Nov 27, 2014
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Posts tagged: Mavado

LargeUp Premiere: Serani’s “In My Arms” Video

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When you talk about dancehall from the last 10 years, you have to mention Serani. As the leader of the production crew Daseca, he helped launch Mavado’s career, soundtracking early Gully Gad anthems like “Real McKoy,” as well as big hits by Sean Paul (“We Be Burnin”) and Tony Matterhorn (“Dutty Wine”). Stepping out as an artist a few years later, he struck big with 2009’s “No Games.” One of dancehall’s last truly massive crossover hits, it’s one of those tunes that mus’ play anytime a hip-hop or big-room club DJ plunges into dancehall.

Things have been quiet for Serani in the last few years–or so it might seem.

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Mek Mi Know: Get Familiar with Ryme Minista

Words by Jesse Serwer—

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Among the names already announced for this year’s Reggae Sumfest, Ryme Minista might be the least familiar, especially to those from outside Jamaica. On the island, however, the deejay’s name is quickly gaining currency, starting in his home turf of Montego Bay, where he’s shored up a loyal local base not unlike his associate Tommy Lee Sparta a few years back.

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Dancehall Nuh Dead: Ten Dancehall Acts That Matter Right Now

Words by LargeUp Crew—

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Heds & Dreds: Six Rap Tracks Featuring Sizzla

Words by Jesse Serwer—


Mavado’s appearance on Rick Ross’ latest, Mastermind, is hardly surprising. Now based primarily in Florida, the Gully Gad is signed to Ross affiliate DJ Khaled’s We The Best stable, a partnership that has already led to ‘Vado’s appearances on tracks by French Montana and Ace Hood. Sizzla’s appearance on the same tune, “Mafia Music III,” on the other hand, is a little more noteworthy. Kalonji, who’s been sampled on numerous rap tracks over the years, including “Crown” from Jay-Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail, has collaborated with a small handful of rappers during his 20-year career, but it’s been a few years since we’ve heard this side of the firebrand singjay. Scroll through for a full list of his notable rap link-ups.

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Impressions: Onstage At Sting’s 30th Anniversary


Words by Jesse Serwer, Photos by Varun Baker

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Toppa Top 10: Ten Classic Clashes at Sting


Words by Jesse Serwer and DJ Gravy—

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