Oct 22, 2014
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Throwback Thursdays

Throwback Thursdays: Tifa on Snow’s ‘Anything For You’

Words by Tifa—

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You’ll know Jamaican bad gal Tifa from tracks like ‘Dash Out’, ‘Wife Me Up’ and ‘Champion Bubbler’. We knew she grew up listening to dancehall, so we asked her for her favourite throwback track:

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Throwback Thursdays: Dancehall Queen Carlene Conquers Cuba

Words by Jesse Serwer—

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Yesterday, we acknowledged the original dancehall queen, Carlene Smith (a/k/a DHQ Carlene), as one of the baddest Jamaican gyals of all-time. While doing our research we turned up something rather fascinating about the Butterfly creator and former Beenie Man flame (happy birthday, Beenie Man!)  that we never knew: in the ’90s, Carlene and her signature dance were even bigger and more celebrated in communist Cuba than at home in Jamaica. As Carlene bluntly puts it in this Jamaican news segment, “When I got to Cuba, over 30,000 people turned up to see me do the butterfly… There wasn’t a stageshow, there was just me, Carlene from Jamaica.”

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Throwback Thursdays: The Large On Shy FX’s “Original Nuttah”

Words by The Large

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Jungle legend Shy FX recently returned in surprising fashion, hitting us with some vintage reggae flavor on the sublime single “Soon Come” with singer Liam Bailey. Of course, that got us reminiscing about the original tune that put Shy FX on our radar, back in the mid ’90s—”Original Nuttah”! Here, to break down the phenomenon is U.K. correspondent The Large of T-shirt brand/design squad/dancehall blog Shimmy Shimmy

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Throwback Thursdays: Lenny Kravitz is “Florida Boy” In These ’70s German TV Commercials

Words by Jesse Serwer—

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Florida Boy Orange was a brand of soft drink sold in the Germany in the ’70s. What’s that gotta do with us? Well, turns out “Florida Boy” himself, at least in a pair of (now comical, if a little uncomfortable) newly uncovered commercials, was none other than a young Lenny Kravitz.

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Throwback Thursdays: Square One’s “Top Class Bubbler”

Words by Jesse Serwer—

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Crop Over is just about to kick into full swing, so it only makes sense to take our weekly journey into Caribbean music (video) history down to Barbados.

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Throwback Thursdays: Jillionaire on Machel Montano’s “Come Dig It”

Words by Jillionaire—

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Have you noticed how soca is sounding more and more like U.K. dance music these days? Well, the king of soca, Machel Montano, was about 18 years ahead of his time. A youthful Machel was scooped up by LA-based Delicious Vinyl (the label behind Tone Loc, Young MC and the Pharcyde) in the mid ’90s, resulting in the mostly forgotten ragga-house banger”Come Dig It.” Trini music scholar Jillionaire of Major Lazer remembers the phenomenon.

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