Sep 02, 2014
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Kool Relief: Kool Herc Fundraiser At Sutra Tonight

Words by Eddie STATS Houghton


If you never did know, rap’s founding father Kool Herc has been in and out of the hospital due to kidney stones. Apparently the music legend is in need of major surgery but has no health insurance to pay for it. Born Clive Campbell in Kingston, Jamaica, Herc is generally recognized for applying the soundsystem culture of his native island to the soul and funk records that were popular in his adopted home in the Bronx–inventing this thing called hiphop in the process. DJ Tony Touch will be hosting a fundraiser tonight Tuesday 2/1 at Sutra bar in Manhattan to help pay Herc’s medical expenses which have already surpassed $10,000.00, not counting the cost of the necessary surgical procedure. We strongly encourage you to support it…details can be found here (and appropriately, LargeUp homies Max Glazer and Microdon will be applying hiphop techniques to Jamaican sounds downstairs). To the beat, y’all.

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Boom App: Absolut Mixer x Malibu Rum

Words by Jason “J-Rockaz” Orford


The folks at Malibu Have done it again. Not satisfied with their quirky “Get Your Island On” ad campaign or the dancing flash mob they organized or linking LARGE UP friend dem Walshy, Max Glazer and Trini Chris aka Jillionaire for promo mixes on Radio MaliBoom Boom, they have developed a DJ Mixer app for iPhone and iPAd. The music producer/technoholic in me had to get familiar with the app straight away.

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Stocking Stuffer: Rum n’ Raisin Candy Bar Bliss

Words by Jason “J-Rockaz” Orford


Despite the recession ’tis still the season to be jolly. If you’re participating in spreading holiday cheer and all that mushy stuff, why not use a fancy candy bar as a means to that end? On that note, allow me to re-introduce the Cadbury brand of Rum n’ Raisin chocolate bars (seriously, they are shaped like bars of gold bullion). My personal favorite is the original Old Jamaica bar which was launched in 1970 as a special blend of milk and plain chocolate with rum-flavored raisins. Perhaps they were trying to appeal to the booming West Indian migration and the emerging UK reggae culture/scene my uncle was a part of back then. Indeed, I grew up on this stuff via special overseas deliveries from my family.

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Charge Up: New Skinny Fabulous Video with Machel Montano

Words by Eddie STATS Houghton

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As it was foretold, so it has come to pass. The only thing about this 1000 bpm adrenaline-shot of a video for “Duracell Plus” that does not deliver exactly what was promised by the teaser is this: instead of raving out with a 6-foot tall pink bunny, Skinny Fabulous is kicking that bunny’s ass. Battery included!

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Grind Mode: Marley Coffee x DeScribe

Words by Eddie STATS Houghton


Rohan Marley and DeScribe (right) at a recent "Harmony Conference"

In the past few months we have blogged about the emergence of Marley Organic Coffee and the distinctive mix of Rasta and Hasidic Jewish culture that gives Crown Heights (hell, Brooklyn) its unique flavor. Well now those two stories have become one story. Apparently Shneur “DeScribe” Hasofer–an observant Lubavitcher Hasid and rapper who has made his name with songs promoting racial unity–randomly struck up a convo with Rohan Marley on Broadway one day and bonded–possibly impressing him with his Irish-sounding impression of patois.

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I’m Okay: Red Bull x Jamaica

Words by Eddie STATS Houghton, via Seen

Just read Seen quoting the Jamaica Observer quoting Red Bull spokesmon William Mahfood about the new $25 million (JA, I’m assuming) studio-and-loft complex that the Austrian energy-gods are bankrolling in Kingston, the latest in a network of studios that includes Los Angeles, UK, South Africa, New Zealand. The plan is not to run it as a commercial studio but to open it free to local artists on an invitation-only basis. The international brand intends to enter the Jamaican music industry by early 2011, presumably to encourage the production of music along the lines of Delly Ranks’ Red Bull & Guinness riddim or Beenie Man and Future Fambo’s “Rum & Red Bull” anthem (watch both after the jump).

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