Apr 21, 2014
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Posts tagged: Diplo

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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Watch No Doubt’s Video for Their Busy Signal Collab, “Push and Shove”

Words by Jesse Serwer—

Busy Signal’s arrest, and subsequent extradition to the U.S., earlier this year couldn’t have come at a more inopportune time. The deejay, long one of Jamaica’s top (and best) dancehall stars but with zero crossover hits to his name (a fact that’s much more understandable now that we know  why he’s never toured or promoted his records in the US), was finally set to get some mainstream/pop exposure via his inclusion on “Push and Shove,” the ska-hall title track from No Doubt’s then-upcoming comeback album.

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Seen: Diplo Sports the LargeUp x RockersNYC T-Shirt

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Check out the man called Diplo in his LargeUp x Rockers NYC t-shirt at a Notting Hill Carnival afterparty in London. Have you seen our LargeUp TV episode with the mind behind Major Lazer shot in Kingston, Jamaica?


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Born Again Jamerican: Snoop Lion @ Miss Lily’s x “Reincarnated” Trailer

Words by Jesse Serwer, Photo by Taylor Viera—

Snoop Lion and Diplo

It seems Snoop Lion has the whole music world talking right now. Though we’ve been reporting on it for months and he’s even leaked the first track from the project, called “La La La,” Calvin Broadus made his transformation into from Snoop Dogg into Berhane official last night, in a press conference at Miss Lily’s in NYC, and Twitter has since gone nuts with predictably gamut-running reactions.

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The Next Episode: Snoop Lion Live Stream x “La La La” Vinyl

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As you may have heard, Snoop Dogg has been undergoing a transformation into Snoop Lion, trading in his “Gin and Juice” for some rum and Ting. If you’re confused as to what this is all about, we hear Snoop is getting ready to illuminate things at a special announcement/press conference at Miss Lily’s set to start at 5p.m. ET. In fact, you can click on the YouTube embed below, to watch the live stream below.

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From Dogg to Lion: Snoop x Major Lazer = “La La La”

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The Snoop x Diplo/Major Lazer x reggae project we’ve been hearing about—and which we now know to be called Snoop Lion—has born its first fruits: “La La La,” a reworking of Ken Boothe’s mournful, masterful dirge “Artibella.” And wait—that’s our girl Jovi Rockwell coming through with the supporting vocals. Diplo’s actually used the Artibella riddim before, for the Major Lazer x La Roux Lazerproof mixtape but “La La La” is definitely a different feel, subtly nodding to G-Funk with its spoon sound effects. We could have used a little more lyrical meat from Snoop, but the important thing is the vibe nice. Whatever your views on this unlikely teamup, “La La La” is definitely going to pique your curiosity for more Snoop Lion.

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