Nov 24, 2014
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Posts tagged: Diplo

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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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

Words by LargeUp Crew, Photo by DJ Gravy—

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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