Aug 28, 2014
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Posts tagged: New York City

Audio: A$AP Ferg Heads to Trinidad On “Petit Valley”

Words by Natalie Weiner, Photo via @ASAPFerg/Instagram—

We already knew A$AP Ferg liked dancehall—now, Harlem’s Trap Lord, who happens be of Trini heritage, is getting into soca as well. Ferg has taken inspiration from the Soca Viking himself, Bunji Garlin, with “Petit Valley,” a freestyle on Garlin’s single “Carnival Tabanca.” He seems to have been inspired to create his own ode to Trinidad after visiting the island last month for Carnival, apparently rediscovering the beauty of both the music, and (naturally) the women.

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Toppa Top 10: Ten Ways To Celebrate Bob Marley’s Birthday

Words by LargeUp Crew— Bob-Marley-football-soccer Today would be the 69th Earthstrong of the Caribbean’s greatest musical ambassador, Bob Marley. As usual, there’s no shortage of ways to celebrate the occasion. Here’s a few top choices.

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Impressions: Super Cat Returns

Words by Desmond Alphonso, Photos by Martei Korley—


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LargeUp Premiere: Ding Dong’s “Syvah” Video Feat. Ricky Blaze

Words by Jesse Serwer—


Dancer-turned-deejay Ding Dong and producer/artist Ricky Blaze have been joined since the beginning of the careers. For both, their music debut came with “Bad Man Forward, Bad Man Pull Up,” the 2006 single Blaze produced for Ding Dong to showcase the latter’s dance of the same name.

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LargeUp Premiere: Alpha Blondy’s “My American Dream” Video

Words by Jesse Serwer—


Alpha Blondy, the veteran reggae artist from the Ivory Coast, is celebrating the 30th anniversary of his debut release Jah Glory! this year, and recently released the album Mystic Power album earlier this year. The rock-infused single “My American Dream” is one of several English-language tunes on the LP (another being “Hope,” a collaboration with Beenie Man), with other tracks sung in French and Alpha’s native language, Dioula.

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Fashion Fridays: Ale et Ange’s Tropical Flower Zilla Hat

Words by Michellee Nelson-

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There’s few bigger staples in hip-hop fashion than snapbacks and fitteds, but when Pusha T started rocking Ale at Ange’s Tropical Flower Zilla hat, we were intrigued. The hat is one of many designs by Ale et Ange, a boutique in NYC’s East Village run by Osoré Ale Oyagha and Jamaican native, Eloise Ange Simonet. Since opening the shop in 2009, the duo have been churning out menswear pieces from ties, and dress shirts to pants and of course hats

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