Apr 17, 2014
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Posts tagged: Stephen McGregor

‘Parking Lot’ Pimpin: Nelly Furtado Goes Dancehall?

Words by Jesse Serwer, Photo by Aaron A., via OAccessJamaica

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Nelly Furtado spent some time in Jamaica while working on her new album The Spirit Indestructible, collaborating with Stephen “Di Genius”  McGregor on a (deluxe-version only) one-drop track called “Don’t Leave Me.” She also recorded with the legendary Sly and Robbie, at Kingston’s Anchor Studios, for an unrelated project.

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Riddim Twins: Di Genius + Serani Connect for Knockings Riddim Medley Video

Words by Jesse Serwer—

As the two top Jamaican producers of the last half decade, Stephen “Di Genius” McGregor and Serani certainly could get on about being rivals. But while their respective rises overlapped to some degree, and their hiphop-influenced, keyboard-driven sounds share a sonic sensibility, it’s always been love between the Big Ship and Daseca camps. The video medley for Daseca’s’ new Knockings Riddim hammers this point home dramatically, with Stephen and his brother, Chino, vibing out in the studio with Serani during a session for their collaborative track “Lowe Wi,” and Serani’s own “Evil Heart.” Watch the video below, and cop the full riddim (which also includes Laden’s “You & I”) here.

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Bless Up, Mi Dads: Ten Current Caribbean Artists and Their Musical Fathers

Words by Jesse Serwer

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When you think of kids carrying on their father’s musical legacy, the Marley family is, rightfully, probably the first to come to mind. And if you’re talking about current reggae/dancehall music, you have to acknowledge the McGregor clan, with siblings Stephen, Chino and Shema all carrying on the Big Ship banner begun by their still-active father, Freddie McGregor. With Father’s Day coming up this Sunday, it got us wondering: who are some of the other current Caribbean artists and producers with influential musical fathers behind them? As many “mama” tunes as there are in reggae, dancehall and other genres, tributes to fathers are rare. Here’s 10 names we’re guessing you may know, and 10 reasons why you should also know their fathers–if you’re not up on the connections already.

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Fashion Fridays: Deadly Dragon x Mighty Crown Reggae For Japan Tee

Words by Jesse Serwer

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Supporting Japan relief efforts is a no-brainer for so many different reasons. For one, it’s just the right thing to do. For another, Japan is one of the biggest markets for reggae and dancehall, and arguably the most loyal. So hell yeah we’re down with the Reggae For Japan event that Japan’s No. 1 sound Mighty Crown and promoters Irish and Chin are putting on June 5 at York College in Queens. The lineup is extra heavy: Damian Marley, Freddie, Chino and Stephen McGregor, Tarrus Riley, Maxi Priest, Capleton, Etana, Tanya Stephens, Mr Vegas, among others. Even better, since we’re always scouring for styles that we can believe in, New York’s Deadly Dragon Sound System and Mighty Crown have produced this limited “Reggae For Japan” tee, with the Japanese flag’s red sun represented as a turntable. Cop it here, or better yet at the show.

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Large Up exclusive: Tanya Stephens Returns!

Words by Eddie STATS Houghton, photo by Martei Korley

Tanya Stephens is unquestionably the classiest female in the game, even if she has barely been in the dancehall game for the last few years. But Large Up has just learned from the homie Andre Gordon that Tanya is coming out of early retirement with a soon to buss LP called Infallible. The first single is called “Siddung Pon It. There’s no production credit but the track has an RnB-ish, post-Stephen McGregor feel while the vocal is pure slackness. Seems like she decided to show Vybz and company how you run a romping shop but anyway it’s nice to hear Tanya chatting again in a true dancehall style although she definitely hasn’t lost her singer/songwriter chops. Download it here and judge for yourself:

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