Jul 30, 2014
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Posts tagged: Brooklyn

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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Pray For a Soundboy: Dub-Stuy Meets Johnny Osbourne

Words by Saxon Baird—

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Tour De Force is the production side of Brooklyn-based selectors Double Tiger and DJ Q-Mastah, better known as Dub-Stuy Records. The two joined forces in 2012 and built a gorgeous, gigantic sound system (that’s it above) that they’ve been showing off around NYC and beyond while putting on dub-heavy dances and championing bass music.

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LargeUp Premiere: Jah Banks – “Jah Makin Music” Mixtape

Words by Natalie Weiner—
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Just looking at the cover of Jah Banks‘ new mixtape, you get a pretty good idea of what he’s about —vintage reggae and dancehall (see the tropical forest) combined with classic Brooklyn hip-hop (witness the Williamsburg bridge). Banks, a Jamaican raised in Brooklyn and frequent co-host on our radio show The LargeUp Sessions, has released some dope videos and tracks over the last year, getting us hyped for his new mixtape.

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LargeUp Interview: Paebak on Island Rap + ‘Rock City’

Words by Jesse Serwer, Photos by Justin Pallack
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It’s 2014: Get to Know Jah Banks

Words by LargeUp Crew—

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We got put on to Jah Banks last summer when he touched the mic with DJ Gravy at the Dream Sessions Dancehall Edition out in Montauk (a/k/a “The End,”), and we’ve been waiting for the right time to put the world on to him ever since.

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