Words by Kieran Meadows, Natalie Weiner and Jesse Serwer—
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Words by Tasha Brown—
Joey Bada$$ was the first of his immediate Jamaican family to be born in the US, so it was only a matter of time before he took it back to his Caribbean roots. The 18-year-old Brooklyn rapper, who has caught the hip-hop world’s attention with his wise-beyond-his-years lyricism and throwback ’90s style, headed to St. Lucia for his latest video, for the island-flavored track “My Yout.”
As we’ve noted recently, it’s the dancers who are really becoming some of the main ambassadors for dancehall culture internationally. Among those leading the way is our friend Blacka di Danca. LargeUp has teamed up with Blacka, who is fresh from filming with Busta Rhymes’ in the rap star’s upcoming “Twerk It” video and a recent primetime appearance on the Fuse channel (‘longside LargeUp family Sir Ledgen), as he heads out to Europe for a dancehall workshop tour at some of the continent’s finest studios.
The tour begins tomorrow in London, at the Fitness First Black Label Club, before heading on to Copenhagen, Bergamo, Italy, and wraps up back in London Aug. 4. For more details, keep up with Blacka on his Twitter page.
Words by Emily Shapiro—
If you don’t know Blacka di Danca, it’s about time you did. Not only is he a touring dancer with New Kingston and Collie Buddz, but a young, talented and incredibly positive dude who brings fiyah to any dance floor he touches.
Words by LargeUp Crew—
It’s going to be a Bay Area takeover this Thursday night on the The LargeUp Sessions, as Our NorCal crew (and burgeoning Latin rap stars) Los Rakas and our own Mixtape Mondays columnist Deejay Theory—make their return to our RadioLily.com radio show. Los Rakas are stopping through in advance of their Webster Hall show Friday night, amidst their run opening up theater shows for US reggae road kings SOJA; Theory comes to us fresh off a major (if unexpected) high note of his own: a well-received official remix of Demi Lovato’s chart-busting pop hit “Heart Attack.” Tune in to RadioLily.com Thursday night from 6 to 8p.m. ET to hear how it goes down, and catch up with Los Rakas via their two latest videos—for “No Tan Listo” and “Mi Pais”—below.