Jul 24, 2014
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Posts tagged: Buju Banton

Visual Culture: A Q+A with Atlantic Records Creative Director Greg Burke

Words by Eddie STATS Houghton:::Photos by Martei Korley:::Artwork by Greg Burke—

Jamaica-born, Long Island-raised Greg Burke has designed covers for some of the most notable albums of the last two decades, from Missy Elliott’s Supa Dupa Fly to Jay-Z’s The Blueprint 3—and a whole slew of ’90s underground rap classics, too, like Group Home’s Livin’ Proof. Currently, Burke is the VP creative director at Atlantic Records, where he oversees design packages for LPs by everyone from T.I. to Jason Mraz. In this sitdown interview at Atlantic’s Manhattan office, he shares stories from his days designing for Island, Elektra and Tommy Boy Records in the ’90s (including the particularly amusing tales of his hiring by the latter’s Tom Silverman, and a never-released design for Buju Banton), the dying art of CD booklet illustration and collaborating creatively with T.I. and Jay-Z.

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Punany Art: Toorel Asher’s Pum Pum Sculpture

Words by Emily Shapiro, via Pree Jamaica

The Mutual Gallery in Kingston, Jamaica is currently running it’s annual “Art Fresh” exhibit, showcasing the works of self-trained local artists and recent art school graduates. Among the works featured this year is Toorel Asher’s “Pretty Pum Pum” (above), a giant ceramic vagina created as a retort to the “popular male perception of women as merely sexual objects,” and Cavel Johnson’s “The Entrapment of Buju” (below). The objective of the multimedia exhibition, which opened March 8th and runs through until April 7th, is to stimulate growth of Jamaica’s art community and inspire people to consider a career as an artist. Find out more about the show and Mutual Gallery here.

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Fashion Fridays: Nine Rulaz Spring/Summer 2012 Lookbook

Words by Jesse Serwer—

Japanese sound Mighty Crown‘s Nine Rulaz clothing line line isn’t just T-shirts, Nike collabs and fitted caps. The line’s Spring/Summer 2012 lookbook runs the gamut from pants and fedoras to wallets and AK47 necklaces. Notably they’re also paying tribute to dancehall’s jailed legends, Buju and Ninja this season, with tees depicting both. Check out some more looks below, see the full lookbook here, and buy here. Or maybe you need a a mini-movie to help you visualize it all?

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Toppa Top 10: Ten Reggae Make-Up Songs


Words by Jesse Serwer and Sherman Escoffery

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Media Watch: “Buju Banton is Innocent”

Words by Jesse Serwer, via Miami New Times

BUJU BANTON IS INNOCENT, boldly proclaims the headline to a Miami New Times cover story on the jailed reggae star that appeared online yesterday and hits streets today. The newspaper (to which this writer is a contributor) has been noticeably supportive of Buju throughout his ordeal, publishing an earlier cover story dubbed “Free the General” when the out-pon-bail deejay performed his last pre-sentence concert in January of 2011. Author Chris Sweeney’s story makes the case that Buju was entrapped clearer than ever. Read it here.

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Toppa Top 10: Ten Dancehall Songs To Ram A Desi Dancefloor

Words by DJ Rekha

DJ Rekha is the woman responsible for popularizing the South Asian diasporic sound called bhangra in the US, holding down the famed Basement Bhangra party at New York’s SOBs for going on a decade and a half. Dancehall, always a crowd pleaser at Indian parties and an influence for many a bhangra artist and producer, is a big part of her sets, whether she’s warming up for Punjabi rappers or spinning at Lincoln Center. Here, she breaks down the 10 biggest dancehall songs at Desi parties, from ’90s classics like “Heads High” and “Murder She Wrote” to more recent fare like “Dance with You” featuring British-Indian superstar Jay Sean. And, if you’re in New York this Friday, be sure to check her Bhangra + Bass event (A Dancehall and Punjabi Soundclash!) featuring the US debut of Pakistani-Canadian dancehall artist Roach Killa, and our own Eddie STATS on the decks.

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