Apr 24, 2014
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Posts tagged: Montego Bay

Real Big Man: Orlando Franklin Reps the Caribbean At Super Bowl XLVIII

Words by Natalie Weiner–

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This coming Sunday is all about the Super Bowl. During what essentially amounts to a national holiday in the US (and, to a lesser degree, Canada), people gather around the nearest television — beer and insanely unhealthy food in hand — to watch a bunch of enormous (and inexplicably graceful) men butt heads (literally). In the Caribbean, as with most of the rest of the world, however, football = soccer. As a result, players from the Caribbean are not often represented in the Super Bowl though their ranks are growing in the NFL. We even did a ranking of our favorites two years ago, when no less than four players with Caribbean roots appeared in the big game. In that one, there was even a scion of Jamaican reggae royalty.

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Toppa Top 10: Top Ten Summertime Festivals


Words by LargeUp Crew, Photo by Nicolas LÊ

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You Rate It: Bobby Tenna’s “Me Mumma”

Words by Jesse Serwer—

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Hailing from Montego Bay, singjay Bobby Tenna recently dropped “Me Mumma,” a catchy culture tune on an infectious dancehall riddim of the same name, with Tenna dishing out messages and anecdotes gleaned from his great grandmother. Tenna and his Wilefiya Inc. have gone out and followed up with a full juggling riddim, with tunes from some of dancehall’s biggest names, including Lady Saw, Elephant Man and I-Octane.

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Toppa Top 10: Bunny Rugs Shares His Top Spots Backayard


Words by Bunny Rugs and Erin MacLeod—

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Impressions: Shabba’s Triumphant Return at Reggae Sumfest


Words and Photos by Erin MacLeod—

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LargeUp Premiere: Tommy Lee X Russian, “Lyrical Bomber”

Words by Jesse Serwer—

If you’ve been following dancehall in the last few months, you’ve surely heard the name Tommy Lee come up with increasing frequency. Not to be confused with the rock deity of the same name, the Montego Bay, Jamaica, native with the highly unusual voice has been carrying the torch for Gaza alongside Popcaan in Vybz Kartel’s absence. Producer Russian and his Head Concussion Records recently voiced Mr. Lee for a tune called “Lyrical Bomber,” and they’ve given us the track to premiere. It’s a scorcher, so we’re glad to bring it to you. As our good friend Ms. Raine noted in regard to Tommy’s “Psycho” video, the deejay has that unhinged, psychopath thing going on—think Ninjaman meets ODB, or Eminem on his horrorcore vibes. That quality is on full display in ”Lyrical Bomber,” as Tommy casually shifts from a cool, restrained vocal style to something much more sinister and creepy.

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