Oct 21, 2014
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Posts tagged: Hip Hop

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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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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