Nov 23, 2014
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You Rate It: Kali Uchis – “Know What I Want”

Words by Natalie Weiner

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If there’s room for one more in 2014’s league of extraordinary alt-R&B singers (see also Hollie Cook, FKA Twigs, Lianne La Havas…just to name some of our faves), it’s 20 year-old Kali Uchis. A Colombiana hailing from the DMV, Uchis has a voice that falls somewhere between Amy Winehouse and Erykah Badu, but with a distinctly tropical lilt, and her vintage-flavored tracks have already caught the attention of Diplo, Tyler the Creator, and Snoop Dogg (hear their duet—yes, she’s already done a track with Snoop—here).

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Empresses + Queens: An Interview with Jah9


Words by Tami Tsansai
Photos by Sameel “Kush-I” Johnson

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Punta Rock and Paranda: A Guide to Garifuna Music


Words by Kieran Meadows

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LargeUp Premiere: Serani’s “In My Arms” Video

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When you talk about dancehall from the last 10 years, you have to mention Serani. As the leader of the production crew Daseca, he helped launch Mavado’s career, soundtracking early Gully Gad anthems like “Real McKoy,” as well as big hits by Sean Paul (“We Be Burnin”) and Tony Matterhorn (“Dutty Wine”). Stepping out as an artist a few years later, he struck big with 2009’s “No Games.” One of dancehall’s last truly massive crossover hits, it’s one of those tunes that mus’ play anytime a hip-hop or big-room club DJ plunges into dancehall.

Things have been quiet for Serani in the last few years–or so it might seem.

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AUDIO + VIDEO: Mike Lawry’s Island Hop Mini-Movie

Words by Kaya.lah

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“Black America/I pledge allegiance, to the flag/Take off the hats, do I stand a chance/Should a n***a dance, or ride in the streets/Ok I get it, we just trynna eat…So we dancin’…”

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Empresses + Queens: Etana Speaks on Being a Woman in Reggae

Words by Etana/Photos by Martei Korley

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