Apr 24, 2014
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Posts tagged: Hip Hop

Media Watch: “Unsung” Highlights Gil Scott-Heron’s Jamaican Roots

Words by Natalie Weiner—
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Poet, musician, activist, and “godfather of rap” Gil Scott-Heron challenged musical and social limits right up until his death in 2011, combining jazz, blues, soul, and spoken word to create evocative new sounds. His influence on contemporary music is enormous – even to just consider the artists who’ve directly sampled his work is overwhelming, much less all the artists who have been inspired by his style and delivery.

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Throwback Thursdays: Salaam Remi on The Fugees’ “Blunted on Reality”

Words by Salaam Remi, as told to Jesse Serwer—

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This month marks the 20th anniversary of The Fugees’ debut album, Blunted on Reality. Not The Score, their massive, legendary, multi-platinum 1996 commercial breakthrough, but the album two years earlier which most people tend to forget, if they ever knew it at all. Producer Salaam Remi was brought in to remix the album’s singles “Nappy Heads” and “Vocab”; in smoothing out their harder edges he helped Lauryn, Clef and Pras find their sound, setting the tone for The Score, for which he produced the lead single “Fu-Gee-La.” In a 2012 interview at Remi’s Instrument Zoo studio in Miami, he shares the story of how he met the Fugees, Angie Martinez’s role in breaking the group (at Hot 97, where Remi worked on Funkmaster Flex’s show at the time), and how his sessions with them set up The Score.

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LargeUp Premiere: Jah Banks – “Jah Makin Music” Mixtape

Words by Natalie Weiner—
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Just looking at the cover of Jah Banks‘ new mixtape, you get a pretty good idea of what he’s about —vintage reggae and dancehall (see the tropical forest) combined with classic Brooklyn hip-hop (witness the Williamsburg bridge). Banks, a Jamaican raised in Brooklyn and frequent co-host on our radio show The LargeUp Sessions, has released some dope videos and tracks over the last year, getting us hyped for his new mixtape.

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AUDIO: Island Boy Cartel – “Black History Month”

Words by Kaya.lah—

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With Jamaican-Canadian rapper Kardinal Offishall and prolific Virgin Island pop composers Planet VI at the helm, Island Boy Cartel is shaping up to be something special. LargeUp introduced you to the IBC crew a year ago and featured their initial release “Pretty Paper” with Wu-Tang Clan rap god Raekwon back in January. Now they’ve let go of a track called “Black History Month,” just in time for the annual U.S. celebration of the same name.

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AUDIO: Major Lazer x Pharrell – “Aerosol Can”

Words by Natalie Weiner—
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It’s not like Pharrell really needs any extra heat right now — he’s had production credits on many of the most notable albums in the past year, adding to his already abundant collection of statues and plaques.

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LargeUp Interview: Paebak on Island Rap + ‘Rock City’

Words by Jesse Serwer, Photos by Justin Pallack
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