Jul 30, 2014
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Posts tagged: Dancehall

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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Seen: Popcaan Covers The Fader

Words by Natalie Weiner—F92_COVERS_FINAL-Popcaan

Vybz Kartel asked, What a gwaan, Popcaan? in “Clarks,” the song that basically put the young dancehall singer on the musical map—and now, it’s clear that the answer is big, big things. Popcaan’s been preparing to drop his debut full-length Where We Come From all spring, with dancefloor-ready tracks and cameo-filled videos. Now, ahead of next week’s release, the Unruly Boss has scored his first cover story over at The Fader, written by LargeUp editor Jesse Serwer and shot by photographer-turned-film-director Andrew Dosunmu in Kingston and Saint Thomas, Jamaica.

LargeUp has been on board with Popcaan since the start—in addition to frequent Popskull spotlights on LargeUp, Serwer gave him one of his first interviews in a story on “Clarks” for the (U.K.) Guardian, and then two years later, collaborated with LargeUp Creative Director Martei Korley on the deejay’s first U.S. magazine feature, also in The Fader.

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LargeUp Premiere: “Bad Up” With Toronto’s Parent Trap

Words by Natalie Weiner—BADUPCOVERFINAL

Straight out of Toronto, Parent Trap is a brand-new, genre-bending musical collective featuring the lyrical stylings of Melodic Yoza, the Saint Thomas, Jamaica-born MC whose sound spans reggae, hip-hop, and soul. We last heard from Yoza on last year’s jazz-inflected “We Got Love,” shortly after his music was featured on The Jersey Shore (island vibes, beach vibes..) Now, he’s working with a group of talented T-Dot producers, including YAKOBEAN, The Bass6, and TMB, to “provoke the endless boundaries of urban music.”

The collective’s first single, “Bad Up,” has a gritty hip-hop vibe to go along with the tune’s straight-from-yard title. Yoza’s ragamuffin flow goes easy over the swaggering beat, a big hip-hop groove with a hint of dancefloor-ready EDM. Listen below, and get ready for more from Parent Trap on their upcoming EP Treehouze.

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LargeUp Premiere: Chedda’s “Pull It Up”

Words by Jesse Serwer—

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Chedda, whose Supercat- and Ninjaman-referencing “Original Don” premiered here earlier this year, has hooked up once more with producer The Wizard for a tune bridging dancehall’s future with its past.

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