Nov 28, 2014
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Posts tagged: Kreyol

LargeUp Premiere: Rebel Layonn’s “Lanmou Djaye” Video

Words by Jesse Serwer, Photos by Christopher L. Mitchell


Reggae’s popularity in Haiti is growing, and one of the most visible and popular figures pushing the genre forward there is Rebel Layonn.

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Haitian Christmas, 101: Drinking Cremas with Wyclef

Words by Jesse Serwer:::Video shot by Allison Swank:::Edited by Kieran K. Meadows— haitian-christmas-wyclef-cremas-2

A few nights back the LargeUp + Okayplayer crew were invited to meet with Wyclef in NYC to talk ‘Clef’s just announced appearance at next week’s Sting festival in Jamaica, among other things ranging from classic dancehall clashes to Dave Chappelle.

As we stepped in the room, we couldn’t help but notice a homemade bottle of cremas which, it turned out, had been lovingly crafted by ‘Clef own aunt. For those that don’t know, cremas (or kremas, as it’s sometimes spelled) is Haiti’s extra potent answer to egg nog.

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You Rate It: Wyclef Jean’s “Bagay Nef”

Words by Jesse Serwer—


“Bagay Nef,” an early leak off of Wyclef‘s upcoming The Carnival Returns mixtape, might be the most creative tune the Refugee Camp leader has given us in years. Delivered in kreyol, the track features an blend of uptempo kompa, trap/EDM beats and even some dancehall vibes, with vocal delivery that reminds us of one Vybz Kartel. Clef intermittenly namedrops “Dubstep,” so we guess that’s supposed to be in there too, though we don’t hear it.

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Haitian in Montréal: Stream Mr. OK’s “Wa Wont”

Words by Jesse Serwer—

We’d been wondering recently what had become of Mr. OK. The Montréal-based Haitian MC’s 2010 EP Ma Mwen had us thinking he could be the guy to bring kreyòl rap to the non-kreyòl speaking world’s attention but sometime after we interviewed him in this space that year he dropped off our collective radar screen. Well, our curiosity has been salved in the form of “Wa Wont,” a prelude to OK’s upcoming sophomore EP with producer Freeworm (his primary collaborator on Ma Mwen). Turns out “Wa Wont,” a big anthem over the beat from Childish Gambino’s “Bonfire,” is actually the latest of several leaks posted on the Masalacism blog leading up to the new EP’s release, with each available as a free download for a limited time. Stream “Wa Wont” below, and download it here for the price of your e-mail address.

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Kreyol Connection: Mr. OK Raps from Haiti to Montreal

Words by Eddie STATS Houghton


One of the (tiny) upsides to the earthquake in Haiti early this year has been an increased awareness of Haitian art and culture and doubly so in the Francophone world. It makes sense then, that when they decided to launch their own label, the DJs and bloggers behind the Poirier-affiliated Masalacism radio show and website went with Mr. OK, a kreyol rapper recently transplanted from Port-au-Prince to their native Montreal. Largeup got an exclusive interview with Mr. OK who linked with his producer and collaborator Freeworm at a Masala Sono fundraiser for the quake. The EP drops digitally June 8 but you can check a preview (and more interview with Guillaume Decouflet about the label’s vision) over at Ghetto Palms.

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