Jul 24, 2014
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Posts tagged: Dre Skull

Interpretive Dancehall: Puma Dance Dictionary x Dre Skull x Popcaan

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In dancehall, there is a dance for pretty much every word, action and emotion in existence. You’ve got “difficult,” “sufferer,” “confused,” even “shovel.” One could probably speak in full sentences using only party dances. Puma has launched a creative ad campaign for their Sync fragrance line called “Dance Dictionary” that is something like that, minus the Jamaican party dances. You can visit their website, www.pumadancedictionary.com, to see how folks like Dancehall Funk instructor (and choreographer of French Montana ‘s “Freaks” video) Dionne Renee and Brooklyn flexer Storyboard P use popping, waving, gliding, twerking and the like to communicate a variety of messages.

And they haven’t stopped at simple phrases. Puma has collaborated with Mixpak Records to bring us a super dope interpretation of producer Dre Skull‘s new single “First Time” featuring the entrancing vocals of Purity Ring’s Megan James and Popcaan. The song is not your typical dancehall track so it’s fitting that, in the video, the dancers (including Ms. Renee and Storyboard P) are fully clothed and keep their legs firmly planted on the ground. We think the collaboration is a good look for all and it’s got us thinking about some other songs we’d like to see put through the dictionary. Check out the video below:

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Row Like a King: Watch Beenie Man’s “Super Model” Video

Words by Emily Shapiro—

Beenie Man Super Model video

Yesterday, the self-proclaimed King of the Dancehall released a new video for his tune “Super Model,” and it’s no surprise that the only modesty in King Beenie’s video is the shabby rowboat he has filled with fly, half-naked women. The song is on Dre Skull’s Kling Klang riddim, which has already spawned videos from Popcaan (for “So We Do It”) and Tifa (for “Champion Bubbler.”)

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Bob and Wine: Tifa Gets Punchy in “Champion Bubbler” Video

Words by Jesse Serwer—

Major Lazer in Kingston, Jamaica

It’s been a few years since Tifa first grabbed our attention as part of TNT, or the Badda Badda Gals, with Natalie Storm and Timberlee. While her former crewmates have gone quiet recently, Tifa has stepped up her presence, emerging as dancehall’s most popular young female artist—and a potential heir apparent to the genre’s perpetually retirement-threatening queen, Lady Saw.

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Throwback Thursdays: Jasmine Solano on Shabba Ranks’ “Love Punany Bad”

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Love Punany Bad

It’s been a few weeks since we’ve indulged in our usual Throwback Thursdays routine. Tomorrow night, Feb. 1, sees the return of LargeUp friends Jasmine Solano and Melo-X‘s long-running and much-loved NYC-based party, Electric Punanny, so had Jasmine weigh in on a certain punanny-loving classic from Shabba Ranks that’s sure to get rinsed on Friday night.

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Video: Popcaan + Friends Hit The Bike Track For “So We Do It”

Words by Jesse Serwer—

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New York producer Dre Skull released the well-regarded Kling Klang riddim in 2012 and, to keep the momentum going in 2013, his label, Mixpak Records, is releasing a trio of videos for singles on the rhythm, which was voiced by Beenie Man, Tifa and others. First up is “So We Do It,” from Popcaan, whose upcoming debut album Dre Skull tells us he’s working on. Shot by Andy Capper, director of Snoop Lion’s Reincarnated documentary, “So We Do It” features the stunting of local Kingston motorcycle crew Crazy Bikerz, who do their best to steal the show as Poppy rides shotgun. Nope, no daredevil maneuvering from Poppy. Dem call him di Raving King, not the Biking King.

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Mixtape Mondays: The Best Mixtapes of 2012


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