Aug 29, 2014
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Posts tagged: Dancehall

Throwback Thursdays: Maxi Priest On His Classic Shabba Collaboration “Housecall”

Words by Richard “Treats” Dryden

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You could probably learn a thing or two about sexual relations from listening to Maxi Priest and Shabba Ranks’ “House Call” in 1991. However, getting it on, or getting it in, was the furthest thing from my mind when I first heard their collaboration at age 10. My father—a Jamaican DJ from New York, newly transplanted to Los Angeles—made me a mixtape with some of Shabba’s reigning hits like “Housecall” and “Mr. Loverman,” along with a bunch of tunes over the Telephone Love riddim. I was smitten by his seamless transition of the original “Housecall” into its 12” remix and the various versions of “Mr Loverman,” such as the David Morales Ragga Hop Mix. I might have been too young to remember “Housecall” gaining mass appeal in NY: it was Shabba’s core dancehall releases resonated deeper in my Caribbean neighborhood of Flatbush, Brooklyn.

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EVENT: Tifa + Corey Chase on the LargeUp Sessions (7/10)

Words by LargeUp Crew—
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LargeUp is proud to announce that dancehall’s certified diva Tifa, as well as DJ Corey Chase, are joining us for this Thursday’s edition of the LargeUp Sessions radio show.

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VIDEO: Burna Boy is Nigeria’s “Don Gorgon”

Words by Natalie Weiner—
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Nigeria’s Burna Boy never skimps on the visuals, and the brand new video for his tune “Don Gorgon” (yes, like that Don Gorgon) is no exception. The Naija deejay has showed off his love for dancehall on tunes like “Yawa Dey” and “Wombolombo and, on “Don Gorgon” he quotes from Shabba’s “Ting-a-Ling,” Johnny Osbourne’s “Budy Bye” and Super Cat and Heavy D’s “Dem No Worry We,”  paying homage to the genre’s greats throughout the single. Interestingly, the video follow a recent interview in which he professes that he’s “never had a liking for Shabba…people have told me of my similarities to him but personally, I don’t feel him,” stating his preference for Super Cat among ’80s/’90s dancehall greats (No word on his opinion of the Original Don Gorgon Ninjaman, though). 

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Mixtape Mondays: Wildlife!, African Storm, Jemere Morgan x Platinum Kids

Words by Deejay Theory

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Following some holiday weekend settings in the States, we’re back to work this Monday with new music and vibes. Brand new dancehall meets conscious classics and new takes on old versions in this week’s mixtape roundup. Press play below:

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Mixtape Mondays: Kalibandulu, New Vision x Bushman, Federation Sound

Words by Deejay Theory 

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Broadcasting live from the beautiful city of Vancouver, Canada, we’re back with another stacked edition of your weekly Caribbean mixtape fix. Dancehall and reggae lead the way this week to keep the summer vibes in motion. Wheel up below:

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Clean Cut: Wayne J Calls Out Foul Mouthed Deejays on “Slacky Mouth”

Words by Jesse Serwer—

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There’s a lot of dancehall artists chatting bere slackness right now, and perhaps just as many cultural artists chanting them down. But the rebuke feels that much sharper and more needed coming from a ten-year-old. Mini-boss deejay Wayne J made it onto our 2014 Artists to Watch list earlier this year, following impressive performances at Sting (alongside Super Cat) and Rebel Salute (alongside Queen Ifrica), and now he’s using his position as dancehall’s youngest in charge to take his older peers to task for misleading the youth.

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