Nov 23, 2014
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Posts tagged: Freddie McGregor

LargeUp Premiere: Freddie McGregor’s “Bagga Hype” Video

Words by Jesse Serwer—


Freddie McGregor celebrated the start of his 50th year in the music business (Yes, he’s only 57; he got started at 7!) in January with the release of a new album, Di Captain. “Bagga Hype” is definitely one of the standout tracks from that effort. The song’s lyrics address the out-of-control, reckless behavior McGregor observes amoung many young Jamaicans, particularly those representing their country via the music business (or so it sounds to our ears at least), and the impact it has on the country at large: When mi talk to dem, dem say ‘respect due’ but dem nuh have none for me and you/Hotting up the place ’cause it’s pure curfew/Mek di Babylon dem a pressure me and you. Heavy stuff.

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Toppa Top 10: Ten Hidden Dennis Brown Gems

Words by Martei Korley, Photo by David Corio

Dennis Brown

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Album Stream: Freddie McGregor’s “Di Captain”

Words by Jesse Serwer—

Freddie McGregor

This year marks Freddie McGregor’s 50th in the music business, but don’t jump to any conclusions: he got his start at age seven, singing with vocal group The Clarendonians, back when he was known as “Little Freddie.”

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Audio: Hear Freddie McGregor’s New Version of “Equal Rights”

Words by Jesse Serwer—


Freddie McGregor is set to release his first album of new material in seven years, Di Captain, on Jan. 29 and to give us a taste of what to expect, Di Captain of Jamaica’s Big Ship has just issued “Equal Rights.” But McGregor already has an “Equal Rights,” you say? Well, yes—yes, he does. This one is an update of the Heptones’ original 1968 tune “Equal Rights,” which McGregor then recorded with the Heptones and Jah Buzz for Studio One in the ’70s. Stream the new one—touched up by Mr. McGregor in a fine style—then revisit the Heptones and Heptones/McGregor/Jah Buzz O.G.s below:

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Nuh Badda Pass Go!: Jamaican Monopoly Soon Come

Words by Jesse Serwer—

Mr. Monopoly?

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Apocalypse Rock: Toppa Top 10 Reggae Armagideon Tunes

Words by Jesse Serwer and Sherman Escoffery—

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