Jul 30, 2014
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Posts tagged: Hip Hop

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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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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