Nov 27, 2014
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Posts tagged: Puerto Ricans

Back To Borinquen: The Rock Steady Crew In Puerto Rico

Words by Kieran K. Meadows—


Most of the time when we reference rocksteady on LargeUp we’re talking about a late 1960s Jamaican music genre that slightly predated reggae. But there’s another “Rock Steady” force with roots in the Caribbean — namely the island of Puerto Rico. We’re talking about the world renowned B-boy pioneers from New York City, the Rock Steady Crew.

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Ron-NYC: Tirado Rum Brings Puerto Rican Moonshine to NY

Words by Jesse Serwer—

Tirado Distillery

New York City has become home to a thriving spirits business in recent years but this renaissance for the most part has not included rum. Recently, however, a local doctor of Puerto Rican heritage, Renee Hernandez, opened the first distillery in the Bronx since prohibition. And, though Hernandez’s company, Tirado, also makes three types of whiskeys and a maple liqueur, it specializes in pitorro, or canita—fruit-infused, Puerto Rican moonshine rum. The story of Tirado, which launched in 2011, is told in an article in Thursday’s New York Times, which you can read here.

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AUDIO: Download Young Ragga’s “Musiquilla” +“Antiestablishment”

Words by Sabia McCoy-Torres—


Young Ragga, a new artist representing San Juan, Puerto Rico, has just released Ragga Muffin Style, a collaboration with producer DJ Nature. The album is a refreshing return to the ’80s rub-a-dub era, infused with the lyrical flows and techniques of the present. Young Ragga’s desire to have the new pay respect to the old is clear in his album cover’s reference to Horace Andy’s Dance Hall Style. While the majority of the album is reggae based, “Antiestablishment,” an Afrobeat inspired track layered with rap lyrics that chant down Babylon, shows the diversity of Young Ragga’s style. Very worth downloading.

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Toppa Top 10: Ten Caribbean Athletes at the Summer Olympics

Words by Emily Shapiro and Jesse Serwer—

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Cinema de la Calle: Calle 13’s “La Vuelta al Mundo” Video

Words by Sabia McCoy-Torres—

For such an iconoclastic and rebellious act, Puerto Rico’s Calle 13 sure cleaned up at last year’s Latin Grammys, winning a record-setting eight wins for their LP Entren Los Que Quieran. And the project is still bearing fruit. With “La Vuelta al Mundo,” (“Turn the World Around”) rapper-vocalist Residente, the well-known face of the group, and behind-the-scenes producer Visitante ventured into old-fashioned love song territory, and now they’ve got an almost movie-like video to tell the story.

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Toppa Top 10: Top 10 Caribbean Baseball Players

Words by Jesse Serwer

The Major League Baseball All-Star Game is set for tonight in Phoenix and–no shocker to anyone–the Dominican Republic is well-represented on both the American and National League rosters. We easily could have filled a list of the best active pro baseball players solely with Dominicans but in the spirit of diversity over cold statistics, we made an effort to include players from across the islands.

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