Sep 02, 2014
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Posts tagged: Hip Hop

LargeUp Premiere: “Bad Up” With Toronto’s Parent Trap

Words by Natalie Weiner—BADUPCOVERFINAL

Straight out of Toronto, Parent Trap is a brand-new, genre-bending musical collective featuring the lyrical stylings of Melodic Yoza, the Saint Thomas, Jamaica-born MC whose sound spans reggae, hip-hop, and soul. We last heard from Yoza on last year’s jazz-inflected “We Got Love,” shortly after his music was featured on The Jersey Shore (island vibes, beach vibes..) Now, he’s working with a group of talented T-Dot producers, including YAKOBEAN, The Bass6, and TMB, to “provoke the endless boundaries of urban music.”

The collective’s first single, “Bad Up,” has a gritty hip-hop vibe to go along with the tune’s straight-from-yard title. Yoza’s ragamuffin flow goes easy over the swaggering beat, a big hip-hop groove with a hint of dancefloor-ready EDM. Listen below, and get ready for more from Parent Trap on their upcoming EP Treehouze.

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Throwback Thursdays: Wayne Wonder x Def Jamaica x Federation Sound

Words by Jesse Serwer—

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The year was 2003, and dancehall was at its peak, attaining unprecedented infiltration of the U.S. and other global markets. Naturally, given the long-running connection and similarities between dancehall and rap, the hip-hop world wanted a piece of the action, and tracks featuring big-name rappers ‘longside  the day’s top dancehall deejays proliferated. One major result of this phenomenon was Def Jam’s Def Jamaica project, featuring the Meth and Red x Damian Marley collab “Lyrical. 44,” among other memorable tunes.

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LargeUp Premiere: The Red, Gold & Green Machine — “The Look Of Love”

Words by Natalie Weiner—

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L.A.-based group The Red, Gold & Green Machine describe themselves as “Native Tongues meets Parliament-Funkadelic at a neighborhood party in Jamaica,” which could go down in history as one of the greatest self-described sounds ever. Fortunately, they live up to the hype with their new single “The Look Of Love,” a reggae/hip-hop/R&B groove with some Salaam Remi-esque soulful production from Selecta Kram. Featuring LA underground rap staple Dr. Oop alongside singer Tonye “Magic T” Aganaba, the single is the first release off of the group’s upcoming album Planet Africa, out June 9.

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AUDIO: Jah Banks – “Battle For Middle You (BKBashment Remix)”

Words by Natalie Weiner, Photo by Charlie Rubinjah-banks-charlie-rubin

Remember Jah Banks Jah Makin Music mixtape, which we premiered back in February? We loved the whole thing, but definite standout was the “Battle For Middle You (BK Bashment Remix)” featuring the Brooklyn-raised, Jamaican MC (and staple presence on our LargeUp Sessions radio show) spitting over Julio Bashmore’s highly regarded house tune by that name. The infectious flip made it hard not to disagree with Banks proclamation that “BK be comin’ in hot this year.”

DJ Select (of RadioLily) and Robzilla noticed, too, that Banks’ version has all the ingredients of a club banger. So, they decided to re-edit the track, priming it for the dancefloor just in time for summer. A little house, a little dancehall, a little hip-hop—an irresistable combination, almost like a 2014 Reel 2 Real (yeah, we went there). Download below, and don’t be surprised if you hear this one next time you’re drinking Red Stripe on a patio somewhere.

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LargeUp Premiere: DJ Prince Feat. Sean Price – “Shottas”

Words by Natalie Weiner—

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DJ Prince is getting ready to drop his debut LP Test My Sound on May 13th — to celebrate, he’s giving us an exclusive preview, with the track “Shottas” featuring Brooklyn hip-hop standby Sean Price available exclusively from LargeUp.com.

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Yardie Offishall: Kardinal Offishall in Jamaica

Words by Tasha Brown, Photo via Rep JA

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If you are still wondering what makes Kardinal Offishall so official, watch his latest video, for the patois-laden, dancehall-inspired “Tattoo (Rudebwoy).” You can always count on the Toronto MC to give you a mix of authentic hip-hop and dancehall flavor, but this go round, Mr. Offishall produced and directed the video in Jamaica, delivering a positive message on and off film.

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