Oct 01, 2014
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Posts tagged: Dre Skull

LargeUp Premiere: Machel Montano x Dre Skull = “Go Down”

Words by Jesse Serwer—

For his new Loudspeaker riddim, Dre Skull of Mixpak Records and Vybz Kartel’s Kingston Story fame has connected with none other than the reigning Groovy and Power Soca monarch, Machel Montano. While Machel has been known to step out of his high-BPM soca comfort zone on occasion, you’ve never heard him on a pure dancehall riddim quite like this before. This one is definitely gonna make both the gyuls and gyals go dung this summer, in what we expect will be a sexy show of Trini-JA dancefloor solidarity. Stream “Go Down” below, preview the rest of the tunes here, and look out for the full riddim release, also featuring Beenie Man, Popcaan and Natalie Storm, here on May 22.

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High Fidelity: Dre Skull’s Loudspeaker Riddim

Words by Jesse Serwer—

Dre Skull and Mixpak Records have an excellent new riddim called Loudspeaker on the way May 22, and they’ve just released this clip hosted by our bredrin Walshy Fire as a preview of what’s in store. The ethereal riddim itself has nuff vibes, and the release has some of our favorite artists: Popcaan, Beenie Man, Machel Montano and our very own Punany Monologues columnist Natalie Storm. Feel like there’s a summer anthem in there somewhere but can’t quite call which it is yet. Which one do you think will buss?

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Impressions: LargeUp x Mr. Vegas x Rice and Peas in Miami

Words by Jesse Serwer, Photos by Tono—

On Wednesday night, Large Up brought the bashment to Winter Music Conference with the first ever Miami edition of New York’s famed Rice and Peas party, featuring a special performance from Mr. Vegas. Rice and Peas DJs Orijahnal Vibez, Max Glazer, DJ Gravy and DJ Maya set the tone for the night with top-notch dancehall selections while super MC Micro Don got the crowd hype with his mic chatter, Mixpak Records chief/Vybz Kartel producer Dre Skull took things to the left with some tropical bass and Trinidadian swimwear designer Elysia Persad debuted her Colly Dolly brand with a brief runway show. Everything, of course, built up to Mr. Vegas’ set, which featured the expected medley of classic hits like “Heads High” and “She’s a Ho.”

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LargeUp x Rice and Peas x WMC x Mr. Vegas in Miami (3/21)

Words by LargeUp Crew—

Each March, Winter Music Conference brings what feels like a majority of the world’s DJs to Miami but amongst all the house, trance and occasional hip-hop going on, dancehall always seems to get left out of the mix. To remedy the situation, this year LargeUp is bringing New York City’s best dancehall party, Rice and Peas, to Ricochet in Miami during WMC. Even better, the event, on Wed. March 21, doubles as a release party for Mr. Vegas’ Sweet Jamaica LP, an easy frontrunner for the year’s best reggae/dancehall album in our collective opinion.

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Hot This Year: Watch Popcaan’s “Only Man She Want” Video + Stream “Get Gyal Easy”

Words by Emily Shapiro—

In 2011, Portmore native Popcaan went from Vybz Kartel sidekick on “Clarks” to dancehall superstar. He released hits like “Raving” and “Clean” and now in the first week of 2012, he is showing us that he has no intention of slowing down. He’s just released the official video for “Only Man She Wants” and hit us with “Get Gyal Easy,” his latest single. His first tune produced by Kingston Story producer Dre Skull, “Get Gyal Easy” is a chilled out song in which Popcaan shows off his true vocal talent. The new video, meanwhile, is a fairly literal translation of the lyrics to “Only Man She Wants,” in which Popcaan is the object of affection of a very voluptuous woman with a very jealous boyfriend. It appears that the woman, clad only in a corsette and panties, has shown Popcaan her undying love by lending him a gold leopard cardigan, which he models throughout the video. After you check the video below, stream “Gyal Get Easy” and get it on iTunes here.

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Mixtape Mondays: The Best Mixtapes of 2011


Words by DJ Theory—

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