Words and Photos by Ola Mazzuca
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Words by Saxon Baird
One of the most interesting recent turns for Jamaican music has been the re-emergence of an ’80s and ’90s aesthetic both in music and fashion in the last year. Aidonia, Konshens, Iba MaHr and Mr. Vegas are just some of the Jamaican artists reaching deep into their closets and dusting off their mesh marinas, diamond sox, kangols and gold chains for their latest videos. Just yesterday, we featured yet another example of the on-going revival with Assassin aka Agent Sasco’s video for “Sekkle an Cease.” Featuring all of the key ingredients of a classic sound-system dance (jerk chicken vendors, Guinness, whining gyals), the video, down to it’s grainy VHS-quality, perfectly matches Sasco’s old-school voicing patterns over the throwback vibes of Jah Snowcone’s Nuh Fraid riddim.
Words by DJ Autograph
The day has finally arrived! Myself, Kenny Meez of Federation Sound, DJ Shirkhan of Safari Sound and LargeUp are all super excited to present Screechy Dan’s My Story to the world. This mixtape is 65 minutes showcasing the many sides of Screechy Dan, most of which the world has never heard. Whether you know the Jamaica-born, Brooklyn-raised deejay’s history or not (If you don’t, make sure to also read LargeUp editor Jesse Serwer’s in-depth interview with Screechy here), we know you’re going to enjoy this mixtape spanning his classic material (“Pose Off,” “Skin Out”) and new and unheard lyrics interlaced with skits and freestyles demonstrating Screechy’s comedic talents.
Words by Saxon Baird
Directed by Scorpio 21 of Kao Arts (whose work also includes the colorful “Tight Skirt” video from Samantha J), Assassin’s “Sekkle an Cease” is the latest in a wave of 2014 dancehall videos inspired by the look and feel of ’90s dancehall sound system party, and it might just be the most on-point one yet. There’s jerk chicken in the back, nuff Guinness, mesh marinas, high-top fades, backwards Kangols and whining gyals in pum-pum shorts (including one in a gold-lamé outfit styled after Dancehall Queen Carlene). Perhaps the most authentic touch of all is a scratchy video quality meant to simulate the experience of watching on a worn, dub-of-a-dub VHS tape—in other words, the way you would have seen a video like this back in the era it’s meant to resemble.
Words by Jesse Serwer—
Way before he was the “Yeah-yeah!” and “What!?!” guy, Lil Jon got his start making hip-hop remixes of reggae songs, most notably Capleton’s “Tour” and “Wings of the Morning,” in the mid ’90s. Now, decades and another genre switch later, things have come full circle: Jon and DJ Snake’s ubiquitous EDM smash “Turn Down For What” has spawned a dancehall remix featuring a top selection of current Jamaican artists, in Chi Ching Ching, Assassin and Konshens.
Words by LargeUp Crew—
Assassin (aka Agent Sasco), Tanisha Scott and Echo Slim were our guests on an action-packed edition of the LargeUp Sessions last Thursday night. DJ Gravy warmed things up with some choice selections, followed by a guest set from Echo Slim, LargeUp contributor and producer of this super dope remix of Bob Marley’s “Bus Dem Shut.”