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Posts tagged: Mavado

Cockney & Yardie: Heatwave’s UK Update, April 2011

Words by Gabriel Heatwave

Mr. Williamz

Mr. Williamz

It’s been a bumper few weeks for UK dancehall. In last month’s update, I mentioned that there are many reasons to be optimistic about the current state of the music over here. Here are some of those reasons:

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Storm Front: New Video for Daseca’s Category 5 Riddim

Words by Jesse Serwer

YouTube has been a blessing and a curse for dancehall videos, enhancing their quantity and visibility but rarely their quality. Director Winston Mayhew‘s visually stimulating work for Busy Signal and others are often exceptions, and his latest clip, for a medley featuring all six tunes on Daseca’s tempestuous Category 5 riddim, doesn’t disappoint. Astutely, each artist is filmed in starkly different yet character-appropriate environs—party dude Serani lounges in a rum shack, rootsman I-Octane’s in a weed-clouded car, Mavado’s in (where else) a cemetery, Bugle’s out on a pier in the harbor (Okay, we’re not exactly sure how that particular setting suits his character but it looks good). The end result is a rare YouTube-era video with a truly wide and original breadth of Jamaican scenery. On the musical tip, the Gully Gad’s appearance is saved, climactically, for last but it’s Serani’s infectuous turn on “Clouds” that had us rewinding the month-old riddim release (Which you can buy at Amazon or iTunes, or stream below on Soundcloud). We’re not sure of the name of the hand-based raindance ‘Rani and friends are doing, but we have a hunch it may be a major source of precipitation this summer.

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Toppa Top 10: Reggae-Inspired Kicks

Words by Jason “J-Rockaz” Orford


Spring is here! Which means Summer will be hotstepping around the corner any minute. While we here at LargeUp have kept our Clarks on for what seems like all winter, we don’t mind diversifying our portfolios when the weather nices up. These trainers manage to pull off top-ranking status from the sidelines by putting an international spotlight on the marginalized world of reggae and dancehall culture. Paying homage to the iconic Red, Gold & Green color combination didn’t necessarily qualify items to appear on this list. Don’t get us wrong–it didn’t hurt. Together those colors symbolize a deeper meaning, which many of the cut/paste/iron-on-patch sneakers simply can’t live up to. But it was meaningful and creative executions which truly qualified these kicks for thanks and praise. LargeUp and enjoy…

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Complex Situation: Wiz Khalifa Reps JA (and Mavado)

Words by Jesse Serwer


No surprise seeing rap’s newest bonafide star Wiz Khalifa on the cover of the new Complex Magazine (A publication, as it happens, currently under the art direction of LargeUp family member Brent Rollins).  The kid, who’s about to drop one of the most anticipated rap albums of the year next week, has already been out front on Rolling Stone. Wiz’s attire took us for a loop, though: he’s rocking the Gully squad T-shirt from our peoples RepJA. We’ve never known Wiz to be much of a dancehall head (though he did rhyme over Alborosie’s “Still Blazin” on his Kush & Orange Juice mixtape) so we’re curious to know if this is a deliberate homage to Mavado, or just a happy accident. If so, we’d like to see those two lighting one up in the studio before the summer comes. With all due apologies to Nas and Jr. Gong, we’re still waiting for that crucial collaboration that brings reggae/hip-hop crossover back to the forefront.

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Cockney & Yardie: Heatwave’s UK Update, March 2011

Words by Gabriel Heatwave

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First up this month is the tragic news that Smiley Culture, UK dancehall icon and a key inspiration for this column, has died, aged 48. In fact, we’re dedicating the whole of this month’s update to his memory and legacy. The circumstances surrounding his death are somewhat mysterious, with some debate over how his fatal stab wound was inflicted during a police raid on his home just outside London. An investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission is underway and there have been calls for a full public inquiry into his death.

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Spring Bruk: Drake and Mavado Onstage at BritJam

Words by Eddie STATS Houghton via Octobers Very Own


We TOLD YOU Drake was on some dancehall shit (and then we told you again). Everybody’s favorite child-actor turnt rapper turnt singer gave full vent to his yardocentric Star Bwoy persona (not to be confused with his soundsytem selector persona Voodoo Child Sound) at a recent Britjam performance, parring on stage with homie/video co-star Mavado and saying, Jamaica to the bloodclaat world! Literally. Which turned out to be a problem, actually, cause apparently the plug was pulled on the show when Drake dropped the claat-bomb, preempting a much-anticipated freestyle over a dancehall beat. They did ask him nicely to stop banging on the furnace. And now the party done.

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