Oct 23, 2014
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Throwback Thursdays

Throwback Thursdays: Black Chiney’s Most Classic Mixtapes


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A little over a year ago, Supa Dups, founder of Black Chiney Sound (and producer for Eminem, Bruno Mars and Rihanna, among others), uploaded the full catalog of the Miami DJ crew’s influential mixtape series to his Soundcloud page. Released on CD back when you had to purchase mixtapes by hand instead of downloading them for free, Black Chiney mixes were highly sought-after by dancehall enthusiasts at the time of their release in the early and mid 2000s. Renowned for their seamless blends of reggae vocals and hip-hop beats, they have taken on legendary status.

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Throwback Thursdays: Peter Tosh on “Behind The Music”

Words by Jesse Serwer/Photo by Richard E. Aaron

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James Brown, Miles Davis, Jimi Hendrix… It seems like every iconic artist is getting a biopic these days. It’s only a matter of time before Bob Marley inevitably gets the Hollywood treatment, but we’ve always thought Peter Tosh’s story would make for a great movie. Much of Tosh’s story remains untold, and those re-tellings tend to center around “Legalize It”/weed, his relationship with Bob, and anecdotal stuff like the infamous bumbaclot interview. Somewhere in there the person himself seems to have gotten lost.

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Throwback Thursdays: Salaam Remi on Ini Kamoze’s “Here Comes The Hotstepper”

Words by Salaam Remi

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On a hot July day in Summer 2012, LargeUp visited producer Salaam Remi at his Instrument Zoo studio in Miami, for a wide-ranging conversation on everything from his father (musician/promoter Van Gibbs) to Nas’ then freshly released Life is Good album. One memorable story he shared with us involved the genesis of Ini Kamoze‘s “Here Comes the Hotstepper,” Remi’s first production to top the Billboard singles chaart. With today being Ini Kamoze’s 57th birthday, and the 20th anniversary of “Hotstepper” hitting No. 1 looming on the horizon, we thought we’d let Mr. Remi tell the story...

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Throwback Thursdays: Philip Michael Thomas’ “Living The Book Of My Life”

Words by Desmond Alfonso
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Jah!… Rastafari! Words you’ve surely heard countless times before but words you would hardly expect to hear at the start of an album by one of ’80s TV’s preeminent pretty boys. Yet these are the very first things uttered on “Living The Book of My Life,” the first track on Philip Michael Thomas’ debut solo LP by the same name.

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Throwback Thursdays: Carly Simon’s “Why”

Words by Jesse Serwer

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As the guitarist of the band Chic and one half of the Chic Organization production/songwriting team with bassist Bernard Edwards, Nile Rodgers was the driving force behind the disco era’s best music. Besides for Chic’s numerous hits (“Le Freak,” “Good Times”) and underrated gems (“My Feet Keep Dancing,” “Real People”), Rodgers, along with Edwards, was behind the sound of Sister Sledge’s “We Are Family” and Diana Ross’ “I’m Coming Out,” to name a few undeniable classics from that period. And of course the Rodgers hit parade continued into the post-disco era, and the current day. But you already knew all this.

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Throwback Thursdays: Stone Love with Ninjaman + Shabba at Biltmore Ballroom in 1989

Words by Saxon Baird

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One of the most interesting recent turns for Jamaican music has been the re-emergence of an ’80s and ’90s aesthetic both in music and fashion in the last year. Aidonia, Konshens, Iba MaHr and Mr. Vegas are just some of the Jamaican artists reaching deep into their closets and dusting off their mesh marinas, diamond sox, kangols and gold chains for their latest videos. Just yesterday, we featured yet another example of the on-going revival with Assassin aka Agent Sasco’s video for “Sekkle an Cease.” Featuring all of the key ingredients of a classic sound-system dance (jerk chicken vendors, Guinness, whining gyals), the video, down to it’s grainy VHS-quality, perfectly matches Sasco’s old-school voicing patterns over the throwback vibes of Jah Snowcone’s Nuh Fraid riddim.

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