Apr 25, 2014
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Posts tagged: New York City

Heds and Dreds: The Beastie Boys’ Reggae Jones


Words by Jesse Serwer and DJ Gravy—

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Video: Ski Beatz feat. Los Rakas, “Mr. Miyagi”

Words by Jesse Serwer—

We’ve been doing our part to spread the Panabaynian gospel of Los Rakas for a while now and it seems that more and more people are catching on to what the duo of Rakas Dun and Rico have to offer. Fresh off their recent collaboration with fellow Bay Area-n, E-40, and being spotted in the studio with Diplo, legendary Brooklyn hip-hop producer Ski Beatz, of Roc-a-Fella fame, has tapped the duo for his upcoming Latin hip-hop project, 24 Hour Karate School Presents: 24 Horas Escuela de Karate. The result is a brief crane kick in the face called “Mr. Miyagi,” and it now has an NYC-set video which captures the interested parties (and one breakdancing toddler) soaking up NYC from the Williamsburg Bridge and a BK rooftop.Check it out below.

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Video: Nas Brings “The Don” To Life

Words by Jesse Serwer—

Nas has been on a roll leading up to his upcoming Life is Good LP, beginning with last summer’s invigorating “Nasty” and, most recently, the highly personal “Daughters.” It’s the SuperCat-sampling ‘The Don,” co-produced by Salaam Remi and the late Heavy D (as well as Da Internz), that gives us hope that Nas might finally be set to break the curse of mediocre post-Illmatic albums. This song just hits hard in a way no other rap tunes are hitting right now, while Nas’ inclusion of SuperCat (not to mention production from a pair of Caribbeans in Salaam and Heavy) is a positive sign for those hoping reggae-inflected hip-hop will make a comeback.

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Throwback Thursdays: Skadanks, “Everybody African”

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Back when New York was a dangerous and cutting edge city, before the homogenization, and when reggae and its byproduct, hip hop, were still getting aquainted, a group of bright kids who went to the esteemed Stuyvesant High School together put a group together called the Skadanks.

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Ticket Giveaway: “I’m Santana” in NYC

Words by Jesse Serwer—

As we revealed here last week, I’m Santana, the feature film based on the Trinidadian puppet whose viral videos have swept the Caribbean, is coming to NYC from April 17-22, for CariBBeing‘s Flatbush Film Fest. LargeUp is the official media sponsor for the screenings, and we’ve got a pair of tickets to give away to see Santana on Friday night, 4/20, at Pulse 48 in Brooklyn. To win, follow these instructions:

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Trini Puppets Take Manhattan: “I’m Santana” Set for US Debut

Words by LargeUp—

We’ve been huge fans and supporters of Roger Alexis’ “Santana” shorts so as soon as we found out the badbwoy Trini puppet and viral video sensation was getting his own full-on feature film, we knew we wanted to be involved in some way. We’re excited to announce that Flatbush Film Festival organizers CariBBeing will be bringing I’m Santana to New York for its U.S. debut this month. LargeUp is the official media sponsor for the screenings, which will be held at the Rerun Theater in Dumbo, Brooklyn, on April 17 (9 p.m.) and 18 (6 and 7:45 p.m.); Pulse 48 (formerly CPAC) in East Flatbush, Brooklyn, on April 19 (6:30 p.m.) and 20 (7 and 8:45 p.m.); and the Maysles Cinema in Harlem, on Sunday April 22 (3:30 and 5 p.m.). Get your tickets here and stay tuned for more details here on LargeUp, and on CariBBeing’s Facebook. In the meantime, keep yourself occupied with the trailer and our interview with creator Roger Alexis!

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