Apr 20, 2014
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Happy, 4/20: The Toppa Top 20 Reggae Weed Anthems

Words by Jesse Serwer—

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Sure, hip-hop has The Chronic, “I Got 5 On It,” and Meth and Red’s entire catalog, but when it comes to weed-smoking anthems, reggae is king. With literally tens (if not hundreds) of thousands of reggae weed songs to choose from, we selected some of our favorites and tapped the artist behind one of ‘em, Carlton “100 Weight of Collie Weed” Livingston, to count down the best of the best. Watch parts one and two of our Toppa Top 20 Reggae Weed Anthems countdown below. And if you’re not all smoked out after that, check our Top 10 of reggae’s most slept-on weed anthems.

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Ah, Murda!: Assassin’s LargeUp Sessions Freestyle

Words by LargeUp Crew—

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Assassin (aka Agent Sasco), Tanisha Scott and Echo Slim were our guests on an action-packed edition of the LargeUp Sessions last Thursday night. DJ Gravy warmed things up with some choice selections, followed by a guest set from Echo Slim, LargeUp contributor and producer of this super dope remix of Bob Marley’s  “Bus Dem Shut.”

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Big People Ting: Farmer Nappy on Soca + Big People Parties

Words by Saxon Baird—

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Farmer Nappy has been a major player in the soca scene for over 30 years but it’s only recently that he’s become more a household name in Trinidad and beyond. This year, Nappy scored a major hit with his song “Big People Party,” a groovy soca tune that came in second in this year’s road march to the surprise of everyone, including Farmer Nappy himself. With more and more soca being influenced by EDM, Nappy’s hit was recorded with a full band, channeling a classic calypso sound without sacrificing any of the flag-waving energy soca is known for. With carnival season over in Trinidad, Nappy recently brought the party to New York, celebrating the release of his album, also called Big People Party. We caught up with Nappy in Brooklyn to discuss the new album and what it takes to throw a real “big people party.”

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‘Blessed’ Earthstrong: Deejay Theory Remixes Sizzla’s New Tune

Words by Jesse Serwer—

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Our Deejay Theory has been killing it with the remixes lately. His latest detonator is an official remix of Sizzla’s “Blessed,” just in time for Kalonji’s Earthstrong today. The mix is part of a nine-track set of remixes from Mista Savona’s Muti Music which dropped Tuesday, as a teaser to their upcoming Sizzla LP, Born A King. Theory’s take puts a percussive, horn-accentuated thump at its center, taking the Eastern-flavored hip-hop banger deeper into the club.

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Yardie Offishall: Kardinal Offishall in Jamaica

Words by Tasha Brown, Photo via Rep JA

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If you are still wondering what makes Kardinal Offishall so official, watch his latest video, for the patois-laden, dancehall-inspired ”Tattoo (Rudebwoy).” You can always count on the Toronto MC to give you a mix of authentic hip-hop and dancehall flavor, but this go round, Mr. Offishall produced and directed the video in Jamaica, delivering a positive message on and off film.

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You Rate It: Elliphant ft. Bunji Garlin and Diplo – “All Or Nothing”

Words by Natalie Weiner—

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Bunji Garlin is, once again, taking soca from T&T to the international pop scene—this time, on a new track with recent Mad Decent-signee Elliphant. Since the release of his crossover hit “Differentology” last year, the Soca Viking’s been making serious moves that have kept his name on everyone’s lips.

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