Apr 17, 2014
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Posts tagged: Gregory Isaacs

Toppa Top 10: Ten Reggae Make-Up Songs

Words by Jesse Serwer and Sherman Escoffery

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Toppa Top 10: The LargeUp Last-Minute Gift Guide, Holiday 2011

Words by Jesse Serwer

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Hard Drugs: Gregory Isaacs Talks Coke Addiction In PSA

Words by Jesse Serwer

November is Drug Awareness Month in Jamaica, and the campaign has what some may consider a surprising spokesman: the late Gregory Isaacs. The Cool Ruler, who passed away last October from lung cancer, battled a well-documented drug addiction throughout his career, during which he was frequently arrested for cocaine possession. Shortly before his passing, Isaacs spoke candidly about his addiction, warning children about the dangers of drugs for a PSA now airing on Jamaican TV stations. Part of the sales from the new double-disc compilation Gregory Isaacs – The African Museum & Tad’s Collection Vol. II, released last month, will go to the Gregory Isaacs Foundation’s anti-drug campaign and charitable giving program, run by Isaacs’ late wife, June Isaacs. Watch the PSA, followed by a clip of Isaacs performing his classic musical PSA “Hard Drugs” at Reggae Sunsplash in 1990, below.

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In Combination: Win Sugar Minott + Gregory Isaacs Anthologies

Words by Jesse Serwer

Last year, in a span of just a few months, Jamaica lost its two most golden voices. There were more technically impressive reggae singers but Sugar Minott and Gregory Isaacs’ songs were unmatched in terms of emotional resonance. Each had what can only be described as quirky voices but their distinctiveness only made their music easier to connect with, as both filled their songs with a level of vulnerability and frankness and a personal touch beyond that of any of their other peers.

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Toppa Top 10: D.A. Wallach of Chester French’s Favorite Reggae Tunes

Selections by D.A. of Chester French, words by Eddie STATS Houghton

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Rumours Has It: Maffew Ragazino x The Mad Stuntman = “City of God”

Words by Jesse Serwer

Last week, up and coming Brownsville, Brooklyn rapper Maffew Ragazino dropped his Rhyme Pays album. If you’re a fan of good, old-fashioned New York street rap, then you should get it. It’s a quality release, and it’s free. While Maffew’s catalog includes rapping in patois on a track called “Jerk Chicken,” we never could have imagined that among the collaborators on the tape would be The Mad Stuntman. If that name doesn’t sound familiar, well, we can guarantee you know his work: he’s the deejay guy from Reel 2 Real’s “I Like To Move It” (and actually a whole heap of other records from DJ Erick Morillo’s mid ’90s ragga techno project, too). Better still, Maffew and Stuntman’s collaboration “City of God,” which also features singer Rocki Woods, was done over a reworked version of Steely & Clevie’s classic Rumours riddim (of Gregory Isaacs fame). Stream and/or download below.

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