Apr 20, 2014
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Posts tagged: Junior Reid

Duppies and Vampires: A Haunted Reggae Top 10 For Halloween


Words by Eddie STATS Houghton and Jesse Serwer—

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AUDIO + VIDEO: Smif N Wessun x Junior Reid, “Solid Ground”

Words by Jesse Serwer, Illustration by Brian Finn

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If you’ve been reading LargeUp for a while— or if you came up on ’90s rap—you know about Brooklyn rap duo Smif N Wessun’s long history of dabbling in reggae and dancehall. When it comes to bringing authentic soundclash vibes into rap it doesn’t get much more classic than “Soundbwoy Bureill,” from ’94′s debut LP Dah Shinin‘. We’ve weighed in on that one a few times and, in fact, we kicked off our hip-hop x dancehall department Heds & Dreds back in 2011 by linking with Tek and Steele for an interview and a roundup of all their reggae-themed material.

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Visual Culture: The Photographs of Pogus Caesar


Words and Interview by Jesse Serwer, Photos by Pogus Caesar—
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Seen: Heavy D Remembered in Photos


Words by Jesse Serwer—

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Toppa Top 10: Busta Rhymes’ Biggest Bashment Tunes


Words by Jesse Serwer, Photo via UpNorthTrips

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Heds and Dreds: Bounty Killer’s Greatest Hip-Hoperas

Words by Jesse Serwer

Bounty Killer is dancehall’s king of beef. It’s fitting that the man who calls himself the Warlord (and who has recently revived his longstanding and somewhat career-defining feud with Beenie Man) would find synergy with Mobb Deep, a group whose career has been similarly colored by static with other artists. The brand-new tune “Dead Man’s Shoes,” featured here last week, isn’t the first time these generals have joined forces on a war chant: Bounty first linked with Prodigy and Havoc 13 years ago, on “Dead Zone” from his Next Millenium album. In fact, Bounty has collaborated with and featured on songs by more rappers than almost any other major dancehall artist. (How ahead of the game has Bounty been with this hip-hop stuff? He had DJ Khaled do the intro to one of his albums way back in 2002—did you know who Khaled was back then?) And for the most part, these connections have been rock solid. Seeing how Bounty has turned up in almost every one of my Heds and Dreds columns, from those on Smif N Wessun to our latest with Special Ed, it seemed only right to turn the tables and spotlight him this time.

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