Oct 25, 2014
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Posts tagged: Ninjaman

Throwback Thursdays: Stone Love with Ninjaman + Shabba at Biltmore Ballroom in 1989

Words by Saxon Baird

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One of the most interesting recent turns for Jamaican music has been the re-emergence of an ’80s and ’90s aesthetic both in music and fashion in the last year. Aidonia, Konshens, Iba MaHr and Mr. Vegas are just some of the Jamaican artists reaching deep into their closets and dusting off their mesh marinas, diamond sox, kangols and gold chains for their latest videos. Just yesterday, we featured yet another example of the on-going revival with Assassin aka Agent Sasco’s video for “Sekkle an Cease.” Featuring all of the key ingredients of a classic sound-system dance (jerk chicken vendors, Guinness, whining gyals), the video, down to it’s grainy VHS-quality, perfectly matches Sasco’s old-school voicing patterns over the throwback vibes of Jah Snowcone’s Nuh Fraid riddim.

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VIDEO: Burna Boy is Nigeria’s “Don Gorgon”

Words by Natalie Weiner—
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Nigeria’s Burna Boy never skimps on the visuals, and the brand new video for his tune “Don Gorgon” (yes, like that Don Gorgon) is no exception. The Naija deejay has showed off his love for dancehall on tunes like “Yawa Dey” and “Wombolombo and, on “Don Gorgon” he quotes from Shabba’s “Ting-a-Ling,” Johnny Osbourne’s “Budy Bye” and Super Cat and Heavy D’s “Dem No Worry We,”  paying homage to the genre’s greats throughout the single. Interestingly, the video follow a recent interview in which he professes that he’s “never had a liking for Shabba…people have told me of my similarities to him but personally, I don’t feel him,” stating his preference for Super Cat among ’80s/’90s dancehall greats (No word on his opinion of the Original Don Gorgon Ninjaman, though). 

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LargeUp Premiere: Stream DJ Prince’s “Test My Sound” LP

Words by Jesse Serwer—

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Coming out of NYC’s Duck Down camp, DJ Prince makes hip-hop with a reggae- and dancehall-influenced point of view. Think “Sound Bwoy Bureill” by Smif N Wessun mixed with Busta Rhymes’ forays into patois-inflected rap, and you’ll have something of an idea of the flavor on the triple-threat MC/producer/DJ’s debut LP, Test My Sound.

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In the LargeUp Store: Ninjaman Prints by Lord Blakely

Words by Jesse Serwer—

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Drawing from his love of dancehall music, early animation, European history, Saturday morning cartoons and the collision of cultures, Portland, Oregon-based Blakely Dadson, a/k/a Lord Blakely, creates realistic, often fantastical, scenes that somehow incorporate all those diverse interests.

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Toppa Top 10: Ten Tunes You (Probably) Missed in 2013


Words by LargeUp Crew—
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Impressions: Onstage At Sting’s 30th Anniversary


Words by Jesse Serwer, Photos by Varun Baker

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