Jul 30, 2014
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LargeUp Premiere: Christopher Martin’s “Just Like You” Video

Words by Jesse Serwer—

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Tributes to Mom are such a staple in reggae, you could probably spend your entire Mother’s Day running “mama tunes.” (Here, this will get you started.) Songs about fathers are a little more scarce. Last year for Father’s Day, however, crooner Christopher Martin went ahead and answered his hit “Mama” with an equally touching tribute to his father, “Just Like You.” A year later, Chris is back with a video for “Just Like You,” directed by Ruption of Jamaica’s RD Studios, and he’s given us the exclusive premiere just in time for Father’s Day this Sunday. Watch the video, featuring a cameo from Chris’ own father below, but first a message from Chris:

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LargeUp Premiere: Island Boy Cartel feat. Lady Leshurr and Anything ILL — Push A Button

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Toronto’s own Kardinal Offishall is back with a brand-new tune from his Island Boy Cartel crew. The hip-hop banger “Push A Button,” features fire verses from British/St. Kittian MC Lady Leshurr and St Thomas’ Anything ILL (of Planet VI/Rock City), as well as Kardinal himself.

Last time we encountered the Jamaican-Canadian MC, he was  down inna yard with Bounty Killer, filming the video for IBC’s dancehall-inspired “Tattoo (Rudebwoy).”  “Push A Button” finds him back on the mainland, bringing his swagger-heavy flow to a dramatic, opera-sampling beat from producers Burd & Keyz. But there’s certainly enough island flavor to warrant the Island Boy Cartel label, with Kardi, Anything ILL and Leshurr (who steals the show with her spitfire verse) each bringing a touch of their islands’ own patois to the proceedings. Listen below, and look out for more Island Boy Cartel on LargeUp in the very near future.

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LargeUp Exclusive: Stream Hollie Cook’s “Twice” LP

Words by Jesse Serwer—

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It was LargeUp creative director Martei Korley who first turned me, along with the rest of the LargeUp braintrust, onto Hollie Cook about three years back. Martei being our resident authority on all things lovers rock, I was inclined to take his recommendation regarding a young English singer he suggested was bringing a fresh but faithful approach to that vintage reggae style. We were instantly hooked by Hollie’s self-titled debut, naming it our album of the year for 2011 and declaring Hollie our favorite new artist.

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VIDEO: Hollie Cook Is “Looking For Real Love”

Words by Natalie Weiner—
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Way back in March, we previewed Hollie Cook‘s upcoming sophomore full-length, Twice—the album drops next week, and you’ll be able to listen exclusively at LargeUp starting Monday. In the mean time, catch up with Cook in her most recent video, “Looking For Real Love.” The song showcases the British singer’s trademark lover’s rock/2014 dub aesthetic, with 70′s-style strings layered over a deep reggae groove courtesy of producer Prince Fatty. Cook has been killing it from the start, with a stellar debut that was LargeUp’s favorite album of 2011—her diverse influences made for a truly unique addition to the world of contemporary British reggae.

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Fashion Fridays: Alpha Boys School 2014 Summer Lookbook


Words by Jesse Serwey, Photo by Wyatt Gallery—

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LargeUp Premiere: Gappy Ranks + P-Money – The Baddest EP

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We can’t get enough of Gappy Ranks and P-Money’s hip-hop/dancehall banger “Baddest”—and apparently they can’t either. Following on the heels of Monday’s “Baddest” video premiere, the duo are dropping a collaborative EP, also titled The Baddest, tomorrow, and they’ve given us an exclusive sneak peek.

The EP features four brand-new, previously unheard tunes plus a traphall flip of “Baddest” from Slow Roast’s Ape Drums, and another remix featuring vocals from New Zealand rapper Sid Diamond. Gappy’s cockney and yardie swagger and P-Money’s eclectic yet consistently bass-heavy hip-hop production style are merged seamlessly throughout, most notably on the Shabba Ranks-sampling trunk rattler “Fire Shot.” (We just KNOW our selectors dem are gonna flip for that one.) It’s been quiet lately for dancehall/hip-hop hybrids considering the surge in such material seen over the last two years, but these two are definitely carrying the torch forward.

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