Nov 23, 2014
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Posts tagged: Clipse

You Rate It: The Clipse Reunite With Reggae On “Shame The Devil”

Words by Jesse Serwer—


Virginia rap duo Clipse—brothers Pusha T and No Malice (formerly Malice)—were championing dancehall long before it became on trend in hip-hop again (particularly Pusha, whose latest mixtape, The Wrath of Caine, was full of Jamaican vibes), so it’s only fitting that their first track together in several years has some reggae flavor. We’re not sure who the vocalist on the hook for “Shame the Devil,” from No Malice’s upcoming Hear Ye Him album, is, but he sounds like a scientist-engineered cross between Beenie Man and Capleton, adding some red-hot fiyah fi burn bag ah wire over a hard-edged, hip-hop beat.

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Toppa Top 10: The Neptunes’ Most Caribbean Moments

Words by Richard “Treats” Dryden—

The Neptunes Most Caribbean Moments

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Mixtape Mondays: Jasmine Solano x MeLo-X, Yaadcore, Pusha T

Words by DJ Theory —

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We’re back with your morning-after-the-Super-Bowl edition of Mixtape Mondays on deck. We know Beyonce’s dancehall-infused halftime performance last night has you in a Caribbean frame of mind, so we’re covering all of the bases with roots, rap, dancehall and electro-bashment business. Your Monday soundtrack should be looking a whole lot better right now. And look for our new LargeUp mix series launching this Friday with a mix from Jillionaire. Boom.

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Kingston Noir: Pusha T’s Jamaica-Set “Blocka” Video

Words by Jesse Serwer—

Pusha T at Matthews Lane

Pusha T recently traveled to Jamaica to film the video for “Blocka,” his just-issued single featuring Popcaan and fellow GOOD Music artist Travis Scott. Shot in and around Matthews Lane, the garrison community once ruled by the feared don Zeeks, the clip features the usual usual trappings we’ve come to expect when American rappers go down a yard for videos: bandana-covered faces lurking in the darkness, guns and go-go dancers. (To be fair, there’s also kids, higglers and a jerk vendor). It seems that Pusha made the rounds while in JA, so perhaps some more inspired visuals may soon be forthcoming. In the meantime watch the clip here:

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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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Heds and Dreds: Ol’ Time Killin’ with Kardinal Offishall

Words by Jesse Serwer

Kardinal, Nardwuar and Solitair

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