Aug 02, 2014
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Posts tagged: Hip Hop

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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You Rate It: Delie RedX, “Loving Them Both”

Words by Natalie Weiner—
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Delie RedX is a member of Brooklyn-based crew Noble Society, best known for their catchy, reggae-influenced hip-hop. Albums like 2008′s Take Charge have received acclaim for their seamless use of sounds from around the world, as well as their positive lyrical messages. The group’s been playing together for over ten years, during which time Delie has found time to both enter the fashion world, and support the musical development of underprivileged youth through programs like Boston University’s “Reach For The Stars” Academy. Now, much like fellow Noble Society member Jahdan Blakkamoore, Delie is stepping out on his own musically with the release of his upcoming solo album, Spiritual Warfare.

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Toppa Top 21: 21 Artists To Watch For 2014

Words by LargeUp Crew, Photo by Martei Korley
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VIDEO: Busy Signal Freestyles Over ’90s Rap Classics in Uganda in “All For One”

Words by Jesse Serwer, Photo by Martei Korley— busy-signal-rebel-salute While we’re on the topic of big tunes we missed, we just have to pull up and rewind back two weeks to New Year’s Day, when perennial LargeUp favorite and all-around lyrical beast Busy Signal took to Youtube to drop the Uganda-set video for his latest lyrical coup de grace.

Showing once again that he’s got bars to match any rapper north of the Caribbean, Busy tears his way through some of ’90s rap’s biggest beats on the wicked, six-minute “All In One” freestyle. The Notorious B.I.G.’s “Juicy,” Dre and Snoop’s “Still DRE” and “The Next Episode,” Mobb Deep’s “Quiet Storm,” Nas’ “Hate Me Now,” DMX’s “Ruff Ryders Anthem” and Black Rob’s “Whoa” are all fodder on “All In One” (which first appeared in audio form in November), as “HottEd” toasts to his accomplishments (the success of “Watch Out For This” with Major Lazer; Rihanna singing his tune “Come Over”) and rhymes things like “Peabo to the Bryson” with “Rodney to the Pryce and” (and, our favorite, “ludi to the dice and.”)

It’s not the first time we’ve heard Busy go to town over hip-hop of ’90s vintage: Okayplayer editor (and Busy Signal historian) Eddie Stats just reminded us of “Busy Smalls,” a mashup of Busy’s “Too Much Gun” and Biggie’s “Dead Wrong” that dates back to his breakout year of 2006.

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LargeUp Premiere: Ding Dong’s “Syvah” Video Feat. Ricky Blaze

Words by Jesse Serwer—

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Dancer-turned-deejay Ding Dong and producer/artist Ricky Blaze have been joined since the beginning of the careers. For both, their music debut came with “Bad Man Forward, Bad Man Pull Up,” the 2006 single Blaze produced for Ding Dong to showcase the latter’s dance of the same name.

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