Oct 23, 2014
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Posts tagged: Jamaica

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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Toppa Top 6: The Caribbean’s Best Book Festivals


Words by Natalie Weiner and Tishanna Williams—
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LargeUp Premiere: Pressure Busspipe’s “Show Love” Video

Words by Jesse Serwer—

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Pressure Busspipe had a massive day yesterday, starting things off with a live appearance on The Wendy Williams Show to launch the US Virgin Islands’ new ad campaign featuring his single “Virgin Islands Nice.” Next it was over to Miss Lily’s Variety for a killer live set on the LargeUp Sessions backed by I-Grade Dub. More on that soon, including photos and audio, so look out.

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Throwback Thursdays: Wayne Wonder x Def Jamaica x Federation Sound

Words by Jesse Serwer—

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The year was 2003, and dancehall was at its peak, attaining unprecedented infiltration of the U.S. and other global markets. Naturally, given the long-running connection and similarities between dancehall and rap, the hip-hop world wanted a piece of the action, and tracks featuring big-name rappers ‘longside  the day’s top dancehall deejays proliferated. One major result of this phenomenon was Def Jam’s Def Jamaica project, featuring the Meth and Red x Damian Marley collab “Lyrical. 44,” among other memorable tunes.

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EVENT: Protoje + Pressure Busspipe on The LargeUp Sessions (5/22)

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LargeUp is to two of our favorite culture specialists, Protoje and Pressure Busspipe, on this Thursday’s edition of the #LargeUpSessions radio show.

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