Jul 29, 2014
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Posts tagged: Shabba Ranks

LargeUp TV: Wyclef Talks Sting, Dancehall + Dubplates

Words by Jesse Serwer:::Video Shot by Allison Swank:::Edited by Kieran Meadows

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If you’ve followed Wyclef since his start with the Fugees, you know ‘Clef isn’t just a fan of dancehall, he’s a proper student of the culture. We recently had the opportunity to sit down with the Refugee Camp Sound president for a wide-ranging conversation on all things dancehall and Jamaica, ahead of his upcoming appearance at the 30th anniversary edition of the world’s greatest dancehall show, Sting.

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Shabba Does “Shabba”: Listen to A$AP Ferg’s Top Ranking Remix

Words by Natalie Weiner—

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We thought it was awesome when Shabba Ranks acknowledged A$AP Ferg’s eponymous tribute song by appearing in the rapper’s “Shabbavideo — but now he’s taking it to the next level. The new remix released over the weekend starts off with a verse by the one and only Shabba himself (R-A-N-K-S), and also features Migos and Busta Rhymes alongside Ferg, of course. With a lineup like that, it had to be great — and it definitely delivers. Shabba, and 90s dancehall in general, have been big hits with hip-hop artists recently (we’ve listed some of our favorite appearances here).

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Werl’ a Books: Vybz Kartel Goes Back to “School”

Words by Jesse Serwer—

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This week means back to school for kids in many parts of the world, including Jamaica, and Vybz Kartel—yes, Vybz Kartel—has a message for them. The currently incarcerated dancehall star may not fit your notion of a role model but his influence on Jamaican youth can not be understated. Fortunately, he’s used his platform to drop an effectively simple back-to-school PSA that doubles as a really, really good dancehall song. The succinctly titled “School” finds Kartel chatting in a Shabba-like fashion, over a ’90s dancehall-style riddim quite similar to the one from Kartel’s Shabba tribute, “Gaza Ting A Ling.” Among the advice dispensed by the deposed Werl’ Boss:

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Behind the Boards With Dancehall Producer Computer Paul


Words by Sabia McCoy-Torres, Photos by Martei Korley—

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Toppa Top 10: Ten Rap Songs That Shout Out Shabba

Words by Jesse Serwer and Raine Martin—

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Shabba Deux: Guess Who Turns Up In A$AP Ferg’s “Shabba” Video

Words by Jesse Serwer—
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After watching two thirds of the video for A$AP Ferg’s “Shabba”, we were starting to think we’d been duped. We’d heard about Shabba making a rare appearance in the clip for the single he’d inspired, but could the sources we’d heard from have possibly mistaken the 20-something impersonator who turns up periodically in the same video for the real Emperor of Dancehall? Then…boom…at 4:25, there he is—a surprise guest at a party, interrupting a convo between A$AP Rocky (who also features on the song) and Felecia “Snoop” Pearson from The Wire—who, naturally, shout “Shabba!” in unison, then run.

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