Aug 30, 2014
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Posts tagged: Rihanna

Style and VIbes: A Look Back at Dancehall Fashion, Pt. 4: The 2000s

Words by Mikelah Rose

In the early to mid 2000’s, it seemed like everyone caught a little dancehall fever. Shaggy, Sean Paul and Beenie Man were at the forefront of the crossover movement, and their international success piqued fans’ interest in what was really going on in the dancehall. Fans around the world wanted to emulate styles straight from the source, and people who weren’t Caribbean wanted to rock Puma gear with Jamaican flag colors—well before Usain Bolt was breaking world records.

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Toppa Top 10: Top 10 Caribbean Style Icons

Words by Jesse Serwer

Already proclaimed a “style icon” by Paper, Complex and, yes, even Okayplayer, Theophilus London has fashion brands tripping over themselves to work with him right now. Watching the Brooklyn-born Trinidadian rapper/singer’s ascension into full-fledged it bwoy, we can’t help but notice that he takes many of his stylistic cues from fellow Caribbeans, from Jean-Michel Basquiat to Fab Five Freddy and Harry Belafonte. Between Theophilus’ emergence and his fellow Trini Anya Ayoung-Chee‘s show-stealing on Project Runway, Caribbean style seems to be having a little moment right now, so it seemed like the perfect time to count down the most iconic practitioners of style from the islands and the Diaspora.

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Video: Nicki Minaj x Rihanna, “Fly”

Words by Jesse Serwer

The Trini gyal and the Bajan chick have dropped a video for “Fly,” their collaboration off of Nicki’s 2010 album Pink Friday–just in time for that celebration of pan-Caribbean bredren-and-sistrenhood that is New York City Carnival. It’s unlikely that this was intentional but nice timing, nonetheless. “Fly” wasn’t one of the better songs on “Pink Friday”–and we’re not sure we love it any more after seeing this video–but there’s something to be said about two Caribbean stars of this magnitude joining forces. It would be hard to argue that there are any bigger names with West Indies birth certificates than these two right now. The clip, which starts off looking like a post-apocalyptic car commercial, is set on the site of a plane crash in some sort of suburban neighborhood. For a while, it’s main conceit seems to be how many weird wigs can Nicki wear–there’s one that resembles a late-’80s-hip-hop-style Gumby fade, another with a leopard print. But then, out of nowhere, two ninjas arrive, and we get a taste of Nicki Minaj, martial arts star.

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Check It Deeply: Rihanna x Vita Coco x Crop Over

Words by Eddie STATS Houghton

A mysterious wooden box turned up in the LargeUp/Okayplayer office today, cargo cult style, with a single bottle of coconut water in it. That’s because this is the week Vita Coco launched it’s new Rihanna-branded line of tropical fruit-flavored coconut water. Rihanna has been the company’s spokesgal for a minute and the combination makes perfect sense from a branding perspective (although from a personal perspective; too fruity.)

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Throwback Thursdays: Snagga Puss, “Tatie”

Words by Jesse Serwer

Ralph McDaniels’ Video Music Box gets its due credit (especially from me) for being the first hip-hop video show but it was also the only place in New York (and, as such, probably anywhere in the U.S.) where you could see proper dancehall videos on a regular basis before the mid ’90s. Back then, dancehall was still a foreign concept to this yankee—when I tuned into VMB, I wanted to see some rappity rap and maybe the shaking rumps in a New Jack Swing video. Gradually, however, witnessing Chaka Demus & Pliers’ “Murder She Wrote” and Mikey Jarrett’s “Mack Daddy” on Video Music Box put me on to a world my classmates knew nothing of. One video I can recall really catching my attention on VMB was “Tatie” by Snagga Puss. I was greatly impressed back then by zany, cartoon character-like rappers like Fu-Schnickens, Busta Rhymes, Sticky Fingaz, Redman, etc.— and Snagga Puss was basically a cartoon character come to life. Literally. He sounded exactly like the Hanna Barbara character Snagglepuss, employing the pink cat’s vocal mannerisms as his trademark.

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Double Selection: Sean Paul x Alexis Jordan + Rihanna x Wayne Marshall

Words by Eddie STATS Houghton

Not sure if dancehall is getting more island pop or all pop music is getting now mostly dancehall. Either way Sean Paul seems like he might be back in toppa pop 10 form with this new American Idol combination he leaked today:

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