Words by LargeUp Crew—
Sign up for our mailing list.
Words by Deejay Theory—
Mixtape Mondays touches down this week with a heavy roundup of vibes from the UK. A mixed bag of dancehall classics and throwbacks combine with funky house to make for a well-rounded UK rave from start to finish. Get involved below.
Equiknoxx Music’s Frenz List riddim features Busy Signal, T.O.K., Masicka, Christopher Martin, Navino and new artist ReoSoul over a spare, wine-inducing dancehall instrumental from Equiknoxx’s Gavin “Gavsborg” Blair.
Zip FM’s ZJ Johnny Kool premiered the riddim (which gets an official iTunes release March 14) via radio, and now Equiknoxx, one of our favorite dancehall production outfits of the moment, have given us a mix previewing the first four tracks on the riddim (from Busy, T.O.K., Masicka and ReoSoul). For good measure, they’ve also shared a stream of lead single “Frenz” by ReoSoul to help you get familiar.
Words by Jesse Serwer, Photo by Martei Korley— While we’re on the topic of big tunes we missed, we just have to pull up and rewind back two weeks to New Year’s Day, when perennial LargeUp favorite and all-around lyrical beast Busy Signal took to Youtube to drop the Uganda-set video for his latest lyrical coup de grace.
Showing once again that he’s got bars to match any rapper north of the Caribbean, Busy tears his way through some of ’90s rap’s biggest beats on the wicked, six-minute “All In One” freestyle. The Notorious B.I.G.’s “Juicy,” Dre and Snoop’s “Still DRE” and “The Next Episode,” Mobb Deep’s “Quiet Storm,” Nas’ “Hate Me Now,” DMX’s “Ruff Ryders Anthem” and Black Rob’s “Whoa” are all fodder on “All In One” (which first appeared in audio form in November), as “HottEd” toasts to his accomplishments (the success of “Watch Out For This” with Major Lazer; Rihanna singing his tune “Come Over”) and rhymes things like “Peabo to the Bryson” with “Rodney to the Pryce and” (and, our favorite, “ludi to the dice and.”)
It’s not the first time we’ve heard Busy go to town over hip-hop of ’90s vintage: Okayplayer editor (and Busy Signal historian) Eddie Stats just reminded us of “Busy Smalls,” a mashup of Busy’s “Too Much Gun” and Biggie’s “Dead Wrong” that dates back to his breakout year of 2006.
Selections by Jillionaire, Photo by Damion “LoOkYah” Baddy—