Sep 03, 2014
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Posts tagged: Buju Banton

Reggae Noir: Colin Channer Selects 10 Dark Reggae Classics

Words by Colin Channer—

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Summa Madness: Deejay Theory x Stylo G x Bob Marley, “Call Me A Marley” + Summa Pack

Words by Jesse Serwer—

Leave it to our inimitable Mixtape Mondays columnist Deejay Theory to set the summer off proper. Just in time for BBQ season, he’s just dropped a “Summa Pack” of DJ-friendly remixes on us, featuring brand-new reworkings of Bob Marley’s “Could You Be Loved,” Santana’s “Black Magic Woman” and an unlikely pairing of JC Lodge’s “Someone Loves You Honey” and raps from those amorous Panabaynians, Los Rakas.

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Throwback Thursdays: The Large on Beenie Man’s “World Dance”

Words by The Large

DJ/writer/publisher/visual culture expert The Large is truly a “jill” of all trades. Her latest score is co-curating (along with Al Fingers) the super hype “Art in the Dancehall” exhibit currently on display in Birmingham, England, featuring the works of people like Limonious, Jamaal Peete, Tony McDermott, Sassafras, Robin Clare, Ellen G and more. Here she shares her thoughts on one of her aesthetic (and audio) inspirations, in Beenie Man’s “World Dance.”

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Burrrrrrrruppppp!, Pt. II: LargeUp Interviews Nardo Ranks

Words by Jesse Serwer, Photo by DJ Gravy—

Last week, we brought you a taste of our recent reasoning session with dancehall legend Nardo Ranks. In round two of our interview, Na-na-na-na-na-Nardo reflects on his apprenticeship on Jamaica’s Caveman Hi Power sound, his early sparring sessions with Wayne Wonder, and why New York City embraced his music before Jamaicans did. And we had to ask him for the stories behind the favorites for which he is best known: “Rikers Island” (with Cocoa Tea), “Burrup” and “Them a Bleach.” True to form, the self-described “different kind of actor, natural kind of character and human factor” delivers each tale in colorful fashion.

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Burrrrrrrruppppp!: LargeUp Interviews Nardo Ranks, Part I

Words by Jesse Serwer—

Nardo Ranks’ “Burrup” is one of those underground street classics that hit in NYC and other major U.S. cities right as dancehall was first starting to be embraced by hip-hop and the broader market. It’s seminal status remained in evidence when rapper Pusha T quoted the song’s lyrics (and sang its hook) in “Mr. Me Too” by the Clipse a decade and a half later. Though “Burrup” was not a major hit in his native Jamaica, with a catalog that also includes still-relevant tunes like “Them a Bleach” (the first song to directly address the topic of skin lightening treatments in Jamaica) and “New Jersey Drive” (a combination with Jr. Demus that tackled police harassment of Jamaicans), Nardo is truly “one of dem originals” and a legend in the dancehall.

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Terror Fabulous Speaks: A Rare Interview with the Elusive ’90s Dancehall Star

Words by Sherman Escoffery, Photos by Martei Korley—

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