Oct 22, 2014
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Posts tagged: Diplo

LargeUp TV: Snoop Lion Talks Reggae, Rastafari + Musical Youth

Words by Jesse Serwer, Video Shot by Ethan Sigman—

Snoop Lion

Like it or not, Snoop Lion’s Reincarnated is the most talked about reggae project since… yeah, even we are struggling to remember the last time a new reggae LP elicited this level of intrigue from the world at large. Other non-Jamaican acts with big names have made surprising left turns into reggae before but none has generated the interest and backlash as the former Snoop Dogg has with his new identity.

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Regatta de Lazer: Major Lazer Caribbean Tour Video + “Jessica” Audio

Words by Jesse Serwer—

Major Lazer

In January, Major Lazer set sail—that’s not flowery language, they literally set sail—on a five-stop Caribbean tour, traveling from Jamaica to Tortola to St. Maarten to St. Croix to Puerto Rico aboard a boat called the Molly Roger. Naturally, they documented the highlights (plus Diplo ironing and a cameo from Pootie Tang) in a video, which has been set to “Jah No Partial,” the Johnny Osbourne-featuring second single from their upcoming and once-again postponed sophomore album, Free the Universe. 

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“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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