Oct 01, 2014
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Posts tagged: Bounty Killer

Heds & Dreds: Prodigy of Mobb Deep Channels Classic Dancehall on “Hoodie Weather”

Words by Richard “Treats” Dryden

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Prodigy of Mobb Deep has had many aliases—Bandana P, Don P, Bumpy Johnson—during his 20 years in rap music. His latest appearance, in a featured verse on “Hoodie Weather” alongside buzzing newcomer Your Old Droog, suggests that he might be due for a West Indian-inspired alias, as he switches to a Jamaican accent interpolating lyrics from Shelly Thunder’s “Kuff” over Marco Polo’s beat. (“Don’t you know you haffi respect me, a wheelchair see they act properly/Sometimes a man fi-get, you haffi get violent.”) Prodigy’s wink to one of our all-time favorite lady deejays comes fresh off his recent trip to Jamaica’s Calabash book fair to promote his Infamous Books imprint this past spring. We’re told P spent a few days after his business trip catching vibes dung ah yahd, in what we hear was his first ever vacation. A break from work is hardly in P’s vocabulary, as he even questioned the mere idea of a vacation in his autobiography, My Infamous Life. But by the looks of his travels this year, and now from the patois in his rhyme a few months later, Jamaica has left a lasting impression on him.

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Toppa Top 10: Junior Reid’s Best Cameos


Words by Jesse Serwer—

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LargeUp Premiere: Stream DJ Prince’s “Test My Sound” LP

Words by Jesse Serwer—

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Coming out of NYC’s Duck Down camp, DJ Prince makes hip-hop with a reggae- and dancehall-influenced point of view. Think “Sound Bwoy Bureill” by Smif N Wessun mixed with Busta Rhymes’ forays into patois-inflected rap, and you’ll have something of an idea of the flavor on the triple-threat MC/producer/DJ’s debut LP, Test My Sound.

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Happy, 4/20: The Toppa Top 20 Reggae Weed Anthems

Words by Jesse Serwer—

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Sure, hip-hop has The Chronic, “I Got 5 On It,” and Meth and Red’s entire catalog, but when it comes to weed-smoking anthems, reggae is king. With literally tens (if not hundreds) of thousands of reggae weed songs to choose from, we selected some of our favorites and tapped the artist behind one of ‘em, Carlton “100 Weight of Collie Weed” Livingston, to count down the best of the best. Watch parts one and two of our Toppa Top 20 Reggae Weed Anthems countdown below. And if you’re not all smoked out after that, check our Top 10 of reggae’s most slept-on weed anthems.

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Yardie Offishall: Kardinal Offishall in Jamaica

Words by Tasha Brown, Photo via Rep JA

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If you are still wondering what makes Kardinal Offishall so official, watch his latest video, for the patois-laden, dancehall-inspired “Tattoo (Rudebwoy).” You can always count on the Toronto MC to give you a mix of authentic hip-hop and dancehall flavor, but this go round, Mr. Offishall produced and directed the video in Jamaica, delivering a positive message on and off film.

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