Oct 24, 2014
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Posts tagged: Nicodemus

Impressions: Super Cat Returns

Words by Desmond Alphonso, Photos by Martei Korley—


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LargeUp Interview: Cocoa Tea on ‘In A Di Red,’ Payola + Being a ‘Slow Leak’ Artist

Words by Sherman Escoffery, Photos by Niketa Thomas—

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Toppa Top 10: Top Gunslinger-Inspired Deejays

Words by Jesse Serwer

Clint Eastwood - 1978 - Death In The Arena       [Cha Cha LP F

The Wild West has been a major influence on reggae music since its beginnings in the late ’60s, when Spaghetti Westerns like The Good, The Bad and the Ugly were all the rage in Jamaica’s moviehouses. Initially this took the shape of reinterpreted theme music or one-off novelty tributes. By the late ’70s and early ’80s, dancehall artists were modeling themselves after gunslingers both real (John Wayne, Clint Eastwood) and fictional (Josey Wales, Lone Ranger). Many of today’s deejays have likely never seen a Western, but the influence still persists in the form of the badman, the antihero asserting himself against Babylon by any means necessary–the Jamaican answer to the gunslinger. For an illustration of this connection that’s more rooted in fact than many realize, look no further than Jamaica’s greatest movie, The Harder They Come. It is only after watching 1966’s Django in a rowdy theater that Jimmy Cliff’s aspiring reggae singer Ivanhoe goes from naive country boy to rogue cop-killer. In case the connection isn’t clear, the final scene where Ivan meets his demise in a police shootout is intercut with flashbacks to the crowd watching Django. Here’s a look at how shoot-em-up flicks inspired some of reggae/dancehall’s real-life anti-heroes.

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Toppa Top 10: Spooky Reggae!

Words by Eddie STATS Houghton


This year Halloween fell on a weekend (sorry, it had to be said) and Subatomic Sound and J. Rockaz have inspired me to compile this top 10 list of spooky reggae jams to drop between “Thriller” and Fela’s “Zombie” at your haunted houseparty. Anything related to duppies, ghosts, vampires, zombies and other undead creatures is fair game and the truly scary thing is how many classic reggae tunes there are that fall into this ghoulish category once you start um, digging. Maybe there are heaps of spooky soca and merengue jams I just don’t know about but it certainly seems like the supernatural is a recurring theme in Kingston, a town that has produced crews called Monster Shack and Scare Dem–not to mention Ghost! Whatever the reason, there are way more than 10 so let’s get started. Grab that flashlight and follow me, kids!

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