Sep 02, 2014
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Heds & Dreds

Heds & Dreds: Six Rap Tracks Featuring Sizzla

Words by Jesse Serwer—


Mavado’s appearance on Rick Ross’ latest, Mastermind, is hardly surprising. Now based primarily in Florida, the Gully Gad is signed to Ross affiliate DJ Khaled’s We The Best stable, a partnership that has already led to ‘Vado’s appearances on tracks by French Montana and Ace Hood. Sizzla’s appearance on the same tune, “Mafia Music III,” on the other hand, is a little more noteworthy. Kalonji, who’s been sampled on numerous rap tracks over the years, including “Crown” from Jay-Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail, has collaborated with a small handful of rappers during his 20-year career, but it’s been a few years since we’ve heard this side of the firebrand singjay. Scroll through for a full list of his notable rap link-ups.

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Toppa Top 10: Kanye West’s Most Jamaican Moments


Words by Richard “Treats” Dryden and Jesse Serwer—

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Heds & Dreds: A Brief History of Jamaican Women Talking Smack on Rap Records

Words by Jesse Serwer—

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Remember when having a Jamaican chick talking trash in thick patois was a thing in hip-hop? Dr. Dre kind of set it off on the intro to his classic “Let Me Ride” from The Chronic. Two years later, Biggie (and producer Poke of Trackmasters) had a young Diana King adlibbing something fierce at the beginning of “Respect,” from Ready to Die.

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Heds & Dreds: A History of Funkmaster Flex + Dancehall


Words by Jesse Serwer—

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Heds and Dreds: Slick Rick The Yardie

Words by Jesse Serwer, Photo by Janette Beckman—

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Slick Rick is easily one of the greatest rappers of Jamaican or Caribbean extraction. Unlike some of his yardie bredren, though, Rick didn’t make many overtures towards reggae or dancehall during his career: the style icon’s chief contribution to the Jamericanization of hip-hop was introducing yardman fashion to hip-hop in the form of Kangols, Clarks and Bally shoes. (Yep, young Ricky D. was rocking Wallabees years before Wu-Tang lionized the comfy British kicks). That and the “Children’s Story” beat, later used in one of the greatest dancehall remixes ever, Capleton’s “Tour.”

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Heds and Dreds: Pusha T, G.O.O.D. Music’s Top Shotta


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