Aug 31, 2014
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Comedy

What the Ras?!?: Eddie Murphy Goes Reggae with Snoop Lion

Words by Jesse Serwer—
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The last time we heard Eddie Murphy sing reggae, he was instructing the members of a VFW Hall to “kill all the white people,” in one of the most memorable skits from his run at SNL. More than three decades later, we’re still laughing at that one.

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Bumboclaat!: Irie Bathroom Tissue

Words by Jesse Serwer, via Mighty Crown’s Instagram

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From the department of WTF: The Far East Rulers Mighty Crown were on the road in China, when they came across this headscratcher in a store—Irie toilet paper. You know, ’cause after doing your business on the throne you want a tissue that’s gonna have you feeling irie, right? Amusing, sure, but putting the Jamaican flag (really?) on the packaging puts this firmly in the category of shitty ideas.

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Cosby Reggae: Bill Cosby Dances to Black Uhuru on Fallon

Words by Jesse Serwer—

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Cosby Show devotees will recall the “Full House” episode from the series’ first season, when Cliff Huxtable walked in on Denise and her new beau “Eddie Lakehart” grooving to Black Uhuru’s “Sponji Reggae.” The scene—specifically Denise and Eddie’s adlibbed lyrics—was memorable enough it earned Lisa Bonet and actor Clayton Prince an honorable mention on our Hollywood’s Top 10 Worst Jamaican Accents countdown from 2011.

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LargeUp TV: Limb by Limb with Toppa Top Cat

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Though harmless, the croaking lizard is one of the most despised and feared creatures in all of Jamaica.  It’s ability to sneak into houses and elude capture is the source of endless consternation for Jamaican homeowners, even though the insectivore’s dietary preferences help cut down on household bugs. More than the droppings it leaves, or it’s uncanny ability to stick to walls, it’s the croaking sound that the lizard makes at night—the source of endless bouts of insomnia—that really gets yardies riled up.

One Jamaican with no fear of the croaking lizard is our friend Stew Cat, a/k/a Toppa Top Cat (seen above with his friend, Eek A. Mouse). Watch what happens when one unlucky gecko wanders into Stew’s personal space while he is listening to “Limb by Limb” by Cutty Ranks. Instinct kicks in and Stew has no choice but to cut the lizard down—you guessed it—limb by limb.

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Toppa Top 10: Ten More Fake Reggae Tunes + Faux-hall Parodies


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Dinner Theater: Sani Showbizz’s “Big Piece of Chicken”

Words by Jesse Serwer—

Reggae lends itself to parody perhaps more than any other music, but there’s one man elevating the spoofing of it to new heights: Sani Showbizz. An ’80s-style skat chatter in the Eek-A-Mouse mold, Sani has previously given us the legend-making “I Know” (No. 4 on our Toppa Top 10 Fake Reggae Songs list) and starred in a hilarious sequence of webisodes with “Jamaican Damian Hirst” L.A. Lewis.

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