Aug 21, 2014
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Posts tagged: Eek-A-Mouse

LargeUp Interview: Adam Mansbach + Crew Talk “Go de Rass to Sleep”

Words by Jesse Serwer—

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Adam Mansbach’s “bedtime book for parents who live in the real world” Go the F*** to Sleep has already been translated into more than 30 languages. Now, the New York Times and Amazon.com bestseller has become the first book ever to be translated into Jamaican patois (With the exception of the Bible, that is.)

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Happy, 4/20: The Toppa Top 20 Reggae Weed Anthems

Words by Jesse Serwer—

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Sure, hip-hop has The Chronic, “I Got 5 On It,” and Meth and Red’s entire catalog, but when it comes to weed-smoking anthems, reggae is king. With literally tens (if not hundreds) of thousands of reggae weed songs to choose from, we selected some of our favorites and tapped the artist behind one of ‘em, Carlton “100 Weight of Collie Weed” Livingston, to count down the best of the best. Watch parts one and two of our Toppa Top 20 Reggae Weed Anthems countdown below. And if you’re not all smoked out after that, check our Top 10 of reggae’s most slept-on weed anthems.

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LargeUp TV: The Toppa Top 20 Weed Anthems for 4/20, Pt. 1 (Hosted by Carlton Livingston)

Words by Jesse Serwer, Photos and Video by Jason Zucker—

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If you know your smokers’ anthems, you know Carlton Livingston. The St. Mary-born, Kingston-raised singer is responsible for one of reggae’s biggest weed tunes ever,  “100 Weight of Collie Weed.” And he’s got more where that came from: his “Trodding Through the Jungle” made an appearance on our Toppa Top 10 Slept-On Weed Anthems for 4/20 last year, too. After catching up with Carlton at last month’s Rice and Peas party, we brought him over to the The Kennel Recording Studio in Brooklyn to count down our Toppa Top 20 Weed Anthems for 4/20.

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Dinner Theater: Sani Showbizz’s “Big Piece of Chicken”

Words by Jesse Serwer—

Reggae lends itself to parody perhaps more than any other music, but there’s one man elevating the spoofing of it to new heights: Sani Showbizz. An ’80s-style skat chatter in the Eek-A-Mouse mold, Sani has previously given us the legend-making “I Know” (No. 4 on our Toppa Top 10 Fake Reggae Songs list) and starred in a hilarious sequence of webisodes with “Jamaican Damian Hirst” L.A. Lewis.

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Heds and Dreds: Smif-n-Wessun and the Caribbean Influence on Hip-Hop

Words by Jesse Serwer, Photos by Fubz

For as long as I’ve been on the LargeUp team, we’ve discussed launching a column that would highlight Caribbean music’s influence on hip-hop. It’s a topic we’ve touched upon in various ways but which still remains an under-documented phenomenon, despite the huge role reggae played in the formation of hip-hop in the ’70s and in then again in its late ’80s and mid ’90s progressions. The name “Heds and Dreds” comes from a little-known album cut from Youngest In Charge, the classic debut album by Brooklyn-Jamaican MC Special Ed. It’s one of the greatest attempts at deejay chatting by an American MC  but it has mostly been forgotten by history, a footnote on an overlooked and very underrated album.

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Visual Culture: Stussy x Jamaica

Words by Eddie STATS Houghton

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If you hang out with the cool kids you may have already heard about the new Greensleeves First 100 Covers book from Stussy and the T-Shirt line it inspired, both featuring classic images of Yellowman, Scientist, Eek-A-Mouse and other Jamaican giants. But you may or not know that Stussy was the original, original brand to merge streetwear fashion tropes with reggaematical inspiration going all the way back to their Jah Lion tee in 1980. That being the case, it seemed only appropriate that in addition to supporting the current project we go a mile or two deeper and talk to the bosses at Stussy about the history of the brand and it’s long-distance Jamaican love affair. Check the book and accompanying mixtape, enjoy these visual gems–but more importantly, look for the exclusive interview in the next week or two!

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