A Legacy of hits from Massive BTuesday, March 23, 2021
BY KEVIN JACKSON
New York-based radio disc jockey and music producer Bobby Konders has been involved in the music industry for close to 30 years. His Massive B label, established in 1992, has produced a long list of hits which have penetrated radio and the streets.
On March 5, Konders released Massive B: Legacy Vol 2, a 17-track collection of hits that he has produced through the years.
“The concept of this project is to highlight and showcase Massive B's classic productions from the beginning in 1992 to the present. We also wanted to introduce the music to new and younger fans,” said Konders.
Massive B: Legacy Vol 2 is the follow-up to the first volume, which was released in 2018.
“We started Massive B Legacy in November of 2018 and we were pleased with the response, and we wanted to keep it going. So it's really about compiling the songs I wanted to put out for the collection. I just went through the catalogue and picked songs that did well over the years,” Konders added.
Konders produced the songs featured on Legacy Vol 2 with assistance from Burro Banton, Madman Myrie, Roots Radics band, Teetimus, A-Team, Nasstee, Ricky Blaze and Ward 21's Suku.
Among the tracks featured are Get Gal Easy (Vybz Kartel); Bubblers (Junior Reid); Give Jah Thanx (Sizzla); Suzie Wong (Nicodemus); One Man (Shabba Ranks); Girls Dem Flex (Jack Radics and Shaggy); Burn Out the War (Anthony B); Mr Tear and Boar (Bounty Killer); Winner Takes it All (Half Pint); Tek a Set (Burro Banton); Represent (Konshens); Katty (Spragga Benz); Rah Rah (Elephant Man); Give Me Da Love (Collie Buddz); and Want a Man (Spice).
Konders recalled how he got into music production.
“The great Phillip Smart [popular New York producer, now deceased] was a mentor to me in production and engineering. I always admired the great works of Sly and Robbie, as well,” said Konders.
For several years, Konders has promoted reggae and dancehall music via his Sunday night slot on hip-hop/R&B radio station Hot 97 in New York City. It is the only show on mainstream radio in the tri-state area that focuses on Jamaican music.
In April, Konders is set to release a 10-track compilation Smoke Out which features, among others, Billboard-charting hits Youth are So Cold by Richie Spice and Gal Yuh a Lead by TOK.
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