Apr 20, 2014
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Posts tagged: Beenie Man

Toppa Top 10: The Best Dancehall Riddims of 2013

Words by DJ Shirkhan and DJ Autograph


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LargeUp Premiere: Alpha Blondy’s “My American Dream” Video

Words by Jesse Serwer—


Alpha Blondy, the veteran reggae artist from the Ivory Coast, is celebrating the 30th anniversary of his debut release Jah Glory! this year, and recently released the album Mystic Power album earlier this year. The rock-infused single “My American Dream” is one of several English-language tunes on the LP (another being “Hope,” a collaboration with Beenie Man), with other tracks sung in French and Alpha’s native language, Dioula.

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LargeUp Premiere: Beenie Man’s “Thug Love” Video Featuring Ce’Cille

Words by DJ Gravy—


The title “King of the Dancehall” is a pretty serious claim—while many dream of it, ultimately only one can truly own it.  From the early 90′s til now, there’s been one artist who’s kept coming back with hit after hit and pushing the boundaries of dancehall, reggae and soca music, touching every genre from hip hop and pop to jazz, country and beyond. Grammy-winning artist Beenie Man is paralleled by none when it comes to making nonstop hits over the last 20 years, and turning 40 just the other day isn’t slowing him down in the slightest.

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Watch: 106 & Park Celebrates Caribbean Culture With Beenie Man, Vegas + Wayne Wonder

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As New York City geared up for Caribbean on Friday night, BET hosted a special Caribbean-themed edition of its daily music show 106 & Park featuring dancehall royalty Beenie Man, Mr Vegas and Wayne Wonder. In addition to live performances from all three, Beenie also premiered his brand-new video for “Thug Love” featuring Ce’cile (and produced by LU friend Khabir Bonner), which we premiered online a few hours later. Video of the 106 episode has now made it to the ‘Net too.

If you don’t mind sitting through a few commercials first, you can watch the full episode below via BET’s video player. Or go here to skip right to Beenie Man’s performance.

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Throwback Thursdays: Tifa on Snow’s ‘Anything For You’

Words by Tifa—


You’ll know Jamaican bad gal Tifa from tracks like ‘Dash Out’, ‘Wife Me Up’ and ‘Champion Bubbler’. We knew she grew up listening to dancehall, so we asked her for her favourite throwback track:

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You Rate It: The Clipse Reunite With Reggae On “Shame The Devil”

Words by Jesse Serwer—


Virginia rap duo Clipse—brothers Pusha T and No Malice (formerly Malice)—were championing dancehall long before it became on trend in hip-hop again (particularly Pusha, whose latest mixtape, The Wrath of Caine, was full of Jamaican vibes), so it’s only fitting that their first track together in several years has some reggae flavor. We’re not sure who the vocalist on the hook for “Shame the Devil,” from No Malice’s upcoming Hear Ye Him album, is, but he sounds like a scientist-engineered cross between Beenie Man and Capleton, adding some red-hot fiyah fi burn bag ah wire over a hard-edged, hip-hop beat.

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