Aug 22, 2014
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Posts tagged: Brooklyn

Seen: Time Magazine Features Brooklyn’s Ground Zero Dancers

Words by Emily Shapiro, Photos by Natalie Keyssar

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If you’ve been to a dancehall party in New York, or pretty much anywhere, in the past five years, you’ve seen the smooth moves of Ground Zero. The crew, started in Brooklyn by Syrin Zero, has turned into an international dance family represented in countries including France, Russia, Brazil and Jamaica. In addition to dance, the good folks of Zero Nation are DJs, clothing designers and photographers. They pledge loyalty to their crew and really know how to throw a party.

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Fashion Fridays: Rebels to Dons’ Trini/Brooklyn Style


Words by Jesse Serwer—

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Toppa Top 6: The Caribbean’s Best Book Festivals


Words by Natalie Weiner and Tishanna Williams—
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Throwback Thursdays: David Morales + The Bad Yard Club

Words by DJ Autograph
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In the early 90s dancehall and hip-hop artists were collaborating on a regular basis. Lt Stitchie, Super Cat, Mad Cobra and Spragga Benz amongst others had major label record deals and tunes with major hip-hop acts at the time. I knew a lot of R&B (what Jamaican didn’t), a decent amount about hip-hop (thanks to selectors like Delano, Collin Hines and Alric & Boyd) but not a lot about house music, which was also starting to fuse with reggae and dancehall in various ways.

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AUDIO: Jah Banks – “Battle For Middle You (BKBashment Remix)”

Words by Natalie Weiner, Photo by Charlie Rubinjah-banks-charlie-rubin

Remember Jah Banks Jah Makin Music mixtape, which we premiered back in February? We loved the whole thing, but definite standout was the “Battle For Middle You (BK Bashment Remix)” featuring the Brooklyn-raised, Jamaican MC (and staple presence on our LargeUp Sessions radio show) spitting over Julio Bashmore’s highly regarded house tune by that name. The infectious flip made it hard not to disagree with Banks proclamation that “BK be comin’ in hot this year.”

DJ Select (of RadioLily) and Robzilla noticed, too, that Banks’ version has all the ingredients of a club banger. So, they decided to re-edit the track, priming it for the dancefloor just in time for summer. A little house, a little dancehall, a little hip-hop—an irresistable combination, almost like a 2014 Reel 2 Real (yeah, we went there). Download below, and don’t be surprised if you hear this one next time you’re drinking Red Stripe on a patio somewhere.

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Fashion Fridays: “To The Moon” Tees From Gazoo + Dope Life

Words by Marcha M. Johnson—

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From designer catalogs to airports, clubs and even his very own café in Bushwick, Palates, the diversity of mediums through which “The Black Sand Artist” Jason “Gazoo” Allen‘s work manifests itself seems limitless. His aesthetic, inspired by his Caribbean heritage from the island of Montserrat, can even be seen in music videos by Ryan Leslie, Rune RK, and, most recently, Mr. Vegas. The just-released clip for Vegas’ “Party Tun Up” featuring Sean Paul and Fatman Scoop was shot at WIP Night Club, where Gazoo served as art director (though you may know it better as the spot where Drake and Chris Brown duked it out over Rihanna). Check the video below.

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