Oct 25, 2014
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Behind The Drum: A Q+A with The Makers of “Pan! Our Music Odyssey”

Words by Tishanna Williams


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Kingston 360: Watch Chronixx’s “Capture Land” Video

Words by Natalie Weiner

We last heard from Chronixx in July, when he was bringing the reggae revival vibes to Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and LargeUp’s own debut SummerStage concert in Central Park. After closing out the summer on the festival circuit Europe, he’s back in the Western Hemisphere with visuals for “Capture Land,” the third single off his Dread and Terrible EP. Appropriate for the anti-colonial anthem, the video shows the “capture land” of Kingston from all angles—from the scenic views looking down from the mountains to the neglected Downtown waterfront, all beautifully shot by Jerome D of Top Dawg Entertainment (TDE). The director, who also shot Kendrick Lamar’s “Swimming Pools” and “Poetic Justice” videos, manages to capture both Kingston’s grit and its visual appeal, as the ever-charismatic Chronixx leads us through the real Kingston. Check out the video below, and let us know what you think in the comments.

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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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