Apr 21, 2014
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Posts tagged: Hip Hop

Rare Footage of DMX at Fully Loaded, Jamaica

Here’s some rare footage of DMX going wild at Fully Loaded in ’98. He was over making the film ‘Belly’ and dropped by the infamous annual party to perform. Make sure you stay watching til the end, Scare Dem Crew come out too! Shout out to the legend Ralph McDaniels and Video Music Box for putting us on to it.

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Visual Culture: Artist Danielle Mastrion Celebrates Kool Herc + 40 Years of Hip-Hop

Words by Kieran K. Meadows, Art by Danielle Mastrion—
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Yesterday marked the 40th anniversary of hip-hop. Or more precisely 40 years to the day — August 11, 1973 — that a young DJ of Jamaican descent threw a “Back To School Jam” party at 1520 Sedgwick Ave in the Bronx. That DJ’s name was Kool Herc and, as the story goes, that’s when and where hip-hop was birthed. To commemorate the anniversary Sunday, an event was held at 5Pointz, an outdoor exhibition space in Long Island City, Queens, NYC widely seen as the graffiti mecca of the world, with Herc as the guest of honor. As a tribute to the father of hip-hop, muralist Danielle Mastrion was asked a few months ago to paint a huge image of the Herc’s face at 5Pointz to be officially unveiled at the celebration.

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LargeUp Premiere: DJ Prince feat. Vaughn Garcia, “Dangerous”

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Our guest on tomorrow’s edition of the LargeUp Sessions, DJ Pr!nce, is a new name to most, but he won’t be for much longer. The DJ/producer/rapper is preparing a new, reggae/dancehall-inspired hip-hop project called Test My Sound, which he’ll be releasing through LargeUp later this month. While the sound of the project is certainly hip-hop at its core, Pr!nce explores his West Indian roots in various ways, sprinkling in bits of reggae and dancehall sounds throughout, and taking production cues from ’80′s digital dancehall and hip-hop x dancehall projects like Mad Lion’s Da Real Ting.

“Dangerous” is a perfect example—a dark, straight-up hip-hop beat is punctuated with snippets of soundclash tapes and other Jamaican ephemera, while guest MC Vaughn Garcia borrows some classic soundbwoy-killing chat from Ninjaman, after introducing himself with some more traditional lyricism. Stream “Test My Sound” below, and tune into the LargeUp Sessions from 6 to 8 p.m. ET tomorrow night on RadioLily.com

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Bussa Move: Watch Busta Rhymes’ “Twerk It” Video with Nicki Minaj

Words by Jesse Serwer—
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To say we’ve been anticipating the arrival of Busta Rhymes and Nicki Minaj’s “Twerk It” video would be an understatement. Here’s a few reasons why:

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Toppa Top 10: The Neptunes’ Most Caribbean Moments

Words by Richard “Treats” Dryden—

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Shabba Deux: Guess Who Turns Up In A$AP Ferg’s “Shabba” Video

Words by Jesse Serwer—
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After watching two thirds of the video for A$AP Ferg’s “Shabba”, we were starting to think we’d been duped. We’d heard about Shabba making a rare appearance in the clip for the single he’d inspired, but could the sources we’d heard from have possibly mistaken the 20-something impersonator who turns up periodically in the same video for the real Emperor of Dancehall? Then…boom…at 4:25, there he is—a surprise guest at a party, interrupting a convo between A$AP Rocky (who also features on the song) and Felecia “Snoop” Pearson from The Wire—who, naturally, shout “Shabba!” in unison, then run.

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