Apr 23, 2014
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Posts tagged: free reggae

You Rate It: Nicki Minaj x Beenie Man, “Gun Shot”

Words by Jesse Serwer—

Here at LargeUp we try to carefully curate all of our musical selections so you don’t have to. There’s plenty of other sites where you can sift through all the junk that gets thrown onto the Internet on a daily basis. But every now and then something drops that’s just too notable to ignore even if it’s not exactly our cup of tea. Such is the case with Nicki Minaj’s “Gun Shot” featuring Beenie Man.

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Inna New Style: Fashion Records Returns

Words by Jesse Serwer, via Shimmy Shimmy

Fashion Records, the U.K. record label which helped put British dancehall on the map with Smiley Culture’s “Cockney Translation” and “Police Officer” and later released hits from Cutty Ranks and Frankie Paul among others, has risen from the ashes. Fashion in Fine Style: Significant Hits, Vol. 1, a 20-track compilation featuring Cutty Ranks’ “The Stopper,” Dee Sharp’s “Dub It Up” is now available on iTunes.

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Interview: Diplo On The Politics of Outsider Dancehall

Words by Jesse Serwer, Interview by Eddie STATS Houghton—

Okayplayer head honcho Eddie STATS Houghton recently sat down with Diplo and Chief Boima of Dutty Artz and Ghetto Bassquake fame for a wide-ranging conversation themed around the politics of the emerging music phenomenon known as tropical bass. The concept was inspired in part by a long-running, Twitter-fueled debate between Boima and Diplo regarding the current globalization of underground music, and set out as its aim bringing that conversation to some sort of resolution. Among too many other topics to name, the conversation touched on the politics behind Major Lazer and Diplo’s interaction with the dancehall. Read below to see how that particular segment of the conversation played out. And if you never have, catch our LargeUp TV episode with Diplo in Jamaica for more on his interaction and background with dancehall culture.

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Mixtape Mondays: High Grade Sound, Safari Sound, 45 Shootout x Jah Warrior Shelter

Words by DJ Theory—

While some of the LargeUp team is doing just fine in Miami during the WMC festivities (hopefully some of you got to catch the LU x Rice & Peas jumpoff with Mr Vegas last Wednesday) we gotta keep the thing rolling over here as always. Mixtape Mondays this week comes out blazing with a bagga new roots and high grade selections, plus a soca and bashment party from Sweden’s top mixtape authority. Spring is definitely in full effect around here, start your downloads…

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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 Interview: Q+A with Walshy Fire

Words by Jesse Serwer—

A good friend of the LargeUp family and a behind-the-scenes contributor as well, Kingston-born Leighton Paul Walsh, A/K/A Walshy Fire, has been holding down South Florida for a decade as a selector and MC on the world famous Black Chiney Sound System. An avid sound system historian with an astounding knowledge of dancehall music, Walshy is also something of an ambassador for Caribbean culture in Miami, bringing a little Jamaican flavor to institutions like the Miami New World Symphony. It’s those qualities that made him the perfect choice for his latest role: as the new MC for Major Lazer, bringing some authentic soundman flavor to Diplo’s over-the-top dancehall project. Here, Walshy speaks for the first time on his new gig and his history in Miami’s dancehall scene.

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