Apr 16, 2014
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Posts tagged: Diplo

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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Inna Dubstep Style: Major Lazer Meets Johnny Osbourne on “Jah No Partial”

Words by Jesse Serwer—

Major Lazer Jah No Partial

Amidst hyping their upcoming Free the Universe single, Major Lazer has revealed that the tune features vocals from none other than our friend, “Dancehall Godfather” and one of Jamaican music’s most historically consistent artists, Johnny Osbourne. In a promotional clip for “Jah No Partial,” (which was co-produced by dubstep beatmaker Flux Pavilion) Diplo explains that the vocals come from an acapella of Mr. Osbourne’s 1981 tune “Mr. Marshall,” given to him by King Jammy. Watch the video below for insights into the genesis and concept of the track from Diplo and Major Lazer (and LargeUp) crew members Walshy Fire and Jillionaire, hear what we can only presume is an unfinished leak of the tune here, and look out for “Jah No Partial” on iTunes Oct. 22.

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