Apr 17, 2014
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Pop Style: Chi Ching Ching

Interview by Jesse Serwer, Photos by Gio

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Welcome to LargeUp’s new street style feature, Pop Style. Every other Friday, we’ll be talking sartorial shop with the most impeccably dressed men and women of the Caribbean and the diaspora, from familiar faces to everyday people pon di corner. Along the way we intend to show the world what we’ve long held true—no one’s got style and swagger quite like the islands.

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Throwback Thursdays: Leroy Smart’s “Good Man In Your Life”

Words by Jesse Serwer—

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It’s been noted on this site before that dancehall videos didn’t really become prevalent until the 1990s. All told, there’s probably only 20 or so proper videos from the genre predating that era which have made it to YouTube. That’s what made it a nice surprise to encounter this clip of Leroy Smart’s “Good Man In Your Life,” dating back to 1987.

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Now Things: An Interview with Liam Bailey


Words by Kieran K. Meadows, Photos by Kevin Ornelas—

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Blacka’s World: Bringing Dancehall to Juste Debout

Words by Blacka Di Danca, Photos by Little Shao
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New York City-based dancer and choreographer extraordinaire Blacka di Danca has been traveling the world spreading the gospel of dancehall through classes and appearances at top dance studios and clubs from Mexico to Siberia. He’s currently on his latest tour across Europe, where he had a chance to see history being made as dancehall was added to Juste Debout, the world’s largest street dance competition, earlier this month.

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Mixtape Mondays: Green Lion Crew x King Mas, Federation Sound x Vybz Kartel, DJ Autograph

Words by Deejay Theory —

RASTA-ROAD-MIXTAPE-FRONTTouching down from a long week in Austin, Texas (peep the full recap from our first SXSW showcase here) we’re back at Mixtape Mondays with more vibes on deck. New roots and one drop meet an iconic dancehall mix from the vaults and some new shellings.

LargeUp Premiere: Green Lion Crew x King Mas, Rasta Road: The big new mix from the good folks at Green Lion Crew just arrived on our doorstep, laced with new unreleased productions, remixes and exclusives, hosted by and featuring the crisp vocals and conscious lyrics of the one King Mas. This is a natural collaboration between two strong camps in modern roots music, with Green Lion busy at the controls producing new riddims and Mas steadily earning supporters with each new tune. Undoubtedly both considered artists and producers to look out for this year, the two put it all together with the Rasta Road mixtape blasting off right here on Mixtape Mondays. Stream and download below, tracklist here

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Fashion Fridays: “To The Moon” Tees From Gazoo + Dope Life

Words by Marcha M. Johnson—

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From designer catalogs to airports, clubs and even his very own café in Bushwick, Palates, the diversity of mediums through which ”The Black Sand Artist” Jason “Gazoo” Allen‘s work manifests itself seems limitless. His aesthetic, inspired by his Caribbean heritage from the island of Montserrat, can even be seen in music videos by Ryan Leslie, Rune RK, and, most recently, Mr. Vegas. The just-released clip for Vegas’ “Party Tun Up” featuring Sean Paul and Fatman Scoop was shot at WIP Night Club, where Gazoo served as art director (though you may know it better as the spot where Drake and Chris Brown duked it out over Rihanna). Check the video below.

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