Sep 01, 2014
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Posts tagged: RepJA

Fashion Fridays: RepJa Rep Bounty Killer with “Cross Hangry Miserable” Tee

Words by Emily Shapiro—

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RepJa, the dancehall-minded fashion label, never disappoints us with it’s bashy designs and on-trend cultural references. Their new “Cross/Hangry/Miserable” tee is no exception. The shirt, which comes in black and has a simple streamlined design, references the phrase made popular by Bounty Killer, with the words “Hangry Miserable” (there’s an ‘H’ in “Angry” when we’re talking Bounty) written in a white cross. RepJa has made an accompanying promotional video and the simple visuals match the clear message of the shirt. Check out the video and some pictures of the shirt below and support RepJa!

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Pon Di Move: DanceJA Skool Opens in Kingston

Words by Emily Shapiro—

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Big tings a gwaan for the dance community in Kingston, Jamaica. Our friends at Dance JA have collaborated with some talented dancers to open a new dance training center, Dance JA Skool. While Jamaica has many opportunities for formal dance training, this is the first official space where all the dancehall crews out of Jamaica can share their skills.

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Fashion Fridays: RepJA Summer Collection

Words by Jesse Serwer

Our friends at streewear label RepJA dropped us a note the other day to tell us their 2011 summer collection–their first since Wiz Khalifa took their profile up a notch by sporting their Gully T on his Complex cover–is out. Forget the spring heatwave, the June 21 solstice, July 4, and all of those other landmarks–the season is really on now. This time, ATL/NY-based designers Prince Graham and Omar Thomas got their inspiration from the past—see the “Uni-T” with great rivals Beenie Man and Bounty below–and the present movements like Mavado’s recent hit, “Star Bwoy.” Scan some shots from their lookbook below, and head over to their site for the full line.

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Style & Vibes: Five Caribbean Designers You Should Know

Words by Mikelah Rose

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Welcome to the first edition of our new fashion column, Style & Vibes. Every Friday, style blogger Mikelah Rose will bring you up to date on the world of Caribbean fashion, from the dancehall to the runway. Be sure to check out her website Style & Vibes, where she covers clothes, music and more daily.

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Bashment Alert: Rice & Peas 4-Year Anniversary

Words by LargeUp Crew

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It’s hard to believe time’s gone by this quickly but tonight marks the fourth anniversary of New York’s Rice & Peas bashment. We’re not just saying this because R&P mastermind DJ Gravy is the man who makes things happen here at LargeUp HQ but the Monday-night monthly has grown before our eyes into NYC’s most important dancehall party. Simply put, Rice & Peas succeeds where other Manhattan club nights fail by bringing the authentic vibes of an outer-borough bashment into a centrally located Downtown setting, allowing for a mixture of demographics you just don’t get anywhere else.

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Complex Situation: Wiz Khalifa Reps JA (and Mavado)

Words by Jesse Serwer

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No surprise seeing rap’s newest bonafide star Wiz Khalifa on the cover of the new Complex Magazine (A publication, as it happens, currently under the art direction of LargeUp family member Brent Rollins).  The kid, who’s about to drop one of the most anticipated rap albums of the year next week, has already been out front on Rolling Stone. Wiz’s attire took us for a loop, though: he’s rocking the Gully squad T-shirt from our peoples RepJA. We’ve never known Wiz to be much of a dancehall head (though he did rhyme over Alborosie’s “Still Blazin” on his Kush & Orange Juice mixtape) so we’re curious to know if this is a deliberate homage to Mavado, or just a happy accident. If so, we’d like to see those two lighting one up in the studio before the summer comes. With all due apologies to Nas and Jr. Gong, we’re still waiting for that crucial collaboration that brings reggae/hip-hop crossover back to the forefront.

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