Jul 22, 2014
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Posts tagged: Dancehall

Mek Mi Know: Get Familiar with Ryme Minista

Words by Jesse Serwer—

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Among the names already announced for this year’s Reggae Sumfest, Ryme Minista might be the least familiar, especially to those from outside Jamaica. On the island, however, the deejay’s name is quickly gaining currency, starting in his home turf of Montego Bay, where he’s shored up a loyal local base not unlike his associate Tommy Lee Sparta a few years back.

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Seen: Time Magazine Features Brooklyn’s Ground Zero Dancers

Words by Emily Shapiro, Photos by Natalie Keyssar

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If you’ve been to a dancehall party in New York, or pretty much anywhere, in the past five years, you’ve seen the smooth moves of Ground Zero. The crew, started in Brooklyn by Syrin Zero, has turned into an international dance family represented in countries including France, Russia, Brazil and Jamaica. In addition to dance, the good folks of Zero Nation are DJs, clothing designers and photographers. They pledge loyalty to their crew and really know how to throw a party.

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Toppa Top 10: Reggae’s Greatest Bassists

Words by Natalie Weiner and Martei Korley, Photo by Martei Korley—

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Blacka’s World: Blacka Brings His Dancehall Class to YouTube

Words by Blacka Di Danca, Photo by Enrico Miglietta—

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Not everyone can make it out to a dance class. Some people need a babysitter, some people are too nervous to dance in front of others, some work too many hours a day, and some just don’t have the money for it. So I decided to teach online… for FREE!

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LargeUp Premiere: Island Boy Cartel feat. Lady Leshurr and Anything ILL — Push A Button

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Toronto’s own Kardinal Offishall is back with a brand-new tune from his Island Boy Cartel crew. The hip-hop banger “Push A Button,” features fire verses from British/St. Kittian MC Lady Leshurr and St Thomas’ Anything ILL (of Planet VI/Rock City), as well as Kardinal himself.

Last time we encountered the Jamaican-Canadian MC, he was  down inna yard with Bounty Killer, filming the video for IBC’s dancehall-inspired “Tattoo (Rudebwoy).”  “Push A Button” finds him back on the mainland, bringing his swagger-heavy flow to a dramatic, opera-sampling beat from producers Burd & Keyz. But there’s certainly enough island flavor to warrant the Island Boy Cartel label, with Kardi, Anything ILL and Leshurr (who steals the show with her spitfire verse) each bringing a touch of their islands’ own patois to the proceedings. Listen below, and look out for more Island Boy Cartel on LargeUp in the very near future.

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LargeUp Premiere: Gappy Ranks + P-Money – The Baddest EP

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We can’t get enough of Gappy Ranks and P-Money’s hip-hop/dancehall banger “Baddest”—and apparently they can’t either. Following on the heels of Monday’s “Baddest” video premiere, the duo are dropping a collaborative EP, also titled The Baddest, tomorrow, and they’ve given us an exclusive sneak peek.

The EP features four brand-new, previously unheard tunes plus a traphall flip of “Baddest” from Slow Roast’s Ape Drums, and another remix featuring vocals from New Zealand rapper Sid Diamond. Gappy’s cockney and yardie swagger and P-Money’s eclectic yet consistently bass-heavy hip-hop production style are merged seamlessly throughout, most notably on the Shabba Ranks-sampling trunk rattler “Fire Shot.” (We just KNOW our selectors dem are gonna flip for that one.) It’s been quiet lately for dancehall/hip-hop hybrids considering the surge in such material seen over the last two years, but these two are definitely carrying the torch forward.

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