Apr 18, 2014
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Big People Ting: Farmer Nappy on Soca + Big People Parties

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Words by Saxon Baird— Farmer Nappy has been a major player in the soca scene for over 30 years but it’s only recently that he’s become more a household name in Trinidad and beyond. This year, Nappy scored a major hit with his song “Big People Party,” a groovy soca tune that came in second […] Read more

Yardie Offishall: Kardinal Offishall in Jamaica


Words by Tasha Brown, Photo via Rep JA— If you are still wondering what makes Kardinal Offishall so official, watch his latest video, for the patois-laden, dancehall-inspired ”Tattoo (Rudebwoy).” You can always count on the Toronto MC to give you a mix of authentic hip-hop and dancehall flavor, but this go round, Mr. Offishall produced and […] Read more

You Rate It: Elliphant ft. Bunji Garlin and Diplo – “All Or Nothing”


Words by Natalie Weiner— Bunji Garlin is, once again, taking soca from T&T to the international pop scene—this time, on a new track with recent Mad Decent-signee Elliphant. Since the release of his crossover hit “Differentology” last year, the Soca Viking’s been making serious moves that have kept his name on everyone’s lips. Now, “Carnival […] Read more

Fashion, Forward: Aidonia’s “80s Dancehall Style”


Words by Saxon Baird— We don’t want to call it a full-on revival, but dancehall has definitely been leaning towards a return to the vintage style and sound of Jamaica in the late ‘80s and ‘90s. Mr. Vegas (and Joe Lickshot!) just dropped “Real Don,” channeling the simple sound of dancehall’s early digital era. Konshens […] Read more

Righteous Excursion: Jesse Royal Meets Sly, Robbie and Chinna


Words by Jesse Serwer— Jesse Royal is one of the key figures bringing reggae into the future, but he’s working closely with some of the music’s past giants to get there. For “Little Did They Know,” a track on Living HeART, the exceptional new compilation LP celebrating 25 years of XTerminator Records and the life of its […] Read more

AUDIO: Tasonia x Peckings — “Bill”


Words by Saxon Baird— Fresh off the hangover of tax collection day here in the U.S., we offer you this gem with production courtesy of U.K.’s Peckings Records. The rocksteady tune called “Bill” is something all of us on this side of the Atlantic can relate to right now: a ballad to one of the […] Read more