Apr 25, 2014
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Throwback Thursdays

Throwback Thursdays: Salaam Remi on The Fugees’ “Blunted on Reality”

Words by Salaam Remi, as told to Jesse Serwer—


This month marks the 20th anniversary of The Fugees’ debut album, Blunted on Reality. Not The Score, their massive, legendary, multi-platinum 1996 commercial breakthrough, but the album two years earlier which most people tend to forget, if they ever knew it at all. Producer Salaam Remi was brought in to remix the album’s singles “Nappy Heads” and “Vocab”; in smoothing out their harder edges he helped Lauryn, Clef and Pras find their sound, setting the tone for The Score, for which he produced the lead single “Fu-Gee-La.” In a 2012 interview at Remi’s Instrument Zoo studio in Miami, he shares the story of how he met the Fugees, Angie Martinez’s role in breaking the group (at Hot 97, where Remi worked on Funkmaster Flex’s show at the time), and how his sessions with them set up The Score.

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Throwback Thursdays: Ten Classic Bob Marley Performances You Can Watch Online

Words by Jesse Serwer and Natalie Weiner—


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Throwback Thursdays: The Police, Rolling Stones + More at AIR Studios Montserrat

Words by Jesse Serwer, Photo by Lynn Goldsmith/Corbis—

The Police in Montserrat

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Throwback Thursdays: Tony Rebel on BET in 1993

Words by Jesse Serwer—


This weekend is the 21st edition of Rebel Salute, the music festival founded in 1993 by artist Tony Rebel. That was an important time for the artist known for classics like “Fresh Vegetable.” It saw the release of his first (and only) major label album, the Columbia release Vibes of the Time.

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Throwback Thursdays: Faybiene Miranda’s “Prophecy”

Words by Martei Korley—


About two weeks ago the weeks ago, the reggae community lost a very significant contributor in Sister Faybiene Miranda. Renowned in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn as one of the pillars of the Ifetayo Cultural Arts Academy, she had been an active performer of roots reggae since the early ’70s.

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Throwback Thursdays: EchoSlim on Sean Paul’s “Gimme the Light”

Words by EchoSlim—


Sean Paul’s “Gimme the Light” put Jamaican dancehall on the path to its greatest period of crossover success following its release in 2001. Frequent LargeUp contributor and family member EchoSlim gives us the Miami-set backstory behind one of the most ubiquitous and internationally popular dancehall records ever.


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