Apr 20, 2014
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Posts tagged: Nas

VIDEO: Busy Signal Freestyles Over ’90s Rap Classics in Uganda in “All For One”

Words by Jesse Serwer, Photo by Martei Korley— busy-signal-rebel-salute While we’re on the topic of big tunes we missed, we just have to pull up and rewind back two weeks to New Year’s Day, when perennial LargeUp favorite and all-around lyrical beast Busy Signal took to Youtube to drop the Uganda-set video for his latest lyrical coup de grace.

Showing once again that he’s got bars to match any rapper north of the Caribbean, Busy tears his way through some of ’90s rap’s biggest beats on the wicked, six-minute “All In One” freestyle. The Notorious B.I.G.’s “Juicy,” Dre and Snoop’s “Still DRE” and “The Next Episode,” Mobb Deep’s “Quiet Storm,” Nas’ “Hate Me Now,” DMX’s “Ruff Ryders Anthem” and Black Rob’s “Whoa” are all fodder on “All In One” (which first appeared in audio form in November), as “HottEd” toasts to his accomplishments (the success of “Watch Out For This” with Major Lazer; Rihanna singing his tune “Come Over”) and rhymes things like “Peabo to the Bryson” with “Rodney to the Pryce and” (and, our favorite, “ludi to the dice and.”)

It’s not the first time we’ve heard Busy go to town over hip-hop of ’90s vintage: Okayplayer editor (and Busy Signal historian) Eddie Stats just reminded us of “Busy Smalls,” a mashup of Busy’s “Too Much Gun” and Biggie’s “Dead Wrong” that dates back to his breakout year of 2006.

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Impressions: Super Cat Returns


Words by Desmond Alphonso, Photos by Martei Korley—

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Badda Don Dada: Ward 21 Channel Super Cat on “Mic Magician”

Words by DJ Autograph
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I might be a Jamaican but my introduction to Ward 21’s “Mic Magician” is a fortunate and direct result of my current effort to learn Swedish. I was listening to Safari Sound’s show on Swedish National Radio Friday, when I was blown away by the Super Cat sample-driven “Mic Magician,” featuring Marcy Chin and Deewunn, the newest members of Ward 21′s extended Badda Badda Gang family. The song’s use of “Under Pressure” is easily the best use of a Super Cat sample this side of Nas’ Salaam Remi-produced “The Don.”

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ALBUM STREAM: Salaam Remi’s “One: In The Chamber”

Words by Jesse Serwer—
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When it comes to contemporary music makers, there’s few people we rate higher than Salaam Remi. Last summer we spent time at the low-key superproducer’s Miami compound, where he spoke on his career highs and outlook on music, and gave us the play-by-play on 10 of his most classic productions, from Super Cat’s “Ghetto Red Hot (Remix)” to Nas’ “The Don.”

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Heds and Dreds: Sterling Simms, Nas, Kanye + ’80s Dancehall Samples

Words by Jesse Serwer—

This week we’re reviving our long-dormant hip-hop x reggae column Heds and Dreds to discuss the growing trend of ’80s dancehall samples in rap songs.

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Toppa Top 10: Salaam Remi Breaks Down Ten of His Classic Records


Words by Salaam Remi, as told to Jesse Serwer:::Photo by Daison Osbourne—

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