Most of the time that I listen to reggae and dancehall, I enjoy the music but get a little frustrated at not being able to understand the words (I'm looking at you, Sean Paul and Shabba Ranks). This isn't the case when listening to I-Octane though. His lyrics are generally comprehendible and more importantly carry a positive message within them. This rings especially true in his most popular tune, "L.O.V.E.Y.O.U." a catchy love tune that just makes you smile. Another one of my reggae/dancehall pet peeves is over-preaching on marijuana but I-Octane doesn't harp on it as many often do. Another plus in my book. The good mood music is easy to connect with, even for those who aren't normally into the genre.
I-Octane performs with Jahmawi Blazin Flyah and Webb Zite on Friday, September 26, at the Main Street Armory, 900 East Main Street.10 p.m. $25-50. Mainstreetarmory.com,