Sep 30, 2014
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LargeUp Premiere: Ricky Blaze’s “N3xt Lin3″

Words by Jesse Serwer, Photo by Martei Korley


As a producer, Ricky Blaze has crafted tunes by artists from Vybz Kartel and Kes the Band to Santigold. As an artist, he was blending dancehall and EDM before most anyone else had a thought to do so, and has dabbled in hip-hop as well. But our favorite tunes from the Brooklyn quadruple threat (Ricky got his start as a dancer and DJ) tend to be his minimalist forays into reggae.

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R.I.P: Percussionist Uziah “Sticky” Thompson, 78

Words by Jesse Serwer, Photo by Martei Korley


Uziah “Sticky” Thompson, the Jamaican percussionist whose career spanned from the ska era through to recent work with Ziggy and Stephen Marley, has succumbed to illness at age 78.

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Visual Culture: Lee “Scratch” Perry’s “The Death of Baphomet” Art Show

Words by Jesse Serwer


Lee “Scratch” Perry isn’t known as The Upsetter for no reason.

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EVENT: Machel Montano on The LargeUp Sessions (8/28)

Words by LargeUp Crew


This one doesn’t need much introduction: Machel Montano. The LargeUp Sessions. This Thursday. The Happiest Man Alive will be in the building at Miss Lily’s Variety for a meet-and-greet and M Store pop-up shop. He’ll be sitting down with LargeUp’s DJ Gravy, Jam Central and Jesse Serwer to talk soca, Trinidad, the Parkway, the future—everything— live on We’ll also be debuting tunes and running through his new album, Happiest Man Alive. New York massive: Space is sure to fill up quick so make sure to come early. Everyone else: Tune in from 6 to 8pm EST on RadioLily!

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106 & Carnival: BET Gets Ready For Di Road

Words by Natalie Weiner


It’s Carnival Week in New York, and pretty much everyone has already gotten the party started, including BET’s eternal 106 & Park—or, as it was titled today, “106 & Carnival,” complete with slightly uncomfortable-looking hosts in mas band costumes. The episode featured a mix of up-and-coming and veteran dancehall, reggae, and soca artists in front of an audience repping just about every part of the Caribbean.

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LargeUp Premiere: The Parent Trap’s “Bumbaclot!”

Words by Jesse Serwer


Earlier this summer, we introduced you to The Parent Trap, the new project from Toronto-via-Jamaica’s Melodic Yoza and T-Dot producers YAKOBEAN, The Bass6, and TMB, via a premiere of their debut single “Bad Up.”

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