Oct 20, 2014
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Posts tagged: Supa Dups

Mixtape Mondays: Black Chiney, Walshy Fire, Andre Airplane

Words by Deejay Theory

MM 40

Strictly energy this week at #MixtapeMondays to get you nice and fired for the road — even if it’s just the road to the office. Soca, moombahton and an extra large portion of excluisve remixes set the trend from Miami to NYC and back.

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LargeUp Premiere: SOJA x Collie Buddz, “She Still Loves Me” (Prod. by Supa Dups)

Soja featuring Collie Buddz, She Still Loves Me

SOJA have become one of the biggest names on the US reggae scene over the last decade, touring relentlessly and dominating the iTunes reggae charts. The Cali/Hawaii reggae circuit SOJA are often associated with isn’t something we usually cover here on our Caribbean-focused corner of the Internet. But SOJA (who actually hail from Northern Virginia, not Cali) piqued our attention recently by spending some time at Circle House Studios (aka Circle Village), the Miami studio owned by Roger and Ian Lewis of Inner Circle, where Black Chiney’s Supa Dups helped inject some yard vibes into their mix.

The first track to emerge from those sessions, “She Still Loves Me” pairs SOJA with Collie Buddz over a crisp, Supa Dups-produced riddim, as vocalist Jacob Hemphill breaks some bad news to his old girl’s current beau.

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Audio: Bruno Mars + Black Chiney Go Rub-A-Dub on “Show Me”

Words by Jesse Serwer—

Bruno Mars Black Chiney

Say what you will about Bruno Mars—and we’ll be the first to tell you we’re not in love with a lot of his stuff—but Hawaii’s first pop superstar makes music with broad appeal. His new album Unorthodox Jukebox lives up to its name, with a little sum’n for everybody, and that includes us.

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LargeUp Premiere: Black Chiney’s “Bad Man”

Words by Jesse Serwer—

Though his roots are as a dancehall selector, Black Chiney producer Supa Dups has never let genre limits dictate his direction as a producer: He’s produced hits spanning hip-hop, R&B, pop and reggae. His latest instrumental showcases his diversity even further, with an excursion into dubstep by way of the trap. On “Bad Man,” 808 snares and bass drops clash with screeching dubstep synths and yardie ad libs (“Badman!,” “Bumboclaat!,” etc.). Stream “Bad Man” below.

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Audio: Bob Marley + 808s Collide on Black Chiney’s “Jah Movement”

Words by Jesse Serwer—

Ever wondered what Bob Marley would sound like over some 808s? Ever wanted to suddenly shift your DJ set from reggae to Gucci Mane, without sounding like an ass? Black Chiney producer Supa Dups, a guy who’s done his best work voicing R&B singers on one-drop riddims and blending dancehall hits with hip-hop instrumentals, has got you covered then. Dups’ “Jah Movement” is a sorta refix of Bob Marley’s “Exodus” that sounds like it should be freestyled over on a Trap-A-Holics mixtape, and it bangs. It’s just an instrumental at the moment but, if I’m an A&R with enough cash to clear a Marley sample, I’m figuring out how to scoop this beat up before some mixtape MC makes it his own, seen?

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Audio: Download Stacy Barthe’s “Keep It Like It Is”

Words by Jesse Serwer—

We just posted Stacy Barthe’s “No Strings Attached” (featuring John Legend) yesterday but the feedback’s been so good we thought we’d throw one more your way. Like “No Strings Attached,” “Keep it Like It Is,” from Barthe’s new In the InBetween EP, boasts breezy reggae production from the man called Supa Dups and, as on “No Strings Attached,” the Haitian/Dominican songstress sounds super natural on it. It’s the last minute-and-a-half, when the song turns into an extended sayonara to an old lover, that things really get interesting, though. “I think it’s best that we just act like each other never existed to each other,” she says. “‘Cause that’s how you made me feel at one point. And at this point I gotta be scrupulous.” Ouch!

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