Words by Kevin Lyttle, as told to Jesse Serwer
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Words by Richard “Treats” Dryden
You could probably learn a thing or two about sexual relations from listening to Maxi Priest and Shabba Ranks’ “House Call” in 1991. However, getting it on, or getting it in, was the furthest thing from my mind when I first heard their collaboration at age 10. My father—a Jamaican DJ from New York, newly transplanted to Los Angeles—made me a mixtape with some of Shabba’s reigning hits like “Housecall” and “Mr. Loverman,” along with a bunch of tunes over the Telephone Love riddim. I was smitten by his seamless transition of the original “Housecall” into its 12” remix and the various versions of “Mr Loverman,” such as the David Morales Ragga Hop Mix. I might have been too young to remember “Housecall” gaining mass appeal in NY: it was Shabba’s core dancehall releases resonated deeper in my Caribbean neighborhood of Flatbush, Brooklyn.
Words by Richard “Treats” Dryden—
Everyone’s invited when America gears up for its big Independence Day party. Beyond celebrating the U.S.’ freedom from King George III’s British empire, the 4th of July is a chance for all nationalities to reflect on the truths set in the Declaration of Independence: all men are created equal, with unalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Words by Melodic Yoza
Born in Saint Thomas, Jamaica, raised in New York City, and now based in Toronto, Melodic Yoza specializes in a sound he calls “reggaesoulhop.” The artist, who recently debuted his new project The Parent Trap with us, via their track “Bad Up.” Here, he shares his love for dancehall great Lt. Stitchie, and his classic 1987 video for “Natty Dread.”
Words by Iscious—
The 2014 World Cup is off to an exciting and action-packed start in Brazil, and one of the biggest stories so far is surely the Netherlands 5-1 thrashing of the defending world champions Spain. Today we feature a fascinating piece of Dutch soccer history steeped in Caribbean roots, and an interesting reggae twist.
Words by DJ Autograph—
In the early 90s dancehall and hip-hop artists were collaborating on a regular basis. Lt Stitchie, Super Cat, Mad Cobra and Spragga Benz amongst others had major label record deals and tunes with major hip-hop acts at the time. I knew a lot of R&B (what Jamaican didn’t), a decent amount about hip-hop (thanks to selectors like Delano, Collin Hines and Alric & Boyd) but not a lot about house music, which was also starting to fuse with reggae and dancehall in various ways.