Jul 29, 2014
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Posts tagged: Dancehall

LargeUp Premiere: South Rakkas Crew’s Champagne Bubbles Riddim

Words by Jesse Serwer—


South Rakkas Crew ‘s D Rakkas, producer of the classic Chinkuzi riddim and collaborator of M.I.A. and Tricky, is back with his first new riddim in some time. Champagne Bubbles features a tune each from Beenie Man and Ward 21 affiliate Point O; two tunes from up and coming dancehall artist Rage; and remixes from Bim One and Rafael Aragon. Not much to add here: titles like “Champagne,” (Rage) “Wine Up Mi Gal” (Beenie Man) and “Make The Booty Jump” (Point O) are self explanatory. Download the full riddim courtesy of Overcooked Records below.

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Mixtape Mondays: Federation Sound, Balooba Sound x Richie Stephens, Green B

Words by Deejay Theory —

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Happy Memorial Day! I’m writing to you from Siem Reap, Cambodia at the moment but for our friends in the States let’s hope you have the day off work and are setting up for a BBQ function or other non-laborious holiday activities. We’ve got the proper soundtrack on deck with a sampling of new dancehall, reggae and soca. Fire it up below:

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Toppa Top 10: Reggae/Dancehall’s Greatest Lady Deejays

Words by LargeUp Crew—lady-ann-sister-nancy-lady-p

The role of women in dancehall is extensive and varied. Most famously, there are the dancehall queens who have turned the seductive movements inspired by the music into a distinctive and worldwide artform of its own. Deejaying has always been a male-dominated sport but that’s not to say there haven’t been many worthy ladies in the ranks, too. We decided it was about time to spotlight women’s contributions to dancehall by highlighting all of the genre’s most crucial female voices, from relative newcomer Tifa to pioneers like Sister Nancy. Turns out we aren’t the only ones thinking this: this Saturday, May 24, Club Amazura in Queens, NYC is hosting a concert dubbed the Invasion of the Queens, featuring an all-female cast of dancehall greats, including a number of the lady deejays on this list.

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Throwback Thursdays: Wayne Wonder x Def Jamaica x Federation Sound

Words by Jesse Serwer—


The year was 2003, and dancehall was at its peak, attaining unprecedented infiltration of the U.S. and other global markets. Naturally, given the long-running connection and similarities between dancehall and rap, the hip-hop world wanted a piece of the action, and tracks featuring big-name rappers ‘longside  the day’s top dancehall deejays proliferated. One major result of this phenomenon was Def Jam’s Def Jamaica project, featuring the Meth and Red x Damian Marley collab “Lyrical. 44,” among other memorable tunes.

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Tarrus Tun Up: “Singy Singy” Meets Chi Ching Ching On “Tun Up The Music”

Words by Natalie Weiner—Tarrus Riley Radio Lily 2

Tarrus Riley is going from one-drop to the drop in his latest release “Tun Up The Music,” an EDM-influenced track with Chi Ching Ching from Chimney Records. The track is something of a departure for Riley, best known for his mellow, lilting lover’s rock—just listen to his most recent rocksteady-throwback album Love Situation. For Chi Ching Ching—recent guest on our own LargeUp Sessions and a featured performer at tomorrow night’s bashment with Federation Sound—the club-ready sound is less surprising. Ching’s been on top of the EDM trend for a minute, most recently with his remix of Lil Jon’s “Turn Down For What” (apparently he’s equally adept at turning up and down).

The video starts off with Riley playing hide-and-seek in the forest (with a pretty gyal, naturally), which quickly turns into a very fluorescent forest party. Check it out below, and tell us what you think in the comments. And if you’re in Miami, don’t miss Ching alongside Wayne Wonder, Cham and the rest of the crew.

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Watch The Nuh Fraid Riddim Video Medley Feat. Mr Vegas

Words by Saxon Baird—


Four years since it originally appeared as “Duppy Nuh Frighten Vampire” on Spragga Benz‘s Shotta Culture LP, the throwback sound of producer Jah Snowcone‘s Nuh Fraid riddim has found forwards and a new life recently, with a new round of tunes.

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