Apr 25, 2014
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Posts tagged: Akon

ALBUM STREAM: Salaam Remi’s “One: In The Chamber”

Words by Jesse Serwer—
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When it comes to contemporary music makers, there’s few people we rate higher than Salaam Remi. Last summer we spent time at the low-key superproducer’s Miami compound, where he spoke on his career highs and outlook on music, and gave us the play-by-play on 10 of his most classic productions, from Super Cat’s “Ghetto Red Hot (Remix)” to Nas’ “The Don.”

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Behind the Boards With Dancehall Producer Computer Paul


Words by Sabia McCoy-Torres, Photos by Martei Korley—

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Lovin the Crew: Kardinal Offishall Introduces Island Boy Cartel

Words by Jesse Serwer—

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When we spoke with Kardinal Offishall last summer, we noted the quantity of fellow West Indian folks in the Jamaican-Canadian MC’s circle, from rapper The Kid Daytona (an Antiguan) to DJ Benny Demus (a Virgin Islander) and Prince and Omar from clothing brand RepJAl—all of whom appeared in his video for “The Invention of Truth”—and inquired as to whether he’d ever entertained a project organizing that talent pool. While Kardinal said he liked the idea, he noted the timing had to be right. “I think it would be good for everybody to come together but we also have to be able to read the times: The Caribbean influence in music comes in waves,” he said. “You have to be sure that if you’re gonna do it, it’s at a time when people are open to it.”

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Toppa Top 10: Busta Rhymes’ Biggest Bashment Tunes


Words by Jesse Serwer, Photo via UpNorthTrips

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We Har the Best: Mavado X Akon “Survivor”

Words by Eddie STATS Houghton

We been anxiously awaiting this Mavado x Akon dancehall extravaganza–and now it’s here! There are several reasons for the  anticipation: 1) its been years since global megastar Akon gave fans a look at his bashment side. His dancehall bonafides are well established with tunes like “AK” on Dave Kelly’s Fiesta riddim but lately he’s been too busy being everywhere (discovering Lady Gaga, making Bollywood smashes with Shah Rukh Khan) to indulge it much. Then there’s Mavado. With his recent signing to DJ Khaled’s We The Best imprint, expectations are high for the singer. Dancehall as an industry badly needs someone to pave a way for Jamaican music into mainstream radio play–and with Vybz Kartel sidelined by legal troubles, all eyes are watching the Gully Gad. Luckily, this big and bold tune smells like a hit. Stream below and look out for more big things from dancehall’s current gully ambassador.

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Toppa Top 10: Supa Dups’ Top 10 Jamerican Collaborations


Selections by Supa Dups, Words by LargeUp

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