Oct 31, 2014
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Posts tagged: Miami

Next Future: Watch Protoje’s “Stylin” Video

Words by Jesse Serwer, Photos by Christopher Mitchell

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It seemed like the whole reggae world (LargeUp included) was out at sea last week on Damian Marley’s Welcome to Jamrock Reggae Cruise but big tings a gwaan off-ship, too. Among these was the release of “Stylin,” the second single from Protoje’s upcoming LP, Ancient Future. The track features a slightly different, though not entirely foreign, sound for Oje, manipulating his voice through the use of a vocoder. Check out the lyric video (which is kinda like a real video but with lyrics) below, followed by some pics from Protoje’s live Miami debut (at which he was accompanied by Chronixx, Kabaka Pyramid and Ky-mani Marley) this past Sunday.

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Throwback Thursdays: Black Chiney’s Most Classic Mixtapes


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A little over a year ago, Supa Dups, founder of Black Chiney Sound (and producer for Eminem, Bruno Mars and Rihanna, among others), uploaded the full catalog of the Miami DJ crew’s influential mixtape series to his Soundcloud page. Released on CD back when you had to purchase mixtapes by hand instead of downloading them for free, Black Chiney mixes were highly sought-after by dancehall enthusiasts at the time of their release in the early and mid 2000s. Renowned for their seamless blends of reggae vocals and hip-hop beats, they have taken on legendary status.

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Throwback Thursdays: Wayne Wonder x Def Jamaica x Federation Sound

Words by Jesse Serwer—

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The year was 2003, and dancehall was at its peak, attaining unprecedented infiltration of the U.S. and other global markets. Naturally, given the long-running connection and similarities between dancehall and rap, the hip-hop world wanted a piece of the action, and tracks featuring big-name rappers ‘longside  the day’s top dancehall deejays proliferated. One major result of this phenomenon was Def Jam’s Def Jamaica project, featuring the Meth and Red x Damian Marley collab “Lyrical. 44,” among other memorable tunes.

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CONTEST: Be A VIP at #Federation15Miami (5/22)

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This Thursday night in Miami we’re celebrating the 15th anniversary of Federation Sound, at one of our favorite venues, Blackbird Ordinary. If you’re in the 305, you should be there, too. Cham,Wayne Wonder and Chi Ching Ching (plus a few special guests we’re not at liberty to name) will be performing, while Federation, the Rice and Peas crew, Eccentrix Sound and Corey Chase will bring the sound. Miss Likklebit will even be there to hold things down on the dancing tip. (Check out more info here).

Tickets are for sale here but, if you were at our last Miami bashment, you know this one’s gonna be rammm, so we’re offering you an opportunity to make sure you don’t. We’re giving away a VIP package with free admission, plus a drink ticket, for you and a friend, and copies of the Federation 15, for you and a friend. To enter, post the flyer (above) to your Instagram, with the hashtag #Federatio15Miami and lyrics to your favorite song by either Cham, Wayne or Ching, by Wednesday at 5 p.m.

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EVENT: Federation Sound + LargeUp Present Wayne Wonder, Cham + Chi Ching Ching in Miami (5/22)

Words by LargeUp Crew—

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It was a few weeks ago that we first told you about the party in Miami we’re throwing along with Federation Sound to celebrate their 15th anniversary. At the time, all we could reveal about the event, happening at Blackbird Ordinary on May 22, was the stacked DJ lineup consisting of Federation’s Max Glazer and Kenny Meez; DJ Gravy, Orijahnal Vibez and Micro Don of the Rice and Peas crew ; Silent Addy and Keemcentrix of Eccentrix Sound; and Corey Chase.

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EVENT: LargeUp Presents Federation Sound 15th Anniversary (5/22)

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Federation Sound has been at the forefront of pushing dancehall forward since 1999, when Max Glazer and Kenny Meez started the DJ crew with their good friend Cipha Sounds. Cipha eventually moved on, but Kenny and Max grew Federation into one of the most creative sounds in the business, bringing Fame FM’s Alric & Boyd and the late Disco D into a network simultaneously representing New York, Philadelphia and Jamaica. Max and Kenny have made plenty of moves in their own right over the years, but Federation has always been at the core of what they do as reggae/dancehall DJs, with projects like their reliable mixtape series (including official/commissioned titles for the likes of Vybz Kartel, Aidonia, Wayne Marshall and TOK), the weekly Brand New Machine party in NYC, and events across the U.S., Caribbean and Europe.

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