Nov 27, 2014
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Posts tagged: Greg Burke

LargeUp Exclusive: Stream Beres Hammond’s New Album ‘One Love, One Life’

Words by Jesse Serwer, Images by Martei Korley—

Beres Hammond One Love, One Life

Jamaica’s greatest living singer has a new album, and it is one of his strongest records in years.

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Check It Deeply: Overstanding Beres Hammond’s New Album

Words by Jesse Serwer—


If you don’t think Beres Hammond is Jamaica’s best-loved living singer, then… you’ve never been to Jamaica. The average yardie under the age of, say, 45 has grown up hearing Beres’ songs at birthdays, weddings and dances for the majority of their lives and, for many, his lyrics are as deeply ingrained as those of Bob Marley. His voice is the sound of tender moments. While the island’s most popular artists tend to be maligned as much as they are praised, you rarely hear a disparaging word about “the King of Jamaican Lover’s Rock.” Probably, no artist is capable of drawing larger crowds in diaspora communities like Brooklyn and Fort Lauderdale. When Brooklyn’s brand-new arena, the Barclays Center, hosts its first Caribbean event on Dec. 12, Beres will headline.

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Visual Culture: A Q+A with Atlantic Records Creative Director Greg Burke

Words by Eddie STATS Houghton:::Photos by Martei Korley:::Artwork by Greg Burke—

Jamaica-born, Long Island-raised Greg Burke has designed covers for some of the most notable albums of the last two decades, from Missy Elliott’s Supa Dupa Fly to Jay-Z’s The Blueprint 3—and a whole slew of ’90s underground rap classics, too, like Group Home’s Livin’ Proof. Currently, Burke is the VP creative director at Atlantic Records, where he oversees design packages for LPs by everyone from T.I. to Jason Mraz. In this sitdown interview at Atlantic’s Manhattan office, he shares stories from his days designing for Island, Elektra and Tommy Boy Records in the ’90s (including the particularly amusing tales of his hiring by the latter’s Tom Silverman, and a never-released design for Buju Banton), the dying art of CD booklet illustration and collaborating creatively with T.I. and Jay-Z.

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