Words by Natalie Weiner
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Words by Marcha M. Johnson—
With soca steadily gaining momentum on the international music scene, and its following growing steadily, sub-genres and other interpretations of the culture are inevitably emerging from the most unexpected places. One such place is in the music of St. Louis, Missouri native Mr. One Hundred (a/k/a Paul B Davis), the newest act on the Mixpak Records roster.
Words by LargeUp Crew, Video by Vincent Picone—
Last fall, our friends Jasmine Solano and Melo-X took their celebrated, super-fun, dancehall/electro/anything-goes dance party Electric Punanny on a 360-degree world tour. The six-country, nine-city sojourn touched down in Paris, Stockholm(“That was one of the first spots that surprised us with how much reggae they knew,” says Melo-x), London; Munich, Berlin, Melbourne, Sydney and Queensland (Australia) in October, before climaxing in Tokyo in November.
Words by Jesse Serwer—
It’s been a week for new and unexpected destinations here on LargeUp. First we had our own Blacka Di Danca bringing dancehall to Siberia. Now we’ve got a fresh-sounding merger of hip-hop and dancehall from New Zealand. Produced by veteran NZ DJ/beatmaker P Money, “Baddest” features London singjay Gappy Ranks—a man we dubbed “Rookie of the Year” back in 2010—sounding off over a bass-heavy 808 beat. Adding to the flavor is a sample of “Come Baby Come,” the 1993 hip-house anthem from Puerto Rican MC and one-time Latin freestyle star K7. It’s an interesting mix, but it works. DJs, this is a high-energy, club-ready track you’re going to want to download for your hip-hop-into-dancehall (or dancehall-into-hip-hop) segment, if that’s your thing. Get it below, and click here for more Gappy Ranks.
Words by Deejay Theory —
This one GONE. Lyrical badman Stylo G has another hit on his hands, this time teaming up with legendary female deejay Sister Nancy (pree our new LargeUp TV webisode with her shot at our recent Sunday session at NYC’s Soho House). I’ve been rinsing this tune steady for a few weeks now, and definitely see this becoming a massive single worldwide very soon. The riddim is so tuff and Stylo rides it like a boss, with Nancy sampling snippets from her iconic classic “Bam Bam” for the chorus and throughout.