Sep 02, 2014
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Posts tagged: Colin Lucas

You Rate It: Kgnston feat. Beenie Man, “5 Cent”

Words by Jesse Serwer—

You never know who you’ll run into at the mall in Kingston— perhaps Kingston herself. Wait, we mean Kgnston. LargeUp was getting a meal at the food court in the Sovereign Mall in Liguanea when we had the pleasant surprise of bumping into beautiful model Jacqui Edwards at the food court. Jacqui told us she’s been recording music under the name Kgnston (yes, no ‘i’) and showed us her new, Mykal Cushnie-directed video for “5 Cent,” her catchy island pop version of Colin Lucas’ “Dollar Wine.” The slick video starts on the Kingston waterfront, showcasing local BMX riders, before moving to a warehouse party downtown. Musically, “5 Cent” is closer to Europe than Jamaica but Beenie’s involvement and the classic “Dollar Wine” hook gives it the necessary Caribbean vibes. Watch below, and tell us what you think.

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Throwback Thursdays: DJ Autograph on Colin Lucas’ “Dollar Wine”

Words by DJ Autograph

The year was 1991. A pre-pubescent DJ Autograph, thinking it would be fun, convinced his mom to let him participate in Jamaica Junior Carnival. All my friends were doing it so, naturally, at that age I didn’t want to be left out. Come road march day I was decked out in bicycle shorts, headdress—all the trimmings. I was never really into soca or calypso music but I had to become familiar with the hits of the year, especially since I’d be marching to them (and dancing to them with females, I hoped). While I only remember a couple songs from that year, among the most notable was “Dollar Wine” by Colin Lucas, a song that is still among the best-known and widely-played soca songs two decades later. The tune is itself a dance tutorial, as Trinidadian singer Lucas instructs the listener to “put a cent piece in yuh left pocket, five cent in yuh right, 10 cent in yuh back pocket…under yuh belt stick a dollar.” Watching the video below of Lucas performing “Dollar Wine” live (particularly the women’s reaction) one may see why a pre-pubescent boy would remember this song. The suggestive nature of the song coupled with the dance made the “Dollar Wine” Colin’s biggest hit.

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