Apr 17, 2014
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Posts tagged: Buju Banton

Heds and Dreds: Remembering The Big Belly Gorgon, Heavy D

Words by Jesse Serwer

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Toppa Top 10: Supa Dups’ Top 10 Jamerican Collaborations

Selections by Supa Dups, Words by LargeUp

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Heds and Dreds: Annotated Tribe Called Quest for the Unseasoned Patois Interpeter

Words by Jesse Serwer

If you know your Jazz from your Rhime, you’re probably aware of Phife Dawg’s Caribbean roots. Sometimes thought to to be Jamaican due to his love for reggae and patois inflections, A Tribe Called Quest’s Five Foot Assassin is actually 100-percent Trinidadian. Lesser known is that Q-Tip, too, is of Caribbean heritage: his late father was from Montserrat. Catching the new Tribe documentary Beats, Rhymes & Life last week we were reminded of just how much patois, dancehall lyrics and general yard-isms the Quest MCs spiced their rhymes with. Michael Rapaport’s movie doesn’t delve into this aspect of Tribe’s background but it did have us pulling our Midnight Marauders, The Low End Theory and even The Love Movement LPs out of the crates, and even catching some references we’d never noticed before. Here’s a look at the 10 most yardwise (and Trini-wise) tunes in the Tribe catalog.

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Throwback Thursdays: DJ Autograph on Snow’s “Anything For You (All-Star Cast Remix)”

Words by DJ Autograph

We know Brooklyn-based DJ Autograph for holding down the NYC version of Jamaica’s Brand New Machine party alongside Max Glazer, Wyteboy Chris and the Deadly Dragon crew, but when we recently found out that the Kingston native also does regular gigs as a video DJ, we immediately tapped him for a Throwback Thursday recommendation. We have to say we’re surprised by his pick, but it definitely gets the LargeUp co-sign…

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Toppa Top 10: Top Reggae/Dancehall Songs About New York

Words by Jesse Serwer, Selections by Jesse Serwer and Martei Korley

COCOA TEA Rikers Island (Original press)

It’s “Caribbean Week” in New York City right now and, with the weather hotting up, the days growing longer, and the clothes on women growing smaller, we’re feeling deep levels of appreciation for our hometown. With summer making its presence felt in NYC in all sorts of ways, including some high-powered Caribbean music events, we figured what better time to take stock of the best reggae/dancehall songs about the greatest city on earth?

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Toppa Top 10: Top 10 Beres Hammond Classics

Words by Eddie STATS Houghton, Martei Korley and Jesse Serwer, Photo by Martei Korley.

Beres shows if off at New York Reggae Festival, Coney Island '94

Beres at New York Reggae Festival, Coney Island ’94

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