Apr 23, 2014
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Posts tagged: Jamaicans

Check It Deeply: Did Kurtis Mantronik Pioneer The Trap Beat?

Words by Jesse Serwer—

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Much has been made of the blurring of the lines between hip-hop and electronic dance music that’s occurred in recent years. What often gets missed is that the two worlds started out blurred together, only to be separated inorganically by record labels and other entities. Afrika Bambaataa’s “Planet Rock” is just one example of a track that was as pivotal for hip-hop as it was for the dance music genres that took form in the early-to-mid ’80s, such as freestyle.

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Dancehall Rediscovery: Whatever happened to… Predator?

Words by —Tami Tsansai

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We’ve all had moments where a random tune pops into our heads, or we turn the radio on just in time to hear a high school favourite coming at us through the speakers, instantly making the day. That’s the energy whenever I hear a track from one of these deejays… Hawkeye, Predator, Warrior King… where are all those wicked Jamaican dancehall artistes who used to ‘run de place’ now? I for one certainly miss their flava, so I thought it fitting to pay homage to a few of them with a series this week. Check out the first one after the jump.

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NEW MUSIC: Jovi Rockwell Returns With “I Got You”

Words by Jesse Serwer — Photo by Martei Korley

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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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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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VIDEO: Wayne Marshall’s “I Know”

Words by Kimberly Burgess—

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In his video for “I Know,” Wayne Marshall pushes the good guy we have all come to love aside–rude boy Marshall is so much more captivating! As he tells a rival, “you’re no threat to me,” stealing away with the man’s girl right in the same dance, it’s obvious that the singjay who built his career as dancehall’s soft-spoken, go-to crooner is stepping with new confidence since signing with the Marley Brothers’ Ghetto Youths International. Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley and Sean “Young Pow” Diedrick produced this rocker, the first single off of TRU Colors, Marshall’s debut on the imprint and his sophomore album. TRU has a September release date.

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