Apr 24, 2014
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Posts tagged: Brooklyn

LargeUp Premiere: Ricky Blaze’s New Single “Lightaz”

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Brooklyn’s own Fresh Prince, Ricky Blaze has been a player in New York’s dancehall scene from a young age. He was making a name for himself at clubs in his teenage years and his hard work and early start has paid off. At just 24, he has already produced hits like Gyptian’s ever-popular “Hold Yuh,” Vybz Kartel’s “Touch Ah Button” and his own “Just You and I.” Always looking beyond reggae/dancehall with his sound, he’s also worked with big names from outside the genre like Santigold and Jazmine Sullivan, and recently released The Maestro Mixtape featuring hip-hop legend Talib Kweli, Jim Jones and more.

Now, he’s switching up again, teaming with Ultra Records, the iconic dance-music label behind the Ultra Music Festival and the recent EDM explosion, for the catchy, new single “Lightaz.” Electro Reggae is on the up and up and this ready-for-summertime, dance-pop collab is a good look for all parties involved. We love to see talented people broadening their horizons and bringing something new to Caribbean music, so we’re happy to be premiering the song right here. Listen below and look out for an exclusive feature with Mr. Blaze coming up on LargeUp soon.

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Throwback Thursdays: Red Fox on Red Fox’s “Born Again Black Man”

Words by Red Fox—

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Earlier this week we premiered “Soulja,” the new video from NYC dancehall legend Red Fox. Seeing as its also the 20th anniversary of Red’s As A Matter of Fox LP, we asked him to remember/introduce the video for “Born Again Black Man,” off of that album.

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LargeUp Premiere: Red Fox’s “Soulja” Video

Words by Jesse Serwer—

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Red Fox is one of the pillars of dancehall music in New York City. Sure, he originally hails from St. Catherine, Jamaica and came to fame with the classic “Down in Jamaica” (alongside singer Naturalee) but the rough-voiced deejay has called NYC home for decades.

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Ultimate ‘Warrior’: Gold Shop x Witty x Sammy Dread

Words by Jesse Serwer—

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While we’re in throwback mode on a Thursday, we thought we’d alert y’all to the return of one of our favorite reissues labels, Brooklyn’s Gold Shop. Founded by reggae industry vet Dan Kuster, the imprint, with its Limonious-inspired sleeves, specializes in putting 45s from the golden era of dancehall (and specifically from NYC based labels) back into print.

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FREE DOWNLOAD: Ricky Blaze x Talib Kweli, “Down Ass Girl”

Words by Jesse Serwer—

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Talib Kweli and Ricky Blaze are about as Brooklyn as it gets. But, despite hailing from same neighborhood—Flatbush— the two occupy such different corners of the music spectrum (mature backpack rap; youth-oriented dancehall pop), one might not expect the two to find their way onto the same track. Ricky’s “Down Ass Girl” hardly feels like a stretch, though: the beat has those ’90s style “boom-bap” no rapper of Kweli’s ilk can resist, but is poppy and soulful enough to suit Blaze’s smooth lover tones. The result has a bit of a Ryan Leslie x Fabolous type vibe to it. Stream and download below…

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Bruk-Up Cinema: “Flex is Kings” Documents Brooklyn’s Caribbean-Inspired Dance Movement

Words by Emily Shapiro—

Photograph by Deidre Schoo

If you’ve been to a dancehall party in Brooklyn over the past 10 years (or a Rice and Peas), you’ve seen a flexor. They can contort their bodies in unnatural ways, glide and wave their limbs with insane fluidity, and generally put on a good show at any bashment they attend.

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