Sep 19, 2014
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Posts tagged: Jamaica

Throwback Thursdays: Melodic Yoza on Lt. Stitchie’s “Natty Dread”

Words by Melodic Yoza

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Born in Saint Thomas, Jamaica, raised in New York City, and now based in Toronto, Melodic Yoza specializes in a sound he calls “reggaesoulhop.” The artist, who recently debuted his new project The Parent Trap with us, via their track “Bad Up.” Here, he shares his love for dancehall great Lt. Stitchie, and his classic 1987 video for “Natty Dread.”

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Ten Caribbean Footballers At This Year’s World Cup

Words by Natalie Weiner—

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Toppa Top 10: Reggae’s Greatest Bassists

Words by Natalie Weiner and Martei Korley, Photo by Martei Korley—

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LargeUp Premiere: Christopher Martin’s “Just Like You” Video

Words by Jesse Serwer—

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Tributes to Mom are such a staple in reggae, you could probably spend your entire Mother’s Day running “mama tunes.” (Here, this will get you started.) Songs about fathers are a little more scarce. Last year for Father’s Day, however, crooner Christopher Martin went ahead and answered his hit “Mama” with an equally touching tribute to his father, “Just Like You.” A year later, Chris is back with a video for “Just Like You,” directed by Ruption of Jamaica’s RD Studios, and he’s given us the exclusive premiere just in time for Father’s Day this Sunday. Watch the video, featuring a cameo from Chris’ own father below, but first a message from Chris:

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LargeUp Premiere: Island Boy Cartel feat. Lady Leshurr and Anything ILL — Push A Button

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Toronto’s own Kardinal Offishall is back with a brand-new tune from his Island Boy Cartel crew. The hip-hop banger “Push A Button,” features fire verses from British/St. Kittian MC Lady Leshurr and St Thomas’ Anything ILL (of Planet VI/Rock City), as well as Kardinal himself.

Last time we encountered the Jamaican-Canadian MC, he was  down inna yard with Bounty Killer, filming the video for IBC’s dancehall-inspired “Tattoo (Rudebwoy).”  “Push A Button” finds him back on the mainland, bringing his swagger-heavy flow to a dramatic, opera-sampling beat from producers Burd & Keyz. But there’s certainly enough island flavor to warrant the Island Boy Cartel label, with Kardi, Anything ILL and Leshurr (who steals the show with her spitfire verse) each bringing a touch of their islands’ own patois to the proceedings. Listen below, and look out for more Island Boy Cartel on LargeUp in the very near future.

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Seen: Popcaan Covers The Fader

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Vybz Kartel asked, What a gwaan, Popcaan? in “Clarks,” the song that basically put the young dancehall singer on the musical map—and now, it’s clear that the answer is big, big things. Popcaan’s been preparing to drop his debut full-length Where We Come From all spring, with dancefloor-ready tracks and cameo-filled videos. Now, ahead of next week’s release, the Unruly Boss has scored his first cover story over at The Fader, written by LargeUp editor Jesse Serwer and shot by photographer-turned-film-director Andrew Dosunmu in Kingston and Saint Thomas, Jamaica.

LargeUp has been on board with Popcaan since the start—in addition to frequent Popskull spotlights on LargeUp, Serwer gave him one of his first interviews in a story on “Clarks” for the (U.K.) Guardian, and then two years later, collaborated with LargeUp Creative Director Martei Korley on the deejay’s first U.S. magazine feature, also in The Fader.

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