Sep 22, 2014
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Posts tagged: Hip Hop

Throwback Thursdays: Born Jamericans’ “Gotta Get Mine”

Words by Richard “Treats” Dryden

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Everyone’s invited when America gears up for its big Independence Day party. Beyond celebrating the U.S.’ freedom from King George III’s British empire, the 4th of July is a chance for all nationalities to reflect on the truths set in the Declaration of Independence: all men are created equal, with unalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

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LargeUp Premiere: Island Boy Cartel feat. Lady Leshurr and Anything ILL — Push A Button

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Toronto’s own Kardinal Offishall is back with a brand-new tune from his Island Boy Cartel crew. The hip-hop banger “Push A Button,” features fire verses from British/St. Kittian MC Lady Leshurr and St Thomas’ Anything ILL (of Planet VI/Rock City), as well as Kardinal himself.

Last time we encountered the Jamaican-Canadian MC, he was  down inna yard with Bounty Killer, filming the video for IBC’s dancehall-inspired “Tattoo (Rudebwoy).”  “Push A Button” finds him back on the mainland, bringing his swagger-heavy flow to a dramatic, opera-sampling beat from producers Burd & Keyz. But there’s certainly enough island flavor to warrant the Island Boy Cartel label, with Kardi, Anything ILL and Leshurr (who steals the show with her spitfire verse) each bringing a touch of their islands’ own patois to the proceedings. Listen below, and look out for more Island Boy Cartel on LargeUp in the very near future.

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LargeUp Premiere: Gappy Ranks + P-Money – The Baddest EP

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We can’t get enough of Gappy Ranks and P-Money’s hip-hop/dancehall banger “Baddest”—and apparently they can’t either. Following on the heels of Monday’s “Baddest” video premiere, the duo are dropping a collaborative EP, also titled The Baddest, tomorrow, and they’ve given us an exclusive sneak peek.

The EP features four brand-new, previously unheard tunes plus a traphall flip of “Baddest” from Slow Roast’s Ape Drums, and another remix featuring vocals from New Zealand rapper Sid Diamond. Gappy’s cockney and yardie swagger and P-Money’s eclectic yet consistently bass-heavy hip-hop production style are merged seamlessly throughout, most notably on the Shabba Ranks-sampling trunk rattler “Fire Shot.” (We just KNOW our selectors dem are gonna flip for that one.) It’s been quiet lately for dancehall/hip-hop hybrids considering the surge in such material seen over the last two years, but these two are definitely carrying the torch forward.

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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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