Nov 29, 2014
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Jesse Serwer

Throwback Thursdays: Rare TV Appearances by Third World

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We’re extra pleased to have Cat Coore of the great Third World as our guest on today’s LargeUp Sessions radio program. Carrying on the Third World tradition following the recent passing of vocalist Bunny Rugs, Cat will be stopping by to discuss Bunny’s legacy and the upcoming LP, Under the Magic Sun.

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Bam Bam! Miranda Kerr Gets Naked to Sister Nancy’s Classic in New Reebok Commercial

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Sister Nancy’s “Bam Bam” is a song with a uniquely charmed life. Not a particularly big hit in Jamaica upon its release (“One, Two,” released around the same time in 1982, was far bigger), it found its way to cult classic status in New York, where it became a Caribbean party staple and eventually caught the hip-hop world’s attention. In the early ’90s, it was sampled by Main Source for “Just Hanging Out,” Too Short for “Blowjob Betty” and remixed by DJs including Stretch Armstrong.

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LargeUp Premiere: OMI + Ricky Blaze’s “Cheerleader (Remix)” Video

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We featured OMI’s original “Cheerleader” video back in 2012—the impeccably catchy pop-reggae track came out of nowhere and captured enough of our collective attention to land OMI at No. 2 on our list of top artists to watch for 2013. Nearly a year and a half later, “Cheerleader,” apparently still gaining strength, has been given a makeover for Ultra Music by Brooklyn’s Ricky Blaze, whose turned up the dancefloor appeal with a shuffling drum pattern. Now the new version has a video for itself, a visual refix of sorts, which chops up the story-based original into something a little less linear and a little more appropriate for the new audio. Watch it first here:

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Island Pop Redux: Watch Gyptian’s “Stuck” Video

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We’re not ready to call it the next “Hold Yuh” just yet, but Gyptian definitely has another one on his hands with “Stuck.” Produced by Brooklyn’s Ricky Blaze, the maestro behind Gyptian’s signature tune, “Stuck” revisits the breezy island pop territory that made the pair’s previous collaboration such an epic hit.

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AUDIO: Lil Jon and DJ Snake’s “Turn Down For What (Dancehall Remix)”

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Way before he was the “Yeah-yeah!” and “What!?!” guy, Lil Jon got his start making hip-hop remixes of reggae songs, most notably Capleton’s “Tour” and “Wings of the Morning,” in the mid ’90s. Now, decades and another genre switch later, things have come full circle: Jon and DJ Snake’s ubiquitous EDM smash “Turn Down For What” has spawned a dancehall remix featuring a top selection of current Jamaican artists, in Chi Ching Ching, Assassin and Konshens.

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Righteous Excursion: Jesse Royal Meets Sly, Robbie and Chinna

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Jesse Royal is one of the key figures bringing reggae into the future, but he’s working closely with some of the music’s past giants to get there. For “Little Did They Know,” a track on Living HeART, the exceptional new compilation LP celebrating 25 years of XTerminator Records and the life of its late founder Philip “Fattis” Burrell (buy here), Jesse teamed with three of reggae’s greatest musicians: Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare, and Earl “Chinna” Smith.

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