los Angeles restaurant The Fat Cow, who claims he has skipped out of his $52,000-a-month long-term lease in The Grove shopping centre, TMZ reports.

The lawsuit is the latest in a string of legal woes to hit the 'Kitchen Nightmares' star over the restaurant, which closed in March.

The eatery closed following a long battle with a Florida restaurant owner who claimed to have exclusive rights to the 'Fat Cow' name, and Gordon is also being sued for $10 million by his business partner Rowen Seibel for shutting down the restaurant over the branding dispute.

In his civil suit, Rowen alleged the 47-year-old chef ran the restaurant like a "dictatorship" before "secretly shutting down" and reopening on his own under the name GR Roast.

His legal documents claimed: "Ramsay attempted to run the business and make decisions on behalf of [his partners] - similar to his television personality on 'Hell's Kitchen' - as a dictatorship.

"Instead, in a dramatic money grab and breach of his fiduciary obligation to Seibel, Fat Cow LLC and FCLA, Gordon Ramsay began taking steps to secretly shut down Fat Cow Restaurant, using the trademark issue as his straw man excuse, and open a new restaurant at the premises without Seibel."

Representatives for the 'Hell's Kitchen' star later hit back and accused Rowen of "spectacularly mismanaging" the eatery.

They said: "We're surprised that Mr Seibel has the audacity to file this ridiculous suit when he and his team were responsible for the day-to-day running of The Fat Cow and spectacularly mismanaged it, resulting in a string of financial and legal issues.

"Gordon Ramsay and his team immediately stepped in and tried to resolve these issues, but Seibel refused to engage in any meaningful conversations, rendering the restaurant unsustainable."


The Courtney John Project kicks off Rootstronica Tour

The Courtney John Project has kicked off its summer Rootstronica US Tour in support of its latest album, Future, starting with an explosive performance at Reggae on The River in Humboldt, California, this past July 31, and ending in Austin, Texas, on August 21.

The Courtney John Project is an audio journey: one part Kingston mash-up, one part euro-electronica, and a hundred per cent provocative in its approach to contemporary music. To say the album is a step outside of music's comfort zone would be an understatement. Add John's trademark lovers' rock melodies and you have the birth of a new music genre - rootstronic. John's fresh sound coming out of Jamaica is in its own lane, artistically.

"The Courtney John Project is a place where musicians can be brave and not have to worry about their expressions. It's totally outside of the comfort zone," said John.


Mighty Crown's Group Fire Ball Lands #1 spot on Japan's iTunes Reggae Chart

Mighty Crown Entertainment's wildly popular group Fire Ball has struck gold this summer, securing the #1 spot on iTunes Japan Reggae Chart, following the release of their phenomenal ninth studio album, One, which was released in July. Adding to this milestone, the album peaked at #4 on the iTunes Japan Music chart. Fire Ball, Japan's leading Reggae Dancehall group, has been entertaining the masses with its eclectic fusion of reggae, dancehall, R&B, and pop for over 15 years.

Part of the group's amazing allure is their nifty ability of singing and deejaying in Japanese and Jamaican Patois. This diverse and energetic group of four, who has been compared to Jamaican dancehall act TOK, consists of Super Criss (singer), Jun 4Shot (DJ), Truthful a/k/a Sticko (DJ), and Chozen Lee (DJ). Fire Ball's success is a true testament to their raw talent as well as Mighty Crown's huge role and position in Japan's burgeoning reggae dancehall industry, which was recently explored in the mini-film Dancehall in Japan, produced by audio giant Bose for their #ListenforYourself series: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FjzCg-tPkXQ .

Fire Ball's latest release surely has Japanese Reggae fans in a frenzy, but everyone can rock to the wide appealing effort. One does not have to be Japanese to enjoy the 13 track album. Built on hard hitting rhythms, beat thumping tracks and well crafted lyrics, One boasts a strong command of quality dancehall music. To celebrate the release, the fiery group landed a 10-city tour, which attracted thousands of fans each stop along the way. U.S., fans however, have only been able to get a sneak peak at the sensational Fire Ball during their debut at famed benefit concert Reggae 4 Japan in 2011. But no worries, that could change soon. Band member Super Criss is already melting hearts and wowing reggae music fans on Whole New World, a smooth lover's rock gem on Mighty Crown's thrilling 'Love Feeling' rhythm.