Words by Deejay Theory —
Wake the town and tell the people — big new mixes on deck this week from Brooklyn/Belize, Australia and Boston, from heartical roots and culture to a certified rude bwoy history lesson. Ride the riddims below…
LargeUp Premiere: DJ Rampage, Wadada Mixtape: The bredrin DJ Rampage just laced us with a brand new roots and culture mixtape that will no doubt contribute some necessary vibes to your week. Titled after the heavy rub-a-dub tune from big new roots talent Jesse Royal (check out our recent in-depth interview with him here) Rampage continues to reel off a clean selection of modern roots rock reggae music. Press play and enjoy the world premiere of Wadada right here with 1.75 hours of new music delivered from Jamaica to Brooklyn to Belize and back. Stream and download below, tracklist here.
Iron Gate Sound, Lion A Chant: Big new conscious thing from Sydney, Australia’s Iron Gate Sound. Hosted by bussing JA empress Jah-9, the latest mix from selectas Flip & Gilsun brings undiluted one drop from start to finish. Thick with exclusives from Chronixx, Luciano, Kabaka Pyramid and of course Jah9, Iron Gate is definitely pushing the vibes forward from down under. Some lesser-heard talent on here as well from the likes of Daniel Bambaata Marley, Pentateuch and Dre Island — definitely a sure-shot for roots reggae fans or anyone looking to nice up the playlist. Stream and download below, tracklist here.
Pace & Wayne, Raggamuffin Hip Hop Mix: Lawdamercy. Some definitive raggamuffin hip hop and rap history here… This collection courtesy of LargeUp contributor Wayne Marshall (not to be confused with the dancehall deejay) and Pace, compiles Jamaica’s concrete influence on hip-hop and its Caribbean roots. Wayne went deep into the trenches of raggamuffin hip hop for this mixtape and piece for Cluster Mag, which just happened to align perfectly with the timing of our Toppa Top 10 breaking down essential raggamuffin gangster rap tunes. There’s a whole heap of knowledge on this tape, an equation dedicated to breaking down current and early hip hop’s fascination with dancehall, and how the two worlds continue to circle and intersect throughout every movement. Nothing past 1997 on this mix, but if you’re currently listening to A$ap Ferg’s “Shabba” or Busta and Nicki’s “Twerk It” you should probably press play on this and catch the science from the conception of the crossover. Stream and download below, tracklist here.