Sep 21, 2014
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Another Feeling: Leadpipe & Saddis Meet I-Octane on “Girls Dem Follow”

Words by Jesse Serwer, Photo by Eddie Pearson

Barbados’ Leadpipe and Saddis took over Crop Over this year with their “Tune of De Crop”winning “Ah Feeling.” If the voices sounded familiar but the names don’t that’s because you may know them as Porgie & Murda, stars of the popular Bajan comedy series by that name and the artists behind last year’s “Condense.”

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Island Hops: Guinness’ New West Indies Porter

Words by Jesse Serwer


Every Caribbean island of note has at least one domestic beer that’s cherished and enjoyed locally. In a select few cases, these beers are also appreciated and enjoyed on neighboring islands and around the world. But the honor of being the most revered and ubiquitous beer across the region is reserved for one from Ireland: Guinness. (Holland’s Heineken follows at a close second.)

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LargeUp Premiere: Zion I Kings’ Junction Riddim

Words by Jesse Serwer


We first got a taste of Zion I Kings’ Junction riddim via Jahdan Blakkamoore and Kabaka Pyramid’s “For The Children” single/video back in February. A few seasons later, Zion I Kings — which consists of Zion High Productions’ David Goldfine on bass, I Grade Records’ Laurent “Tippy” Alfred on keyboards and Lustre Kings Productions’ Andrew “Moon” Bain on guitar — have returned with a full riddim release with tracks voiced by Lutan Fyah, Johnny Osbourne, Angela Hunte with Ziggi Recado, Pressure Busspipe, Perfect Giddimani, Hempress Sativa, Bobby Hustle and Midnite. The riddim, which was recorded at Jamaica’s Tuff Gong studio with Style Scott of the Roots Radics on drums, blends a one-drop rhythm with traces of hip-hop, dub and dubstep.

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LargeUp Interview: Viral Vibes with Lucas DiPasquale

Words and Photos by Ola Mazzuca


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AUDIO: Download Paebak’s “The Foundation” Mixtape

Words by Kaya.lah


One of the Virgin Islands’ illest spitters and one of LargeUp’s Artists to watch for 2014, Paebak re-enters fray in fine style with his latest mixtape. The Foundation is a solid work of Caribbean fused hip-hop, which finds the Rock City (St. Thomas, USVI) rapper commanding various roots, classic dancehall and hip-hop productions with fluid versatility.

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R.I.P: Rocksteady Pioneer Hopeton Lewis, 66

Words by Kieran Meadows


Hopeton Lewis, the Jamaican singer who recorded one of the the earliest rocksteady songs in 1966′s “Take It Easy,” passed away Thursday evening at his home in Brooklyn, New York, at age 66.

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