Jul 31, 2014
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Posts tagged: New York City

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”

Words by DJ Gravy—

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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Throwback Thursdays: Spliffington on Reel 2 Real’s “Conway”

By Spliffington

We’re huge fans of Spliffington’s artwork and his Out Pon Bail Tumblr (always a great source for rare sound tapes and videos as well as odd photos) so we’re glad to have the man on our team. For his first LargeUp post, he recalls getting turned on to Reel 2 Real’s NYC discount department store-themed, dancehall-inflected mid ’90s club hit as a youth in Senegal. For more Spliffington, check his Gunwash radio show on heritageradionetwork.com on Thursdays from 7:30-8:30 and Radiolily.com on Saturdays from 4-6.

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Shout-Out: Happy Birthday, Ralph McDaniels

Words by Jesse Serwer—

Today we’re sending a big birthday shout-out to the man who pioneered the shout-out and one of my personal heroes:  “Uncle” Ralph McDaniels.

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