Apr 23, 2014
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Posts tagged: What is reggae

Impressions: LargeUp x Mr. Vegas x Rice and Peas in Miami

Words by Jesse Serwer, Photos by Tono—

On Wednesday night, Large Up brought the bashment to Winter Music Conference with the first ever Miami edition of New York’s famed Rice and Peas party, featuring a special performance from Mr. Vegas. Rice and Peas DJs Orijahnal Vibez, Max Glazer, DJ Gravy and DJ Maya set the tone for the night with top-notch dancehall selections while super MC Micro Don got the crowd hype with his mic chatter, Mixpak Records chief/Vybz Kartel producer Dre Skull took things to the left with some tropical bass and Trinidadian swimwear designer Elysia Persad debuted her Colly Dolly brand with a brief runway show. Everything, of course, built up to Mr. Vegas’ set, which featured the expected medley of classic hits like “Heads High” and “She’s a Ho.”

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Impressions: Sizzla “Unplugged and Acoustics” in Kingston, JA

Words and Photos by Martei Korley—

LargeUp doesn’t ordinarily report on stage shows but the event billed as “Sizzla Unplugged and Acoustics” was the artist’s first show in Jamaica since his much publicized bike accident last year. The fact that he would be supported by the original Firehouse Crew and Sly and Robbie made it apparent—we had to be there. The event also served as a launch of the Sizzla Youth Foundation, an ambitious charitable undertaking by the man himself seeking to uplift youth worldwide. It may surprise you to know that the first donation for same came from no other than Popcaan to the tune of $50,000 Jamaican dollars. Kudos for that!

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LargeUp Interview: Q+A with Walshy Fire

Words by Jesse Serwer—

A good friend of the LargeUp family and a behind-the-scenes contributor as well, Kingston-born Leighton Paul Walsh, A/K/A Walshy Fire, has been holding down South Florida for a decade as a selector and MC on the world famous Black Chiney Sound System. An avid sound system historian with an astounding knowledge of dancehall music, Walshy is also something of an ambassador for Caribbean culture in Miami, bringing a little Jamaican flavor to institutions like the Miami New World Symphony. It’s those qualities that made him the perfect choice for his latest role: as the new MC for Major Lazer, bringing some authentic soundman flavor to Diplo’s over-the-top dancehall project. Here, Walshy speaks for the first time on his new gig and his history in Miami’s dancehall scene.

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Toppa Top 10: Ten Essential Super Cat Tunes


Words by Jesse Serwer, DJ Gravy, Sherman Escoffery and Micro Don—

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Mixtape Mondays: Exclusive Premier of DJ Child & Selah Intl’s “The Link Up” + Selah Giveaway

Words by DJ Theory—

This week on Mixtape Mondays, we’re privileged to feature another world premier from Project Groundation’s DJ Child, a dude who can’t seem to sit still for even a second. This one is a new combination mix series with Selah Intl clothing, a conscious lifestyle brand who’s signature throwback football and basketball jerseys can be seen on some of the biggest artists in reggae, and host, longtime collaborator and LargeUp bredrin Jahdan Blakkamoore. In addition to blessing you with this mixtape, we’ll also be giving away one of these limited edition Selah jerseys.

To no surprise The Linkup is another boomshot, featuring strictly quality new roots singles and riddims paired with PGM remixes, exclusives, and a bagga specials from Jahdan. When you blend affiliates Jahdan and Child with an old friend and supporter Marv from Selah, this project is a family affair that’s been a long time coming. A no-brainer for folks looking to add a new roots mixtape to their life, and thanks to Selah maybe a fly new jersey to match as well.

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Roots Inspiration: Visual Artist Phil Frost On Bob Marley

Words by Jesse Serwer, via Hypebeast

As part of the promotion for director Kevin MacDonald’s long-awaited Bob Marley biopic, Marley, set for a nationwide release in the US on 4/20 (watch the trailer here), artist Phil Frost gave a rare—and truly bizarre—interview on how Marley has influenced and inspired his work. The reclusive artist also lets cameras showcase his extensive reggae record collection, discussing the role music plays in his creative process: “I find myself spending thousands of hours with only myself, so in listening to reggae music, I find the comfort of a friend.” On Marley, he says, “I find a harmony in the rhythm of Bob Marley’s music, which brings my mind to clarity.”

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