Nov 24, 2014
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Posts tagged: Dancehall

Mixtape Mondays: Riddim Wise, Highlanda x Augustus Pablo, DJ Kenny

Words by Deejay Theory

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Monday is here, which means new music and unearthed gems in the classics department at #MixtapeMondays. Foundation and dub meet current bashment dancehall for this week’s selections.

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Heds & Dreds: Prodigy of Mobb Deep Channels Classic Dancehall on “Hoodie Weather”

Words by Richard “Treats” Dryden

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Prodigy of Mobb Deep has had many aliases—Bandana P, Don P, Bumpy Johnson—during his 20 years in rap music. His latest appearance, in a featured verse on “Hoodie Weather” alongside buzzing newcomer Your Old Droog, suggests that he might be due for a West Indian-inspired alias, as he switches to a Jamaican accent interpolating lyrics from Shelly Thunder’s “Kuff” over Marco Polo’s beat. (“Don’t you know you haffi respect me, a wheelchair see they act properly/Sometimes a man fi-get, you haffi get violent.”) Prodigy’s wink to one of our all-time favorite lady deejays comes fresh off his recent trip to Jamaica’s Calabash book fair to promote his Infamous Books imprint this past spring. We’re told P spent a few days after his business trip catching vibes dung ah yahd, in what we hear was his first ever vacation. A break from work is hardly in P’s vocabulary, as he even questioned the mere idea of a vacation in his autobiography, My Infamous Life. But by the looks of his travels this year, and now from the patois in his rhyme a few months later, Jamaica has left a lasting impression on him.

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106 & Carnival: BET Gets Ready For Di Road

Words by Natalie Weiner

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It’s Carnival Week in New York, and pretty much everyone has already gotten the party started, including BET’s eternal 106 & Park—or, as it was titled today, “106 & Carnival,” complete with slightly uncomfortable-looking hosts in mas band costumes. The episode featured a mix of up-and-coming and veteran dancehall, reggae, and soca artists in front of an audience repping just about every part of the Caribbean.

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LargeUp Premiere: Lucas D – “Make My Rounds”

Words by Jesse Serwer

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This past spring, Canadian teenager Lucas Di Pasquale became an unlikely Internet sensation with his acoustic cover medley of songs by dancehall star Popcaan. While dancehall fans worldwide were won over by Lucas’ earnest, emotive take on Hot Skull tunes like “Party Shot,” and “Only Man She Want”, it was in Jamaica where the Toronto native and his impressive command of patois drew the biggest response. This summer saw Lucas touch down on Jamaican soil, where he appeared on the nation’s top celebrity interview program OnStage TV and took the stage during Popcaan’s set at Dream Weekend, turning in one of the most talked-about appearances during the Negril all-inclusive.

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Mixtape Mondays: The Heatwave, Tribe of Kings x Bramma, Dubbel Dutch

Words by Deejay Theory

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It’s Bank Holiday weekend in London which can only mean one thingnonstop wining in the streets for this years Notting Hill Carnival. With bare madness ensuing on every corner, we mix it up with a few different vibes at #MixtapeMondays to catch a feeling regardless of your coordinates. Press play below

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Bird Call: Stream RVSSIAN’s Tweety Bird Riddim Feat. Vybz Kartel + Bugle

Words by Jesse Serwer—

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If you tuned into last week’s LargeUp Sessions, you already know “Tweety Bird (Turn Me On),” the latest single from the grown-up QQ. Now, the instrumental is the subject of a full riddim release from producer RVSSIAN and Head Concussion Records, with tunes from Vybz Kartel, J. Capri, Chan Dizzy, Kalado, Bugle, Christopher Martin and Hyah Slyce, among others. Listen to each below, and pre-order the full riddim release here.

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