Apr 24, 2014
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Posts tagged: Diplo

“Watch Out” Now: Major Lazer x Busy Signal, “Watch Out For This (Bumaye)”

Words by Jesse Serwer—

Major Lazer Bumaye Video

Of the collaborations promised on Major Lazer‘s upcoming Free the Universe LP, “Watch Out For This (Bumaye)” featuring Busy Signal is one of those that most piqued our interest. Not only has Busy been on a quality-filled tear since returning home to Jamaica from a US prison stay last year (though surely the song’s vocals were recorded before that), but the song promised to match Busy’s dancehall style with some Latin flavor, an arena where he has excelled in the past. Add in the early ’90s JA period-piece video (directed by dancehall director Jay Will) that Major Lazer shot on a recent visit to Kingston (see above photo), and color us intrigued.

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LargeUp Interview: Rolling with Jovi Rockwell


Words by Jesse Serwer, Photos by Martei Korley—

Jovi Rockwell

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LargeUp TV: Major Lazer in Kingston, Jamaica


Photos and Video by Martei Korley—

Major Lazer

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No Ice Cream Video: Watch Major Lazer’s “Jah No Partial” Featuring Johnny Osbourne

Words by Jesse Serwer—

Major Lazer Roots Picnic

When Major Lazer dropped “Jah No Partial” in October, featuring its sample of Johnny Osbourne‘s “Mr. Marshall,” we wondered how this would benefit one of our favorite artists of all time. Johnny has managed to stay current in more eras than almost any other reggae artist we can think of: Could he be headed for another reinvention in the dubstep era?

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Bouyon Bass: Asa Bantan’s “One Man” Mashes Up Dominica

Words by Jesse Serwer, Photo by Martei Korley—

Asa Bantan Photo by Martei Korley

The dominant sound in Dominica today, bouyon was developed in the 1980s by bands like WCK, combining elements of kadans (or cadence-lypso), the folk style jing-ping and a quick-paced electronic drum pattern similar to soca. More recently, deejays with raggamuffin-style vocals inspired by dancehall have moved to the fore, updating the sound for the youth.

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Video: Watch Snoop Lion’s “La La La”

Words by DJ Gravy—

As you’ve probably heard, hip-hop icon Snoop Dogg recently took his career in a radical new direction, inspired by reggae, Bob Marley and the message of Rastafari. Snoop spent some time in Jamaica last winter to work on his debut reggae album, holding a press conference at Manhattan’s Miss Lily’s (where the pics in this post were shot) to announce his transformation from rapper to reggae artist and trading his canine status in for his new feline moniker,  Snoop Lion.

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