Apr 16, 2014
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Beg Yuh Build a Box: Watch Gappy Ranks’ “Carpenter” Video

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The U.K.’s Gappy Ranks had a big year in 2013, returning to a more roots-y sound with his LP Shining Hope after focusing on dancehall for much of the last few years. Carpenter” was one of the big singles off of that album, featuring Ranks’ authoritative flow over a tough, dubwise riddim —in fact, we had it as one of the year’s Top 10 reggae tracks.

Produced by King I-vier, the force behind tracks like Protoje and Chronixx’s “Who Knows” and “Selassie Souljahz,” (with the latter also featuring Kabaka Pyramid and Sizzla), “Carpenter” has been picking up momentum since its release last fall, thanks in part to an abundance of strong remixes from the likes of Deejay Theory and Suns of Dub.

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Visual Vibration: Bob Marley Images from Shephard Fairey + Dennis Morris

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Bob Marley’s image has become almost as important a part of his legacy as his music—both are ubiquitous worldwide, and accordingly represent many people’s first exposure to Jamaican music and culture. Now, Bob Marley: Giant, an exhibit currently at the Known Gallery in L.A., aims to shed new light on the face that’s inspired so much more than just countless red, yellow, and green t-shirts.

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Rockers Redux: Watch Chronixx’s “Rastaman Wheel Out” Video

Words by Jesse Serwer—

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Chronixx released his Dread & Terrible project yesterday and, we thought, a video for the EP’s “Rastaman Wheel Out” was coming, too. That turned out to be something of an April Fools, as the video’s just showed up this morning…with an unexpected dose of comedy. Chronixx makes his acting debut in the Ras Kassa-directed video, which has more than a bit of Rockers about it, as a humble rasta man played by Chronixx (“Oh!…Dat yout deh, him gwaan good enuh!”) gets into something of a pickle when trying to fetch some peas down the road. Picking up some ganja along the way as payment for a debt, he attracts the attention of a pair of bumbling police officers and… adventure ensues. At a full 9 minutes, the clip is something of a mini movie, and definitely a new direction for Chronixx.

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Audio: A$AP Ferg Heads to Trinidad On “Petit Valley”

Words by Natalie Weiner, Photo via @ASAPFerg/Instagram—
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We already knew A$AP Ferg liked dancehall—now, Harlem’s Trap Lord, who happens be of Trini heritage, is getting into soca as well. Ferg has taken inspiration from the Soca Viking himself, Bunji Garlin, with “Petit Valley,” a freestyle on Garlin’s single “Carnival Tabanca.” He seems to have been inspired to create his own ode to Trinidad after visiting the island last month for Carnival, apparently rediscovering the beauty of both the music, and (naturally) the women.

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Essential Kartel: Vybz Kartel’s 30 Most Essential Tunes


Words by Max Glazer and the LargeUp Crew, Image by Ellen G

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Mixtape Mondays: Youthman Promotion, J-Lava, Perfect Giddimani

Words by Deejay Theory —

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With WMC at a close and Carnival time in Jamaica rapidly approaching, the vibes don’t stop at Mixtape Mondays. Some untouchable dubplates are paired with brand new soca and a bit of one drop from memory lane. Wheel up below

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