Oct 25, 2014
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Posts tagged: patois

Heds & Dreds: Prodigy of Mobb Deep Channels Classic Dancehall on “Hoodie Weather”

Words by Richard “Treats” Dryden

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Prodigy of Mobb Deep has had many aliases—Bandana P, Don P, Bumpy Johnson—during his 20 years in rap music. His latest appearance, in a featured verse on “Hoodie Weather” alongside buzzing newcomer Your Old Droog, suggests that he might be due for a West Indian-inspired alias, as he switches to a Jamaican accent interpolating lyrics from Shelly Thunder’s “Kuff” over Marco Polo’s beat. (“Don’t you know you haffi respect me, a wheelchair see they act properly/Sometimes a man fi-get, you haffi get violent.”) Prodigy’s wink to one of our all-time favorite lady deejays comes fresh off his recent trip to Jamaica’s Calabash book fair to promote his Infamous Books imprint this past spring. We’re told P spent a few days after his business trip catching vibes dung ah yahd, in what we hear was his first ever vacation. A break from work is hardly in P’s vocabulary, as he even questioned the mere idea of a vacation in his autobiography, My Infamous Life. But by the looks of his travels this year, and now from the patois in his rhyme a few months later, Jamaica has left a lasting impression on him.

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LargeUp Premiere: Lucas D – “Make My Rounds”

Words by Jesse Serwer

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This past spring, Canadian teenager Lucas Di Pasquale became an unlikely Internet sensation with his acoustic cover medley of songs by dancehall star Popcaan. While dancehall fans worldwide were won over by Lucas’ earnest, emotive take on Hot Skull tunes like “Party Shot,” and “Only Man She Want”, it was in Jamaica where the Toronto native and his impressive command of patois drew the biggest response. This summer saw Lucas touch down on Jamaican soil, where he appeared on the nation’s top celebrity interview program OnStage TV and took the stage during Popcaan’s set at Dream Weekend, turning in one of the most talked-about appearances during the Negril all-inclusive.

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LargeUp Premiere: The Parent Trap’s “Bumbaclot!”

Words by Jesse Serwer

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Earlier this summer, we introduced you to The Parent Trap, the new project from Toronto-via-Jamaica’s Melodic Yoza and T-Dot producers YAKOBEAN, The Bass6, and TMB, via a premiere of their debut single “Bad Up.”

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LargeUp Interview: Adam Mansbach + Crew Talk “Go de Rass to Sleep”

Words by Jesse Serwer—

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Adam Mansbach’s “bedtime book for parents who live in the real world” Go the F*** to Sleep has already been translated into more than 30 languages. Now, the New York Times and Amazon.com bestseller has become the first book ever to be translated into Jamaican patois (With the exception of the Bible, that is.)

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AUDIO: Major Lazer x Pharrell – “Aerosol Can”

Words by Natalie Weiner—
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It’s not like Pharrell really needs any extra heat right now — he’s had production credits on many of the most notable albums in the past year, adding to his already abundant collection of statues and plaques.

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Bumboclaat!: Rob Ford’s Drunken Patois Rant

Words by Jesse Serwer—

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West Indian culture is arguably more deeply embedded in Toronto than in any other farin city—even New York and London. What other place could have given us such patois-slanging yankees canucks as Drake and Snow?

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