Words by Jesse Serwer, Photos by Nicole Sweet
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Words by Natalie Weiner—
I-Octane, one of our picks for the 10 artists keeping dancehall fresh in 2014, just dropped off the brand-new video for his tune “Trendsetta” here at LargeUp Fresh off the release last month of his reggae album, My Journey (watch a video for the track “Love You Like I Do” here), Octane is back in the dancehall saddle in a big way with this straight-forward bashment track. Covering all the bases (women, weed, and Henny), the video features Octane in a classic club set-up, rife with enormous speakers and some class whips (how did they get those in there?). We’ve been wondering if Octane would return to dancehall considering the continued success of last year’s bangers “Gyal A Gimme Bun” and “Wine And Jiggle,” and it looks like “Trendsetta” is just that. Watch below and tell us what you think.
Words by Jesse Serwer—
Coming off a summer in which he headlined Dancehall Night at Reggae Sumfest and topped the Jamaican charts with “Buss A Blank,” I-Octane is gearing up to release his follow-up to last year’s Crying To The Nation. “Love You Like I Do,” the first single from the new project, currently slated for early 2014 via DJ Frass and Tad’s Records, finds Octane taking a different path with a rootical reggae riddim. Will Octane be following a similar path to Busy Signal and Mr. Vegas, and dropping a reggae-themed project? We’ll have to just wait and see.
Words by Tami Tsansai—
Our LargeUp crew couldn’t help noticing a new phenomenon in dancehall. It seems the business bug has bitten, with a growing number of Jamaican deejays taking charge of their careers, and profiting from their individual brands via new fashion ventures. I-Octane, Mavado and Konshens are already on board with the trend, so we thought we’d give you a quick overview… pree dem nuh?