Aug 21, 2014
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Posts tagged: Toronto

LargeUp Interview: Dr. Jay De Soca Prince is Toronto’s Carnival King

Words and Photos by Ola Mazzuca


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LargeUp Premiere: “Bad Up” With Toronto’s Parent Trap

Words by Natalie Weiner—BADUPCOVERFINAL

Straight out of Toronto, Parent Trap is a brand-new, genre-bending musical collective featuring the lyrical stylings of Melodic Yoza, the Saint Thomas, Jamaica-born MC whose sound spans reggae, hip-hop, and soul. We last heard from Yoza on last year’s jazz-inflected “We Got Love,” shortly after his music was featured on The Jersey Shore (island vibes, beach vibes..) Now, he’s working with a group of talented T-Dot producers, including YAKOBEAN, The Bass6, and TMB, to “provoke the endless boundaries of urban music.”

The collective’s first single, “Bad Up,” has a gritty hip-hop vibe to go along with the tune’s straight-from-yard title. Yoza’s ragamuffin flow goes easy over the swaggering beat, a big hip-hop groove with a hint of dancefloor-ready EDM. Listen below, and get ready for more from Parent Trap on their upcoming EP Treehouze.

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Bumboclaat!: Rob Ford’s Drunken Patois Rant

Words by Jesse Serwer—


West Indian culture is arguably more deeply embedded in Toronto than in any other farin city—even New York and London. What other place could have given us such patois-slanging yankees canucks as Drake and Snow?

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GIVEAWAY: Win Tickets To See Kobo Town at SOBs in NYC (7/10)

Words by Jesse Serwer—


Kobo Town’s Jumbie in the Jukebox is easily one of our favorite albums of the year so far. With its mixture of vintage calypso and indie rock sensibilities, it’s Diaspora music at its finest, presenting a classic Caribbean style in a new light—not unlike Harry Belafonte 50 years ago. The group (vocalist Drew Gonsalves and assorted crew) are currently on tour in support of the album (which was recorded between Montreal, Trinidad, Belize and Toronto) and, this Wednesday night, they’ll make their New York City debut at SOBs. (In DC or Philly? They’re at the Kennedy Center and World Cafe Live, respectively, tonight and tomorrow. See the full tour dates here.)

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One New Friend: Popcaan Links With OVO For “Unruly Rave” Video

Words by Emily Shapiro


Popcaan has become dancehall’s ruler of the summer in the past few years. In 2011, there was “Ravin” (on the aptly titled Summer Time riddim) followed by the smash hit, “Party Shot.” Last year it was “When Mi Party,” on the Summer Wave riddim. And now, this June, he’s given us “Unruly Rave.” Shot in Toronto and directed by Niko of Drake’s record label October’s Very Own (OVO), the song’s new video reads more like a hip-hop clip than your usual yardie dancehall scene. It’s shot in a club, rather than on the streets of JA, and, while the women are scantily clad, they’re dressed in skirts and drinking champagne rather than head topping in a bashment.

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You Rate It: Melodic Yoza, “We Got Love”

Words by LargeUp Crew—

Melodic Yoza

Born in St. Thomas, Jamaica, raised in Toronto and based between T-Dot and NYC, Melodic Yoza has a sound that takes equal parts from reggae, soul and hip-hop. Perhaps you’ve caught his tune “Ride On Natty,” which was featured on an episode of Jersey Shore recently.

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