Sep 16, 2014
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Posts tagged: Reggae

106 & Carnival: BET Gets Ready For Di Road

Words by Natalie Weiner

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It’s Carnival Week in New York, and pretty much everyone has already gotten the party started, including BET’s eternal 106 & Park—or, as it was titled today, “106 & Carnival,” complete with slightly uncomfortable-looking hosts in mas band costumes. The episode featured a mix of up-and-coming and veteran dancehall, reggae, and soca artists in front of an audience repping just about every part of the Caribbean.

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Hollie Cook Live!: US Tour Dates

Words by LargeUp Crew
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We’ve come to expect large things for Hollie Cook ever since we first caught her debut LP in 2011. The sweet-voiced songstress has been making noise at home in England and across Europe recently, thanks to her superb sophomore album, Twice, and now it’s America’s turn for a taste of Hollie Cookie (as she’s known on social media).

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Mixtape Mondays: Screechy Dan, BRNGTN, The Freshest, King Addies x Buju Banton

Words by Deejay Theory

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Serious business this week at #MixtapeMondays with dubplate pressure, dancehall comedy, ruffneck lyrics and throwback heat all rolled up in one big-head spliff a badness.

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LargeUp Premiere: Screechy Dan’s “My Story” Mixtape

Words by DJ Autograph

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The day has finally arrived! Myself, Kenny Meez of Federation Sound, DJ Shirkhan of Safari Sound and LargeUp are all super excited to present Screechy Dan’s My Story  to the world. This mixtape is 65 minutes showcasing the many sides of Screechy Dan, most of which the world has never heard. Whether you know the Jamaica-born, Brooklyn-raised deejay’s history or not (If you don’t, make sure to also read LargeUp editor Jesse Serwer’s in-depth interview with Screechy here), we know you’re going to enjoy this mixtape spanning his classic material (“Pose Off,” “Skin Out”) and new and unheard lyrics interlaced with skits and freestyles demonstrating Screechy’s comedic talents.

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EVENT: QQ + Hempress Sativa on the LargeUp Sessions (8/14)

Words by LargeUp Crew—

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QQ burst on the reggae scene as a likkle youth back in 2005 with the Nyabinghi-flavored “Poverty”; nearly a decade later he reclaimed his place in Jamaican music with a different sort of “One Drop”; his dutty dance tune by that name was one of 2013′s biggest dancehall hits. Things have only kept rolling since then. With his latest track “Tweety Bird (Turn Me On),” the title track from RVSSIAN’s Tweety Bird riddim (which we’ll be premiering here in full soon), climbing dancehall charts ,and a brand-new tune called “Find It” just released on JA Production’s High Life riddim, QQ stops by tomorrow night’s edition of the LargeUp Sessions along with Hempress Sativa. an artist fully rooted on the cultural side of Jamaican music. Her “OohLaLaLa The Weed Thing” is to ganja what Trey Songz’s similarly “Na Na” is to sex; a flip of The Fugees’ classic “Fu-Gee-La.”

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LargeUp TV: Chronixx, Junior Reid + Rice and Peas at Central Park SummerStage

Words by Jesse Serwer:::Video Shot by Birhan Tonge:::Still Images by Birhan Tonge and Tono

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LargeUp’s inaugural SummerStage concert presented with Okayplayer and Federation Sound July 26th was a massive success.

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