Oct 24, 2014
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Posts tagged: Portmore Empire

AUDIO: Jah Vinci x Junior Reid, “Penitentiary”

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More than a half-decade after he came to the reggae world’s attention as a member of Vybz Kartel’s Portmore Empire/Gaza crew, Jah Vinci has just released his debut LP Ghetto Born.

The dancehall/reggae singer has been on the scene since 2008, with tracks like “In My Life,” “Kill Dem Fast,” and “Money” showcasing his versatile vocal stylings. Now, he’s collaborating with artists like Beenie Man and none other than Junior Reid, who is currently in New York getting ready to perform at the first ever LargeUp SummerStage concert in Central Park this Saturday. Jah Vinci is far from the only artist to have been blessed with a cameo from Reid, however. Mr. One Blood’s 30 year career has been punctuated by appearances on dancehall, reggae, and hip-hop tracks of all stripes—check out some of the best here. “Penitentiary,” Jah Vinci and Reid’s duet, is a conscious treatise on the problems with the prison system over an EDM-inflected reggae beat—listen below, and tell us what you think in the comments.

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Renaissance Bwoy: Check Out Melo-X’s “God Magic”

Words by Tasha Brown—

Melo-X God Magic

Melo-X, the East Flatbush, Brooklyn-raised Jamaican, wears many hats. Fresh off his recent collaborative LP with singer Jesse Boykins III, the rapper/DJ/producer (and cousin of Jah Vinci, formerly of Vybz Kartel’s Portmore Empire), has a new EP on the way, GOD: LoFI.

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LargeUp TV: Snoop Lion and Diplo on Popcaan

Words by Jesse Serwer—

Snoop and Diplo on Popcaan

A few months back, shortly after Snoop Dogg’s press conference announcing his transformation into Snoop Lion, we sat down with Snoop and producer Diplo for an in-depth conversation on a wide variety of topics. One was Snoop’s relationship with Bunny Wailer. Another was dancehall phenom Popcaan, with whom the pair collaborated on “Lighters Up,” from Snoop’s upcoming Reincarnated album (and perhaps some other tracks from the LP as well?)

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Fry Yiy!: Popcaan Reps LargeUp

Words by LargeUp Crew, Photos by Martei Korley—

LargeUp recently spent the day with Popcaan in greater Portmore, playing football, dominoes and generally getting a look into the life of the Raving King. Look out for all this and more in our upcoming episode of LargeUp TV. Meanwhile, check these fly pics of Poppy repping the brand-new LargeUp x Rockers NYC Jamaica tee, which you too can cop right here. LargeUp yuhself, Popcaan!

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LargeUp Premiere: Tommy Lee X Russian, “Lyrical Bomber”

Words by Jesse Serwer—

If you’ve been following dancehall in the last few months, you’ve surely heard the name Tommy Lee come up with increasing frequency. Not to be confused with the rock deity of the same name, the Montego Bay, Jamaica, native with the highly unusual voice has been carrying the torch for Gaza alongside Popcaan in Vybz Kartel’s absence. Producer Russian and his Head Concussion Records recently voiced Mr. Lee for a tune called “Lyrical Bomber,” and they’ve given us the track to premiere. It’s a scorcher, so we’re glad to bring it to you. As our good friend Ms. Raine noted in regard to Tommy’s “Psycho” video, the deejay has that unhinged, psychopath thing going on—think Ninjaman meets ODB, or Eminem on his horrorcore vibes. That quality is on full display in “Lyrical Bomber,” as Tommy casually shifts from a cool, restrained vocal style to something much more sinister and creepy.

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Audio: Popcaan x Dre Skull, “The System”

Words by Jesse Serwer, via The Fader

Last week, we brought you the world premiere of the first tune from Dre Skull’s Loudspeaker riddim, Machel Montano’s “Go Down.” A few days on and we now have Popcaan’s “The System” taking things in a completely different direction—both for the riddim and the artist himself. Known for his breezy party tunes, Poppi throws his hat into the social commentary arena with “The System,” and he wears it well. The Vybz Kartel heir apparent is rapidly developing as an artist, and, after hearing “The System,” it seems conscious material will be part of his repertoire. Stream it below, and look out for more tunes from Loudspeaker to drop soon, via Mixpak.

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