Oct 02, 2014
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Ticket Giveaway: RBMA Culture Clash San Francisco

Words by LargeUp Crew

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Globally-respected Red Bull Music Academy Culture Clash makes its Bay Area debut this Wednesday, October 1st and two of our very own will be competing as part of the Tormenta Tropical battalion. DJ Gravy just reached SF to join Deejay Theory, Oro11 and more extra large surprise guests to take on local SF staples Dirtybird, Triple Threat and Dub Mission in soundsystem war, modeled after a Jamaican soundclash. Definitely a rare event for the Bay Area massive and sure to be a memorable and epic event.

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Soca Hideaway: Black Chiney’s Willy Chin Blends Keisza + Kerwin DuBois

Words by Maj Johnson
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We’ve been hearing soca and pop music blending in all sorts of ways recently, and the occurrences are growing more frequent. In the latest example of soca meeting the mainstream, Willy Chin of Black Chiney has blended Kerwin Dubois’s Carnival 2014 contribution “Spoil Mehself” with Canadian singer Kiesza’s smash summer hit “Hideaway.” The mashup first appeared on the ridiculously good Black Chiney Soca/Carnival mixtape Uh Gosh! and, having turned a few ears, it’s now been upped to the Internet in its entirety.

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AUDIO + VIDEO: USVI Songstress Kenya Eugene’s St. Croix Soul

Words by Kaya.lah

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Amongst the crisp hip-hop, driving calypso, and irie roots reggae, there’s an interesting sense of class finely woven into the Virgin Islands’ musical tapestry. Ms. Kenya Eugene is a prime example: an effortless songstress and seasoned fashion model, she is now getting her art out en masse, giving us a great opportunity to showcase how diverse the Caribbean really is.

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Mixtape Mondays: Black Chiney, Walshy Fire, Andre Airplane

Words by Deejay Theory

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Strictly energy this week at #MixtapeMondays to get you nice and fired for the road — even if it’s just the road to the office. Soca, moombahton and an extra large portion of excluisve remixes set the trend from Miami to NYC and back.

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LargeUp Premiere: Promise No Promises’ “Draw We Out” Video

Words by Jesse Serwer

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Our good friend, long-time LargeUp contributor and Major Lazer frontman Walshy Fire just inboxed us with the video for “Draw We Out” from Antigua’s Promise No Promises, along with this note: “I think I am doing well with discovering dope shit out of the Caribbean.” Walshy being the dude that first put us on to Chronixx--and helped bring Jesse Royal and Suns of Dub to global attention–and just that dude in general, we just had to stop what we were doing, and take a look.

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Toppa Top 10: Ten Caribbean Jazz Greats


Words by Natalie Weiner
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