Apr 25, 2014
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Posts tagged: Nardo Ranks

PHOTOS + VIDEO: LargeUp x Rice and Peas at Great Googa Mooga

Words by Kieran Meadows, Video by Taylor Viera, Photos by Lucio Bracamontes and Mark Dixon


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Mixtape Mondays: Major Lazer, Smutlee, Safari Sound, Bud E Green

Words by Deejay Theory —

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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.

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Audio: Hear Pusha T’s Popcaan Collaboration, “Blocka”

Words by Jesse Serwer—

Pusha T Blocka

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:

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Burrrrrrrruppppp!, Pt. II: LargeUp Interviews Nardo Ranks

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.

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Burrrrrrrruppppp!: LargeUp Interviews Nardo Ranks, Part I

Words by Jesse Serwer—

Nardo Ranks’ “Burrup” is one of those underground street classics that hit in NYC and other major U.S. cities right as dancehall was first starting to be embraced by hip-hop and the broader market. It’s seminal status remained in evidence when rapper Pusha T quoted the song’s lyrics (and sang its hook) in “Mr. Me Too” by the Clipse a decade and a half later. Though “Burrup” was not a major hit in his native Jamaica, with a catalog that also includes still-relevant tunes like “Them a Bleach” (the first song to directly address the topic of skin lightening treatments in Jamaica) and “New Jersey Drive” (a combination with Jr. Demus that tackled police harassment of Jamaicans), Nardo is truly “one of dem originals” and a legend in the dancehall.

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Top Ranks: Kevin Lyons x Miss Lily’s Variety

Words by Jesse Serwer—

Last year visual artist Kevin Lyons staged a show of his work called Red, Gold & Green for Paris’ Colette gallery, inspired largely by the aesthetics of dancehall and Jamaican music culture. “The language is fantastic and so fun to illustrate and draw; words like “BOOMBASTIC” or  ”COLLIE WEED,” Lyons told our Eddie STATS in a Q+A. “The letters are fat and juicy.” Among the works was a series of posters grouping similarly named artists: “SHABBA RANKS. CUTTY RANKS. NARDO RANKS. TIGER RANKS. JUNIE RANKS”; “KING STITT. KING KONG. KING JAMMY. KING TUBBY. KING EDWARDS.”

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