Apr 20, 2014
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Posts tagged: Hip Hop

LargeUp Interview: On the Loose with Red Fox


Words by Jesse Serwer, photos by Ashley Sebok

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LargeUp + Safari Sound Present: Red Fox’s “Fiyah Fox” Mixtape

Words by LargeUp Crew—

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The deejay who gave New York’s dancehall scene its style and swagger in the 1990s is back, and more prolific than ever. LargeUp has teamed with Sweden’s Safari Sound to present Fiyah Fox, the first-ever mixtape from Red Fox, and his first full-length release in 17 years. Blended in fine style by Safari’s DJ Shirkhan, Fiyah Fox features over an hour of scorchers including all of Red’s latest tunes, brand-new originals, dubplate versions of his classics, hip-hop freestyles and more.

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You Rate It: Wayne Marshall, Assassin + Damian Marley Connect On “Stupid Money”

Words by Jesse Serwer—

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Rick Ross, the master of using food as a metaphor for the trappings of success, would approve of how Wayne Marshall begins his verse on his trappings-of-success-themed “Stupid Money”: Cheddar cheddar, genuine leather/From bully beef to lobster bruschetta.

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AUDIO + VIDEO: Smif N Wessun x Junior Reid, “Solid Ground”

Words by Jesse Serwer, Illustration by Brian Finn

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If you’ve been reading LargeUp for a while— or if you came up on ’90s rap—you know about Brooklyn rap duo Smif N Wessun’s long history of dabbling in reggae and dancehall. When it comes to bringing authentic soundclash vibes into rap it doesn’t get much more classic than “Soundbwoy Bureill,” from ’94′s debut LP Dah Shinin‘. We’ve weighed in on that one a few times and, in fact, we kicked off our hip-hop x dancehall department Heds & Dreds back in 2011 by linking with Tek and Steele for an interview and a roundup of all their reggae-themed material.

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You Rate It: Robb Bank$’ “Tha City” LP

Words by Jesse Serwer—

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If you follow rap music via blogs and Tumblr, you may have heard of Robb Bank$, the 19-year-old rapper out of South Florida. And if you’ve heard of Robb Bank$, you may have also heard that is his father is Shaggy. Well, that’s no rumor, it’s true. Although Bank$ has downplayed his paternity in the past (We can’t comprehend why anyone would deny their dad is Shaggy (!) but our guess it has something to do with the disconnect between Robb’s hustler lyrics and financially stable past), his new mixtape Tha City puts the speculation to rest with a cover pic showing a pint-sized Robb photobombing his dad at a family outing.

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Mixtape Mondays: DJ Prince’s “Test My Sound” (LargeUp Premiere)

Words by Jesse Serwer—
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This week on Mixtape Mondays we’ve got a little something different. Earlier this year, our dude DJ Prince from the Duck Down Records family hit us up about a dancehall- and reggae-inspired hip-hop project he was working on called Test My Sound. This was before the whole trend of dancehall samples in hip-hop really took off, and Prince had an idea for a hip-hop release that subtly incorporated ideas and influences from dancehall more than it borrowed the sound, citing Mad Lion’s Da Real Ting and The Fugees’ The Score as influences.

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