Words by LargeUp Crew, Photos by Richard Maitland—
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Words by LargeUp Crew—
It’s been an extra long road to summer this year. For those of us in cooler climates, winter couldn’t have ended any sooner, and it’s only just recently that temperatures have finally begun to reach levels truly befitting the season. So, now that summer is finally, officially, unequivocally here, LargeUp is going all out, with our biggest season of live music events yet. This week alone, we’re heading to Miss Lily’s in NYC for International Reggae Day (tomorrow!); Ron Jon Surf Shop in Florida for Saturday Soundsystem with Jesse Royal (Saturday, naturally); and, finally, the Surf Lodge in Montauk, Long Island on Sunday, for the year’s first edition of Dream Hotels ‘ Dream Live! series with Nardo Ranks.
Words by Deejay Theory —
Welcome to another edition of Mixtape Mondays. We’re back to add the necessary soundtrack to your week with vibes from a global roundup of deejays. From one drop to big room, and culture to cardio, we keep the ting versatile with something for everyone this week. Go in below.
Words by Jesse Serwer—
Clipse/G.O.O.D. Music rapper Pusha T has been known to spend his Sundays quoting gunman lyrics, drop references to dancehall classics like Nardo Ranks’ “Burrup,” and generally give Jamaican music his full respect. We’d heard that the MC recently visited yaad to shoot a video and link with the Warlord at Bounty Sundays but it looks like he’s come back with more than that. In what is definitely the highest-profile (and perhaps most brief) cameo to emerge thus far in his career (we’re still waiting for his Snoop Lion feature), Popcaan gets a look on Pusha’s new G.O.O.D. single “Blocka,” produced by Chicago’s Young Chop and also featuring Travis Scott. Stream here:
Words by Jesse Serwer, Photo by DJ Gravy—
Last week, we brought you a taste of our recent reasoning session with dancehall legend Nardo Ranks. In round two of our interview, Na-na-na-na-na-Nardo reflects on his apprenticeship on Jamaica’s Caveman Hi Power sound, his early sparring sessions with Wayne Wonder, and why New York City embraced his music before Jamaicans did. And we had to ask him for the stories behind the favorites for which he is best known: “Rikers Island” (with Cocoa Tea), “Burrup” and “Them a Bleach.” True to form, the self-described “different kind of actor, natural kind of character and human factor” delivers each tale in colorful fashion.