Oct 25, 2014
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Posts tagged: Rihanna

Toppa Top 10: Pan-Caribbean Anthems of 2010

Words by Eddie STATS Houghton, photos via FADER


This started out as a list of the biggest Caribbean jams of the year–like the top dancehall, soca, merengue, et cetera songs all thrown in a bag together. But as we winnowed out the bullshit it quickly became clear that it had to be a list of Pan-Caribbean anthems, not just the biggest crossover or the champion tune in a given sector but the rhythms and melodies that resonated most within the Caribbean and its diaspora, whether through collaboration innovation or sheer popularity.

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Mixtape Mondays: Soca Twins, Blak Ryno, Rihanna x Vybz Kartel

Words by Eddie STATS Houghton


It’s time. Time to start stockpiling music to play in the background of your week:

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Toppa Top 10: Caribbean Artists Nicki Minaj Should Collaborate With

Words By Jesse Serwer

Not on the list

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One Pop: Rihanna & Robyn Go Yardie

Words by Eddie STATS Houghton


As Jamaican artists combine their auto-tune production values and post-BET influences into a sound that is increasingly JA rap or Island Pop, it seems like the rest of the world is rediscovering good, old-fashioned reggae. The mainstream has always taken inspiration from Jamaica in periodic bursts, whether represented in the 80s by the Police, UB40 and Culture Club or in the 90s by No Doubt or Snow. But the current burst seems doubly ironic considering that both reggae beats and soundsystem culture seem to be on the wane in their home territory–just as they’re catching on again abroad.

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Menage a Quois? Rihanna x Nicki Minaj x American Music Awards

Words by Eddie STATS Houghton, photos via FADER


In case you missed the American Music Awards Sunday night, not only did our favorite Bajan gal done good Rihanna take the trophy in a category which put her up against Alicia Keys and Sade BUT she shared some kind of historic Caribbean girl-power moment with our favorite Trini-via-Queens rapper Nicki Minaj. After accepting the obelisk from Minaj, Rihanna took a good 1/3rd of her limited shout-outs time to complement her presenter’s green hair and then finished up with a sister-love slap on the battycheek. Not as titillating maybe, as Madonna and Britney kissing or Janet Jackson’s infamous wardrobe malfunction. But 100 years from now it may yet be remembered as marking the moment that the brown girl alliance took over. Watch after the jump:

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Toppa Top 10: Diwali Rhythms!

Words by Eddie STATS Houghton and Rishi Bonneville

Guyana Diwali

That’s right. We are hitting you with a one-two Indo-Caribbean combination of boomshots, in recognition of the fact that today millions (billions?) of people worldwide are commemorating the hindu festival of lights called Diwali or Deepavali, an officially recognized holiday in India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Mauritius, Myanmar, Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago, Suriname, Malaysia and Fiji. So get your house in order, raise a diya (or lighter) and run through the following selection of tunes that connect West Indians with their namesakes on the Indian subcontinent.

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