Apr 20, 2014
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Posts tagged: New York City

Twitter Contest: Tickets to Better Mus’ Come (And Mr. Vegas!) at Lincoln Center, 2/16

Words by LargeUp Crew—

We’ve been bigging up Jamaican director Storm Saulter and his directorial debut Better Mus’ Come for years, and, recently, we told you about the long-awaited NY premiere of the movie at Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater. Well, we’re pleased to announce the event’s gotten even more exciting with the addition of dancehall legend turned festival-tune revivalist Mr. Vegas, who will perform what is sure to be a historic unplugged set prior to the screening. We can’t say for sure but we think this might be the first time a dancehall artist has been billed at Lincoln Center.

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Throwback Thursdays: Tiger feat. Q-Tip, “Who Planned It”

Words by Jesse Serwer—

Ghetto Muzik was a video show that aired in New York City in the mid ’90s. Along with Ralph McDaniels’ Video Music Box, it had the distinction of being one of the first and only US video programs to regularly feature dancehall music. Somebody recently added an entire episode’s worth of footage from it, and ‘God bless ‘em. This particular episode features WBLS Reggae House Party host and current Sirius XM radio personality/program director Pat McKay (with help from Bobby Konders and Tim Westwood) filling in for regular host Marcia Davis, and the playlist is just sick: Red Fox’s “Born Again Black Man,” Louie Rankin and Black Uhuru’s “One Love,” “Just Because I Am Poor” by HR of the Bad Brains, “Wild Wild Life” by Wailing Souls, George Clinton’s cameo-heavy “Paint the White House Black.” What?

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LargeUp TV: Mr. Vegas Unplugged, ‘Sweet and Dandy’

Words by Jesse Serwer:::Photo and Videos by Kevin Ornelas—

Mr. Vegas gets props (although not as much as he should) for being a great dancehall hitmaker but a lot of people don’t realize just how awesome and unique of a singer he is. As Vegas told us in our recent interview, his heroes are Barrington Levy, Alton Ellis and Tenor Saw, Jamaican tenors with unmistakeable vocal character. On the upcoming Sweet Jamaica LP (out Feb. 21), he makes a damn good case for being classified in the same league as them, with vintage-style originals and spot-on recreations of classics like Ellis’ “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy” and Hopeton Lewis’ “Take it Easy.”

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Video: Mims feat. Jovi Rockwell, “The City”

Words by Jesse Serwer

Mims is pretty much known in the hip-hop world as a one-hit wonder thanks to his massive success with “This Is Why I’m Hot,” and relative radio silence since then. But the Washington Heights rapper has actually done quite a bit of dabbling in Caribbean music since then, featuring on a song with Barrington Levy (and Snoop) and chatting some patois on “Hold Yuh.” Much as when Junior Reid laid waste to the dancehall remix of “This is Why I’m Hot,” Mims’ latest track, “The City,” (download here) sees him shown up by another Jamaican, in Jovi Rockwell.

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Shop Ranking: Inside Miss Lily’s Variety

Words by Jesse Serwer, Photos by Tono

Back in April, we shot one of our favorite LargeUp TV episodes at New York City restaurant, Miss Lily’s Favourite Cakes. The place had just opened and, as luck would have it, our cameras were the first to capture the unique energy and aesthetic at partners Serge Becker, Paul Salmons and Binc and Gens Jakupi’s chic-yet-homey, Jamaican patty shop-inspired eatery. In the months since then, Lily’s has become a favorite hangout spot for the Kanyes of the world, lots and lots of models and regular people who enjoy good, Jamaican food, creating one of the most unique social environments in a city full of such offerings.

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Comic Genius: Watch Basquiat Take the Piss Out of an Interviewer

Words by Jesse Serwer, via Dangerous Minds

If you’re really up on Basquiat, you know that a big part of the Haitian/Puerto Rican-American artist’s genius was his truly wicked sense of humor. In this cringe-inducing 1983 interview filmed at Basquiat’s Manhattan studio (“At 3 PM, shortly after Jean-Michel woke for the day”), the artist makes the faintest effort to indulge blowhard art history professor Dr. Mark H. Miller’s yawn-worthy questions. As Basquiat toys with him, Miller takes on a grating stammer that only makes the interaction more awkward—and, unfortunately for his sake, very entertaining to watch, 28 years later. Portions of this footage appeared in Tamra Davis’ Basquiat documentary The Radiant Child in 2010, but if you have the time to invest 33 minutes into one of this beauty of a trainwreck, the full conversation is now up on Youtube in its entirety.

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