Apr 24, 2014
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Posts tagged: Head Concussion Records

Yo, Rvssian! An Interview with Vybz Kartel’s Favorite Producer


Words by Jesse Serwer, Photos by Martei Korley—

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Mamacita!: Rvssian Goes Latin with Sean Paul, Vybz Kartel + J Capri

Words by Jesse Serwer, Photo by Martei Korley—

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Jamaica’s Tarik “Rvssian” Johnston keeps his studio in Kingston, but the dancehall producer (formerly known as Russian with a ‘u’) currently resides in Miami. It is fitting then that a Latin thread runs through his latest batch of productions.

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LargeUp Premiere: Vybz Kartel’s “Ever Blessed” Video

Words by Jesse Serwer—

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Three days after the world premiere of Charly Blacks and J Capri’s “Whine & Kotch,” the always prolific RVSSIAN (the dancehall producer formerly known as Russian, if you didn’t get the memo) and Head Concussion Records just passed us another video, this time for the new Kartel tune, “Ever Blessed.” Not much more to this one than a girl rolling around a bed in her underwear, but that’s all most of you dirty dogs want from a video anyhow, so here you go. Cop “Ever Blessed,” which shows Kartel in his mellow, romantic mode, on iTunes here, and stay tuned for LargeUp’s exclusive interview with RVSSIAN.

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LargeUp Premiere: Vybz Kartel and Russian Have “The Cure Fi Badmind”

Words by Jesse Serwer—

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Badmind is the worsest disease, according to Vybz Kartel and Russian, and who cures diseases? Doctors! Hence the cover art for Kartel and producer/artist Russian’s new single “The Cure Fi Badmind,” which depicts both men in hospital scrubs and surgical masks, ready to operate on what they say out-ranks AIDS, diabetes, herpes and syphilis as Jamaica’s greatest ill. (For our less yard-savvt readers, “badmind” basically translates to “hating,” specifically on someone more successful than you).

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Video Premiere: Area 51 Riddim Medley + Munga “We So Bad”

Words by Jesse Serwer—

Named for the “top-secret” (yet world famous) government strip in Nevada slash hotbed of unidentified flying objects, Area 51 is a new riddim from Russian and Consi of Head Concussion Records voiced by Chan Dizzy, Supa Hype, Munga, Gyptian and Chi Ching Ching. The latter four recently took to the streets and clubs of Kingston with video director Biggz D Boss for a medley video, with Munga’s “We So Bad” also getting the full-length video treatment. (Speaking of Mr. “Bad From Mi Born,” check out his new Slap Weh mixtape with DJ Kitt on last week’s Mixtape Mondays) Watch both clips below, and look out for more from Russian and Head Concussion over here real soon.

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LargeUp Premiere: Tommy Lee X Russian, “Lyrical Bomber”

Words by Jesse Serwer—

If you’ve been following dancehall in the last few months, you’ve surely heard the name Tommy Lee come up with increasing frequency. Not to be confused with the rock deity of the same name, the Montego Bay, Jamaica, native with the highly unusual voice has been carrying the torch for Gaza alongside Popcaan in Vybz Kartel’s absence. Producer Russian and his Head Concussion Records recently voiced Mr. Lee for a tune called “Lyrical Bomber,” and they’ve given us the track to premiere. It’s a scorcher, so we’re glad to bring it to you. As our good friend Ms. Raine noted in regard to Tommy’s “Psycho” video, the deejay has that unhinged, psychopath thing going on—think Ninjaman meets ODB, or Eminem on his horrorcore vibes. That quality is on full display in ”Lyrical Bomber,” as Tommy casually shifts from a cool, restrained vocal style to something much more sinister and creepy.

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