Apr 23, 2014
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Big People Ting: Farmer Nappy on Soca + Big People Parties

Words by Saxon Baird, Photos by Kordel Fermin

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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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Fashion, Forward: Aidonia’s “80s Dancehall Style”

Words by Saxon Baird—

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We don’t want to call it a full-on revival, but dancehall has definitely been leaning towards a return to the vintage style and sound of Jamaica in the late ‘80s and ‘90s. Mr. Vegas (and Joe Lickshot!) just dropped “Real Don,” channeling the simple sound of dancehall’s early digital era. Konshens and Romain Virgo meanwhile gave us one of 2013′s most memorable dancehall videos, donning old-school Jamaican fashions—mesh marinas, backward Kangol caps— for their excellent throwback tune, “We Nuh Worry Bout Dem.”

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Righteous Excursion: Jesse Royal Meets Sly, Robbie and Chinna

Words by Jesse Serwer—

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Jesse Royal is one of the key figures bringing reggae into the future, but he’s working closely with some of the music’s past giants to get there. For “Little Did They Know,” a track on Living HeART, the exceptional new compilation LP celebrating 25 years of XTerminator Records and the life of its late founder Philip “Fattis” Burrell (buy here), Jesse teamed with three of reggae’s greatest musicians: Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare, and Earl “Chinna” Smith.

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