Oct 31, 2014
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Posts tagged: Bruno Mars

Mixtape Mondays: Ackeejuice Rockers, Remedy Sound, Jah Army Sound

Words by Deejay Theory —

MM 31

As we enter New Year’s Eve and the final Mixtape Mondays of 2013, we’re soundtracking the occasion with a trio of different mixes all made in Europe to assist with the pregame or daily operation. If you missed it make sure to grab our picks of the baddest mixtapes of 2013 and we’ll see you in ’14 with more music every Monday!

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Check It Deeply: Major Lazer’s “Bubble Butt” Video

Words by Jesse Serwer—

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Sir Mix-A-Lot’s 1992 single “Baby Got Back” is many things—a song everyone still knows the lyrics to, more than 20 years later; one of the biggest rap hits of its era—but its most notable legacy is a cultural one. The brown girls/big booties vs. white girls/flat asses debate has probably been discussed behind closed doors for as long as African and European people have been living side by side. But the Seattle MC’s homage to bubble butts brought discussion of the relationship between race and derriere proportions out into the open, and the mainstream. Not only did Mix-A-Lot’s tribute challenge social norms (“I’m tired of magazines! Sayin’ flat butts are the thing!”) when it comes to women, race and body type— you could convincingly argue that it altered them.

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Roots, Rockstars, Reggae: Bob Marley Tribute at the Grammys

Words by Emily Shapiro

2013 Grammy Awards

Last week, Beyonce repped hard for Caribbean music when she hit the stage at the Super Bowl so we were hyped to hear that the Grammys would be following suit with a tribute to the one and only Bob Marley, who would have turned 68 last week (Here’s how we celebrated it). While we were thinking that reggae is having a serious and well-deserved moment in popular culture, the tribute featuring Bruno Mars, Sting, Rihanna, Ziggy and Damian Marley fell a little short of expectations.

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Audio: Bruno Mars + Black Chiney Go Rub-A-Dub on “Show Me”

Words by Jesse Serwer—

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Say what you will about Bruno Mars—and we’ll be the first to tell you we’re not in love with a lot of his stuff—but Hawaii’s first pop superstar makes music with broad appeal. His new album Unorthodox Jukebox lives up to its name, with a little sum’n for everybody, and that includes us.

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Toppa Top 10: Supa Dups’ Top 10 Jamerican Collaborations


Selections by Supa Dups, Words by LargeUp

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Ova-Mars: Bruno Mars x Damian Marley’s “Liquor Store Blues” Video

Words by DJ Gravy

One of pop’s biggest new stars, Bruno Mars, has a serious reggae jones. First there was “Billionaire,” the 2010 ubiqu-hit he co-wrote, co-produced and co-starred on with former Gym Class Hero Travie McCoy. Fresh off of his Grammy win two weeks ago for co-writing and co-producing Cee-Lo’s “Forget You,” Mars (whose other behind-the- scenes work includes writing for Flo-Rida, Brandy and Sean Kingston), just dropped a curiously smoky video for “Liquor Store Blues,” a collabo with Jr. Gong from his Doo-Wops & Hooligans album.  While “Billionaire” revived the good-time, pop-rock-reggae vibes of ’90s staple Sublime, “Liquor Store Blues” has a more authentic yard vibe, thanks to Black Chiney’s Supa Dups, who co-produced the track with Mars’ own Smeezingtons camp. Check the video below, and look out for more Jamaican vibes from this rising Hawaiian/Filipino/Puerto Rican star in the future—it’s coming.

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