Aug 27, 2014
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Posts tagged: Hip Hop

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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Impressions: Okayplayer x LargeUp Holiday Jam with the Roots

Words by Jesse Serwer, Photos by Justin Pallack

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LargeUp Premiere: Major Lazer & Walshy Fire Present Suns of Dub

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A group, record label and sound system based between Jamaica, Trinidad and New Jersey, Suns of Dub is led by Addis Pablo, son of the late great Augustus Pablo, and producer/label co-CEO, Ras Jammy. Over the last few years the unit, which also consists of artists Masia One (Canada), Jah Bami (Trinidad) and Zebulun (Trinidad) and drummer Tesfa Zion, has released a steady stream of innovative tracks blending and bridging the gap between traditional dub featuring—Addis has taken up the mantle for the melodica, the instrument his father legitimized on his landmark projects with King Tubby and his own Rockers International—and modern EDM.

As he did with Chronixx last year, Walshy Fire of Major Lazer has stepped up to put things in perspective, gathering Suns of Dub’s key tracks, along with original remixes and unreleased tunes, for global consumption. Showcasing the crew’s diversity, the mix runs through Reggae, dub, dubstep, dancehall, trap, hip-hop, drum and bass and even some steelpan made in Port of Spain, Trinidad, with pannist Derron Ellies. Things start out with “Vybz Wa Yuh Feel,” a track featured in Part 2 of our Meditations video series featuring Addis Pablo and Jesse Royal (Watch Part One starring Ras Jammy and Jesse Royal here), which you can watch below (or get the full experience here).

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Shabba Does “Shabba”: Listen to A$AP Ferg’s Top Ranking Remix

Words by Natalie Weiner—

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We thought it was awesome when Shabba Ranks acknowledged A$AP Ferg’s eponymous tribute song by appearing in the rapper’s “Shabbavideo — but now he’s taking it to the next level. The new remix released over the weekend starts off with a verse by the one and only Shabba himself (R-A-N-K-S), and also features Migos and Busta Rhymes alongside Ferg, of course. With a lineup like that, it had to be great — and it definitely delivers. Shabba, and 90s dancehall in general, have been big hits with hip-hop artists recently (we’ve listed some of our favorite appearances here).

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LargeUp Interview: On the Loose with Red Fox


Words by Jesse Serwer, photos by Ashley Sebok

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