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PREMIERE: Inner Circle ft. Chronixx & Jacob Miller “Tenement Yard (News Carryin’ Dread)”

Jacob “Killer” Miller was one of reggae’s greatest performers. His merry, manic brilliance shines through clearly in the crucial 1980 concert doc Heartland Reggae, particularly the performance of “Tired Fe Lick Weed In A Bush,” during which he puffs a huge spliff on stage while using his microphone to taunt the cops at the venue before somebody hands him a police cap and he starts chanting “Babylon, Babylon falling down.”

The roly-poly Rasta singer’s work with Coxsone Dodd and Augustus Pablo led him to Inner Circle, one of Jamaica’s most respected bands. Their first hit together, “Tenement Yard,” was released in 1975, exactly 40 years ago. The group went on to sign with Capitol Records and released two albums internationally before Miller died in a car crash at the age of 27.

As any self-respecting fan of the TV show Cops knows, Inner Circle went on to become the Bad Boys of Reggae, selling millions of records and setting up their own state of the art studio, Circle House, where A-list rap, R&B, pop, and reggae clients lay down hits. Meanwhile, across the street, the Lewis brothers (Ian on bass and Roger on rhythm guitar) continue jamming in their own private studio along with old friends like “Touter” Harvey on keyboards and Lancelot Hall on drums and most recently, Errol “Skatta” Bonnick on vocals—plus, sometimes, the occasional guest vocalist. Read more

Inner Circle Ranked Number 1 Reggae Artist in Miami History

1. Inner Circle
Ever since accompanying Eric Donaldson on “Cherry Oh Baby,” his Jamaican national songwriting contest winning entry for 1968, Inner Circle has been the hottest crew out of Jamaica. Today, that riddim has been covered more than any other in that riddim-crazy nation. The group spent all of 1971 visiting every big city and tiny town in Jamaica as Bob Marley’s official band; and they did the same for other chart-topping artists of the time. This was eventual Prime Minister Michael Manley’s Bandwagon Tour, the first instance of popular music being used for political purposes in the country. Later, the crew picked up a singer by the name of Jacob “Killer” Miller, scored a big record deal, and seemed set to take over the world before he died in a car crash. By the time the band moved to Miami in the early 1990s, Inner Circle had already enjoyed an enormously successful career. And then came the songs “Bad Boys” and “Sweat (A La La La La Long).” In 2015, the outfit continues to tour the world while simultaneously running one of the music industry’s hottest studios, Circle House and Circle Village, in North Miami.

2015 Rebel Salute to Honor Jacob Miller and Inner Circle

PROMOTERS of the annual Rebel Salute show will pay homage to influential roots singer Jacob Miller during its 2015 renewal which takes place January 16-17 at Richmond Estate, St Ann. Chief organiser Tony Rebel told the Jamaica Observer that Inner Circle, the band Miller was lead singer of during the mid and late 1970s, will be a key part of the tribute. So too, Third World whose members were also closely associated with him. Miller, one of the stars of the 1970s roots-reggae explosion, died in 1980 in an auto accident at age 27. The Manchester-born vocalist started his career at Studio One in the late 1960s with the hit song, Love is a Message. He blossomed early in the next decade with a number of cutting-edge tracks for musician/producer Augustus Pablo including Keep on Knocking (an update of Love is a Message) and Each One Teach One. But he really hit his stride with Inner Circle, led by the Lewis brothers, Ian and Roger. They had a golden run with hit songs like Tired fi Lick Weed in a Bush, Tenement Yard and Everything is Great.


Grammy winning, Bad Boys of Reggae, Inner Circle team up with Reggae Revival’s superstar Chronixx for the anticipated music video “Tenement Yard (News carrying Dread).”

“Dreadlocks can’t live in a tenement yard ~ too much watchie watchie watchie, too much su- su- su-su-su”
In Jamaica, a tenement yard is a shanty town or Jamaican ghetto.
The lyrics explain why Rasta need more freedom from people watching their every move and chatting their business.

Jacob Miller and Inner Circle originally recorded this big classic tune ‘Tenement Yard’ in 1976. Jacob Miller was the lead vocalist for inner Circle, and the band flourished with Miller’s humurous antics and vocals.Tragically Miller met in an untimely car accident in 1980 which took his life. Inner Circle and Chronixx pay tribute to the late great Jacob ‘Killer’ Miller with the release of the Music video “Tenement Yard.”

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