Oct 25, 2014
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DJ Gravy

Throwback Thursdays: Shabba Ranks + Johnny Gill on Arsenio Hall

Words by DJ Gravy—

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When Sean Paul and Konshens performed “Want Dem All” on the newly relaunched Arsenio Hall Show the other day, it got us thinking, hmmmmm. “Mr. Let’s Get Busy” (that’s Arsenio, for you young’uns) had a whole heap of reggae artists on his original show back in the day. But this clip of big, dutty, stinkin Shabba Ranks and R&B singer Johnny Gill performing their combination tune “Slow And Sexy” definitely takes the cake.

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Toppa Top 10: The Best Reggae Tunes of 2013


Words by LargeUp Crew, Photo by Martei Korley—

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Wild Apache Rides Again: Watch Supercat’s Surprise Appearance at On Da Reggae Tip

Words by DJ Gravy, Photo by Johnny Nunez (Via Max Glazer’s Instagram)— Supercat-Max-Glazer-On-Da-Reggae-Tip

Every year as New York City gears up for Labor Day Weekend, Massive B’s Bobby Konders and Jabba along with the Tri State’s leading urban radio station Hot 97 throw a monstrous annual concert dubbed On Da Reggae Tip. The genre’s biggest artists perform for an always-enthusiastic audience, and Friday night’s edition was no exception. Reggae and dancehall giants Stephen and Damian Marley, Mavado (who brought out surprise guest Nicki Minaj), Cham, Mr Vegas, Konshens and many more performed.

But it was during Shaggy’s set that dancehall’s most elusive personality not only showed face—with some seriously long hair and beard— but dished out classics like “Vineyard Party” and “Ghetto Red Hot.” That’s right, the Don Dada, Original Wild Apache and Boss of all Bosses, Supercat, tore down Hammerstein Ballroom last night, and everyone who missed it can all cry together, or maybe hope that he returns to the stage more frequently as it’s been years since his last performance. Catch Hot 97’s footage from the scene below:

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LargeUp Premiere: Beenie Man’s “Thug Love” Video Featuring Ce’Cille

Words by DJ Gravy—

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The title “King of the Dancehall” is a pretty serious claim—while many dream of it, ultimately only one can truly own it.  From the early 90’s til now, there’s been one artist who’s kept coming back with hit after hit and pushing the boundaries of dancehall, reggae and soca music, touching every genre from hip hop and pop to jazz, country and beyond. Grammy-winning artist Beenie Man is paralleled by none when it comes to making nonstop hits over the last 20 years, and turning 40 just the other day isn’t slowing him down in the slightest.

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Toppa Top 10: Ten Essential Wackie’s Tunes


Words by LargeUp Crew—
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LargeUp Interview: Talking Dubplates + Dancehall with Johnny Osbourne


Words by Jesse Serwer, Interview by DJ Gravy, Photos by Aviva Klein

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