Nov 22, 2014
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Posts tagged: Hip Hop

AUDIO: Download Grand Analog’s “Lion Head”

Words by Natalie Weiner—
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Toronto hip-hop/soul/? group Grand Analog is getting ready to drop their third full-length, through Jillionaire‘s brand-spankin’-new Feel Up Records (It’s the label’s first release). Entitled Modern Thunder, the album showcases the ensemble’s proclivity for combining genres, from classic boom-bap to rock to Afrobeat, while focusing on live sounds (as opposed to electronic ones).

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Audio: A$AP Ferg Heads to Trinidad On “Petit Valley”

Words by Natalie Weiner, Photo via @ASAPFerg/Instagram—
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We already knew A$AP Ferg liked dancehall—now, Harlem’s Trap Lord, who happens be of Trini heritage, is getting into soca as well. Ferg has taken inspiration from the Soca Viking himself, Bunji Garlin, with “Petit Valley,” a freestyle on Garlin’s single “Carnival Tabanca.” He seems to have been inspired to create his own ode to Trinidad after visiting the island last month for Carnival, apparently rediscovering the beauty of both the music, and (naturally) the women.

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Three the Hard Way: Stephen Marley x Sizzla x Capleton – “Rock Stone”

Words by Jesse Serwer—

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Fresh off his appearance at LargeUp’s Winter Music Massive party Saturday night, Stephen Marley has issued the second leak from his upcoming album, Revelation Part 2: The Fruit Of Life. (Stream “Thorn or Rose” featuring The Roots’ Black Thought here).

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Everything Nice: Watch The First Video From Popcaan’s Upcoming LP

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Popcaan has much to be thankful for—cosigns from artists like Pusha TDrake, Busta, and Snoop, a Billboard-charting single, multiple international tours… all before he’s dropped a full-length album. So it makes sense that he’s expressing his gratitude in “Everything Nice,” the first single off his upcoming Mixpak Records debut. Featuring an airy riddim from Dubbel Dutch, the track shows off Popcaan’s smooth vocals as he sings about balancing hard work and good times.

Popcaan has been rising up the dancehall ranks for a few years now. His abundant catchy, hook-filled singles have made him a household name in Jamaica and the Caribbean, and the aforementioned hip-hop collaborations have finally put him on the map in North America. His “unorthodox and oddly melodious delivery” has helped him move from Vybz Kartel protegé to one of dancehall’s biggest crossover artists. Hear more from the man himself in our LargeUp TV exclusive, “A Day In The Life with Popcaan.”

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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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