Jul 28, 2014
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AUDIO: Jah Vinci x Junior Reid, “Penitentiary”

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More than a half-decade after he came to the reggae world’s attention as a member of Vybz Kartel’s Portmore Empire/Gaza crew, Jah Vinci has just released his debut LP Ghetto Born.

The dancehall/reggae singer has been on the scene since 2008, with tracks like “In My Life,” “Kill Dem Fast,” and “Money” showcasing his versatile vocal stylings. Now, he’s collaborating with artists like Beenie Man and none other than Junior Reid, who is currently in New York getting ready to perform at the first ever LargeUp SummerStage concert in Central Park this Saturday. Jah Vinci is far from the only artist to have been blessed with a cameo from Reid, however. Mr. One Blood’s 30 year career has been punctuated by appearances on dancehall, reggae, and hip-hop tracks of all stripes—check out some of the best here. “Penitentiary,” Jah Vinci and Reid’s duet, is a conscious treatise on the problems with the prison system over an EDM-inflected reggae beat—listen below, and tell us what you think in the comments.

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Toppa Top 10: Ten Soca Songs That Crossed Over

Words by Jesse Serwer—

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Dread and Television: Watch Chronixx Perform “Here Comes Trouble” on The Tonight Show

Words by Jesse Serwer—

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Jimmy Fallon was truly, genuinely excited to have Chronixx as his guest on last night’s Tonight Show. So much so that he was talking about it days earlier, singing “Here Comes Trouble” on last Thursday’s show, asking Roots keyboardist and yardie James Poyser if he was up on the singer (C’mon James!)

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AUDIO: Stream Iba MaHr’s “Glory to the King”

Words by Saxon Baird
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Still riding the wave of success from his excellent single “Diamond Sox”, Iba MaHr is back with another roots-heavy summer scorcher sure to find forwards at a bashment near you.

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LargeUp Premiere: Stream Martei Korley’s “Kingston Konfidential” EP

Words by LargeUp Crew—

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If you’ve followed reggae music for the last 15 years, you’ve seen the work of Martei Korley. As a photographer, he has snapped cover images for albums by Beres Hammond, Busy Signal and I-Wayne, to name a few, as well as countless editorial features for magazines including As LargeUp’s co-founder, creative director and chief photographer, he’s also responsible for the look of this site, taking many of the memorable images that have distinguished us as the web’s top destination for Caribbean music and culture.

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Mixtape Mondays: Federation Sound, Ackeejuice Rockers x Top DJ, DJ Trends

Words by Deejay Theory

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The summer flow continues at Mixtape Mondays with heavy new tapes from the merciless to the mellow. Raw dancehall and heavy bass meet breezy remixes from NYC to Italy to the beach and back again. Run chune below.

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